Why do we need vivid festival in winter?

Why do we need vivid festival in winter?

Woke up with the birds to a grey winter morning. The sky was overcast, the winds spine chilling. The train station had a forlorn look, with a motley crowd of commuters swathed in puffa jackets and beanies. People were grim faced and spoke little. In a sea of grey and black, I tried to look for a dash of colour, in vain. That’s when it hit me, why do we need a vivid festival in winter? In winter, nature withdraws its bounty of colourful foliage and warm sunshine. When all is barren and grey, we need to infuse colour in our lives. We can do so by celebrating the vivid festival or by adding the warmth of a bright red pashmina to our winter outfit. Your garden may be looking dismal, but you can simulate the magic of fresh flowers by wearing floral scarves in vibrant colours. Think positive, dress cheerful, tackle the dull, grey winter head on with a few clever tips from Deidaa.

Deidaa’s review of Vivid Sydney and a discussion on how to combat the winter blues! Coming soon on Deidaa!

Australia’s fashion Deidaa’s reflection

Australia’s fashion eclectic influences:

Fashion capitals, traditionally, have subscribed to a finite design aesthetic. France is renowned for its couture garments with fine embellishments, the UK for its tartans and tweeds followed by the wave of anti fashion, 1960’s onwards. American fashion is equated with smart casuals and sportswear. Japanese fashion designers are known for dark, deconstructed silhouettes. Australia’s fashion, however, cannot be straight jacketed into a watertight compartment. It is a smorgasbord of eclectic influences.

Early Years:

The early settlers brought with them the remnants of English fashion. Soon enough, this early English aesthetic was tempered by Australia’s weather, environment and outback culture, very different to what an Englishwoman would experience back home. Successive waves of migrants – Europeans, Asians, Americans and Africans left their imprint on Australia’s fashion. This evolution of Australia’s fashion is effectively chronicled at the 200 Years of Australian Fashion Exhibition at the Ian Potter Centre, NGV, Melbourne.

Beginning in the departmental stores of Collins Street, Melbourne, where in- house seamstresses churned out made to order dresses from bolts of silks and brocades imported from Europe and India, Australian fashion came into its own in the 1960s.

The Pioneers:

Prue Acton infused life into Australia’s fashion with her range of colourful mini dresses. Jenny Bannister was Australia’s answer to the Vivienne Westwoods of the West, with her range of cutting edge swimwear and use of anti fashion motifs like razor blades. Deidaa takes a leaf out of these early pioneers of Australia’s fashion. At Deidaa’s Melbourne studios, there is continuous experimentation with colour and avant garde motifs. Deidaa infuses colour in her kaftans and dresses. Deidaa’s designer silk scarves flaunt graffiti motifs with aplomb.

Linda Jackson and Jenny Kee put Australia’s fashion on the world map with their range of clothes and knitwear inspired by indigenous art and unique Australian flora and fauna. When Princess Diana was spotted wearing Jenny Kee’s Koala jumper, Australia’s fashion went viral worldwide. Deidaa has experimented with Australian flora in her 2016 range of designer silk scarves, with a measure of success.

THE Artisans:

Deidaa strikes a chord with designer duo Easton Pearson. Australian designers like Easton Pearson and Colette Dinnigan incorporate artisan techniques like beading and embroidery in their fashion garments and accessories. Deidaa works closely with artisan communities to include elements of handcrafting in her garments.

Kaftan queen Camilla with her repertoire of vivid African and Asian influenced kaftans never fails to amaze Deidaa.

The Trail Blazers:

The story continues. Australia’s fashion has become a force to reckon with. Contemporary Australian designers like Romance Was Born and the incredibly talented Toni Maticevsky keep adding to Australia’s diverse fashion aesthetic.


Deidaa reviews Australian Fashion

Deidaa reviews 200 Years of Australian Fashion

200 Years of Australian Fashion, an exhibition at NGV, Australia, is manna from heaven for anyone with an interest in Australian fashion.

Australian fashion can not be straightjacketed into a finite category. It is a salad bowl of eclectic influences. Beginning with a distinct English flavour, it was enriched by successive waves of Europeans, Asians, Americans and Africans. The indigenous art of the first Australians and the unique Australian flora and fauna have lent a unique flavour to Australia’s fashion aesthetic. Somewhere along the way, global movements like anti fashion have left their mark on Australia’s fashion. Deidaa seeks to establish her identity amidst the rich tapestry of cultural heritage and contemporary innovation that 21st century Australia’s fashion is representative of.

A detailed review of 200 Years of Australian Fashion exhibition follows in the next post – coming soon on Deidaablog.

Deidaatip how to wear 2016 colours

How to WEAR 2016 colours:

Vibrant oranges, vivid emeralds, radiant orchids and rich marsalas have been on top of the colour charts since the last few years However, the fashion pundits have predicted a clear shift in 2016 colours from brilliant and intense colours to soft hues like quartz pink and cornflower blue. Soft aqua, buttercup yellow and lilac complete the pastel story.

How do fashion designers work with this pastel palette? And what does it mean for you, the end customer? A pastel colour palette is not easy to work with. You can wear pastels if you have peaches and cream complexion and a perfectly contoured body. However, if you have a pale or sallow complexion, pastel clothes or make up will draw colour from your face. Pure pastel colours are not recommended for dark skin tones either. Traditionally, a pastel colour palette has been shunned in winter.  But this winter, we can use a few simple trick to use 2016 colours to our advantage.

#Rule 1

Combine pastels:

You do not have to dress up in quartz pink from head to toe. You do not want to look like a tub of gelato. The trick is to combine two or more pastel colours e.g., a cornflower blue blazer worn with a quartz pink blouse. This breaks the monotony of a single pastel colour and adds warmth to an otherwise cool palette.

#Rule 2:

Wear pastels with neutrals:

A quartz pink blazer looks chic worn with black and white printed top, a pair of black trousers a pair of patent peep toe shoes. For a more formal occasion, you could wear a black off shoulder top with a peach skirt – a frothy concoction of lace and tulle.

#Rule 3:

Wear pastels with bright colours:

A snorkel blue (also on trend) pant suit can be teamed up with a printed blouse in peach, lilac grey and pink. A graphic printed kaftan in pastel colours can be worn under an aqua overjacket trench coat

#Rule 4:

Wear pastels as accessories:

Are you a neutral colour loyalist? You can liven up your black, white and khakis and charcoal garments with scarves in pastel colours.  Get rid of some of the stark neutrality of you black dress with a bejeweled quartz pink clutch bag. The options are endless.

#Rule 5:

Wear dusty pastels:

Are you a brunette or a red head? Are you dark skinned? Wear dusty pastels instead of pure pastels. Instead of quartz pink you may wear a salmon pink. The cornflower blue may be replaced with a colour bordering on teal. You could also select from colours like  ivory, coral and sage.

2016 is not all about pastel colours – snorkel blue, green and red are hitting the headlines as well. It is a matter of selecting right. Need help with selection of right colours for your body shape and skin tone. SOS Deidaa at info@deidaa.com.au and the Deidaa team will come to your rescue in no time.