Non-stop for 30 hours they had walked. Through day, night and day again they had plodded. Through pain, through night chills, through tears and tired insanity they continued to place one foot in front of the other. As a team. They kept walking until they had walked 100 kilometres - that's over two marathons. Why on earth did they do this? Together Mariana and her fellow Zen walkers raised over $4000 for Oxfam. What an amazing feat. Or what amazing feet. Both options work in this situation.
So understandably Mariana was out of action for most of the week. Her soles taped heavily and unable to walk, she resided on the couch in front of E channel while I drank champagne and ogled fantastic clothes and sky high shoes that would've just pained Mariana to even look at.
Amidst a terrible week of miserable weather I ventured out many a time. I headed out on a Thursday to Taylor on Customhouse Quay for drinks and a shopping night. One of the best things about fashion week is that it gets me off my computer and out of my house. As a blogger it becomes very easy to never leave the house. Especially in winter. Even going out to go clothes shopping seems like too much work. Thanks to this lovely shopping evening at Taylor, I now know where the Taylor store actually is! And boy am I glad I found it!
I just love the Taylor style. I fell in love with Taylor whilst at Fashion in the Capital. Simple designs in fabrics that drape and fall beautifully. Whilst in store on Thursday I fell head over heals in love with so many items I can't even begin to name them, but this coat really stole my heart.
Fantastically there were even live models showcasing the latest collection. This was so helpful. It's great to get an idea of how something really looks and how it falls and moves with the body. The great thing about live mannequins is that they talk! I asked one of the models about what she was wearing and she was more than happy to answer my questions. Such a fab idea!
I arrived looking like a drowned rat. Probably should've taken a cab! But sometimes a nice brisk walk in the dew can do wonders to help a girl freshen up - especially after a few glasses of bubbles!
I wandered (or should I say mashed) into Prefab and was immediately offered an AMAZING drink. A rum cocktail made with ginger and mint. I suspect it was a Moscow Mule but I never confirmed this.
Liam kicked off the show with their gorgeous flowing yet strong designs. I hadn't seen much of the Liam collection prior to this show but I really liked what I saw. I like to think of Liam as the older sister to Ruby. Ever so slightly more relaxed in style. Liam is ruby in a freer more flowing stance. My highlight piece from the Liam collection was a flowing maxi dress in a gorgeous shade of mandarin, with a striking low back.
As the Ruby collection made it's way down the runway it became even more apparent of the subtle yet poignant differences between the two labels. While I love the fun and freedom of Ruby, realistically I'm at more of a Liam stage in life! I loved the cute shorts in the Ruby collection!
No rest for the wicked! Not long after the show it was time to head off again to the Group Showcase back at shed 6, the official WFW venue. I caught a ride with fellow bloggers Jess, Steph and Caitlyn and off we zoomed to the venue.
It had been such a busy day that I hadn't really had much time to check who was showing at this particular group show. Turned out it was a great line up!
I must confess though, as the Annah Stretton collection started the show I was incredibly pleasantly surprised. In the past I've always thought of Annah Stretton clothing as 'fashionable clothes for middle aged women who want to be a bit quirky'. But this collection totally changed my perception. No longer is Annah Stretton reserved for our mums! It's now super cool and funky. Polka dots and Tule are pretty much my go-to fashion trends! I would genuinely wear everything that came down that runway.
I did love the collection though. It brought to mind a bygone era of fantasy and class. I wish more men would dress like this! Finely cut shirts teamed with a peter-pan short (fashion singular), or a tidy fit pant, styled with suspenders and bow ties. Very cool. Where can I order my Falve man? Check out more shots of the show here.
For Every Minute was an amazing collection of sleepwear. It conjured imagery of old school film starlets a la Marilyn Monroe. Or even retro re-birth songstresses like Lana Del Rae. If only I could look that good in my sleepwear!
The Denada collection was a wearable range of flowing prints and stretch knits in warm hues that bought to mind autumn leaves. It was a great collection but as I'm always attracted to colder tones it didn't quite tickle my fancy.
For some reason I wasn't expecting to like the Trelisse Cooper collection. I'm not sure why. Perhaps because I was sure Trelisse Cooper surely should have already peaked. Apparently not. I absolutely LOVED this collection. It totally stole the show for me. I loved the punk/jock themed pieces and then of course the high shine and sparkle laden dresses! I loved it all!