Wednesday, 17 September 2008

A project about an Australian runway

With 2 of the 3 finalists hailing from Queensland, there's no denying Brisbane is carving its own place in Australian fashion. Sunshine state resident, Lee Buchanan embraced rich royal blues and yellows, embellished brooch accessories and gorgeous embroidery fit for a Buckingham Palace ballroom.

However, it was neighbour, Juli Grbac (you heard about her here first!) and her self confessed "girly girl" dresses that won her the coveted crown. While judges were sold on the commercial viability of her frocks, I was loving her obsession with tailoring, fine fabrics and understanding of the female form. The wear anytime aspect of the collection was also ticking my box. I plan on investing in a few satin slips to be worn with opaques and pumps during the day and strappy jeweled heels come sun down.

This super feminine tiered number (grey, on model) was Julis star garment. I was also a major fan of the emerald and grape jewel coloured pleats that she injected into her show; giving the collection a little depth and shaking the muted pastels up somewhat. Look out for Julis spread in an upcoming edition of Madison Magazine. And if you're lucky enough to be involved in Melbourne Fashion Week, get yourself a spot at her show. No longer famous only for our enviable climate and big country town feel. It seems Brisbanites are putting their stamp on the style map, I have a feeling Grbac is just the beginning.

6 people have commented:

fashion herald said...

and the dress she's wearing (if that's her on the left?) is amazing. but that full length grey ruffle, girl has some major skills.

Francis Girard said...

That is her on the left - shes super cute xf

Ali said...

she is super cute! love the little peachy number on her!! will keep my eye out for her for sure!!

Eelie said...

Oh i adore my mirror too. I found it at the Sallies for $30NZ only! And was so excited to get the hoard back.

I'd never known Oz had their own version of project runway but it makes sense since its climbing up the fashion ladder. I'll have to check the winner out, for her talents plus i NEED to do a DIY project on her gorgeous tiered champaign skirt. Oh thats such a sweet thing :)

Sunniva said...

Wow I adore her peach/light pink ruffle dress. It's absolutely gorgeous, and she's so sweet too! Thanks for your comment, dear :)


The Boy Is Back said...

Please tell me where I can buy the gent's outfits constructed by one Mr Lee Buchanan for the Project Runway finale? Nothing short of spectacular, and one way to make a dashing return to the Australian Spring Racing Carnival right around the corner..

Oh, and did I mention it's GREAT to be a Queenslander! Smart State indeed.