From Runway To Rome

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Chain Reaction

It was just Diana Ross who found herself in a chain reaction.  Thanks to the new beginnings for Daniel Lee at the helm of Bottega Veneta and the dawn of a new era and obsession for Philofiles aroud the globe, a chain reaction has commenced and it’s one that we’re haphy to watch unfold. After

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Sizzling

  There seems to be a bit of a theme at the moment… the faux snake print theme.

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The Dawn of Romanity

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OF Interview: Nya Leth

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Repetition

repetition /rɛpɪˈtɪʃ(ə)n/ noun 1. The action of repeating something that has already been said or written. The theme of repetition has been on my mind quite a bit lately. When you really look, you will notice that it exists all around us. Repetition in nature, language, design and art, being some of the places that I love

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Capri

  When your whole Instagram feed is filled with the most amazing holiday snaps from Capri there is only one thing to do… Create your dream shopping ‘it’ list for the perfect Italian escape. SHOP ITEMS BELOW    

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Valentino F/W 19-20 Haute Couture

  When I was a little girl I received a Kaleidoscope for my birthday, I used to look through it mesmerised, feeling as though I had been transported to a different world made only of bright colour and intricate patterns.  Being in the audience for the Valentino Couture show I was reminded of these moments

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CHANEL Fall-Winter 2019/20 Haute Couture

“The world was hers for the reading” Betty Smith, author. To attend a CHANEL show is a gift of eternal surprise. Each fashion season the Grand Palais in the heart of Paris temporarily transforms from beloved architectural treasure, to a dream world that only CHANEL could create, always unexpected and breathtaking.  Walking towards the venue

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The Bottega Veneta Way

An audible gasp could be heard from the OF office when images of the very first collection by Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta was released to the public. The Pre-Fall 2019 collection was strong yet feminine and the kind of wardrobe that most girls .. my team included.. could imagine themselves wearing .. Bottega Veneta staff uniforms?

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Sunday Sanctuary: Sao Paulo

  Different to the usual Sunday Sanctuary Apartment 61 is an experimental gallery apartment design by MNMA Studio. We are literally in mid-century furniture heaven!  Design and decor elements within Apartment 61 traverse the modernist movement that have shaped São Paulo’s architecture throughout the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. The furniture adequately depicts those eras with

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Suburbia

  Suburbia /səˈbəːbɪə/ noun 1. the suburbs or their inhabitants viewed collectively. “the sprawl of suburbia into the surrounding countryside” A plane flying high above the stratosphere paves it’s way through the clouds with a long white cotton trail; somewhere in the distance a lawn mower hums along to the sound of the passing traffic

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The Road Trip Essentials

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Mystic Woman

Someone once said ‘you can tell a lot about a woman by the bag she carries’.  Well in this instance it’s more about how she carries it and a bag this good can be worn in more way than just one .. Givenchy ‘Mystic’ Bag  .  Jumpsuit: The Frankie Shop  .  Black Boots with Crystal

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The Decisive Seconds – CHANEL J12

  What does it mean to make a spontaneous decision? To go left instead of right, to say yes instead of no, or to follow a path based on pure instinct rather than logic.  These moments in time, like tiny fragments, make up a bigger picture of where life leads us and they often come

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City Dweller

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A Woman Of Art With Jaeger-LeCoultre

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Game of Tones

  With all the Game Of Thrones hype over the past few months, it’s no wonder it’s been a hot topic of conversation in our office (don’t worry, I promise there will be no spoilers in this post). However, also high on our discussion agenda has been a variation on the theme, that of the

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Sunday Sanctuary: Casa Biblioteca

  Just this week I asked if anyone has read a good book lately… Well,  now I’m envisioning reading one of your many recommendations whilst sitting amongst the canopy at Casa Biblioteca also know as the Library House. Dreamy + Relaxing + Impeccable Design = Heaven Design by Sao Paolo-based architects Atelier Branco Arquitetura, set

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How To Cruise With Chanel

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Pistachio with Envy

  This month all I can do is add pistachio green items to my online shopping cart… xxx Shop the items below  

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Sunday Sanctuary: Flow

  Refined, relaxed and quietly sophisticated, this week Sunday Sanctuary subverts expectations in the best possible way. Located on a busy inner-Melbourne street, the SLD Residence gives little of itself away. Designed by locally based firm Davidov Partners, the use of organic light, materials and a colour palette that is naturally clean makes us want

