Tuesday, August 30, 2011

5 Minutes With Miss ShowPony

Unique Brisbane label Miss ShowPony is far from your everyday millinery and accessories. Each piece is handcrafted with the utmost care in Australia using only premium quality materials. Their range of headbands, fascinators, race-wear, bridal, clip and neck-pieces include both classic, feminine pieces and high fashion looks. 
Designers Kymberly Louise and Carla Sakrzewski sit down with me for 5 minutes maybe a little more to talk about  Miss ShowPony.

SC:  Miss Showpony - how did the name come about and where did it all begin?

KL & CS: Miss ShowPony began with a lot of brainstorming and back-and-forth ideas. We liked 'showpony' for two reasons; yes the obvious one, is that we design racewear, but also, the women who wear our designs are a 'showpony.' They want to make a statement, are well groomed and fashion conscious, they want people to notice what they are wearing and want to own it!

We added the 'Miss' to make the name more feminine. We consider our design aesthetic as we like to call it 'feminine with an edge' which is represented in our name by the femininty of the 'Miss' and the masculinity of the 'showpony.' Hence, Miss ShowPony was born

SC: Your designs are incredibly unique and intricate, where do you find inspiration?

KL & CS: We always start with a colour. We get colour obsessed! We then brainstorm colour combination's so that our colour obsession fits within a collection. Our other fixation is shape. . . once we like a certain shape, we then start to mould and transform the shape to discover varies styles. 

SC: The materials your designs incorporate are of the highest caliber; how do you source these?

KL & CS: We source from all around the world - from the US, UK, Asia, Europe and 'of course' Australia. We spend a lot of time chatting to suppliers on the internet as we are super fussy with the quality of materials we use to create our designs. We have gone so far as to ask for samples to be sent prior to placing an order for materials so we can scrutinize the quality. 

SC: Miss ShowPony offers an exclusive service. Can you please tell us what this is?

KL & CS: At Miss ShowPony we offer a bespoke service where you can get one-off headpieces, designed then handmade for your raceday or wedding day to match your outfit.
For example, we have worked with some of George Wu's clients to design one-off designs.
Recently, we collaborated with emerging lingerie label Thousand Dancers at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival making exclusive neck-pieces and cuffs to accompany her designs down the catwalk.

SC: With so much competition crowding our cities and shopping malls, what makes Miss ShowPony stand out from the rest?

KL & CS:  Customers love that we are handmade in Australia. We also feel our designs push the boundaries of racewear. Instead of the typical sinamay and feathers which women love, we aim to offer designs that push boundaries for those who want to make a statement. Our custom designs have been extremely popular, brides-to-be love this, as do those who are serious about competing in fashions on the field. In the end, our customer design service is priceless.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER TO MY READERS . . . . . . after the pretty pictures

 FREE Postage for all your purchases over $80 for Spring Racing!
*Available until 15 October, 2011

To take advantage of this offer, simply, LIKE 'Miss ShowPony' on Facebook, and comment on our wall - "Stereotyped Closet sent me!" and we will refund the postage paid with your order. 

To view all collections and Shop online visit http://www.missshowpony.com.au

This has been a Stereotyped Closet installment on - making a statement.

Monday, August 29, 2011


Image Source: Facebook

Kimbra Johnson, known primarily as Kimbra, is a singer/songwriter from Hamilton New Zealand. 
Now residing in Melbourne, Australia like to call her our own (as we do with most New Zealanders)

Her music is soulful, inventive and deeply thematic which is notably presented through her stylized fashion selections.
Not only does her style shout an imaginative, playful and quirky nature but her dance moves leave nothing to the contrary. 
Kimbra plays on colours, vintage fabrics and preppy accessories to create a romanticized yet edgy look. 

In my opinion, Kimbra is one for the style icon book - currently at page 1.

Image Sources: Facebook, sunherald.com, jamesgeer.com, tumblr

"She was like a current of electricity, striking at every single corner of the room"
- Drum Magazine

For all you Aussies, Kimbra is touring Australia and is "not surprisingly" nearly SOLD OUT!
Find your tickets FAST.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Relax With Lee Mathews

These are just a few words that best describe how Sydney label Lee Mathews began her journey in the fashion world.

For those of you who haven't already seen the look-book for summer 2011, prepare to be inspired.
Lees designs are all hand-made, hand-dyed and inspired by vintage 20's and 30's clothing. Her cottage-industry-style creates a relaxed, comfortable and earthy nature which photographer Amanda Austin flawlessly captures.

Pack a picnic and indulge . . .

Album designed by: Laura Baxter 

 Welcome a little Lee Mathews into your closet this summer and drop by one of their boutiques or stockists.
All designs are limited editions, usually in runs of 10 - 50, so ladies - be quick!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

MBFW Wrap Party

Champagne was flowing and people were posing . . . 
  The Mercedes Benz Fashion Week wrap party - faces, fashion and style.
Percussionist Peter G got style!

Good luck with that hair ladies

 So You Think You Can Dance Anthony Ikin was enjoying the free wine

 Paul Hunt was overly excited to see me

Kelly Alderman joined the photo with gorgeous little Phoebe

Designer Daniel Alexander with PR Bella Nguyen dressed in one of his wonderful creations

DJ has the ladies dancin'

Cute as a button

Models be crazy

On an unrelated note - it seems the weight of my shoes wouldn't let me leave the ground

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bambi for MUSE

Bambi, yes a word that once reminded us of a famous Disney cartoon yet now reminisces a striking model from our very own shores. Her bushy eyebrows, gorgeous sea green eyes and boyish like frame has swept the pages of Nylon, Oyster, RUSSH, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, been photographed by Karl Lagerfeld and has walked the runway for Chanel. 
Being one of the most in demand models throughout Australia has led her to be the face of Aussie labels including Shakuhachi, Tony Bianco, Maurie & Eve, Ksubi and now Witchery

Recently Tim Barber photographed Bambi for the latest issue of MUSE magazine. He captures her so beautifully it sends shivers down my spine.

Hello Summertime Sunshine - Lets take a road trip throughout California’s coastline . . . 

Fashion Stylist: Susan Winget
Image Source: Fashion Gone Rogue