Spotlight on Vogue – Fashion Trends Winter/Fall 2018-2019

What’s new for Winter 2018/2019? …No one sums it up better than Vogue.

Next winter will be determined, celebrating individuality and style with a multitude of trends that are dying to be worn. Choose yours.

Easy-wear continues to be big, we’ll still be wrapping up warm in cozy clothes that make us feel safe..


Layering is front and center for next winter, with plays on texture and volume in a masterful game of accumulation. Balenciaga gave the illusion of nine layered items worn at once, playing with trompe-l’œil extremes to take on the arctic cold. At Chanel, layering was more discrete, with an updated hoodie worn over a padded jacket, over a dress. Prada went for a night-bright, multi-layered vision that was seen by Miuccia Prada as so many layers of protection for women.



Fashion looked to America this season, to discover the New World through Western accents at Isabel Marant, an effortlessly chic Margot Hemingway-esque look at Lorenzo Serafini and a Wild West edge for Alberta Ferretti’s signature femininity.


Bouquets of flowers

Florals of all kinds were given an update for the new season, in all-over prints on maxi and mini lengths that stayed just the right side of chic. A look that could easily take over next winter.


Padded Jackets

Comfortwear was a red thread through the Fall/Winter 2018-2019 shows, producing quilted volume in new proportions at Alexander McQueen, a little more classic at Chanel and hybrid forms in hi-tech fabrics at Sacai. Everyday armor for modern life.

Padded Jackets
Eighties shoulders

In variations on a theme that is as prevelent as ever, fashion continues its love affair with the 1980s by supersizing shoulders.

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Parkas were plentiful on the runways this season, offering protection from the winter’s cold with varying levels of eccentricity, from oversized mountains of material to light and airy versions, cut in contemporary shapes and sizes.

Fake fur

With good causes, charity projects and a simple desire to protect the planet, fashion is going green. The latest fight? A charge towards fake fur, led by Stella McCartney and joined by Gucci, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafin

Fake Fur


A recurring theme at Valentino, Alexander McQueen and Givenchy, fringing gave evening looks a poetic twist. A detail that made all the difference and added an air of glamor.



If fashion were a painting of society, this season’s subject would be blue collars everywhere with a style that would not be out of place on a construction site. Think full-on hi-vis orange with reflective safety strips and plastic work boots.


Eighties Jackets

The star piece of this season’s wardrobe was a loose-fitting, short Eighties jacket updated for today. The perfect balance of seduction and power.

80s Jackets


Checks came in all variations and styles this season, but triumphed in fantastically mad all-over and color-blocked looks.
Add an air of absolute confidence..


Leopard print

Diana Vreeland’s signature feline print has continued to claw its way into everyday trends and nighttime glamour alike, dominating the collections of Victoria Beckham, Gareth Pugh and Dolce & Gabbana.



When fashion got a taste for folk, every rule went out of the window. “Mismatched” was out of the sartorial vocabulary this season, with patterns and textures mixed, juxtaposed or sewn together in patchwork for a luxe nomad look; think a 1970s Jimmy Hendrix and Talitha Getty mix-and-match revival.


For more information…checkout Vogue Paris for Fashion Trend Images

Catchup with Vogue Australia for the newest Australia Designer runways images, street fashion and the labels to watch from ..



So what’s new this season?

Padding, protective lines and cosy knits came together on the catwalks.

Trend Report_Winter 2018_003Trend Report_Winter 2018_002 Trends are heading for more comfort, fashion is retaining its sense of fun, its color and glamour, always with an sense of determination and self-assuredness.

Trend Report_Winter 2018_004In short, this season it’s all about celebrating the individuality of style through the multitude of trends waiting to be worn.

Trend Report_Winter 2018_001Checkout the latest video from Justine Leconte on the trends for Winter 2017/2018.

She explores the trends that are emerging from this years Fashion Runway shows and discusses how you can adapt them into everyday dressing.

Paris FW17/18 – Ends With A Bang!

The Paris collections ended with a bang at Louis Vuitton’s show at the Louvre.

Explore the latest trends emerging from Paris Fashion Week 2017 runway shows from some of the top fashion labels, from Chanel’s Rocket Launch and Vuitton’s Slippery Stairs.

Chanel Fall Winter 2017-2018 collection

Louis Vuitton|  Fall/Winter 2017/2018 Collection

Balenciaga Fall Winter 2017-2018 collection

DROMe | Fall Winter 2017-2018 collection

Alexander McQueen | Fall Winter 2017/2018 collection

Balmain | Fall Winter 2017-2018 collection

Anna Wintour on the Trends of Paris Fashion Week



Dress Form or Mannequin???

