Travel Ready Summer wear 2016?

Twenty six sleeps to Christmas!! The holiday season is nearly upon us. After working hard throughout the year, we are ready to spend a few days soaking up the sun at the beach, catching up with friends and family at backyard barbeques or packing the bags and traveling to exotic locales.  Are our wardrobes keeping pace with our holiday plans? Do we have travel ready summer wear in 2016?

Travel Ready Summer wear Off – Shoulder Maxi Tropical Kaftan

Australia is famous for its beach culture worldwide. Beach culture goes hand in hand with beachwear. Beachwear should be flirty, floaty and feminine. Lightweight and breathable fabrics like cotton, chiffon and georgette are ideal for beachwear. Floral dresses, off – shoulder maxis and kaftans in tropical and graphic prints are on trend this season. Quick to dry and water repellant beachwear dresses can double up as cover ups over bathers or swimsuits.

Travel Ready Summer wear Lightweight and Creasefree Tops

If you are traveling, pack lightweight clothes. Blended georgette dresses and tops are sturdy, crease resistant and take the rigours of travel well. If you are heading off to Northern hemisphere you may want to carry tops and dresses that can be paired with cardis, worn over pullovers or under blazers.

Travel Ready Summer wear Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses can double up as casual daywear and beachwear. They come in a wide variety of fabrics ranging from floral cottons to georgettes in vivid colours. Maxi dresses can be dressed up and down and are ideal for poolside bar be ques.  Accessorised with hoop earrings, stacked bangles and espadrilles, maxi dresses make that easy transition from casual to party wear.


Carry a lightweight scarf. Scarves can be worn as sarongs over bathers, can be wrapped over off shoulder tops or tied around the neck for some added warmth.

Kids Aprons

During the holidays, your little ones can be quite a handful. Why not try something different this season?  Replace the usual toys with eye catching kids’ apron sets as stocking fillers and your little will soon be engrossed, decorating the Christmas cake or roasting corn cobs at the bar be que, leaving you with some ‘me time’.

Beach Tote Bag

Last but not the least, if you are planning the great outdoors experience, pack your slip, slap, slop kit – a box of wet wipes, a spritzer, a lip balm fortified with UV protection, a sun block and moisturiser in a canvas tote bag. Carry a floppy hat. Complement your sexy summer clothes and beach wear with go go sandals and have a blast!!


Deidaatip – Overcome fear of buying gifts

Are you that auntie or uncle who turns up at the family bar-be-que with boring gifts wrapped in listless packages? Does the thought of Christmas gift shopping give you the heebie – jeebies?  You are suffering from giftophobia and you are not the only one. Giftophobia is common around this time of the year – the fear of giving and receiving the wrong gifts? We know it is the thought behind the gift that matters. However, won’t it be nice if your near and dear ones actually find your gifts useful?

Here are the top 5 tips to master the art of buying gifts

 Buying Gifts Observe:

Research the people you are buying gifts for. Observe their lifestyle, hobbies and interests. Your favourite aunt is Scottish, crafty and crotchety (pun intended). She is an active member of the lacemakers’ guild and loves all things handmade. Will she not love a paisley kaftan with a hand crochet yoke?

Mummy dearest is an avid gardener and roots for all things Australian. Deidaa’s Australia scarf, featuring Australian flora will be a tribute to her green finger and patriotism.

The colleague who sits next to you loves the neutral palette. However, she does wear a statement scarf when attending boardroom meetings. A digital printed scarf will add an accent to her understated elegance.


Be a good listener. What has your bestie been talking about lately? The big wedding she has to attend shortly and how she is desperately looking for some beaded clutch bags to go with her spectacular outfits. Or how she can’t wait for the holiday in Bali, where she will do nothing but soak up the sun. This one could definitely do with the tropical kaftans and beach bags.


Your little niece is not that little any more. She is taking baby steps towards adulthood. She is experimenting with beauty and fashion. She will love the pompom and fringed scarves or the sequined beanies.


For your other half, who also wins the title of the ‘Barbeque King’ hands down, you may pick up some cooking aprons with funky slogans. If mini me usually accompanies the dad, you can buy the parent and kids apron.

Go by the stars:

Follow astrology. I am a typical Virgo and love organizers and memo boards, while my charismatic Libra friend loves flamboyance and colour.

You could do all of the above or take the easy way out by giving cash, gift cards or vouchers. These are practical and quick, but lack the personal touch. And most of these gift cards simply sit in our wallets, till they are past their use by dates!

If you are still in trouble over buying gifts, follow Deidaa’s giftopedia series @deidaafashiononline on Instagram, full of helpful gift buying tips. Watch this page. Our next post is about creative gift wrapping.




Paisley Deidaa Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf Introduction:

Is it fashion? Is it art? Is it wearable art? This is a dilemma nearly everyone faces when viewing the Dutch designer duo Viktor Horsting & Rolf Snoeren’s work. Viktor & Rolf are avant garde, provocative and rebellious. Yet their creative genius and technical virtuosity is overpowering.

Paisley Deidaa Viktor & Rolf:

Viktor & Rolf Fashion Artists exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria features 35 garments from the designers’ various collections. An entire collection, originally presented by a single model, is inspired by the Russian Babushka dolls. It begins with a hessian dress and culminates in an elaborate floral cape. What catches my eye is a double layered coat dress dotted with intricately embroidered paisley motifs. It is amazing how the paisley motif continues to inspire designers and craftsmen, be it Viktor & Rolf or be it Deidaa. This humble tear drop shape originated in Persia, traveled to South Asia and found immense popularity in the royal courts of Europe in the 19th century. The paisley is a fashion classic and regularly re-emerges on the fashion runways.

