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You guys. It’s been a massive week. Scratch that. A massive month. Wrong again. It’s been a massive SIX MONTHS of imagining, dreaming, designing, planning, cat herding, all in preparation for the release of The Catalyst & The Euphoria collections at Australian Fashion Week this past Tuesday. All the hard work, adrenaline-riding and lost sleep was worth it – the show came off smashingly, if we do say so ourselves!

 

Thanks to Clover Moore and the City of Sydney, we hosted the show at the beautiful Paddington Reservoir Gardens. While the Gardens have never seen a show like this, they’re certainly no stranger to WAH folk – our founders had their wedding garden party there. Awww.

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It was one of the last sunny days of summer, and the gardens were kitted out like a tropical oasis, complete with custom WAH-printed deck chairs and surfboards. Our fearless models shared their spotlight with Candy the elegant yellow python, as they grooved down the runway, all sexy smiles and legs for days.

Here are some of our favourite shots from the day, and while you check them out, have a listen to some tunes from the show.

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The looks

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The Euphoria – The Shadow

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The Catalyst – The Crusade

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The Catalyst – The Flight

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The Euphoria – The Hunted

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The Euphoria – The Miasm

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The Catalyst – The Bella Vista

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The Euphoria – The Farrago

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The Finale!

If you’re dying to get your hot little hands on some of the looks, you won’t have to wait long. The Catalyst will be in stores this July, and The Euphoria in November. Follow us on Twitter at @wearehandsome to stay up to date. In the meantime, check out our current collections.

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“It’s pronounced Moldeeves…or paradise” was the response I got when I first landed on the island and even though, out of habit I still refer to it with more of a maal and diives, that gentleman was absolutely correct about the second part, paradise it is! All that you know about The Maldives being idyllic & picturesque is absolutely true and then some!

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As I sit here and reminisce over our glorious week of ‘workationing’, the first thing I’m struck with, is how much I miss it. But yes of course you’re thinking, ‘why wouldn’t you’?!
Well, we live a few hundred meters away from the ocean, so that’s not that part I miss. What has me wistful is the complete serenity, the total lack of cars, the smiling faces, the rainbow of ocean blues and an unhurried schedule the island moves to. That’s what I miss the most.

In a world that has become so small, and interconnected, the Maldives is still very much uncharted territory by the masses – it retains it’s elusiveness through it’s remoteness. It took us almost 24 hours of traveling to reach Ayada from Sydney, but unlike all the other times I’eve traveled that kind of distance, I woke up to the sounds of the ocean lapping below us, threw open the doors to an endless turquoise and cobalt ocean and shared a moment with a turtle we named Roger, who was not even 3 meters from our (over-sea) hammock. Roger just bobbed his head in a knowing way, while I marveled at all that was before me.

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The island of Maguhdhuvaa is located 30KM’s from the Equator and so far from civilization that you can’t help but feel like you’re a modern day Robinson Crusoe. Except where Crusoe had to fashion his shelter, scrounge for food and occupy himself so as not to go mad, at Ayada, your shelter is a 5 star suite or villa with a private infinity pool, the food is varied and excellently prepared and occupying yourself is the furthest thing from your mind.

Traversing the entire island will take you approximately 20 minutes or you could have your butler chauffeur you in a golf cart to and from your meals and massages. We, however, chose for most of our time to ride the island’s simple white bicycles, peddling our way through palm tree lined avenues and down boardwalks suspended over a coral reef teeming with all manner of fish, reef sharks and sea life.

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Incredibly, 99% of the Maldives comprises of water and at no point in the Maldives are you above sea level by an average of 1.5m, but I don’t think at any point on our ‘workation’ were we further from the water by that same distance! The azure hues of the water are like nothing any of us had ever seen before, the spectrum of colours are almost like a painting, perfect and clear and never-ending.

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When one heads to a tropical island you are generally accompanied by your nearest and dearest, in this case Jem and I we’re joined by four of ours, and having done so we would highly recommend turning this romantic destination on it’s head and making it a friends-in-tow getaway. Where, as a couple you may lounge by the pool, sip your cocktails, read a book or two and just ease into relaxation. We spent a lot of the time laughing together, mastering our jumps off the infinity pools edge (shhh don’t tell Ayada), biking from one side of the island to the other and and topped it all off with couples massages for all at Ayada’s fully equipped spa retreat.

