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launched her own label.
Her latest collection offers beautiful, 40s inspired
shapes with plenty of drapery and flawless tailoring
-- they might be right on trend for autumn, but they
are easy wearable pieces with a modern edge that ll
keep you going for seasons to come. For stockists of
Magdalena Velevska, phone (08) 9328 8000.
Fashion has given us its marching orders: military
is here, and it has set up camp (at least for a little
while). Before you start having horror flashbacks
to camouflage pants and khaki shorts with more
pockets than any one woman should ever need,
fear not -- this time, military looks are more in-
spired than dragged straight from the trenches.
Expect sharp cuts in no-nonsense khaki and
neutral tones -- it might sound a little too uniform,
but a great straight-legged pant or buttoned up
blouse will see you through autumn in chic style.
But at the top of the hill, planting its little flag
in and ruthlessly seizing as much boutique land as
it can is the military jacket.
From the regal, Ralph Lauren band styles
adorned with Sgt Pepper detailing, to the ubiqui-
tous Burberry trench (which was standard issue for
the British military -- no wonder men in uniform
look so great), all the way through to boxy flak
jacket worn by every off-duty model and her small,
handbag dog; they re taking arms and putting shiny
buttons and epaulettes on them.
As with any all-encompassing trend, avoid
wearing it top to toe for fear of looking like some-
one s colonel (unless that s your thing, sir) -- throw
your military wares on with softer, feminine pieces
or a casual jean and tee and you ll have everyone
saluting you in no time.
Don t get me wrong -- I hate physical activity as
much as your next champagne swilling, tapas
Getting me to the gym is no easy feat, usually
involves hours of begging emails and guilt trips
(why exercise to burn calories when you can
substitute wine with vodka soda?), and not least
of all because finding pretty gym wear is near
impossible, and don t even get me started on
It s a little disputed fact that the world of fash-
ion and the world of sport have been at odds since
the 90s (and even then, it was just hooligans wear-
ing basketball shorts and bad hats). Until now. It
seems the world of fashion has finally cottoned on
to the immense comfort factor of sportswear,
taking cues from gridiron to tennis.
The clunky and lycra-clad looks have been
transformed into something so stylish they d
probably be disqualified for cheating.
Soft tailoring is especially prominent, with
sloppy tracksuit pants converted to elegant jersey
trousers, while maintaining comfort factor, while
fleece jackets have taken the hood out of zip hood-
ies. Referee stripes and racerbacks abound, and be
prepared for more square-shaped, midriff grazing
tops than an American college football league.
With fashion s recent bent toward the lavish 70s,
graphic prints and intense, all-encompassing
costume jewellery and applique, the swing back
toward minimalism is a welcome cleanse from
the frothy overload of the past few seasons.
A clean slate for a new decade, the simple
silhouettes and unadorned looks sent down
the runways at Celine, DKNY and (of course)
Calvin Klein are softer than their mannish 90s
counterparts, but the colour palette is much the
same -- neutrals, greys and nude tones forming
the perfect blank canvas.
Where girly lace and sparkly trims are aban-
doned, our feminine side has been sated with
beautiful drapery and tailoring -- and lush, lush
Taking care of your minimalism needs a bit
closer to home is Magdalena Velevska.
A gorgeous new label out of Sydney,
Magdalena has worked with plenty of Austral-
ian greats -- names like Akira Igosawa, Lisa Ho,
Wayne Cooper and Nicola Finetti where she was
appointed as head designer, before she finally
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