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06/08/2015

Meet Acler, the Cool New Label By Cameo’s Former Designer

By now you’ve almost certainly heard about Cameo, the cool fashion label heralding from Australia that bridges the gap between runway trends and your budget. However you might not know Kathryn Forth, the head designer who took Cameo from a fledgling Aussie fashion label to an international hit.

Forth has a knack for interpreting runway trends into modern, flattering clothes that a fashion girl with a modest budget can wear on almost any occasion—or, when it comes to the more casual looks in Cameo collections, any non-occasion. Now, she’s left Cameo to channel her energy into a project of her own: She’s partnered withJulia Ritorto, the former head designer of Cameo’s sister label, Finders Keepers, and together the pair have released Acler, a hip new label based in Sydney but stocked online and at retailers worldwide.

The debut collection has just started to hit stores (yes, it’s available in the U.S.) and offers what Kathryn describes as “feminine draping and androgynous tailoring.” Unlike Cameo however, Acler isn’t exactly a budget brand—the line starts at $200 for simple dresses and tops and caps at around $700 for more detailed pieces. (Still less than your favorite runway brands, which is a plus.)

Read on to find our more about how Kathryn and Julia’s new label came to be, and check out some key pieces from the collection.

Acler label

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What made you leave Cameo and Finders Keepers to start your own label?

Julia: I’d taken Finders Keepers from be being fairly unknown in the Australian market to international success in a few short years. I felt like my work was done and I knew I was ready for a new challenge.

Kathryn: I wanted to work with Julia of course! We had always loved working side by side on different projects but always wanted to create something together.

I heard it takes 12 months to create each piece—why so long?

Julia: We really wanted Acler to rebel against two-dimensional cookie-cutter design. So much of the fashion that is out there at the moment is following the high- street formula. Really price pointed, churned out quickly, disposable. We wanted to pull our brand away from the chaos, we give ourselves a six month design window allowing us to redraft and redrape along the way. Each design has the time to take on its own form naturally, and we have the ability to focus on finishing and attention to detail.

Kathryn: A really tactile design process is also important to us. Jules and I try as much as possible to step away from the computer and do everything by hand, including hand sketching designs, hand draping ourselves, and hand drawn artwork. It is really easy for a design to look flat or disjointed if you are conceptualising it on the screen. Of course a big part of a tactile design process is picking amazing fabrication, and that is absolutely paramount to the Acler product. Our debut collection for Spring Summer 2016 has some beautiful fabric sourced internationally, like Italian embossing, textured Korean acetate blends, and soft washed silks.

What were some of the biggest challenges leaving your jobs to launch your own business?

Julia: I think you can never be prepared for what’s needed when starting your own business. I do feel like it would be a breeze to just design again [for Finders Keepers] without the business side of things, but I love the challenge of being thrown in the deep end. It’s daunting and so incredibly rewarding.

Kathryn: Being all over every aspect of the business has been so exciting. We have been forced to learn so many new skills and have really surprised ourselves by how we have been able to adapt to so many roles.

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Did anything surprise you about starting your own brand?

What has surprised us the most is that everything so far has gone to plan! Seriously, life never really does and we’ve hit all our milestones, and we are totally on track—to us, that is surprising!

Where can we buy the collection right now?

We’re stocked in some really beautiful retailers across Australia and the U.S. like Satine, Mimi Nola, Revolve, and Canvas. We’ve also been picked up by Australia’s biggest department store Myer, which is fantastic.

How often will you release new collections?

Four times a year with small capsules dropping in store every month. However, we are looking at introducing a new collection six times per year in the very near future

Where is Acler being manufactured?

We source our fabrics from all over the world, and have the advantage of having great relationships with our manufacturers in both China and Hong Kong. We work really closely together to bring both quality and and attention to detail to each and every piece. We’ve also started manufacturing in Australia.

What’s next for Acler?

We’d love to see growth into Asia and the U.K. We’d also love to crack the Northern European market, with Sweden and Denmark being high on the target list. We have had some successful collaborations with artists and stylist to date and feel it’s such an important part of evolving as a brand. We’d like to keep moving with this and potentially delve into other areas like footwear and accessories either on a collaborative level or as part of Acler’s collections.

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27/07/2015

Why We’ve Missed Rachel McAdams On The Red Carpet

Rachel McAdams had been keeping a low profile until recently but she has made her return to screens big and small with Southpaw and True Detective. Everyone should be excited. Not only is it great to see her acting but it is also great seeing her on the red carpet. She doesn’t wear mini skirts and designer tank tops but she is just as stylish as her iconic character in Mean Girls, Regina George. Remember her pink highlights from ages ago? Remember her and Ryan Gosling? Okay, that has nothing to do with fashion but they were just so perfect together, it had to be mentioned.

 

These outfits show why we have missed Rachel McAdams on the red carpet:

 

1. Southpaw New York Premiere, 2015

 

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We have seen a zillion triangular ab cutout looks but for some reason Rachel’s dress doesn’t make us sigh and wish we could see something else. She looks simply stunning in this black outfit.

 

2. Good Morning America, 2015

 

Rachel ditched the sunglasses for her actual appearance on GMA but this detailed dress looks great with or without them. This shows that Kardashians shouldn’t be the only ones wearing illusion dresses.

 

3. ESPSN Southpaw Screening, 2015

 

This is how you mix lace, embellishment, beading and frills without turning yourself into a shimmering meringue. Also, note how Rachel has repeated the same delicate high-heeled sandals in all three outfits but the looks are entirely different.

 

4. ESPY Awards, 2015

 

You wouldn’t expect someone to show up to a sports awards show in a suit but we’re thankful Rachel turned up in this minimal red suit. It doesn’t look like a dowdy business “power suit.”