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For a couple of days we ventured off the resort and took  a jet boat trip over to neighbouring islands and sand banks where we explored rough terrain, met up with Roger’s buddies while snorkeling a reef drop off that spanned at least 3 KM’s. We also got into the spirit of it all and kayaked half the way round the island, well Margo and I kayaked – the boys occupied themselves with taking photo’s of us and everything around us. We also spent some time surfing one of the Maldives infamous over-reef breaks and then back to Ayada in time for a hearty afternoon lunch.

Since arriving home, oddly enough everyone has asked us about the food and we can absolutely say it was plentiful and sumptuous. Tuna is the Maldives 2nd main source of income (after tourism) and happily it is in abundance on the island. The sashimi lovers in our group we’re so spoilt with the freshest tuna we’ve ever tasted! On our last night we had a celebratory dinner at the Mediterranean themed restaurant Ocean’s Breeze, like everything else on the island it’s all focused on the ocean and as we sat on the deck watching the sunset and the lights of the bungalows twinkle onto the water, the food just did not stop arriving – we we’re quite literally drowning in excellently prepared and presented sea fare. The standout was the scallops, they were soft and buttery and, well, simply the best scallops I’ve ever had.

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Ayada offers a varied array of accommodation, from a beachside villa or suite and of course the quintessential over water bungalow, and having now experienced this slice of bungalow life, I don’t know how I will ever be able to stay in a villa that doesn’t’t have a glass bottom lounge room to watch as the underwater world swims by, or for that matter doesn’t have an infinity pool that stretches over and into an endless blue. I have been totally spoilt by the vistas and serenity of Ayada.

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Every suite and villa island-wide has a private pool (of course) and so we found that through the day most of the guests chose to vacation in their secluded spaces – who wouldn’t’t! Which left the main pool area, swim up pool bar and restaurant, well, quiet – which is an absolute first for any resort I’ve ever been to and we relished the opportunity to do some lazy laps and partake in a couple of in-pool cocktails!

As the term ‘workation’ implies it wasn’t all long lunches, sashimi, cocktails and working on our tans. Our team we’re there to shoot our Pre Fall campaign, which will be released in Mid-May and I say without hesitation that it is the best campaign yet. So much so, we’re having a very tough time choosing from the thousands upon thousands of images we created, but this is the best problem to have after any campaign shoot.

The Ayada team went above and beyond and catered to all our needs, and then some, our model Margo celebrated her birthday with us on the island and the the staff marked the event with a cake and a song! There’s one thing for certain, besides the tan lines and endless memories, the Maldives has left an indelible mark on us all.

 

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Every year I go through this phase. The phase when I get bored with my hair and need to make a decision on what to do with it. So many questions pop to mind. Do I cut it? Do I grow it? Should I change the style? How drastic should the change be? Will I leave it natural or colour it? If so should I go all out and jump on the pastel locks trend? So many questions, all overwhelming! First world problems.

There is is a method to my madness and in my crazy weighing up of decisions, I have decided to dedicate myself to making my hair look as lush and healthy as possible. Perfect runway ready hair so good it looks like I just stepped out of a commercial. Ok not quite, but one can dream.

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Many would doubt my dedication but with our awesome friends over at KMS in charge of our runway locks this year at MBFWA, I have confidence that I will achieve my goal. With their expertise and delicious hair products mine and our model babes locks will be perfectly soft, shiny and voluminous. Not to mention they have teamed up with us to design some very cool WAH print hair brushes and capes! Hair prep in style!

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Someone once said that your hair is a ball gown you never take off…how true that is. Take care of your locks ladies…and gentlemen because you will hopefully have them for the rest of your life.

This year we will be taking you behind the scenes in the lead up to our show for MBFWA, meaning you will be able to see all the cool hair prep going on as we do. Follow @wearehandsomeswimwear on Instagram and be sure to follow @kmscaliforniaau for all the action. For expert hair tips and all you need to know about acheiving luscious locks, jump on to KMS California wesbite and FB page.

Divine Wanderer

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In just under a week, our Season 15 & 16 Collections will debut at australian Fashion Week in Sydney. We’ve got some amazing floral based prints we’ve been working on and wanted to show you a little inspiration of what’s to come!

