Archive for May, 2010

Camberwell Market

Posted in Market, Melbourne on May 23, 2010 by Chloe Partikas

Camberwell Market is run by the Rotary Club of Balwyn every Sunday morning from 6:30am until 12:30pm in the carpark behind the Burke Road shops.

The best time to arrive is around 8am, with an aim to leave by 10am. If you arrive earlier, some of the stalls have not set up yet, and after 10am it is quite crowded and difficult to leisurely browse.

It is a trash and treasure market. Half of the stalls are rented by regular stall holders, and the other half is rented by people cleaning out their wardrobes and homes. You can buy things such as vintage clothing and shoes, home made jewellery  and vintage furniture.

This morning Dana and I visited the market. Dana bought two shirts, and I bought the following:

Aeroplane Necklace, $7

Black velvet singlet, $7

Teapot and teacup earrings $6, by Morgan & Jane

Earrings available to purchase online from Little Shop Of

For more information or to book a stall visit Camberwell Sunday Market website


Rosemount Australian Fashion Week – a reflection

Posted in fashion with tags on May 17, 2010 by Chloe Partikas

It has taken me over a week to craft this blog entry, since returning from my volunteer role at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, because I needed to let my thoughts process in their own time and settle.

Backstage at Zambesi, captured by Sonny Vandevelde

Backstage at Zambesi, captured by Sonny Vandevelde

I will not go into an in depth analysis of the shows, as there are many reviews all over the internet. If you haven’t had a chance to read much about RAFW, a session browsing The Vine , Australian Vogue , Frockwriter Frockwriter RAFW Photo Gallery, Sonny Vandevelde’s backstage shots and the Fashionising coverage of the shows will bring you up to speed on the amazing creations that have been devised for Spring / Summer 2011.

Rather I am writing a reflection, on how RAFW 2010 has influenced my current life and my understanding of the fashion world.

RAFW was very different to the other three fashion weeks I have been involved with; Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival, Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. Those three festivals are targeted at consumers, most shows have tickets available for the public to buy, and the shows display how garments that are already in stores can be styled and worn.

RAFW is a media and delegate only event. It is the only fashion festival of this type in Australia. You must apply to be a delegate, or be invited by the designers or the RAFW team as a guest. It is the first time Australian designers show their Spring / Summer collection and most items do not go on sale until many months later. Depending on the reception by the audience and reviews, some garments do not even go into production.

Backstage at Sara Phillips, Captured by Sonny Vandevelde

Backstage at Sara Phillips, captured by Sonny Vandevelde

Backstage at the RAFW is much crazier than the consumer targeted fashion events. There is a very large amount of media around; taking photos, filming and interviewing the people involved. I had never been personally involved in anything with such extreme media involvement before and had tingles throughout the week at the thoughts that if I continue to consistently work hard and keep myself focused on my Public Relations career goals, in the future I could be involved in planning and carrying out such an amazing event. I thoroughly enjoyed learning from the people at the forefront of the Australian fashion industry, and feel honoured to have been allowed to be involved – however small my dressing and ushering parts were!

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Style / Life Progression

Posted in fashion with tags on May 16, 2010 by Chloe Partikas

As I mature into life and goals become clearer, I feel my sense of style is settling settle down. After years of one day dressing like a 4-year-old and the next a biker, I feel that my wardrobe is slowly becoming succinct.

I recently took the plunge into ebay land (yes, years late, I know) and it forced me to consider every item in my possession and whether I desire it to be included in my current and future outfit choices.

The staples of my current style are faux fur, lace (which has played a large part in my dressing habits over the last year), sheer fabrics, statement jewellery, red shirts and red lipstick.

I am becoming more comfortable with my body shape as I grow up and am finally embracing my curves.

Above and below are snippets of my outfit that I wore to my talented sisters dancing concert tonight, and a demonstration that you can feel confident and stylish in an outfit bought on a saving-for-European-adventure-number-two budget.

(I got distracted and forgot to ask someone to do a full outfit photo so sorry for the fragments)

Asos Clog Heels

Black tight dress (worn under shirt) : Sportsgirl $20 on sale
Black sheer collared shirt, size 14 and worn oversized: Savers $10
Cream bow & pearl necklace: £8 =$13.10 AUD
Lace tights: Topshop £10 = $16.40 AUD
Black patent heel clogs: ASOS £25 (on sale) = $41 AUD
I also wore my faux fur coat that is not pictured: Savers $25


Shoe Porn on & off the runway at RAFW

Posted in fashion with tags on May 8, 2010 by Chloe Partikas

Whilst volunteering at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week in Sydney this week I was treated to a feast of shoe porn, on and off the runway.

I did not have a chance to take photos myself so I will share with you some drool worthy shoes other bloggers captured…

Black sandal wedge via themondayissue

Black/Blue wedge feat. gold zip via themondayissue

Black ankle boots via themondayissue

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The seemingly never-ending search for perfect ankle boots.

Posted in fashion with tags on May 7, 2010 by Chloe Partikas

I have been searching out perfect (and affordable on a europe-2011 budget) ankle boots for months. Rosemount Australian Fashion Week shoe porn consumption depeened this lust into a need, and it has taken over my thoughts.

The king of tough leather goodness, Rick Owens, has created the below versatile boots. Oh how I wish I could spare £757.57  = $1,263.62 AUD to spend on beautiful Rick Owens leather wedge ankle boots.

(available for purchase on net-a-porter, image via polyvore)

Also, even though my toes may get a bit chilly in winter, I have extreme lust for these Opening Ceremony Wedge Shoe Boots.

(Available from asos for £270.00 = $448 AUD)


I ended up discovery Jeffrey Campbell shoes – fashion forward and contemporary designs at a highly affordable price.

I now have in my posession the JC:



I wear them both quite often and they are so comfortable. The hidden platform at the front of both is the key to comfort!