What a week

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The past week has been a very busy one for us, not only opening our new store at The Strand Melbourne and enjoying the associated festivities, but this on top of an exciting schedule at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

The week began with me presenting at the ‘MSFW: Industry day’ event, alongside other fashion industry leaders and entrepreneurs such as Karin Upton Baker, Karen Webster, Yasmin Sewell, Jodie Fox, Nahji Chu, Liz sunshine and others.

Later that evening, I spoke again at another fantastic MSFW occasion, this time at the Melbourne-Milano sister city dinner held at The European on spring street for businesses with Italian connections.
On Thursday evening our spring styles graced the runway during the Megan Park segment of the third designer series. 

By the time Saturday rolled around and we opened the doors to our third habbot store I was well and truly ready for a champagne! I look forward to sharing images of our beautiful new space designed by Fiona Lynch, one of Melbourne’s leading interior designers very soon, but not before I’ve taken a moment to catch my breath!   


Colour Study: Silver

Saturday, August 23, 2014

'Flamingo' slipper from our Spring 2014 'Alice' collection now available.

WEAR IT WITH: Tweedle

Monday, August 11, 2014

Country Road t-shirt, $99.95 and pants, $129, Viktoria and Woods Jacket, $290, Aark Collective watch, $179, Habbot 'Tweedle' brogues, $390.

COLOUR STUDY: Coral

Friday, August 08, 2014

habbot 'Dee' lace up in coral. SS14

WEAR IT WITH: Dee

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Country Road linen bf jacket, $179, Collection leather skirt from J.Crew, $840, Witchery sleeveless shirt, $89.95, Habbot 'Ninae' purse, $120, Habbot 'Dee' glitter bogues, $390. 

COLOUR STUDY: Blue

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

habbot 'Tweedle' brogue in blue. SS14

Coffee

Monday, July 21, 2014

The most important machine in the shoe making world, the COFFEE MACHINE. It's our equivalent of the water cooler and there is literally one in every single workroom, office, studio and showroom I visit. 

WEAR IT WITH: Riddle

Friday, July 18, 2014

 

Bird and Knoll Bali Scarf from Husk, $299, APC denim shirt from Grace Boutique, $272, Country Road pants $129, Habbot 'Riddle' desert boots, $450 and 'Harlec' satchel bag, $320.

 A LOT of work goes into a sandal…don’t be fooled by the simplicity of these beauties! Here are a few images I took in Italy recently showing the strapping wrapped in our spring 2014 leathers, the cutting process and the finished article. As you can see from the first shot, we’re doing them in a few different colour ways, but I have a particular soft spot for the multi-coloured version featured below.  

I found myself in wonderland.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Alice is forever and she is alive. That is why I am in Wonderland.

Alice's story encapsulates colour, intellect and best of all, imagination. 

I remember snuggling to up to her tale, 

under the warm bed covers, 

reading her story of madness and mayhem. 

I hoped that perhaps, 

that night, 

I may end down the rabbit hole also. 

The book was a gift that inspired.

habbot’s new spring 2014 collection is inspired by Alice and her adventures in Wonderland, written of course by the one and only Lewis Carroll. 

It’s one of the most imaginative pieces of writing I know and has stood the test of time both in terms of originality and quality. 

I’ve borrowed colour references from the many versions of Alice, 

and translated them into my shoes. 

The softness and femininity of her pale blue and white pinafore is a cleverly orchestrated contrast to the vibrant setting and inhabitants of Wonderland . 

This inspired me to select a similarly diverse palette that  illustrators used to link Alice to her strange new world. 

Many of my chosen colours and materials are my interpretations of specific characters within the story. 

The ‘treacle’ ballet in aquamarine and silver stripe is clearly an Alice-inspired style, 

the ‘dee’ glitter lace-up has a definite white-rabbit-wearability to it. 

Boldly striped ballet flats are a nod to the Cheshire cat,

black and white leather combinations link back to the monochrome queen of heart’s playing card soldiers. 

Inspirations have come from a quote or passage in the books such as the ‘riddle’ 

silver desert boot or the canary yellow hole punch brogue which I see more as a reflection of the underlying strength of character Alice draws on as the story unfolds. 

It’s these layers to the story that make it such a special piece of writing. 

The messages in the story are many and varied from one reader to the next, but I think we can all take something away from Lewis Carroll’s work that will either 

uplift us or remind us that a bit of ‘madness’ in life is actually a good thing. 

If an unexpected path leads to a potentially colourful outcome then it’s a path worth taking.