One Step Closer With Anna Campbell, Designer

One Step Closer With Anna Campbell, Designer

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Talented Melbourne designer, Anna Campbell, is taking the Australian fashion world by storm and at the tender age of 23, it’s only just the beginning. Known for her beautifully elegant and very feminine designs that celebrate the female silhouette, Anna was named a Melbourne finalist in Sydney’s highly acclaimed Chambord Shine Awards and also just celebrated the opening of her new boutique in Brunswick, Melbourne. Anna shares the inspiration behind her collections and tells us what being a fashion designer is really like. When did you realise you wanted to be a fashion designer? I really just fell into fashion. My high school had an incredible arts area, and in Year 11 I started textiles, and majored in wearable art. I also focused on life drawing, and printmaking, and had a tough time choosing between fashion, costume and print. How would you describe your own style? My personal style is related a lot to our label. It’s about accentuating the female figure; showing off beautiful waistlines and curves. I love wearing heels and a lot of lace. What is a typical day like for Anna Campbell? Unfortunately, it’s not as glamorous as most people would think. I work in the boutique one day a week, which is definitely my favourite day. I enjoy working with clients one on one. Most of the time I am on the phone, or answering emails, writing invoices, and following up accounts. The designing, photo shoots, and generally fun and glamorous parts are few and far between. Where do you draw your inspiration? Inspiration can come from anything and anywhere. Collections in the past have been inspired by things like the new flowers blooming for spring, from a certain era; our last collection was inspired when designing the interior of our boutique which has a 1920s art Deco vintage feeling about it. I have sketch books that we constantly relate back to, and in them we record any new ideas or inspirations. Sometimes something that I have drawn 2 – 3 years ago and forgotten about suddenly becomes relevant to a range. Where do you source your materials? We are lucky enough to wholesale the majority of fabrics locally. We have just started importing the most exquisite embellishments from India, which will feature in our Winter 2011 range. We will still keep our production here in Melbourne though. - See more at: http://www.onyamagazine.com/australian-affairs/australian-conversation/australian-conversation-with-anna-campbell-designer/#sthash.oLwYiqAF.dpuf
Taylor Tomasi Hill's Crimson-Red Hair by Ally Betker

Taylor Tomasi Hill's Crimson-Red Hair by Ally Betker

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WHO: Taylor Tomasi Hill, New York City–based creative director of Moda Operandi WHAT: “I’ve been a redhead for over a decade now. In high school, I would mix my color at home using different shades from Ricky’s that were recommended to me by different hairstylists. Let’s just say that chemistry isn’t my forte and I may have ended up with purple hair once or twice. In my college years, as an art student, I experimented with fire-truck red and electric green. My mother has had this specific shade of red for as long as I can remember, so at some point, she inspired me to make the switch. I’ve been hooked ever since, and I always try to make it brighter and brighter.” WHEN: “Red requires a lot of maintenance, and when I say a lot, I mean every three weeks. My salon is my little secret uptown sanctuary and my hairstylist brings me back shampoo from Japan that helps to preserve the color. I can’t read a single thing on the bottle but the only thing I need to know is that it works. At the beach, I wear a scarf wrapped as a turban. I try to maintain the red by shielding it, as the sun strips it very quickly. In a pickle, I can dye it myself, but I’ve never colored from a box! I pick it up from the salon, and I take it home. Once, while traveling, I colored my hair in my hotel room. It looked like I’d committed murder. I felt like I owed housekeeping an explanation. Photo: Courtesy of L’Oreal Other than that, my hair-care routine is pretty simple. I prefer the messy bedhead look to clean shiny hair. However, true to my Texas roots, I love a good hair spray. My favorite is L’Oréal Elnett.” WHY: “I think it suits my skin tone as well as my personality. I’ve heard that redheads have quick tempers. I wonder if I’ve become feistier since my hair has been red.”
8 Tips for Great a Wedding Toast

8 Tips for Great a Wedding Toast

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How Do You Give a Great, Personal Toast? I analyzed toasts when writing Wedding Crashers and realized that, like a movie, a toast needs a character arc and roughly five sections: background, an anecdote, comic relief, a turning point, and a conclusion. [Read Faber’s toast points, for the full rundown.] What If You’re Uncomfortable Giving a Toast? Go for a poem if you don’t know the guest of honor well, you have mixed feelings about the person, or you’re nervous. When a jet fighter is going down, he reaches for the escape hatch. For me, that’s a few lines from Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Should You Speak Directly to the Guest of Honor? I prefer to look straight ahead. If for some reason the person isn’t smiling, you might panic, thinking that he or she hates what you just said, and there goes your speech. It’s easy to misinterpret reactions when you’re under pressure. Is Using Notes OK? Nothing says, “I Googled this last night,” like reading index cards. Try memorizing key phrases, then freestyle the rest. What About Length? A 45-second job won’t seem heartfelt; half an hour is painful. keep it between 5 and 10 minutes. And If a Joke Tanks? Own it. Say, “Well, that was supposed to be funny.” you’ll get the sympathy laugh. No one wants you to screw up. Do Drinking and Toasting Mix? I usually need liquid courage. But make sure not to overdo it. Any Other Don’ts? Audience participation: Don’t put Aunt Debbie on the spot. Also avoid talking about the guest of honor as if you’ve lost your friend in a war. That can get weird. For more pointers, see how to make a toast.