 

5. Spike TV ‘s Guys Choice, 2015

 

She switched up the shoes for this coordinated look. No detail is overlooked and everything works together. Her lipstick and shoes both perfectly match her dress.

 

6. Aloha Premiere, 2015

 

On the wrong person, this look could have gone horribly wrong. There is a fishnet top paired with a skirt that has some sort of giant blue lily pad peplum. However, Rachel’s simple styling keeps it edgy as opposed to WTF.

 

7. Southpaw Canada Premiere, 2015

 

This pinky red column dress is very simple but Rachel knows that the shimmery fabric is enough of a statement to guarantee all eyes will be on her. Bravo for also pulling off that tricky ankle-length silhouette.

 

8. Canada’s Walk Of Fame Gala, 2014

 

This is a modern take on Old Hollywood glamour. Look at this gown and all of the others on the list and you’ll see how all of her clothes are always fit to perfection.

 

9. Leaving A Southpaw Screening, 2015

 

Take note of this look Rachel wore to a screening of Southpaw because it is a great date night look. We know she can wear a gown but she can pull off a casual look just as well. Can we steal the shoes…and the blouse…or just the whole thing?

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30/06/2015

How To Dress Like Hermione Granger To Channel Your Favorite Teen Witch In Everyday Muggle Life

One of my all time favorite heroines of fiction has got to be Hermione Granger from theHarry Potter series. She had the courage, the brains, and the outer and inner beauty — not to mention her iconic Hermione Granger style. Miss Granger is up there along with my other favorite, fictional femmes, such as Katniss Everdeen, Daenerys Targaryen, andSookie Stackhouse.

 

I love how Hermione metamorphosed through the series from a slightly self–righteous know–it–all with barely any friends, to a quick–thinking collaborator adored by many. Instead of using her intelligence as a tool against her classmates in order to make her stick out, she began to use it as a weapon against their common enemies once she learned the value of friendship. Miss Granger’s style made a transformation too; from her school uniform to knitted jumpers and corduroy trousers to epic ball gowns. Her evolving style reflects not only her change from child to adolescent, but her evolution from teacher’s pet to a heroine of Hogwarts.

 

Since the finale of the series, I have always wondered what Hermione would be doing now as a fully–fledged witch, what she’d look like, and what she might wear to a Quidditch match. Therefore, I have taken inspiration from her previous style choices, sprinkled a little maturity into the cauldron, and given a flick of my wand to give you style inspiration from Hermione that is suitable for adult witches or for Muggles who, growing up, always saw a bit of themselves in Hermione, too.

 

 

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The Shirt & Sweater Combo

 

Hermione often appeared to be wise beyond her years and occasionally, she would dress accordingly. In her mid–teens she is seen here wearing a white shirt underneath a thin, striped sweater. I love this look; for me it summons feelings of university, study groups, and libraries while balancing neatly on the fine line between smart and casual. It’s a great look for when you’re unsure as to what an occasion requires you to wear or if you want to appear a tad more formal and preppy than is needed for everyday life.

 

Add a sophisticated edge to the classic white blouse with one that has an intricate, feminine trim such as this eyelash trim shirt. The trim will peek out of the bottom of the jumper and add an elegant edge to your overall look.

 

Modernize the classic stripy jumper with adorable, heart–shaped elbow patches that will add a pop of color to your outfit. Finish off you look with a pair of black skinnies and a red lip to look super chic.

 

The Relaxed Checked Shirt

 

As the series progresses and Hermione comes to realize there are more important things than looking and acting prim and proper all of the time, she relaxes her style a little. InHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1, Hermione finds herself in the wilderness with her friends on their mission to locate the Horcruxes. Miss Granger lets her hair down a little and has a dance with Harry to break down their feelings of desperation and add a little light–heartedness to their day, so they don’t succumb to depression. She wears a loose fitting, checkered shirt that is fit for adventuring.

 

Go for a simple style like Hermione with this black and white pattern. The checked shirt is so versatile and perfect for summer. It can be worn as pictured above — on its own with a pair of denim shorts — or it can be used to layer in a ’90s grunge style over your favorite retro t-shirt, or tied around your waist as an accessory.

 

The Elegant, Floaty Dress

 

At the Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Hermione is seen in a stunning, ethereal gown. This is the fourth film in the series, which would make Hermione about 15 or 16 years old. It is one of the first times we see Hermione in formal attire, and we realize she is metamorphosing into a beautiful, young woman. This gorgeous, floaty dress has strong vibes of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and would be a perfect style to wear this summer.

 

Get your vintage vixen on in this stunning 1970s ball gown. Similar in color and style to Hermione’s frock, this beautiful dress is sure to be a hit at any special occasion this summer.

 

The Prim, Pink Cardigan

 

As previously mentioned, Hermione is quite the goody two shoes, and her wardrobe reflects this. Seen here teaching Ron how to play the piano, she is wearing a simple yet sweet cardigan.

 

Inject a bit of decadence into a plain, pink cardigan with intricately embroidered details. IMO as Hermione entered adulthood, I think she would have left “playing it safe” with fashion to the girl of her past, and I predict she would experiment with fashion a lot more. Thus, this embroidered cardigan would be a fabulous fusion of the new and the old Miss Granger.

 

The Levitation Charm Dress

 

Hermione was always a whizz when it came to casting spells, proving from the beginning that she had a natural knack for magic, especially the Levitation Charm.

 

I could totally imagine a grown up Hermione wearing this feminine, floaty, feather–print dress. Pay homage to Hermione’s past but embrace her future in this lovely, lace trim dress.

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