Monday, May 16, 2011

Stylist 101 with Lisa

We chatted with our resident Rachel Zoe, stylist lecturer Lisa on what she loves about her course starting in June and her favourite winter trends.

What do you do at TAFE?

I'm a part of the Fashion Retail Team I lecture from Certificate II Retail to Diploma. Also I lecture the short course in Styling.

How did you start out in fashion?
I have been involved in Fashion for over 10 years working in various retail roles and I have had my own personal Styling business for 6 years.

Describe your course in four words.
Stylish, fun, interactive, empowering.

Top fashion trends at the moment.
Probably the faves at the moment would be Aviator trend, animal print, camel and maxi skirts.

One piece in your wardrobe you can’t live without.

At the moment I am loving Jodphurs – warm and on trend!

Favourite shop, label and blog.

I love chain store shopping in places like Zara, Sportsgirl and Witchery.
My fave blog is The Sartoralist - I love to people watch and this is such a great way to examine trends/styles from all around the world.

Which fashion or footwear course would you like to do and why?
Would love to one day do footwear short course and make my own shoes.

Interested in our stylist course? Head to for more information.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Grad interview with Julie White

We caught up with talented fashion design graduate Julie White.

What do you do?

I am an independent fashion designer who lives in Adelaide. I love to draw and make beautiful things to wear.

Your path in fashion was set when...
I have been making things since I was young, a path in fashion made sense to me when making things wearable was something I really enjoyed doing, especially being in an industry that's so diverse. I love creating clothing, I see clothing as a powerful tool that can be used to express how you see yourself and how you want to be seen.

Describe your label in five words.
bold, fun, graphic, decorative, imaginative.

Tell us about your favourite garment that you have created from scratch.
I'm pretty excited about a printed dress I am currently working on. It features a hand-drawn print that frames the female neckline. The process began with drawing directly onto a toile while wearing it, scribbling bold shapes and textures with black marker. I've spent just as long developing the design as I have on some of my couture pieces, only it's more accessible!

Top trends at the moment. What is inspired you?
Prints! I love the way people are mixing vintage prints with new ones and it's great seeing people experiment more with colour and print combination. Also, people seem to be thinking about the placement of prints not just on the front of a top, but on the back or down a pair of legs!

One piece in your wardrobe you can’t live without.
A beaded, black silk bolero with ornamental edging and massive shoulder pads! I found it in a vintage shop in Berlin and I've only worn it once.

Favourite shop (online or retail), label and blog.
Shop: Including anywhere in the world, Liberty in London! I love all their carefully selected labels picked from around the globe. You can find a lot of inspiration from labels doing some really interesting things with technology, right there in the flesh.

I'm not really influenced by one, but a few at the moment include: Neurotica, Ashish, Bebaroque, Romance Was Born, Karen Walker, Cybele and Eley Kishimoto.

The Worn Journal Blog - I've been enjoying this lately and its very down to earth!

What did you love about studying at TAFE?
Being around creative friends, as well as the good support and technical advice from lecturers on hand while you push-on!

Where can people find out more about your label fashion?
You can also find me at the Work Shop at 151 Hindley Street. At the moment I'm there every Monday.

Interested in studying fashion? Find out more at Fashion at TAFE SA.