What do I buy???


If you are thinking are starting any form of fashion career, selecting the correct Dress Form is as important as a photographer selecting the correct camera.

Many different names are used to describe both a Dress Form and Dress Mannequin so choosing the correct type is difficult when you are starting out.

Dress Form, Dressmaker Mannequin, Dressmaker Dummy, Womens Dummy, Tailors Dummy, Display Dummy, Display Mannequin…and so on

Here are a few important things to consider before purchasing a Dress Form.


  1. Dress Form or Dress Mannequin???

There is a big difference between the two.

A Dress MannequinDress Mannequin

  • Ultimately intended for displaying fashion garments
  • Retail clothing shops, Photographers- photo shoot campaign etc
  • Unrealistic proportions for body shape
  • Less body shape definitions ie. slender hip, less bust shaping and very little under bust definition.
  • Clothes hang better on the smoother shaping
  • No padding for pinning
  • Plastic or fiberglass shape.
  • Very lightweight for mobility
  • Approximately $100-200 depending on quality



Dress Form

A Dress Form

  • Ultimately intended for creating fashion garments
  • Pinnable, has a padded layer. The generous padding under the canvas cover makes your form easy to pin eg draping
  • More realistic body shape..make sure dummy has bottom shaping
  • Collapsible shoulder ..get this feature if possible, makes it easier to get garments on and off. eg skirt, dress
  • Much more sturdy …wheels if possible. Having a mobile dummy is very handy to move around the workroom
  • More weight making them much easier to work with e.g. draping
  • Full body or half body
  • Used by Dressmakers, Fashion Students Fashion Industry etc….
  • Approximately $300-1200 depending on quality & type


  1. Which one do I choose? 
  • What is the purpose…do I want it for displaying garments or creating them?
  • Do you intend to use often or occasionally i.e.. hobby or professional
  • How long do you want it to last?
  • What type of garments am I creating or I need legs??
    ie Dresses, pants, skirts swimsuit, intimate apparel etc.
  • Is it needed short term or long term?
  • Look for words like Hobbyist (this is generally a basic dress form designed for occasional use) or Professional (generally abetter quality dress form to be used often and required to last long term)
  1. How much should I pay?
  • Buying a dress form is like buying a car; Work out how much you can spend then do your homework to get the best deal and quality in your price range.
  • Generally the top end dress forms have mechanisms that are meant to last.
  • For custom garments there are adjustable models ranging in price & quality
  • A good ‘middle of the road’ budget is around $300-400
  1. What size to buy?
  • As there are dummies imported from all over the world the sizing charts will vary considerably.
  • Pay less attention to the size eg. 6,8,10,12 etc and focus on the bust waist hip and back length (if possible). You align your mannequins to the sizing you are intending to create.

example: The patterns I produce are for a 90 Bust, 68 Waist, 93 Hip. Take those measurements and align them as close as possible to the measurement chart to choose the dummy size you would like to purchase. By this chart I would purchase a size 8

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  1. Where to buy

To sum up….Before you purchase anything, assess what you need, how much you can afford and how long do you want it to last.

Reference Pages.. more info

Threads Magazine

Questions??? Email me



New 2017 fashion trends coming this spring – summer!

2017 fashion trends: here are the new fashion trends coming this spring – summer!
Check out this new youtube video from Justine Leconte on the upcoming trends for 2017….


Lets Talk Fashion Week?

It’s always kind of like Groundhog Day when Fashion Week rolls around. All anxiously waiting for the frenzy to start.


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A fashion week is a fashion industry event, lasting approximately one week, wherein fashion designers, brands or “houses” display their latest collections in runway shows to buyers and the media. Most importantly, these events let the industry know what’s “in” and what’s “out” for the season.

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The first official Fashion Week began as “Press Week” in 1943 at the height of World War II. The American fashion media couldn’t get over to Paris—where the most fashion-y of shows went down—to see the next season’s collections. Silver lining: It was New York (and America’s) chance to show the world what they could do. From then on, Press Week turned into Fashion Week and shows were staged in venues all over New York City. But in 1994 the runways found their first home at Bryant Park, conveniently located near the Garment District. Eventually the shows outgrew the iconic midtown grassy green, and “the tents,” as they’re affectionately called, moved over to Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center in 2010.

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The most prominent fashion weeks are held in the fashion capitals of the world, the “big four” receiving the majority of press coverage being New York, London, Milan and Paris. Other notable weeklong fashion events are held in cities around the world including Australia, Hong Kong, Russia.


