Aaannd the countdown to Flemington starts now! Are you as excited as we are? The roses are blooming and its colour, glitz and glam on the first weekend of November. If you want to make it past the race track gates, Spring Racing fashion demands you wear a hair piece to ensure that you are runway ready in the Birdcage. Towering, small, lacy, or structural, it doesn't matter – as long as it’s there!

Milliners are offering small, easy to wear, well-proportioned and functional little works of art. We sorted out 5 of the best fascinators from Ford Millinery – that we think will work a treat during this year’s Spring Racing Carnival.

Mr Caberet (1) is one powerful woman, confidently strutting her masculine energy yet feminine enough to add mystery to the glorious black pleated crinoline tilted top-hat that sweeps across the eye. A black buntal straw button base holds it in place and can best be worn with a black and white dress suit.

Champagne Tiffany (2) The hand-pleated vanilla sinamay will tower over and claim its stance while its double-fan and ostrich spine will orbit the scene. It’s Elegant, refined, and naturally glamourous!

6ft Hussy (3) She is not just 6-feet for nothing! The hussy is aqua buntal straw, hand-trimmed with aqua sequins, fluorescent orange organza rose, deep aqua/teal feather tree and one gloriously long (70-80cm) golden pheasant tail feather that gives off a 1950’s air-hostess style. Check out the base made of Golden metallic hair comb to secure. Spruce up a monochrome number, or go bold with clashing colours.

Derby Spike (4) Just because of its traditional black & white colors does not mean it’s boring days are ahead with this crown of arrows. Striking and elegant.

Audrey Brown (5) Taking cue from the spring colors of the 6-ft hussy, this wide-brimmed hat with asymmetric upturned lip is influenced by the Little Shop of Horrors and Peanut’s Charlie Brown.

Did you find your fascinator for this season yet? Now in store at Design A Space Windsor.

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19 September 2012 - INVADING BONFIRE FOLK

This week we got up close and personal with Kim Victoria Wearne, founder of Bonfire Folk. Kim’s handmade jewellery is designed using a combination of one-off casts, individual roll prints and hand cutting to ensure each work of finery is unique and worthy of being treasured. Her jewellery is available in Windsor, Manchester Lane and Fitzroy.

Q: What inspired you to get into designing jewellery?

A: I began making small models while I was studying interior design and this eventually morphed into jewellery. I just love sitting at my workbench and working with waxes, metals and stones to make pieces for people to treasure.

Q: What is your number one piece currently showcased in Design A Space?

A: My 'Fingerprint Rings' are my most popular pieces but I am very excited to present the customers with my new precious range - medallions, earrings and rings featuring sapphires, diamonds and emeralds.


Q: What was the last Art Exhibition you went to?

A: Unexpected Pleasures, a contemporary jewellery exhibition at NGV.

Q: What’s your best memory from your childhood?

A: So many to choose from! But in the spirit of jewellery making I would have to say that setting up on the kitchen bench with the 'Busy Box' (a box filled with scraps of fabric/paper/pipecleaners/etc) and making some art pieces.

Q: What do you most look forward to during Spring?

A: The flowers, the smell of the air and walking my dog without having to wear gloves.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be? And what would you say to them?

A: Louise Bourgeois, for sure. I would have asked her about her life and her career and how she sustained her art practice until the end of her life.

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10 September 2012 - DESIGNER SHOWCASE - SISKEN

Launched in 2008 when working as a graphic designer, Kristy McKenna was desperately after a laptop bag that wasn’t mundane and black. Despite an extensive search she couldn't find anything!  Lucky for all of us Sisken was born with an elegant and functional laptop bag made to her specifications.

That single work bag has evolved into a hugely popular collection of handbags, purses and work and travel bags.

Kristy is continually inspired by the texture and the luxurious feel of quality leather and the fact that no two pieces are exactly the same.

She works closely with leather tailors each season, learning new and exciting techniques to incorporate into her collections.

Lining fabrics are hand-printed signature designs ensuring each bag is a pretty unique and beautiful accessory.

We’re thrilled to have her extensive range available now in store at Design A Space Manchester Lane and Design A Space Fitzroy.

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If you watched any of the London 2012 Olympics, you would have noticed some of the classy and attractive uniforms worn by some of the teams during the parade. But did you know that it all could have easily been a fashion show, with some of fashions biggest names such as Armani, Prada, Ralph Lauren and Stella McCartney being some of the designers of the team’s uniforms?

For instance the Italian’s monochrome kit in navy and white was designed by Georgio-Armani and the waterproof blue designs for the sailing team by Prada.

Jamaica showcased their national colours with lightning prints which were designed by Cedella Marley, daughter of legendary singer Bob Marley for Puma.

The British teams white and gold tracksuits were created by high street label Next.

Ralph-Lauren designed the US teams clean-cut navy blazers, crisp white trousers and skirts which were accessorized with navy berets and blue, red and white striped scarves.

Other designers include luxury label Hermes which designed riding jackets for the French equestrian team, Salvatore Ferragamo who designed the stylish dresses for the tiny European republic of San Marino and Stella McCartney who worked with Adidas to design the sporting gear (performance kit, podium suit & villagewear) for the British team.

Apart from the athletes gear other parts of the opening ceremony had “style” to contribute as well. British designers Christopher Shannon and Nasir Mazhar created the costumes worn by 350 dancers in a segment of the show representing the "present and future of the extraordinary influence of British creatives in the world of youth culture, during the opening ceremony.”

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We had a chance to invade Johnson from men’s fashion label Ubermen - now available in store at Windsor, Manchester Lane and Fitzroy.

Q: What do you love most about being in men’s fashion?

A: I’ve always had a great interest in men’s fashion, I’m addicted to quality clothes and design. I’m fascinated about how different designers blend in creative elements with conservative menswear. I really enjoy exploring how we can dress up.

Q: What’s the best Uberman winter warmer you have in Design A Space at the moment?

A: Our signature Square Lapel Grey Jacket, a nice tailored fit and damn it looks good on!

Q: What was the first concert you ever went to?

A: It’s funny, the first proper concert I attended just happened two years ago when my favorite band Dream Theater had their tour in Australia. They are a progressive rock/metal band that I gain a lot of inspiration from.

Q: Who are two of your biggest inspirations?

A: It’s hard for me to name just one in particular as I feel my inspiration can come from anyone and anywhere. I try to read all sorts of magazines to get a good balance between design and business. However, if I would really need to choose two it would be the designs from Vivienne Westwood and the personality of Karl Lagerfeld.

Q: The most memorable road trip you’ve been on?

A: I went to Mongolia last year which is still very developing. There was a large proportion of citizens still living in Mongolian Ger (felt line tents). I was at the capital city Ulan Bator, here skyscrapers, apartments and high end luxury retail stores blend in with small Mongolian Ger - a pretty interesting scene. It really had a rich fashion taste which I wasn't expecting.

Q: What’s the next adventure for Uberman?

A: There’s lots to do, more detailed treatments, more innovative ideas, more colours… we’re dreaming big and want to make it happen.

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