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Into The Mystic

  Givenchy Pre-Fall 2019 was a something of a minimalists dream… A collection built upon the foundation of making an elegant statement, but without excess or surplus. Each piece perfectly considered and beautifully balanced. For this collection Clare Wight Keller drew inspiration from Greek Mythology and in particular the story of Icarus, a pairing that

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Sunday Sanctuary: Spainsh

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The Right Angle

       If I was to describe my approach to personal style ‘fashion curious’ may be the most fitting answer. Like many of us, when something new enters the fashion zeitgeist, it becomes somewhat of an obsession and I get to work researching any previous iterations of a trend, and how new found versions are being

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The Wonder Years

There’s nothing like the sweet childhood memories of dressing up, wearing everything from your mums closet with unbridled optimism and creating extravagant stories. From here you discover your mothers’ makeup bag to find her vintage lipsticks & eye shadows, not worrying about staying in the lines and using your imagination to be anyone you want, in

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Animal Instinct

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The Four Phrases To Know When Visiting Italy

      Agghhh Italy .. one of my favourite countries in the world… the gelato is cold, the weather is mostly warm and the locals are kind and funny.  I strongly recommend that you pack your suitcase and elasticated shorts for this sunny and romantic location and be prepared to fall in love ..

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Serendipity

Sometimes inspiration does not come from the obvious, but from a personal perception, the fragrance of Autumn abandoning her leaves or a serendipitous moment like wandering along a London street and stumbling across such unexpected beauty as an antique art stall.  I just thought this was heaven, so much so that I may have gone a little

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Notes From Milan

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The Art Of Precision

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The Feeling is Neutral

Are you a creature of habit? I can admit that there are some things that I can’t stay away from…let’s see, Victoria Beckham’s youtube videos, hummus ice-cream and of course more to the point in this scenario, neutrals.  That’s right friends, you might have noticed that my love of ice-cream has had an influence on

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The Art of Living : Gemma Ward

When you land in Tasmania the first thing that you notice is the landscape.  Sweeping fields of long dry grass, fence lines flanked with hedges and tear dropped shaped conifers speckle the landscape .. you could almost be in the middle of Italy.  However, Tasmania is not only famous for its majestic landscapes, it’s also

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Sunday Sanctuary: Vora Villa

  I have always strongly believed that a picture can speak a thousand words. And when the location is Santorini, visual storytelling is fully justified. Having travelled to Santorini three years ago, it has to be one of my favourite destinations to date, and it is here we find this weeks Sunday Sanctuary,  the Vora Villas.

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Prada Fall 19 Ready To Wear

Fashion and romance have always gone hand in hand, but when you think of the relationship between the two it usually brings to mind spring florals and wistful gowns… Not Frankenstein, Wednesday Addams and black lace.  But it is here that we find Mrs Prada’s version of romance, a dark romance, set firmly in the

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Fendi 19 Ready To Wear

    “The bond between Karl Lagerfeld and Fendi is fashion’s longest love story” Spoke Silvia Venturini Fendi of the 54 years spent together, a long-lasting love affair that would not only stand the test of time but also bring about some of the most iconic fashion moments of the past five decades. It’s the

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The Student

botanist – noun: a biologist specialising in the study of plants.  I wonder if perhaps a plant ‘obsession’ could make me at least an honorary Botanist for a day or two. Having grown up on a farm I’ve always had a love for nature and wide open spaces, I’ve never met a plant I didn’t

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Max Mara Fall 2019 Ready To Wear

One of the main drawcards of Milan Fashion Week for me (of course apart from pasta related treats), has always been the thought of attending the Max Mara show. I have long been a fan and admirer of Max Mara and when I think about the most prized possessions in my closet, my Max Mara

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Trend: Pleated Skirt

      There has been one thing over the years that has been a total OG wardrobe staple, that being the knee length pleated skirt. Recently the oversized men trousers or the black bike short has taken precedence, but not for long. I repeatedly find myself going back to the roomy comfort of fabric that

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Cloud Nine

There are statement bags, and then there are statements. I guess you could say that this particular piece enthusiastically ticks both of these boxes.  Equal parts perfect design and fluffy cloud, this Maison Margiela piece of art, aptly titled the Glam Slam Bag, has been working its way into my mind since first laid eyes

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Burberry Fall 19 Ready To Wear

