Rubber Duck, late summer and David Bowie

The Yellow Duck on Darling Harbour

The yellow ‘Rubber Duck’ on Darling Harbour

I couldn’t help but include a picture of the magnificent yellow duck bobbing around in Darling Harbour at the moment. It’s the most amazing thing but when you see this giant version of the bath toy, you can’t help but feel happier. It’s just so big, five stories high, and so yellow and serves absolutely no purpose. It’s wonderful! It was done by artist Florentijn Hofman and is here as part of the 2013 Sydney Festival.

Rubber Duck

Rubber Duck

While browsing around this week some of the only new merchandise I saw were these lovely skirts and shorter sleeve cardigans from Review. I suppose they fall into the late summer/fall category but they still look fresh, summery and simple. I think there will be quite a few little cardi’s coming in for late summer/ early fall.

White and green skirt from Review in Meyers

White and green skirt from Review in Meyer

Green cardigan from Review at Meyer

Green cardigan from Review at Meyer

Red and white Review skirt at Meyer

Red and white Review skirt at Meyer

Floral Review cardigan at Meyer

Floral Review cardigan at Meyer

Pink floral Review skirt at Meyer

Pink floral Review skirt at Meyer

I particularly like this white cardigan with bright cerise pink spots embroidered onto it. I think it would look lovely with plains, floral dresses or skirts or stripes.

White and cerise spot Review cardigan at Meyer

White and cerise spot Review cardigan at Meyer

One of the interesting but difficult things about fashion in the southern hemisphere is that we are a season behind the US and Europe and their trends are supposed to hit our shores a few months later but I think it could also be said that in a way we are ahead of the Northern hemisphere. The Pre Fall collections were presented a month ago and I am sure that our approaching Fall will feature many of the trends and influences from those collections which sort of puts us ahead! It makes it extremely difficult for the designers and manufacturers. These days with technology the way it is, we get immediate coverage of new collections and designs directly from websites, magazines and bloggers. When I was working in the industry in the early 80’s, long long before the advent of the internet, if you wanted information, you had to go and find it. We used to have to travel to the French and German trade fairs and check the stores to get the newest trends and designs coming out of Europe. We would often get our colours, styling etc straight from what was in the stores or on the streets and there was at least a season’s turn around time. The fabric mills needed time to develop yarns and weaves or knits and then the garment manufacturers needed time to cut the patterns, make the garments and deliver them to the stores. It all took so much longer than it does today. I take technology for granted these days, emailing, googling, but it really has revolutionised all aspects of our lives. I wonder if there is an industry that the internet hasn’t had a major impact on?

Illamasqua eyeshadow in Resolute

Illamasqua eyeshadow in Resolute

I bought this red metallic eyeshadow from Illamasqua last week and I love it. I thought that being red, it may look like I had either a massive hangover or severe case of hay fever but it’s a beautiful colour with just the right amount of colour and shimmer.

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I was  a bit of a David Bowie fan in the 70’s and I love this new release of his.

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2 Responses to Rubber Duck, late summer and David Bowie

  1. Robyn Graham says:

    Love the skirt and cardi look in the photos!

    I’m sure the rubber duck has had lots of attention!

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