Viktor & Rolf Collections:

The Viktor & Rolf Fashion Artists exhibition features garments from the duo’s Cutting Edge Couture, Red Carpet Dressing and Wearable Art shows. The Cutting Edge Couture collection combined masculine structures with feminine details like pleating. Jackets were volumious and ball gowns sculptural with parts missing. Faced with economic downturn, Viktor & Rolf perfected the art of destruction – cutting corners and slashing budgets.

The Red Carpet Dressing collection was a sarcastic comment on the practice of stars getting paid to wear designers’ dresses at red carpet events. The coat dresses, capes and strapless dresses were fashioned out of heavy duty nylon carpets.

The Wearable Art collection featured garments that were fashioned out of fabric from broken picture frames on the runway at the Paris’ Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2015 fashion week. This collection completely blurred the line between fashion and art work.

The exhibition features the series of dolls commissioned by the duo on the occasion of their solo exhibiton at the Barbican Art Gallery in London. The dolls were dressed in replicas of their original work.

The wallpaper that adorns the walls of the exhibition hall is a digital collation of Viktor & Rolf’s working sketches.This wallpaper has been specially created for the exhibition and is available for purchase. Open till late February 2017, this exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to view the surreal and cerebral work of Viktor & Rolf.

Deidaa wraps up Melbourne Spring Racing Festival 2016

Melbourne Spring Racing Festival 2016 Cup Day

What a grand spectacle! The sun was shining, the roses were in full bloom, the frocks were a feast for the eyes and fillies were faster than lightning. That was the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day 2016. It was a riot of colour, tangerine, cobalt blue, emerald green, sunflower yellow, vivid red and coral. Floral prints vied with the spectacular roses of Flemington Race Course for attention.  Frocks were slim ‘6os shift dresses, lace sheaths or tiny off shoulder numbers. Ruffles made their presence felt. Shoulder barred or spaghetti strap maxi dresses in sorbet colours reinforced the summer theme. Headwear ranged from bold fascinators to floral wreaths.  Turbans, hair jewelry and tiaras were cheek by jowl with fedoras and wide brimmed sun hats. Clutch bags with side slings were popular because of their obvious convenience.  When it came to silhouettes for clutch bags, boxy minaudieres and envelope clutch bags won hands down. Punters put scarves to good use. Animal print scarves were draped over bare backs to prevent sunburn. Solid scarves were wrapped around the waist like a sarong when the micro minis rode too high for comfort and pashminas were twisted around sun hats and left free like tassels. A few anomalies like Hawaiian shirts and jeans snuck in quietly. At least one man was spotted committing the ultimate blasphemy, turning up dressed in a pair of board shorts.

Melbourne Spring Racing Festival 2016 Crown Oaks Day

Melbourne Cup Day was followed by Crown Oaks Day. If you were at the Oaks Day luncheon at the Crown Palladium and rubbed shoulders with film, television and sports celebrities, you were prepped up for the most feminine event of the Melbourne Spring Racing Festival.

The morning punters were out early, dressed in soft pastel colours, demure floral and muted graphic print dresses. Silhouettes were mostly slim and figure hugging. Lace sheath dresses and layered skirts were aplenty. The overall mood was ladylike and elegant. However, the odd peek a boo top appeared now and then. The cutaways on these tops were discreet nonetheless, with no show of the belly button. Some ladies were accompanied by gentlemen in morning suits offset with colourful pocket squares and bow ties. Others were obviously in the company of their bffs and clearly having a blast. Headgear was sculpted and hair jewelry was inspired by the coral reef. Myer Fashion on the Field had 60’s dresses in coral and ivory competing with shift dresses in vivid floral prints or solid colours like fire engine red and buttercup yellow.

Melbourne Spring Racing Festival 2016 Emirates Stakes Day

The final event of the spring racing festival was Emirates Stakes Day. Stakes day was about family and fun. It was about relaxing the rules and stepping outside the norm. Stakes Day had a carnival atmosphere. Fascinators were replaced with sequined berets,  colours were bright and styles were funky . Juniors and families can showed off their race wear at the Junior Fashion on the Field event.

Emirates Stakes Day was full of joie de vivre. Families were out early with the mini punters taking to the fashion scene with gusto. Siblings were dresses in red and white coordinated frocks and sun hats. Little boys carried their Homburgs with élan. Nautical stripes were a major influence on the junior punters as were sailor caps. Tartans, lace and accordion pleats adorned young and the not so young alike. Stylish top hats were worn with ruffled shirts. Floral and maxi dresses worn with floral headbands were a distinct favourite this spring racing season. Fresh flowers in headwear epitomized the spirit of spring.

Emirates Stakes day had a different feel to it. Candy floss added to the festive mood as did pony rides, fun and games, crafts and several other outdoor activities. Boys and girls held their own at the Junior Fashion in the Fields competition. As families sashayed down the runway, it was obvious the junior punters did not lack in confidence.

As the day drew to an end, a sea of tired yet happy faces made their way to the exit gates. Wins were celebrated and losses shrugged off. At the end of the day, it was all about the satisfaction of a day well spent in the company of those that matter the most and excitement in anticipation of another spring racing festival in 2017.

As another Melbourne Spring Racing festival came to an end, it was time to relive the memories. Who won in the best dressed category, who staged a fashion coup with offbeat headwear, clutch bag or wrap and who committed a fashion faux pas?

Each year, the Melbourne Spring Racing Festival relives the era of elegance and gaiety. We forget our worldly worries these few days and live in times where carefully coiffured ladies partook of high tea served in sliver service and bone china and dandies roamed the streets of London. Till next time!