  Forgive me if I’m a little excited, you see just yesterday I was lucky enough to attend my first ever Burberry show under the direction of Mr Tisci, and what ladies and gents, what a show it was. Located at the Tate Modern, the show spanned across two different rooms with two completely different atmospheres,

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A New Wave

I like to keep it on the down-low but I do like to surf, not just the net but in the ocean on a surfboard, the original form of surfing.. the saltier kind. Films like Bill and Ted’s excellent adventures conjure images in ones head of shaggy haired grommets rambling off catchy one liners about

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Beaufille Fall 2019 Ready To Wear

      As you know I’m a long time fan of the ridiculously chic gal power duo behind Beaufille, Chloè & Parris Gordon. So it doesn’t at all surprise me to see that ladies and gents, they have done it again, this time with their 2019 Fall Ready To Wear Collection. The artistic integrity behind their

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Sunday Sanctuary: Francesc Rifé Studio

A summer in Spain has always been on my bucket list… The culture, the food and pebbled beach of Mallorca have felt like a distant dream. But thanks to this beautiful Sunday Sanctuary located in Empordà, Catalonia, Spain, my summer Spanish vibes are feeling that bit more tangible… Designed by Francesc Rifé Studio in 2015,

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The One To Watch

Like bower birds, many of us (I myself included) are attracted to small shiny things.  Fine gold rings, lucky charm necklaces, statement earrings and even a brooch or two might make it into your very own bower bird nest of treasures.  But there is one item of jewellery that I wear no matter what the

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The Channel

In a year that saw the return of the black bike short in a major way, an element which is equally important when channelling this lewk is the right accessory  or two.  Which lets be honest is always my favourite part .. lol. So you may ask, what is the most ideal accessory to pair with

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Tokyo: Chanel In Bloom

From the moment you step off the plane in Tokyo, you can feel that bustling wave of energy as it swirls around you, enveloping you in its intoxicating breath. Technology meets tradition, business men scramble subways, tourists pin balling through peak hour with their cameras while geishas pose for pictures as the throng continues on

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Trend: Hair Accessories

  So friends I guess you could say that we are somewhat of a small group of accessory fangirls. All things handbags, shoes and earring related are our all-time weakness. So you could probably gauge our excitement when the hair accessory trend made a modern day comeback, late in 2018. The Autumn Winter Runway shows were repleted

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Detail Orientated

  As a wise man once said .. ‘The devil’s in the details’.  This year I’m working on the fine tuning.  After nearly 9 years in this industry and growing a love of all things sartorial that even I never knew that I could harbour, it’s time to drill down to the details baby.  Like

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Sunday Sanctuary: Authenticity

There is something that screams authenticity when it comes to modern minimalistic design. As some of you may know, I am a what some would call massive fan of modern minimalistic design, when I comes to interiors. Give me  white walls and a polished concrete floor any day! This week Sunday Sanctuary is located in South London,

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Bottega Veneta Pre Fall 2019

The new creative director of Bottega Veneta, Daniel Lee brings some serious Céline vibes to the Pre Fall 2019 Collection. Having left his position as ready-to-wear design at Céline in November of last year, the young designer has also been a part of the Maison Margiela, Balenciaga and Donna Karen design teams. We’re feeling some serious

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Of Her Own Accord

Welcome to 2019 my lovely friends.  If you’re anything like me you usually write a list of New Years resolutions at the beginning of the year that includes things like exercise more, drink less Prosecco and save … sound familiar? Well this year is going to be there year of change, I’ve made a list

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Christmas Wish List

Ummm what it’s December.. Actually we are half way through December. I can hardly believe it. For us at OF HQ December means gnarly deadlines, the Christmas party, and beach, being in the Southern Hemisphere. Eeek sorry to our cold friends in the Northern Hemisphere, that may be something you don’t really want to hear

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Dior Unwrapped

Maybe you’re lying by the fireplace gloriously overfed on Nanna’s yorkshire pudding, scrollaxing through the ‘puppies of instagram’ hashtag.  Or even comfortably nuzzled into one of those extra large bean bags on a sunny beach somewhere in Bali, sipping mojito’s with your bestie avoiding the fam and all of their trimmings.  Just as an FYI,

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The Valentino Destination

I bet you thought that Christmas was only about one red bag and that was Santa’s.  Alas my dear friends there is another red bag on my wish list and it is this little baby from the magnificently timeless Valentino. And although it may sound like I’m here to chat about the glory of a

