habbot 'walker' boot in teal cow nubuck. AW14
Has anyone noticed that I am quite partial to Jenna Lyons? If I was going all high-brow-designer on you I’d go so far as to say she was my muse! She is absolutely the queen of colour and tailoring … my top 2 fashion essential ingredients. She demonstrates that you are never too old for a bit of preppy dressing (phew) and puts to bed the argument that print on print is always a good thing – although it is not quite as easy as it looks. (Side note: She also makes a very good argument for bright lip colour and one of these days I’m going to work up the courage to wear some).
So we’re starting a regular post dedicated to what she’s wearing (and some handy suggestions of ways to get her look). We hope you find this inspiring!
If you’re not convinced and need a little more info on the president of J.Crew, here are a few Q&A’s we found on Harpers Bazaar and The Cut. She sounds very no-nonsense, but the fact that she has a freezer full of ice-cream, owns 300 pairs of shoes, and is a big fan of tomato soup means we have at least 3 things in common so she can’t be all hard-ass surely!
p.s. I take my comment above back after just watching a rather old interview by Garance D'ore. She's the greatest. Watch it here.
With the days becoming chillier here in Melbourne it is evident that winter is ever so slowly creeping up on us once more. But I’ve got a plan to combat any impending winter blues … just get involved in some incredible Valentino from their latest collection. Ok so it might be a bit unattainable … but a girl can dream! Oh the colours, oh the patterns! I was well and truly blown away. Taking inspiration from Italian pop art of the sixties and seventies, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have done a fantastic job of pairing bright, bold graphics with feminine, classic cuts, from beautifully tailored midi skirts to floor length coats.
Be sure to visit the link here to have a look at the whole collection, but don’t say I didn’t warn you; it’s going to want to make you wish for an entire new winter wardrobe! I can just picture myself now – leaving work for the day in any one of the outfits above and even though it will be too dark for anyone to see now that daylight savings is over – I will be one happy lady.
Last week we were thrilled to be involved in the the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival for the first time. Both Megan Park and Kate Sylvester runway parades featured girls walking in our shoes and I must say I had a little moment with myself as the lights went down, the volume pumped up and the girls strode out. As pair after pair of my little shoe babies sped past and I wondered if this is what it feels like for a mother to watch her child compete in their first school sports day! Proud as punch.
Thanks to both Megan Park and Kate Sylvester for having us, and a huge thanks and congrats to Kate Gaskin for doing such a beautiful job styling the shows and bringing habbot to life on the runway in such wonderful fashion.
On Friday I returned from another special two weeks in Italy. As a solo traveller my trips can generally be described in short as two weeks of intense designing, planning, colour co-ordinating, translating, suitcase pushing, soul searching and eating! I always come back exhausted but fired up and excited about the new story of shoes I’ve set in motion.
This trip was not to oversee production, but rather to finalise SS14 designs and plan the production schedule with my makers. So unfortunately I can’t show you much habbot shoemaking in action. (Stay tuned for that in June.) Nevertheless here is a random assortment of my Instagram shots from the trip. I hope they give you a taste of what I’ve been up to and where I’m heading with next summer’s range!
During my recent trip to Milan I was pleased to find they were upholding their usual awesome standards in window displays. I guess its Milan so it’s kind of their ‘duty’ to do this … but still it should be applauded.
Special mention must always go to la Rinascente department store. This place is not only a treat for the eyes on the outside, its downright heavenly on the inside. The bag floor in particular holds a special place in my heart. It’s as if candy coloured / tutti frutti colour palettes (my favourite type) are always en vogue here. Even if they’re not! To avoid incarceration I didn’t take any photos inside so you’ll just have to go there to see for yourself. You can’t miss it – it’s the store near that massive church!
I do love a window display on a grand scale – no dainty dolls house style set ups for me. The further away you have to be from the window to take it all in, the better! If you can suspend mannequins from an 7 metre high window then do it … if there’s the option to oversize a chest of drawers to fill the same window then please, be my guest.
Having said this, the Tods window is a great example that you don’t have to use elaborate sets to create an amazing and eye-catching showcase. You just have to keep it balanced and let the product take full credit. (It helps if the ‘product’ is perhaps the most stunning printed leather skirt you’ve ever seen!)
I love window shopping in Milan. I suppose most people would. It appears that a lot of people like 'actual' shopping in Milan too. In addition to the wall to wall eye candy there is such a buzz about the place. The main shopping district is teaming with ‘shoppers’. People getting excited about beautiful things and forking out to purchase them. I miss this a bit in Melboune, except during sale period and that’s not really the same vibe now is it? Maybe we need more suspended mannequins in Australia. What do you think? annie x
Today we launched our very first collection of bags and purses! I’ve been working on the idea for a while now but it took a long time to find the perfect maker … i.e. 2 trips to Italy … but I’m very happy with the results and the wait was worth it.
The team we are using are a small family owned factory (just like our shoe makers) but they do some small runs for a couple of big International brands. I can’t name names, but it was a great indication of their workmanship and I knew I was onto a good thing when I found them!
Personally, I really like a bag that ‘gets the job done’ with minimal fuss … so my first collection is really practical, with simple hardware and of course made from really fine yet robust leathers.
I hope you like them, and would love any feedback as I’m heading away next week to work on the next collection.
Take a look on the website here to see the beginning of what I hope will be an exciting new chapter for habbot!
Last week the Royal Botanic Runway left us all gob smacked! I knew it would be good … but they took good and raised it to the power of 12. To the power of incredible you might say. It’s difficult to explain the perfect blend of nature, colour, texture, sound and even smell … and I hate to say it (for those of you who weren’t ) but you really did have to be there to appreciate it fully. Having said that, there are some fantastic images and videos circulating which do a pretty good job at expressing what a fantastic night it was.
Our photos give you a rough idea of the huge scope of the ‘performance’ … the lengthy trek the girls had to take to complete the runway – drenched in full sun at 6pm – not to mention the hilly terrain they had to contend with. With two finale laps the guests got to see the four collections 3 times which was unusual and much appreciated. Congratulations to event gallery and everyone associated with it, and especially to stylist Emily Ward for inviting us to provide the shoes for Martin Grant. (Wedges from our upcoming AW14 collection). Such a pleasure.