I’m unsure of the artist on these pics, but they are nothing if not amazing!!

 

 

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Whilst we love to chase the never ending summer and catching a tan whilst doing so, we know that it can’t be summer for everyone and even if it is, you must make sure that you aren’t exposing your skin to potential sun damage. That’s why we always look for that extra glow with a little bit of fake tan.

There is no shame in rocking the faux tan, in fact we  LOVE that we can achieve the same sun-kissed, beach babe look from a cream or liquid, without having to lather on the sunscreen or endure the pain of sunburn and recovery time. NOT to mention, creating crazy tan lines because you accidentally missed spot on your back or ended up with a handprint from the old slap stick application approach. No thank you! This whole fake tan thing sounds about right to us.

Which is why every year we make sure our model babes at the We Are Handsome MBFWA runway, and not to mention our campaign “workation” to the Maldives, are rocking the best tropical tans with the help from our awesome friends over at St Tropez. And why wouldn’t we? They are the go to experts on the subject of tanning, whether we are applying backstage or inn our bathroom, their expertise is not glossed over. Just the other day they taught us how to apply fake tan to our face without making mistakes or causing breakouts!

Golden, deep bronzed, beach babin’ bodies? Check! No risk of skin cancer?  Check! Well we are all set to go with what will be a sun kissed runway.

 
To get the best tanning advice follow our friends over at St Tropez via there website, Instagram @stropeztanau, Twitter @StTropezTan and Like their FB Page.

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It’s come to my attention that I have a slight addiction. An addiction that although I would like to say is exercise, has my bank account being exercised more than I. Yes online shopping. You’ve got me. I’m addicted. I admit it. Couple this with my constant use of digital and social media platforms and you would find me gone for hours just happy browsing and making mental lists of everything I need…..want, I mean want. 

Then something happened. Something exciting. Two of my favourite things; social media and online shopping, combined forced to create one AMAZE TOWN app! Bluesky. This is a digital platform that combines window shopping and actual shopping all in one. They must have designed it specifically for me. I just know it.

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So what’s the deal with it you ask? Well, the user can view their oh so coveted items from their favourite designers, favourite the item, like it or even share it. And if you want to go that extra bit further and make the commitment to buying, one button will send you straight to the labels online store. Not to mention well known blogger babes like Lisa Hamilton post their favourite and must have items for your inspiration.

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We loved the concept of the app so much, that as apart of our sponsorship at MBFWA, you can view our latest lookbook from the The Tropic Of Babylon on the app itself. By downloading the Bluesky app and keeping up to date with everything WAH, you may just get a sneaky peak of our next collection that is about to be launched at Fashion Week. Your own exclusive preview of what is to come.

To view and download Bluesky click here. Follow @wearehandsomeswimwear and @blueskyshopping to keep informed about our exciting venture at this years Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia.

 

Divine Wanderer

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We caught up with the gorgeous and ever talented artist Jessica Guthrie, who recently sketched her own renditions of our latest collection The Tropic Of Babylon. We asked a few questions about her life as a creative artist, here’s what she had to say:

We absolutely love your renditions of our Tropic of Babylon collection. Tell us a bit about yourself? Where are you from? What is your background?

Originally from Melbourne, my background is in fashion design and production, both mainstream and made-to-measure. I moved to Sydney 8 & 1/2 years ago with my husbands job relocation, which allowed me to start a new venture and open up a vintage clothing business in Surry Hills called Coco Repose. I remained creative by sourcing vintage and antique clothing and accessories to sell in my boutique. This also drove my inspiration for my own limited edition range of clothing using vintage fabrics and trims.

Fashion, design and history of bygone eras are a love of mine, but I wanted to create more and have always known that I wanted to eventually step into the world of fine art and illustration. I have always tried to dabble and keep up with life drawing and art, but a year and half ago I had a bit of a ‘light bulb go off in my head’ moment and decided I could follow my dream NOW and not wait. So I closed my business to study art at the Julian Ashton art school in Sydney.

As of January 1st 2014, I put the self imposed challenge out there to start a blog and produce a ‘sketch a day’. This was to create a profile online for myself and to be able to collaborate with other business’. It also gives me freedom to create quick images each day with anything that takes my fancy on that given day. It is challenging, but the feedback is positive and exciting. And after this year I hope to develop these quick sketches into larger artworks after finding out what works and inspires me the most.