London Fashion Week
Watch London Fashion week live
Feb 19-23, 2016

New York Fashion Week
Watch New York Fashion week live
Feb 11-16, 2016

Milan Fashion Week
Watch Milan Fashion Week Live
Feb. 24 – March 1, 2016

Paris Fashion Week
Watch Paris Fashion Week Live
March 2 – 9, 2016



Fashion Calender 2016
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Fashion Week Australia

An exciting year ahead for Fashion…

Spotlight on Spring Fashion in New York

New York City is one of the world’s great fashion capitals. Luxurious boutiques, designer flagships and fast-fashion emporiums offer stylish goods in every corner of the five boroughs. Runway shows lend the start of every season a theatrical grandeur, but talks, exhibitions, store openings, exclusive collaborations and sample sales round out the offerings. Glamour is more accessible here than it is anywhere else on earth.

March 22 , April 16 and 19, and May 6 and 17 
Free Garment District Neighbourhood Walking Tours
Explore New York City’s Garment District during this one-and-a-half-to-two-hour tour, led by Mike Kaback. You might visit a private showroom, a sample sale, Mood Designer Fabrics and more, all while learning about the neighbourhood’s historic background and importance. The tour—which starts at 10am on weekdays and 2pm on Sundays at the northeast corner of Seventh Avenue and West 39th Street—is free, but reservations are required; you can make them by emailing

Urban Oasis Shopping/Education Tour
This licensed New York City tour company specializes in fashion tours of the Garment District, SoHo, NoLIta and Brooklyn. But their tours aren’t limited to just the retail experience—they also involve learning about the design process. Urban Oasis Shopping/Education Tour’s clients shop at hidden-gem designer showrooms and workspaces at 65–75% off retail prices, and visit pattern-making facilities, fabric stores and small factories to learn about the complete process of fashion design from concept to production. Tours may be customized to include shopping only.

Through April 15
Lauren Bacall: The Look
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4585
Celebrate the style of screen icon Lauren Bacall at this exhibition, focusing on Bacall’s looks from the 1960s and ’70s and her close relationships with designers like Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent and Emanuel Ungaro. Among the items on display are Bacall’s famous YSL pantsuit and Chanel suit.

Through April 18
Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the ’70s
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
The sexy, glamorous world of 1970s designer fashion was ruled by two men—Yves Saint Laurent and Halston, who between them set the decade’s sartorial tone and dressed everyone from Catherine Deneuve to the denizens of Studio 54. This exhibition—which features 80 ensembles and 20 accessories on display from the designers—places their fashions within the context of that infamous decade’s glitz and turmoil.

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Do You Want To Volunteer MBAFW ??

Volunteer For Mercedes Benz Fashion Week


Expressions of Interest are open for those studying or interested in the fashion industry who want to be involved as a volunteer in this years event. This event is ‘one-of-a-kind’ and provides a great learningopportunity for those who are interested in events, PR, fashion, media and production.

Location: Carriageworks, Wilson St, Eveleigh, Sydney, NSW ; Australia
Dates: 11th – 16th April (includes Compulsory Induction Day on 11th April)

Following MBFWA 2015 in April this consumer oriented event 
consists of amazing designer sales and many fashion show over the course
 of 2 days. A fashion packed weekend!
 If you are studying or interested in fashion, marketing, PR or Events, come on board!

Location: Carriageworks, Wilson St, Eveleigh, Sydney, NSW ; Australia
Dates: 18th – 19th April (plus a 1 hour Compulsory Induction on 11th April)




2009cd4234_corset_dior_undressed_exhibition 28 March − 12 July 2015 Uncover fashion’s secret history with Undressed: 350 years of underwear in fashion. Organised by the world’s leading museum of art and design, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, this exhibition features more than 80 garments from the V&A’s extensive collection of underwear, many which have never before been on public display. It spans 350 years of fashion history, bringing together the garments that secretly and privately reduced, lifted, padded, adorned, revealed and concealed the body. From corsets and petticoats, brassieres and boudoir wear to bustles, Undressed explores underwear’s function in decorating and manipulating the body. Highlights include Queen Victoria’s undergarments, one of the earliest known bras, and many rare, delicate and beautifully detailed items worn by some of the world’s most glamorous women. Men’s underclothes will also be revealed, as will everyday essentials by major retailers such as Marks & Spencer. From the dramatic engineering of a 17th century iron corset through to the satin revolution of the Wonderbra, see striking pieces by world famous fashion designers, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, to the avant-garde freedom of Gianni Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood. An exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London 530-Screen-Shot-2014-07-17-at-11.11.33-AM Corset_Britain_early_1890s_thumbnail