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Show/Tell/Share: A fun time! A *good* time! A successful evening of hope, and great fashion…

Models (L-R): Oboya, Susan, Hawanatu, Madeleine, Holly, Abuzar and Tamika. Photo by Hayley Hughes. Clothing by The Social Studio.

I’m still in the process of collecting and collating photos from the night. The ‘eventspage is a good place to start, and it also includes the many, many *wonderful* people who helped make our night possible. Thanks and Hooray for you all! xo

Also, for a first *fabulous* look-see of the models and The Social Studio clothes-styling, head over to Fashion Hayley‘s blog here.

Now here’s a few ‘in-process’ photos…

Who knows exactly what I’m saying here, but clearly all the models like what they hear! We did have such a lovely time, and I *super* thank all these young people for graciously offering to give their time to support The Social Outfit.

Practising and preparations at Planet

Earlier in the day, I was binding together out ‘Case for Support’ with a bit of handy sewing…

This is some of the models, Sindy, Kit and myself rehearsing at the Mahjong Room on last Monday night…

And my own outfit for Thursday night. Naturally all The Social Studio… xo

On Friday it was back to the grind with my university work, which continues much of this week too… Phew! Until it quietens down a bit, I’ll try and stay in touch and I *promise* to get all the fashion photos to you as soon as possible! xo

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Show: Meet Kit; The Social Outfit‘s very own intern! On Thursday I met up with Kit, and we’ve agreed she’s going to help us all out at The Social Outfit for the next little while, as we keep trying to make our dream of Sydney’s very own The Social Studio a reality. Welcome aboard Kit! xo

… Ahem. Is anyone else noticing her Tatty Devine brooch!! ;-)

This past week has been *busy* busy! My head is in a bit of a *constant whirr* as we count down to our event next week. I’m trying to grab minutes where I can, so apologies if my posting is erratic, or if I’m not wholly making sense…

At the same time, we’re getting to keep having fun, and working hard. This is me and my Dad this Thursday night. He was in town, and we were all off to Planet’s own end of year party.

Ross of Planet has *super* kindly offered us to use his space next week for our event and show, and let me tell you, the space is gorgeous! Check out just a small sample of Ross’ great style … *swoon*

We stopped in an alley way for a photo, and you can see the wind was having some fun with my The Social Studio silk skirt. These photos feel a bit metaphorical at the moment: I’m a little bit blustery, but we keep forging ahead. xo xo

Tell: Glasses from op shop, The Social Studio fabric necklace, African necklace gifted to me by Dad, vintage top gifted to me by a woman when I first arrived in Sydney, Saba belt, The Social Studio silk skirt, Sportsgirl tights gifted by my Mum, Fluevog boots, Australiana bag found on eBay.

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Show: Well, what a ripper of a day; and much of the *fun* came from wearing my high-waisted 1980s yellow *Mom-jeans* because…

Tell: Wa-Nyika earrings, necklace from op shop, top from Prahan near Chapel Street (a million years ago), singlet from op shop, jeans from op shop in Perth, Fluevog shoes.

Share: This afternoon Chloe and I met with Ross Longmuir who owns and runs, Planet in Surry Hills. Ross is a completely delightful and ethically-minded man, and he’s graciously offered to host a small party for The Social Outfit at his *beautiful* store and showroom in November. So Chloe, Ross and I met up to talk logistics and planning. I’m getting excited (and yes, nervous!) about the thought of a runway show displaying the amazing clothes of The Social Studio: all to highlight what we too could do here in Sydney with our talented young people from refugee communities …

My rather crappy Instagram-ming doesn’t do Planet nearly enough justice here… the space is really, really great!

A big thanks to you Ross: your generosity and support means the world to us! xo

And, as *luck* would have it, before meeting Ross, Chloe and I were having a coffee when who should sit right down next to me but Ronni Khan of OzHarvest: a social entrepreneur of considerable standing. Of course, I instantly knew who it was, but imagine my surprise when it was my yellow jeans and accessories that caught her eye: OzHarvest have just produced their first cookbook, and what do you know, yellow is a defining feature of it. So *thanks* to my 1980s jeans, Ronni and I got to have a chat and she was very supportive of The Social Studio and what we are aiming to do here in Sydney, so we’ll stay in touch. How *good* is that?! xo

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Show:

Tell: Uniqlo skivvy, handmade kimono top gifted to me, belt from op shop, vintage handmade skirt from op shop, Fluevog boots.

Share: I want to give a shout out of *thanks* to two people and organisations who’ve met with me last week, and shown their support for The Social Outfit. First up is Maree, the Coordinator from the Newtown Precinct Business Association, and secondly is store owner, Ross from Planet Furniture in Surry Hills. Both Ross and Maree have been very generous in their time: meeting me, hearing all about The Social Outfit model and thinking of ways they can help us develop. What Maree doesn’t know about Newtown isn’t worth knowing, and Ross has been involved in Sydney creative design for over 20 years. So yeah, I trust their advice! It means the world to me when people come together, share their own skills and insights, and move toward a common purpose: like better employment and education opportunities for young people from refugee backgrounds in Sydney. Thanks Maree and Ross! xo