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When did you first realise you had this creative talent? What made you persue this?

I have always had a love of drawing from a very early age. Even in primary school my projects always had to be the largest, most illustrated, collaged, tea stained – creative! I used to spend hours on pretty borders and many more simply sketching and colouring in. I can still remember when I was 8 years old, my grandparents gave me a 72 set of Derwent pencils which went a long way to fuelling my creative dreams. Working in the fashion industry gave me a creative stepping stone to be creative in a career that allowed me to design and travel, but also give me important business skills.

Tell us about some of your inspirations? What really drives you?

I am naturally a very driven person, there are never enough hours in the day! I have always been inspired by art and the creative process, and particularly fashion and the history of different eras. Travel gives me a lot of inspiration and I have been fortunate to travel through work which has opened my eyes and inspired me. In particular, Paris is my favourite destination and I will be headed there in July purely for an inspiration and art related trip!

I am a bit of a bowerbird, I collect everything! I pour of fashion magazines, I love visiting art galleries, but even everyday items and nature inspire me, I am always collection feathers on walks and looking at things around me for textures and design. I feel like I can find inspiration everywhere, If only there were more hours to create! – Oh and I am a little obsessed with Pinterest!

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Do you have a favourite artist? If so who and why?

Hmm… my all time favourite artist/design is Alexander McQueen and currently Sarah Burton, I simply adore her creativity and style and courage in design! Purely from an art perspective, I am drawn to Degas and Rodin for their subject matter, line and sculpture. I can’t wait to get back to Paris to visit Rodin’s garden again, and to sit with my sketchbook and just draw!

You are clearly talented and have received a positive response in social media, how has the impacted how your work is received?

Social media is now such a powerful tool. Having worked in my own business I can recognise just how much this can impact on an individuals profile. There are so many talented artists out there and social media is a fantastic way to build an awareness of an individuals work. For me, it is a process of putting myself out there, and receiving feedback (good or bad) to fuel me on my journey and validate a change in career direction. Creative careers can be quite solitary at times, and it is amazing how instant positive feedback from instagram or Facebook can keep pushing me and encourage me to create. It is also a great way to be able to connect with other business’ and to show them an instant profile of your work.

Where to from here? What big plans do you have in the mix?

From here I plan to keep studying and refining my art skills. I would love to collaborate with other creative business’ on illustrated product and fashion. My long term plan is to create pieces of art using vintage and antique pieces that I have collected over many years as my inspiration. I have a story for each piece, which I hope to be able to convey through my art. I am open to where the road leads for me which is daunting but super exciting! Being a Saggitarius, I am always up for the adventure that lies ahead, it is the unknown that excites me. I do know that if I could draw, paint and illustrate everyday of my life, I would be one happy fulfilled girl!

I am glad to have had the experiences I have had in fashion and business, I feel like it has given me a great set of skills to work from, and a clear view on what inspires me. Now having made the decision to pursue my love of drawing and painting, I know that I am on the right track of pursuing my absolute passion!
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What made you choose We Are Handsome as a part of your inspiration and what is your favourite sketch of the renditions?

Having a fashion background, I love to be inspired by creative fashion and was drawn to ‘We Are Handsome’ because of the unique imagery and themes favoured. I think WAH designs are bold and fun, and typify a creative process that is not always evident in the fashion industry. They are unique, and give your customer a statement about their own choice of style.

My favourite rendition sketch is ‘The Voyeur’ leggings – I love the colour and design, and I am particularly drawn to colourful feathers for painting and drawing!

If you had to choose one print/design to wear from our latest collection what would it be and why?

Ooh tough! Do I have to pick one??? I would choose ‘The Bahamas’ scoop one piece. Firstly I am always drawn to anything pink and flamingoes, and I could absolutely see myself wearing this by the pool to my Bali holiday in a couple of weeks time. I could then also wear it as a body suit with a skirt over the top out for afternoon drinks – win win! X

How can we find and follow you?

You can view my work on my wesbite www.thecolourofwhimsy.com.au

Follow me on Instagram @thecolourofwhimsy

Like my FB Page The Colour of Whimsy

Get Interest with Pinterest @colourofwhimsy

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We have been following the very cute and talented Melbourne based designer of LimeDrop Clea Garrick for a while now. We love her quirky and playful designs and admire her creative talent. This weeks feature at VAMFF on the Shop ‘Til You Drop Runway reinforced exactly why we love this label.

