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To all my lovely readers,

Thank you dearly for your unwavering support in 2012. It’s been a rollercoaster of a year, some crazy downs, and many insane highs, but the one thing I could always fall back on was Swim with the Current, and all my amazing readers.

I hope you all have an amazing holiday season, a delicious Christmas dinner, a New Years Eve that lives up to the hype, and a fresh, cleansing, and relaxing beginning to 2013!

Merry Christmas!

Love from the biggest Grinch of them all,

Chloe x

off to the caberet

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival is here! If you’re anything like me, you get a little freaked out when you have to get properly dressed up. I tend to wear the same thing during the day as I do when I head out at night. But when an event is on, I always think to myself: oh lord… how on earth do I ‘dress up’?! I’m not a big fan of anything short and tight, so ‘cocktail dresses’ are generally totally out of my comfort zone. So in celebration of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival beginning soon, I have combatted this problem (for both myself and my readers), and created some hypothetical outfits to wear to the theatre.

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Abbey Lee Shabby/Classy Chic

This outfit is perfect, I think. Classy, while remaining on trend and stylish! The outfit takes a lot of inspiration from style goddess Abbey Lee Kershaw. I think strappy heels with ankle and front strap is always a winner for this type of event: so elegant, and so in style right now. Tony Bianco has some incredible ones right now! A printed maxiskirt will make your outfit that little bit more interesting and unique, at an event where most will wear all black – this YSL skirt has such a gorgeous print. Add a sheer shirt, which is always beautiful, and then of course a black fur jacket to top it all off – faux if you don’t like the real thing, there is so many real-looking fake furs around these days. Add to this a clash of accessories: tortoise shell vintage-esque watch (the Anne Klein one pictured is just gorgeous), and a chunky studded cuff is always going to be an showstopping addition. I’d also add some winged eyeliner in terms of beauty. Timeless, and totally gorgeous.

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Gaga Zany/Classy Chic

This darling dress from Adelaide label Cameo is feminine and gorgeous, but eclectic enough to make a huge impact. The thick straps that fall vertically will give off a sexy yet classy vibe as you walk – you’ll ooze confidence. Pair this with an out-there jacket (how amazing is this frilly leather number from Junya Watanabe?!), a bold printed bag, and some intricate heels – perfection. I love these Chrissie Morris sandal heels; they’re feminine but bold, with just the right amount of quirk. They remind me of how clouds were drawn on ancient Greek pottery! Finish this look off with some wooden jewellry.

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Yasmin Sewell Parisian/Classy Chic

Last but definitely not least; the theatre is always a fantastic place to really flaunt your inner Parisian. Yasmin Sewell has this look down pat: feminine and chic, with flowing silhouettes. Prints are obviously all the rage right now, as are wide-leg pants: mix the two together and you have gorgeous statement pants. Peplums are also incredbly popular right now, so this black peplum singlet with mesh panelling around the shoulders is perfect for this outfit. Add a black tote bag, strappy sandals, printed scarf and a stack of bangles, with an oversize trench over it! Gorgeous and relaxed, while still looking stylish and dressed-up.

If you do head to the events during the Cabaret Festival, make sure you dress up in your absolute favourite showstopper outfit, and look out for the Fashions in the Foyer studio! In the studio on both the 16th and 23rd of June, will be Festival director Kate Cebrano, stylist Filip Odzak and Grant and Helen Burge of Grant Burge Wines. It’s located in the Outer Festival Theatre Foyer, right by the main entrance. Each entrant will have their image put up on the Myer Centre Facebook page, and will go into the draw to win an amazing array of prizes: a Grant Burge Wines Cellar Starter Pack, a $500 Myer Centre Gift Voucher, and two tickets to the 2013 Adelaide Cabaret Festival Variety Gala Performance. So make sure you dress up for the Festival – you could win some amazing prizes thanks to Fashions in the Foyer!

For more info, visit the Myer Centre FB page, or the Adelaide Cabaret Festival FB page .


goodbye kirstie

To the wonderful and enigmatic Kirstie Clements,

Thank you for everything you have done for the Australian fashion industry in your thirteen years at Vogue Magazine. The abrupt end to your reign has shocked and devastated a lot of people, and it has become even more apparent just how many fans you have in this country, and all around the world. You pushed the industry in the right directions: you pushed boundaries, and you helped the industry become what it is in 2012. After MBFWA this year, although it’s obvious that the Aussie fashion industry still has a lot to learn, it has begun to cement itself as a dominating force in the global fashion industry. You have contributed to this in a huge way, and I’m incredibly sad to see you go. It won’t be the same without you, and I hope you continue to do something amazing in the fashion industry.

Chloe x