Mela Purdie Autumn/Winter 2014 - fashion inspiration
*none of the images below contain actual Mela Purdie designs, these are simply reference images from other labels
Yes, I know it's crazy to be talking winter clothing in the middle of summer, but that's fashion - topsy turvy! I'm going to give you a little preview of the kind of thing you can expect from our favourite Aussie designer this winter...
We are all very excited about Mela's new collection, I personally think she has outdone herself with both her fashion pieces and her basics. For winter she has created a feminine, elegant, luxurious collection with a softness and nonchalance to take you from day to night that I think we are all craving after seasons of oversized boxy tops, ponchos and the like.
We'll see throwbacks to more elegant and flattering silhouettes, like peplum and flip hems, long flowing skirts, tailored dresses, fluid shirting and draping. Fabrics are luxurious and rich for winter, with wool boucle, jacquard, double layered lace, silk animal and rose prints, pure silk crepe, italian wool knits and of course her signature Matte Jersey & Mousseline. Leopard textured and spliced waterproof toppers will also feature, along with an updated denim collection.
For our cool girls who prefer more androgynous and relaxed styles, never fear there is still a wide range of modern, urban styles for you too. The jersey harem pant is a must, and the beautiful Soft Mousseline Cargo is back, and with modern stripes, new spliced separates, denim and slick waterproof anoraks and coats you are set!
The jersey/mousseline colour pallette is feminine, fresh and complimentary:
Sitting alongside the jersey we have rich neutrals in knits & denim, and a stunning silver Platinum colour in the new Silk Crepe fabric and spliced lace.
Trends we will see:
The peplum jacket will be a feature piece in the collection, we adore this elegant and flattering style, a throwback to the fabulous fifties when silhouettes were womanly and curves were celebrated!
Mela always does a fantastic jersey stripe, and this time she's mixed it up splicing wide stripes with thin to strategically create slimming effects in all the right places.
Taking inspiration from runway trends and high street stores Mela has given us a gorgeous, flattering flip skirt shape for winter. This winter is the season of the skirt - you will see them everywhere and luckily Mela has come up with the goods in both short and longer draped styles.
Mela has sourced a fantastic leopard print in silk which will sit perfectly with your existing pieces and new favourites. She has also taken the leopard into her knitwear, with a small range of tonal leopard knits in pure italian wool (including a stunning wrap/pashmina we are absolutely gunning for!)
Continuing the ladylike-cool vibe of her collection is the frilled hem top. I love this look with some slim relaxed pants as shown above, or a pair of denim leggings or skinny jeans under some knee high riding boots.
Last but not least we have lace - we will see it in a form fitting dress designed with panelling to be extremely flattering, and for those not into the dresses there are separates in the longer sleeved shell top and mid double skirt. We'll see black lace overlayed with nude jersey and the stunning new platinum light grey colour.
I hope this has got you excited for the amazing winter collection which will start arriving in February!!!
Keep checking the site for new stock and pieces available for pre order - get in before everyone else and secure your favourites, and if you want to know more, feel free to email me!
Thanks to BBC Good Food, I have a delicious and different punch recipe for you to enjoy this summer. Personally I love to make a refreshing and delicious punch for Christmas, it's a bit of a tradition for me but I do like to change it up each time. This one is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy with the ginger punch making it super refreshing.
Ginger, Apple and Vanilla Punch
1 Litre of Ginger Beer (not Ginger Ale!)
500ml chilled apple juice
500ml Vanilla Vodka (or add 1tsp vanilla extract to plain vodka or rum)
4 limes, 2 juiced 2 cut into wedges
1 apple thinly sliced
thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1. Combine ginger beer, apple juice, vanilla vodka and lime juice in a large jug.
2. Add ginger, apple slices and lime wedges to the punch and add lots of ice before serving.
Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2012.
Going on holiday is one of life's great pleasures, and seeing the amazing diversity of culture, art, architecture,
However, ensuring a relaxing and enjoyable trip takes planning and packing sensibly and thoughtfully - how many times have you overpacked and thought "next time I will pack smarter"?
Below is my holiday guide in interview format with some tips from Mela Purdie the goddess of travel style herself thrown in!
What are your essential fashion items for travelling in comfort and style?
- Basic jersey hip length tank and leggings, the perfect building base for a comfortable in-transit outfit. You can easily throw a light tunic over the top and a topper coat if necessary for temperature changes at your destinations.
- A light knit or wide wrap scarf, indispensible on planes and in airports where climate control can be all over the place! Packs down small but offers a layer of comfort to take the chill off.
- A stretch denim skinny pant in black, comfy and stylish for day with a jersey tee or top and easily dressed up for night with a silky Charmeuse blouse.
- As mentioned above, at least one blouse in the stunning Charmeuse, it is non-crinkle, non-iron - perfect for dinner when you're straight off the plane and suits any other dressy/casual occasions and is light enough to wear in the heat, yet with a layering basic underneath can be sensibly warm for a cool climate.
