Designer Interview With Billini.

To celebrate our love for shoes, we talked to Billini — who we like very much — about their latest collection and how their brand has evolved.

Made for women with a taste for all things glamorous and chic, Billini has made a fashion promise to offer the latest on-trend designs without the high-end price tag. Get to know Billini below…

What inspired you to start designing?
Growing up I was whole heartedly obsessed with fashion and like most women, I had a shoe addiction. After recognising a gap in the market for on-trend, causal footwear at affordable prices I was determined to use my extensive design and retail experience to launch my first label Billie. Three years on, Billini was born after our loyal followers urged us to produce a women’s fashion line.

What’s the story behind the name Billini?
Billie is the name of my adorable niece and I fell in love with its unisex appeal. Billini is a feminine spin-off Billie and means “beautiful people” in Italian.

How would you describe the Billini girl?
The Billini girl is aged between 15 – 35 years. She is looking for something different and is not afraid to make a statement. This fashionista wants to maintain an up-to-the minute look so versatility and accessibility are key pull factors.


What inspired your latest collection?
I have long been inspired by the streets of NYC. The cities eclectic and individual styles were my main draw cards for the season. You can dip your toes in lattice wedges, phantom ankle booties, sky high stilettos and combat boots all in bold, jewel tones. Billini have created the winter essentials for that will take up from up-town chic to down-town cool.

What is your favorite piece from the collection?
This is a tough one…if I have to pick I’d say Autumn Wedge. It’s the perfect transition piece in between seasons and has a chic lace-up front. They will be available at SurfStitch.com.

Do you have any personal fashion icons?
Grace Kelly is one of my most loved fashion icons. Her cool elegance and chic personal style still lives on in today’s youth culture.

What is your favourite Winter pastime?
Roasting marshmallows until they are crispy on the outside. I have a sweet tooth so any excuse for a sugar hit.

What is the one thing every girl needs in her closet for Winter?
A pair of killer boots!

Click here to check out the latest range of Billini online on SurfStitch.com.

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“Code Red” Full Movie. Surfing Goes Huge At Teahupoo Tahiti.

On August 27, 2011, the Billabong Pro Tahiti event on surfing’s World Tour was placed on hold due to a massive swell bearing down on the famed big-wave spot, Teahupoo. With forecasts calling for unprecedented surf, some of the greatest surfers in the world descended on the island to be in the water, despite a “Code Red” called by the Tahitian Coast Guard, which sought to keep everyone on shore. See the historic day through the eyes of two surfers — the young gun Laurie Towner and the veteran Dylan Longbottom — as they catch some of the biggest, most dangerous surf ever recorded, much of it captured with the super slow motion Phantom Camera for never-before-seen imagery.

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L.A. Street Style On The Venice Boardwalk.

As we strolled down the Venice Boardwalk an array of fashion trends started to emerge. Some more interesting then others! Take a peek!

Meet Ashley, rocking this seasons must-have, the printed pants. Printed pants are a great way to jazz up any outfit. The key is to have fun with it. I love how she has teamed the pants with a khaki jacket and tan flat boots. Don’t be afraid to get that extra edge with geometric prints!

Click here to get this look.

Introducing Jordan (above) spotted wearing his fave coloured denim jeans and white Converse. Colourful denim is absolutely huge this season. So say goodbye to your standard blue denim jeans and hello to sweet shades of blue, red and orange.

Click here to get this look!

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48 Hours In LA With SurfStitch.

The challenge.

After spending 4 days in Palm Springs for Coachella Fest we only had 48 hours in LA before heading home.

Stop 1. Venice Beach
Stop 2. Hollywood Blvd
Stop 3. The Hollywood Sign.
Stop 4. Sunset Blvd.
Stop 5. Downtown LA.

And let’s not forget, checking out California’s famous burger joint, In-N-Out.

Venice Beach.

Venice Beach boardwalk featuring muscle beach and Abbot Kinney is a must-see. Walk around, take a dip and get your toes in the sand. With plenty of skateboarding, paddle tennis and basketball hoops the atmosphere is fantastic (with a few interesting characters to match!).

Hollywood Blvd.

If you’re in L.A you have to visit the famous Hollywood Blvd. We managed to squeeze in a quick show at the Hollywood Bowl before heading over to the Hollywood sign.

The Hollywood Sign.

Facts.

- The Hollywood Sign is 137.16 meters long, and its mammoth letters are 13.72 meters high.
- The Sign originally read “Hollywoodland”.
- The original sign contained thousands of light bulbs, which were changed daily by a caretaker who lived in a small house behind one of the Sign’s giant “L’s.”

Sunset Junction.

Next we headed over to Sunset Junction for some great shopping! And it definitely did not disappoint. With all our favourite shopping spots including Mohawk General Store and REVOLVEclothing all in one place, how could it not! There are also some great vintage clothing shops!