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Charles & Keith

To all the minimalists and monochrome lovers out there, I’m sure you will agree that while our love of everything holidays and christmas is strong, perhaps the the traditional red and green palette has never really been our vibe… Sometimes the more pulled back approach ticks all the right boxes. So to all my fellow

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The Art Of The New

Imagine a wardrobe full of all of the treasures that you never bought.  That Acne boot from 2013 that sold in a week and you wished that you’d been quicker, and not planned on waiting for it to go on sale.  Or that Celine bag from SS 2018, one of Pheobe’s last collections, at the

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Natural Act

The Tuileries; an iconic green space where Parisians celebrate, meet, stroll and relax.  Situated in between the most idyllic French landmarks, the Louvre to the left and Place de la Concorde to the right, what more with regards to location could you ask for in an Oracle Fox Journal Submission. When you live on the complete

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The Right Kind Of Frosting

 Despite my obsession with Kate McCallister’s wardrobe (the mum from Home Alone, ps. take note of those ridiculously good power shoulders), we’ll be leaving the ugly christmas knits off the wish list around here this holiday season.  Sadly the flashing christmas tree earrings and tinsel trimmed mini skirts will also be given a wide birth,

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The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden, a place where one can escape to a secluded space to be immersed in ivy covered walls and enchanted trees. A place of complete privacy for one to gather their thoughts and enjoy the simple pleasures of sitting among greenery and basking in the stillness… While real life is a different reality

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Dior Spring 2019 Ready To Wear

There is a full blown MGC cheer squad here at the OF headquarters. It probably wouldn’t take you long for you to guess who the squad leader is with the loudest roar and the biggest pom poms. We’ve long been fans of Christian Dior and the long list of house designers who have managed to

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Louis Vuitton Spring 19

Nicolas Ghesquière is one of our favourite sartorial story tellers.  This Spring 2019 collection saw Mr Ghesquière take us on a deep voyage to the outer world of futuristic discovery.  Zipping in and out of realities that bridged between worlds based on fantasy and the reality, the designer and his team did not disappoint. Silhouettes with oversized

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On Neutral Territory

A location speaks a thousands words, especially in the latest Oracle Fox Journal submission. Nestled amongst the most picturesque Italian mountain range, is a secret gorge, situated in the Southern region of Abruzzo. To reach this secret Italian gorge is not an easy expedition, one must hike to a vast  valley, passing by ancient ruins and homes

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Sunday Sanctuary: Belgium House

Clean, classic lines is everything we love in a Sunday Sanctuary. When you add a predominantly white colour scheme and understated, mid-century modernist interiors, we are totally sold. This weeks Sunday Sanctuary was created by the wonderful Beliugm-based architect Daskal Laperre. Situated on the outskirts of Brussels the residence is surrounded by large leafy trees, the

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Chanel Code Coco

I’m a bowerbird attracted to magnificent shiny things; glistening antique brooches, jewel encrusted statement earrings and necklaces spangled in lucky charms, there is nothing that escapes my clutches. However it’s watches that rate most highly on my collect-ometre, and for good reason.  You see the magic about a beautiful timepiece is that it’s not only a fab addition

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Miu Miu Spring 2019

  Walking through a series of large life-size bubble Miu Miu font took me right back to my high school days where writing your name in bubble writing was the coolest thing ever. The life sized letters acted as a screen where projected close-up videos of models faces with their hair pulled back in the

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The Byron Bay-sics

Byron Bay is a fantabulous place.  The food, the wildlife, the beaches and the boys are all top quality and if I do say so myself the perfect backdrop for your next rendezvous.  Byron is all of these things and it is also the locale for my latest project with one of Australia’s most beautiful

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It All Began At Bedarra

Please excuse me if it seems as though I’m not paying attention, and just a warning that if you speak with me it may seem as though I’m a world away or even thinking of something else. The truth is my body may be back in reality, but my mind is lying on a sunny

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Polka Face

Every cinderella has her glass slipper and every fairy tale should have a happy ending.  Four months ago I saw this magical heel on Ada Kokosar’s instagram and I could have happily swapped my night in shining armour for this baby along with all of my vital organs. If you don’t really know Ada it’s

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Chanel Spring 2019

  There aren’t many shows at fashion week where the atmosphere outside the venue, is just as electric as the show itself. Outside the Grand Palais on Chanel show day an ocean of well dressed industry folk dance with your favourite street style photographers, while next to them the surrounding Avenues are full of cars

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