ShowTellShare Sixty-Eight

Show:Β This The Social Studio skirt/dress is such a delight: I love the colours, and how I can play with stylings (see also here and here). Every time I don it on, I *instantly* feel fun and creative…

Tell: Glasses from op shop, Jean Couture Melbourne silk jacket from second hand store in Tasmania, handmade necklace, Kamikaze top from op shop, The Social Studio ‘Magical Tent Collection’ silk skirt as dress, Saba belt, Black Milk leggings, Fluevogs.

Share: *Good* to see too that yesterday the Sydney Costume Designer came back for some vintage oversize Ken Done jumpers for this ad-in-the-works. Apparently the Ad Director insisted on these cultural icons! I, of course, can see exactly why: we call it *Ken Done Gold*:

Yesterday was World Refugee Day. And as I said in my Twitter update (@JGRuddock), quoting theΒ Refugee Council of Australia, “Every individual’s ‘refugee story’ is different”. This is why I think The Social Studio model offers something special in the mix of Australian support: the chance to be creative, to have people’s strengths celebrated, and to contribute in an *exciting* way into the creative industries of Australia today. xo

ShowTellShare Eight

Show: There’s so many photos to Show today! So I’ll do the Telling and Sharing part as we go along…
So here we are at Penthouse Mouse last night for the Midmouse Runway, showcasing the fifth collection of The Social Studio as a part of L’Oreal Fashion Week. Standing next to me is Po who has her own fashion tumblr. It is so *great* to be in Melbourne supporting The Social Studio; check out some of the showcased collection:

I know the quality of the photos isn’t the best, but it was so hard to get a shot properly: the models are moving so quickly! I gave up trying to get shots immediately, so these photos here are the handiwork of the Hawaiian First Officer. Thank *goodness* I had someone with expertise on hand; all I could do was *gush* at the clothes! (And when the lookbook is available I’ll post the link, of course).

This is me and Stephanie Kabanyana: she designed and made the beaded necklaces that were showcased with The Social Studio’s collection. The beads are handmade from the same fabric, and I can’t wait to take a closer look at them in the shop next week. Another lady who loves wearing bold colour, as you can see…

And here’s me with the lovely (Fashion) Hayley Hughes! I’ve been reading her blog for ages, and I was so pleased we got to meet in person. She was taking shots for the runway show, and I’m pretty sure the quality of her picks are going to be a whole lot better than our attempts! I also told her about the plan to bring The Social Studio to Sydney, and she’s excited about the prospect… I *love* the idea of growing support for this great initiative with people from within the industry like Hayley!

And this is me with Farah Farouque, who is the Chair of The Social Studio Board, and also an Editor with The Age newspaper. The Board is very supportive of us looking to expand into Sydney, and Farah is so warm and welcoming to me and my bright clothing!

Finally a bit of a look at my outfit for the night: glasses from op shop, earrings from Japan, Jessica Dance necklace, Ken Done 1980s jacket from eBay (bought after What Ken Be Done, may I add!), The Social Studio silk skirt, Fluevogs, ring from Rome.

A great time, all round. xo xo