April 22, 2013


Happy birthday to one of the most talented designers of our generation, Mr. Christopher Esber. Let me just say look out world because this man is on the rise and he won't be going anywhere anytime soon - you will definitely be seeing more of him and his threads on this blog.

Citing Tom Ford for Gucci and Donatella Versace as his inspirations from an early age, he is well on his way to becoming a household name like his teen idols, already being praised as one of today's most exciting Australian designers. For me, his freshman MBFWA debut from last year remains one of the best shows in the history of Australian Fashion Week.

So here's to you, Mr. Esber! I cannot wait to see what you come up with for your future collections, I just fall more and more in love with every one you release and you truly are one of a kind. And your eyebrows are killer.

image via one of my favourite blogs, you are not ilona

April 15, 2013


And so it ends… MBFWA has finally come to a close for 2013 and it’s all a little bittersweet for me. First off, to be a part of Fashion Week was a dream come true, I was surrounded by a plethora of likeminded people. I honestly wasn't even expecting any invites for my first Fashion Week so to attend the shows of some incredible designers such as Camilla & Marc, Maticevski, Alice McCall and Manning Cartell was all so exciting.

When I first heard that MBFWA was moving homes from the Overseas Passenger Terminals to Carriageworks I wasn't really loving it. But after the first day, the charm of Eveleigh swept over and I was taking to the new venue. The industrial vibe and the history of the place was all so beautiful and adding something a bit more special to all the shows.

During the week I got to meet the loveliest people, some I'd admired from the interwebs - seriously, it was like all these bloggers had walked out of my browser and were standing right there in front of me... It was also really lovely to bump into friends and familiar faces while waiting in lines for shows.

While chatting to the lovely Nicole Cooper, we both realised that Fashion Week was really just one big people-watching fest. Everyone was looking at everyone - judging each other's outfits and pinpointing designer wares, recognising people from or trying to figure out which publication/blog everyone else was from and seeing who was sitting front row and who wasn't.

When talking to Helen about the news that Hanne Gaby Odiele was walking for Ellery she said she it might sound a little old-fashioned but what she really cared about was the clothes. The more I thought about it, the more I began to feel as if people are becoming so caught up in the theatrics of the fashion shows that we're really losing the reason why we go to fashion week (i.e. to view the clothes), and I think this has really impacted the way designers choose to show their collections and how they structure their shows.

Of course, it's always nice for the audience to have incredible visuals and to be entertained, but when it overshadows the designer's collections that's when it becomes a problem (I'm looking at you Camilla). The theatrics of the shows then become distractions that detract away from all the designer's hard work.

I think the definite highlights of my week were chatting to Phoebe Tonkin who, by the way, was so sweet and incredibly down-to-earth despite being one of the most beautiful creatures to ever come out of Australia, and meeting the absolutely delightful Hillary Kerr of my online fashion bible Who What Wear who is honestly one of the nicest ladies I have ever met!

Though Fashion Week was an incredible experience, it was also a very draining one - after all I was there for work with Breakfast With Audrey. I churned out show reviews like there was no tomorrow on several cups of mediocre coffee (at least they looked pretty...), even skipping some shows to get posts up on the website!

You can read my reviews for the following shows over on BWA:

Images courtesy of Raynard TanAllan Hoang and Tim Da Rin for Breakfast With Audrey

April 10, 2013

MBFWA 2013

Happy hump day of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia! Hope you're all enjoying madness that is MBFWA whether that be from sitting at the shows, sitting at your laptops livestreaming via JASU or through the millions of social media channels with the hashtag #mbfwa.

Don't forget you can catch all the latest over at Breakfast With Audrey, where I've been reviewing shows on-location at Carriageworks straight from the media room! Don't forget to follow me on Instagram (ohmygilded) too for some show snaps!

April 6, 2013


I’ve met my fair share of fashion folk but jewellery designer Venice Rish is one of the most down-to-earth and loveliest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. She is so sweet and the sheer rawness of her personality is so refreshing and I love how this is reflected in her beautiful jewellery.

Entering Venice’s studio is like stepping into a treasure trove. It’s very homely and intimate, and Venice takes me through almost every piece she has on display and she speaks with so much passion about the stories behind their creation. Her work is inspired by nature, with insects, animals, minerals and flora playing major roles in her collections. Her now signature glass pieces are truly breathtaking – I mean I use the word stunning quite frequently but these pieces are the definition of stunning. As much as I tried it was so hard for me to capture how exquisite the colours really are with my camera – when the light hits from different angles there is nothing else like it. Her silver and gold pieces are so beautiful, I particularly fell hard for the series of universe earrings.