Perfect for the party vibe of the Shop runway, the vibes from Limedrop were nothing but fun and flirty with playful florals, 1950s ice cream pastels, swing skirts, plastic sun visors and of course the super cute fun glasses. Pairing this with metallic shimmers, structured cut outs and geometric jewels, Limedrop brought edge to the sweet, the innocent, the playful. The collecion is quintessentially Clea, chanelling notions of individualism, the fantastic and freedom in creativity.

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There is just something about this label that keeps us coming back. Whether its the bold designs or mischevious prints, the garments capture a sense of wonder, imagination and discovery. Our pick? The Silver Lining Cut out Dress. Too in love to choose a colour. And why would we? Black or Lilac are both divine. We also wouldn’t mind The Clisen Skirt, a perfect Autumn addtion to our wardrobe.

Follow the ever talented Clea Garrick and her label Limedrop on Insatgram @cleagarrick & @limedrop. To view the entire collection head to their website at Limedrop.com.au.
Divine Wanderer

 

Photos: Lucas Dawson and Megan Harding

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Clueless

An unlikely muse, the 90s teen fashion queen Cher Horowitz aka Alicia Silverstone from cult movie Clueless, has provided inspiration for many collections and looks this season.

Taking us back to the days where we were so like totally loving tartan, plaids, goth, neon backpacks and knee high socks. Where we all wished we had that futuristic wardrobe of Cher; intuitive, tech savvy, revolving…..surely they’ve invented this no? A girl can dream. Whilst the 90s was an interesting time for fashion thankfully only a few key looks have been brought back this season, with a modern twist of course.

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Coordinating Tartan: If you were wearing a tartan coordinating suit in the 90s complete with the knee high socks you were certainly rocking the preppy look. This season fusing checks with tartan in asymmetric skirts and structured tees pays homage to Cher and Dionne’s twin suit looks. Add a single strap heel or a slide and you are on point.

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Backpacks: They may not be neon but a good leather backpack is certainly trending. Now I am not talking one you can fit all your books, laptops and everything but the kitchen sink in…think more petite, simple, elegant. A perfect way to finish an outfit.

Sport luxe: This is my favourite look of the season. The sport luxe look has been obsessed with my DIY cut off Adidas and Nike tees. Pairing this with a full bodied skirt or pair of distressed denims allows you to achieve the chic yet nonchalant street look ever so coveted this season.

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Dye dip hair: No longer is coloured hair defined as grunge, alternative or out there. This season I am loving pastel dye dipped locks. If you are already rocking ombré than you are half way there. Step it up with a pastel pink or lilac. Test your limits. Be creative.

Growing up in the 90s was fun. Even at a young age I got to test the boundaries with my style choices. Like many eras the 90s may have committed many fashion faux pas, I am certainly glad that only the good styles have remerged this season.

 

Divine Wanderer

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Cosmopolitan’s collaboration with VAMFF this year saw 7 talented designers feature the latest from their AW collections. The flirty, feminine and chic nature of Cosmopolitan was certainly matched by standout labels Cameo, Finders Keepers and Jaggar.

With vibrant colour pallettes, the collections brought a little light to Autumn Winter. The use of heavy silk fabrics, draping and boxed layering, created a feminine structure to graphic florals, stripes and marbel prints. The presence of a-line and swing skirts, peplum, crops and wide brimmed hats, allowed collections to harness the fun, playful nature of Autumn, as if you were running through and playing in the floating leaves of Fall. Developing a sense of innocence each look provided a contrast to this seasons consistent theme of monochomatic, androgynous architecture.

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Our favourite looks? Though there were many we loved and coveted for our wardrobes this winter we ADORED:
Cameos structured use of pastel silks to create strong but feminine silhouettes. Finders Keepers take on #allwhiteeverything with a simplistic shorts and blazer combo. And finally Jaggars strong use of monochromatic fractured mozaic prints.

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Continuing the fashion week craziness, keep watching this space for updates and show recaps. You can follow our Twitter feed @wearehandsome for live tweets straight from the shows.

Divine Wanderer

 

Photos: Lucas Dawson Photography VAMFF

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