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Star style: Peaches Geldof

Posted in Uncategorized by maddaATU on July 25, 2010

With a family tree that includes Paula Yates and Bob Geldof, it’s no surprise that Peaches Geldof has a covetable sense of style. Whether she’s DJ-ing with Fifi Brown, burning up the dance floor at a Boombox party or rubbing shoulders with the A-list backstage at Glastonbury, Peaches always looks hot. Is it her eternal nonchalance or just a genetic disposition to cool?

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Marion Cotillard: Interview August 2010

Posted in Uncategorized by maddaATU on July 22, 2010

What is it about French women that they just seem to have this innate sensuality..? Marion Cotillard, one-time Edith Piaf, can be so classically sweet. But put her in a grand setting and some delicate pieces of come-hither lingerie and the whole dynamic changes. Suddenly she’s all legs, draped in silk and looking completely at home in sensual poses. Karl Templer‘s styling is lovely, in a word; and hits the perfect balance between being exposed and being clothed.

Stripes for Summer: women’s fashion trend

Posted in Uncategorized by maddaATU on July 11, 2010

Amongst the plethora of fashion trends for Summer 2010  you’ll find the season’s new take on military fashion. While heavily influenced by 20th Century army and air force styling, nautical influenced pieces have hardly got a look in. And I’m afraid I’m not here to change that. But for those fashioniser who are nautically inclined, this Summer still has something in store. Don’t think of it as a nautical military trend, however. Rather, it’s the navy and white colour palette, worn as dominant stripes.

The Style

Note that I didn’t say bold stripes, but dominant stripes. While navy and white stripes are a must for the look, the real key to Summer’s take on nautical stripes is that they dominate the outfit. While they do so in the above look easily (though the plum Doc Martens still seem somewhat heavy), in other outfits it’s about drawing attention to the stripes above all else in the outfit.

The Pieces To Wear

Don’t think of this Summer stripes just as a clothing trend: you can work them into any part of an outfit (just not all at once, please).

To Nautical Or Not To Nautical?

While Summer’s navy and white striped fashion trend isn’t a true take on navy inspired fashion, it’s likely to appeal to those who are in to the nautical aesthetic. If that’s you and you’re after some inspiration look to Anja Rubik’s sailor  inspiration from the June 2010 issue of Vogue Korea. The shoot utilises the season’s stripe trend in the form of a dominant blazer, but takes the nautical motifs to far less subtle proportions.


The natural inclination for layering nautical pieces in an outfit is to do so with complimentary colours (read ‘navy and white’). And I can’t fault that logic. It’s the easy option. But may I offer up one piece of inspiration that differs from the safe? Nataliya Piro in Cosmopolitan magazine mixing (admittedly non-dominant) stripes with floral prints. The stripes don’t dominate, but in a crowded room the look certainly will.

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Design Made Trade 2010 (Melbourne)

Posted in Uncategorized by maddaATU on July 6, 2010

If you’ve never explored the hub of creativity that is Design made trade 

 then perhaps it’s time you did. If you need a good reason to venture out into the cold I’ll do even better and give you three:

  • There’s always dozens of unique furniture, fashion and industrial design brands and products to discover – from cool contemporary lighting to sustainable coffee cups and jewellery made of buttons.
  • There’s also a host of workshops, talks, exhibitions and displays.
  • It’s at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building. Who could tire of such a beautiful space?