What really goes on on one of our photo shoots… Enjoy!
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.
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.
Neckpiece by Vera Xane
The Euphoria – The Shadow
The Catalyst – The Crusade
The Catalyst – The Flight
The Euphoria – The Hunted
The Euphoria – The Miasm
The Catalyst – The Bella Vista
The Euphoria – The Farrago
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’re a little excited this week as we’re off to a magical place, a place that might not be around in 10 years or so. We’re shooting our next campaign and we just can’t wait to share it with you, so be sure to stayed tuned to our Instagram feed for all the behind the scenes fun.
Here’s a taste of the inspiration we’re feeling for this trip…
In preparation for our next trip to the magical lands of Africa, I’m reminded today of some of the amazing sights and sounds from our last trip in 2012.
Below is a very small selection of some of my favourite shots from that trip. All shot and edited in my iPhone – for lots more go follow @wearehandsome on Instagram!
We’ve just returned from Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast in Australia. Home of the most beautiful beaches in the country and are empty almost year round – unbelievable. We had plenty of time and space to really put our new towels and umbrellas through their paces and boy did they hold up! We still have some Flamingo Bahamas Beach Towels and Hideaway Full Print Umbrellas for sale at the E-boutique!
After yesterday’s amazing announcement and brand new album drop, It’s come to light that Queen B has taken a shining to little ol’ us and our Hideaway print Leggings & bodysuit feature prominently in her new video for Pretty Hurts.
She looks beyond amazing, even when working out.
We’ll have more updates as we see the video in full – stay tuned!
Best known for her work for Victoria’s Secret, Melbourne born and raised model Shanina Shaik took a minor break from her hectic NYC schedule this week to fly home to shoot a campaign in Sydney.
Shanina, a big fan of ours, took some time out to see our upcoming collection: The Divine and give us the nod of approval on the pieces she loves.
The collection is released in 2 weeks but we’re giving you a sneak peek with Shanina today wearing The Victory Zipsuit.
If you’re quick today you MAY even find The Victory for sale in ourE-Boutique today ( a sneaky week earlier!)