Each piece of hers is an artwork in itself, from the incredible glass praying mantis earrings she created for Michael Lo Sordo’s MBFWA show last year right down to the intricate etching plated pendants which she draws by hand then shrinks down to size to put onto necklaces and bracelets. My absolute favourite pieces of hers are the lovebug earrings, which are just about the cutest things ever. I love the unique design that have them crawling up the side of your ear which is the way Venice intended for them to be worn – quirky but adorable!

So what’s next for Venice? She is currently working on a collaboration with upcoming Aussie label Desert Designs for their MBFWA debut as part of the New Generation show for next week. She then plans to study at the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London. Whatever’s in store for her, I have no doubt she has an incredibly bright future ahead of her and I cannot wait to see more from this beautiful and talented lady!

You can buy Venice Jewellery from her online store or at Désordre in Darlinghurst.

April 2, 2013


In a sea of monochrome, Miss Tanja Gacic is a breath of fresh air. Not one to shy away from colour, her enviable style is refreshingly vibrant and always looks effortless in a I-just-threw-this-together-in-five-minutes kind of way while remaining to look polished.

Her blog, My EmpiricalLife, is a portal into her incredible life  a creative platform which allows her combine her love of writing with that of fashion, travel, photography, food and beauty all into the one pretty little corner on the Internet. Tanja is also part of Vogue Australia’s Spy Style blogger network where she shares her insider styling tips and tricks (including a great post on 6 ways to wear leather – love!).

I was lucky enough to speak with the lovely and ridiculously beautiful Tanja about her beauty essentials, wanderlust, being a health nut and of course fashion!

Oh My Gilded: What made you want to start your blog, My Empirical Life?

Tanja Gacic: I had been modelling for 16 years and wasn't sure what direction I wanted to take for the next stage of my life. I was interested in so many things and loved many aspects of different careers. I started My Empirical Life because I couldn't make a decision on one path and wanted to indulge all of my interests. 

OMG: What’s your most prized possession in your wardrobe?
TG: It changes all the time. I can't say it's only one thing. I truly fall in love with objects at times though – it can be an obsession. I always love my vintage white gold & aquamarine ring that my partner Pav gave me one birthday. And right now I’m loving my new Ebay purchase – a white vintage Gianni Versace tote - it's so swoon worthy!

OMG: What are your top beauty must-haves?
TG: Carla Oates' Coco Balm and Inner Beauty Powder, Jurlique Purely White Skin Brightening cream, Nars Schiap lipstick, Tom Ford lipstick in Blush Nude and Dior mascara
OMG: Are there any items that you’re coveting at the moment?
TG: The pink Chanel "Lego" bag, a sleeveless Balenciaga suit jacket, a crystal Celine jewellery set – I die! 

OMG: Who are your favourite designers?
TG: Nicholas Ghèsquiere, Alber Elbaz, Phoebe Philo, Stella McCartney, Raf Simons and I've been loving Simone Rocha lately.

OMG: What’s been your favourite modelling job to date?
TG: Going on a 5 star 2 week trip to the British Virgin Islands with my friends for US Travel & Leisure magazine because lying on the catamaran is not real work and I never put make up on once! 

OMG: Just looking at your Instagram I can tell like to cook! What’s your approach to a health and food?
TG: I'm kind of a health nut but I suppose only in the way that I prefer all my ingredients to be pure, simple, seasonal, local and artisan.  I choose organic produce wherever I can because it’s good for me and the environment and I believe in quality over quantity. I'd rather buy organic meat and eat less of it knowing the animal had a nicer life than cut corners and eat huge amounts meat where I know the animal lived in pain. The back story of food really interests me and I love the book "Nourishing Traditions". I'm really into gut health and fermentation of foods. 
OMG: Whrere are your favourite shopping destinations?
TG: Los Angeles for great vintage stores and furniture and Paris for the high fashion designer experience like no other.
OMG: You’ve got quite an international background – your Serbian heritage, born in Croatia, living in New Zealand and now being based in Sydney – where’s your favourite place you’ve been to and why?
TG: The Croatian coast has always had a special spot in my heart and I’m so lucky to live in Australia now – it’s incredibly stunning. Gosh I love Greece though and France and Spain and everywhere - I could travel ALL the time like some sort of travel writing bard – there are so many places I'm still dying to visit!

OMG: MBFWA is just around the corner (!), how do you prepare for Fashion Week and what are your essentials?

TG: I really don't do much. I wish I did. I always say I'll get my outfits ready in advance but then I forget, panic and end up totally experimenting on the day. I'd say essentials are my Nikon D7000 camera, great sunglasses, iPhone, and French champagne 
OMG: What’s your biggest achievement so far?
TG: My beautiful daughter Coco Valentine 

OMG: What’s next for Tanja Gacic?
TG: Some exciting projects, lots of travel, cooking and having fun! 

Check out her amazing blog My Empirical Life here or follow her on Instagram over at @myempiricallife.

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