- A mousseline top or dress. The genius 1-2 hour wash to dry time and non-iron nature of the Mousseline fabric makes it absolutely essential in the travellers case. Straddling the line between dressy and casual, it's the perfect multitasking fabric and goes back naturally with jersey and stretch denim co ordinates. Best of all it packs down to next to nothing!
- A lightweight showerproof trench or coat in memory fabric. It packs down super small, and you just shake it back into shape - choose a neutral colour and a classic style that will never go out of fashion and will complement any outfit. My suggestion: The Spring Anorak by Mela Purdie
- Not too many pairs of shoes!!! Most importantly comfortable flat shoes. My pick is a pair of leather brogues or loafer styles. Effortlessly stylish and suit a multitude of fashion pieces. I like patent leather as the shine makes them dressier if need be. I would also pack one pair of comfortable but dressy heels or wedges in a neutral colour for dressier occasions or have these in mind when shopping at my destination!
Lanvin leather brogues (left) and Paul Smith Leather loafers (both in my dreams!)
How to pack these items with care and space efficiency?
I like to roll my clothes, Mela Purdie suggests leaving hangers on whatever you can and simply rolling items up together with hangers. When you arrive at your destination you simply pull them out and hang them in your hotel closet. Mela's fabrics travel so well you shouldn't need to wait too long for the creases to drop out, if at all!
Pack heavier items like shoes at the wheel/bottom end of your case so they don't fall down and crush other items when the case is standing.
Separate all liquids & cosmetics from clothes in sealed plastic in a separate compartment if possible, I have had the disaster of a broken tube of lotion squirting all over my case contents. Not ideal!
Wrap anything more breakable in clothes for padding and protection. My partner managed to get a 16 piece dinnerware set back here from Sweden safely by wrapping each piece in an item of clothing!
What are your essential makeup/skincare items for the flight and beyond?
- Flights can be very drying, so I always have a hand cream, paw paw ointment for dry lips and my favourite hydrating face spray by Avene - thermal spring water in a spray can. Spritz it on your face for a refreshing and skin hydrating boost. I love Diptyque moisturing lotion it has a lasting silky texture and hydrates for hours with a stunning fresh and floral scent. A bit of luxury goes a long way when you're stuck on a plane for 15 hours.
Avene Thermal Spring water spray (left), Lucas' Papaw Ointment (both available at Priceline) and Diptyque body lotion available from Mecca Cosmetica
- Always pack tissues and carry them around with you everywhere. You never know when you will need them - like when you arrive in China and the public toilets do not supply toilet paper! Ditto for hand sanitiser lotion.
- Sunscreen (a great option is tinted moisturiser with a good spf factor) and a good fake tanning/bronzing lotion for emergencies!
- My makeup essentials for when you can only have the bare minimum are blush, mascara and an illuminating concealer like Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat (there is a reason one of these sells every 5 seconds across the world - it's amazing and the creamy formula is great for older skin). This is great for covering dark circles under the eye when you are jet lagged or simply sleep deprived, and covers any blemishes too. Mascara makes eyes appear bigger and brighter, and blush or a facial illuminator gives life to your face. If you can have a bright lippy on hand that will always lift your look also.
From left: YSL Touche Eclat concealer (David Jones, Myer), Hourglass Film Noir Mascara, Nars cream illuminator series (both Mecca Cosmetica), Tom Ford Lipstick (David Jones)
- Lastly, DON'T FORGET YOUR TOOTHBRUSH!!!
What was the highlight of your last trip overseas?
My last trip overseas was to China for the wedding of a friend. Naturally I'd have to say the wedding was a highlight, the couple were Australian-Scot/Chinese and it was a perfectly east/west fused ceremony. We had several rooms in an amazingly opulent yet somehow decrepit hotel shared with several other good friends who had made the trip over from Aus, and the ceremony was held on an island in the stunning grounds attached to the hotel. Afterwards was a traditional Dragon procession which is apparently not that common with drummers and then a chinese banquet for 300 at which we were served Baijo, a plate of cigarettes and a multitude of delicacies including preserved pigeon heads complete with eyes and open beaks!
Another highlight of course was climbing the Great Wall which was a tough walk (see my sweaty pink face below!), and the trip there and back was memorable as we had an amazing driver who had taught himself English from a phrasebook and dictionary. He had incredibly good English, but we did have to teach him a couple of words as we were quite confused when he told us of his dream to move to the country and keep in his living room "A bird in a bag". After some gesticulating we realised this meant a bird in a birdcage!! So we taught him 'birdcage' and wrote it in his dictionary for him. He took us to a local resaurant on the way home where we had fish that was caught right in front of our eyes on the banks of a gorgeous river.
What is your must see destination in the next year?
I am off to Japan in April next year and can't wait to see the cherry blossom festival, the red Torii gates in Kyoto (as famously depicted in the film Memoirs of a Geisha) and the craziness of Tokyo city, the twinkling of Kobe at night and shopping in Shibuya! And stuffing myself with Ramen and soaking in natural hot springs!
I hope this has given you something to think about when planning your next trip!