Tech-savvy, style spy fashion workshops are a near sellout . . .

THE tech and extremely fashion savvy Kate Vandermeer will host a ‘Fashion Career Workshop’ at the start of next week’s L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.

Kate, who knows the nuances of social media (constantly hosting events to explain how SM can benefit fashion names and brands) is one mighty smart cookie.

And this Saturday’s panel is about bringing a panel of industry players together to share their knowledge and experiences to those wanting to get into the fashion industry.
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If you ever thought about 'The Holiday' flick and 'swapping' your home with someone you have never met, then read on . . . .

Caught up with an entrepreneurial woman named Debbie Wosskow (pictured left) who was savvy enough to put together the concept, LuxeHomeSwap. Simply, it is a website ( where you can swap or exchange your house for a shorter long period of time with someone, whether from the same country or further afield.

“There have been ‘swap’ sites around for awhile but the idea went further in my head after seeing the movie The Holiday where American Cameron Diaz and English rose, Kate Winslett ‘swap’ homes one holiday,” Debbie told me.

She also said you’ll be able to exchange your home or second home (lucky ole you) with other smart properties all around the world, using the website and saving you from horrific holiday hotel bills.
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Into a bit of leather? So is just about every designer around . . .

Sambag’s leather leggings above and below, a style chicks fashion essential.

Remember when designer Olivier Thesykens put Nicole Kidman into a killer black leather dress for a major film premiere? No, I didn’t think so.
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A model gem: smart fashion cookie goes from g-strings to jewellery . . .

The Victoria’s Secret model turned designer, Erin Wasson and jeweller Pascal Mouawad have debuted their LowLuv by Erin Wasson in Australia.

After three seasons working together on their LowLuv fine jewellery range, Pascal and the Texan-born Erin have expanded their success by introducing LowLuv Costume. The new line comprises approximately 25 layerable styles in ¾rings, necklaces and bangles in base metal plated in gold or silver. Retail prices for the collection range from $80 – $375.
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Forget Alice, it's more like Alannah in Wonderland . . . the designer hits her stride . . .

Between the brilliant theatrics of Lady GaGa (isn’t that one show any fashion-fascinated person won’t want to miss?) and the upcoming Tim Burton interpretation of Alice In Wonderland (seeing that one next week) a serious element of ‘theatre’ and extravagance is being seen on the fashion racks.

Of course, there are some designers who have never strayed away from it.

The late Alexander McQueen was as a protagonist while Frenchman Christan Lacroix was at the forefront, before the likes of John Galliano and Viktor & Rolf, whose imaginations know no bounds, came along.
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