In-N-Out

After hearing some amazing reports about a fast food restaurant called “In-N-Out” we had to check it out. Established in1948 by a family man who would go to the markets every day, pick out the fresh ingredients and would make each burger by hand. In-N-Out now has 268 locations and for new store openings, people have been known to line up for 4 hours to get a taste of this fast food phenomenon.

Luckily we only had to wait 30 minutes and let me tell you, the burgers are definitely worth the wait!

Goodbye LA. We love you!

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Coachella Recap. Best & Worst Moments.

Three days traipsing through the Californian desert at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, we were exhausted and sunburned, but mostly astounded with all the incredible music. It would be easy to say that Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and hologram Tupac were the highlight for the whole weekend but with so many other amazing artists performing live it would be selling them short. Check out the highlights and low-points of our trip here!

A-FOR-EFFORT AWARD

Although Azealia Banks only performed for 20 minutes, that 20 minutes was raw and hypnotic. We all wanted more, but am sure we will be seeing a lot more of Azealia over the next few years.

BEST COSTUME

Janet Jackson…need I say more?

LADY GAGA…IN 10 YEARS?

SEXIEST PERFORMANCE

The Weeknd hands down. His sexy, soul voice had girls throwing their panties in the air.

BEST CELEBRITY APPEARANCE

Alicia Silverstone was spotted sporting a plaid button-up shirt, destroyed boyfriend jeans and bubba Bear Blu. So cute!

BEST $5 SPENT EVER

40-degree heat. Dehydrated. Endless drink lines. And the most perfect, juiciest, watermelon wedge ever.


HOTTEST COUPLE

MOST HEARTFELT QUOTE

When Florence from Florence And The Machine declared her love for her fans and then asked the audience to proclaim their love for each other. Every person in the crowd turned to who they were with and gave them a hug. Such a special moment.

BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE NIGHT

Most notable surprise appearance of the weekend was John Fogerty during the Black Keys’ set!

 

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Hands Down, 3 Best Accessories From Coachella.

Coachella weekend two ended in a bang, with exceptional performances and certainly, fashionable festival style. So it’s time we take it to the next level and get up close and personal with some of the top accessories Coachella has to offer. Let’s be honest…accessories, cross body bags and cute-as backpacks stole the show! Here’s a closer look at some of our standout statement pieces.

One of the key trends at this years Coachella was the boho, vintage look with outfits encompassing floral and Aztec prints, denim cut-offs, fringing and of course, cross body bags. Ideal styling for any festival, the cross body bag is perfect for dancing in the big tents, and is extremely practical!

Practical and trendy, the backpack makes quite the impression at this years Coachella Fest. And it’s no wonder really, with backpacks recently making a regular appearance on the tasteful shoulders of celebs such as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Whitney Port and Rachel Bilson.

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Blogger Diary. Coachella Day 3 Music Round Up.

The final day of Coachella 2012 was once again stifling hot. As we made our way to the main stage we could hear Santigold blasting out tunes from her latest album Master Of My Make Believe. Despite the heat, Santigold managed to draw a huge crowd in the 40-degree heat…one of only a few that could.

As the sun began to set, it was the perfect backdrop to The Weeknd’s soulful, baby-making music and the crowd went nuts. On the big screen we could see a young lady openly weeping, whilst there were even reports of fans holding up their panties in the air.

Rushing over to the Mojave tent, we managed to enjoy the last few songs of Gotye’s performance. Engaging the audience in a sing-along with everybody’s favourite “Somebody That I Used To Know”, he powered through popular songs from his Making Mirrors album. Unfortunately, after hearing the knockout, the crowd had gotten their fix and began to file out.

I, along with thousands of others had high hopes for Girl Talks set, and he certainly exceeded all expectations. It was clear that front man, Gregg Gillis’ had an appetite for upbeat rap and pop, as he created a 45 minute set of sing along bliss! His music captivates the audience with his creation of new supergroups – Bruce Spingsteen fronting N.E.R.D is just one example. He did not need a hologram to keep the audience’s attention.

Gillis, must lose 10 kgs each set he plays, as he enters the stage in trackies and a hoodie and never, and I mean never stops to take a break from head banging and dancing like a raver.
Enjoyed this set from start to finish, he was one of the highlights of our Coachella experience.

Next on our hit list was the amazing and enchanting Florence & The Machine. An all time favourite of mine, she did not disappoint. At one point dedicating a song “Rabbit Heart” to the ladies. “This is for the ladies,” she stated. “I want to see girls on shoulders. Be strong, boys”. And just as we were about to leave the stage to secure a good position for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, we were confronted with hit “Dog Days Are Over.”

After hearing reports from the first weekend expectations were high for headlining act Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, featuring the hologram of Tupac. With guest appearances by 50 cent and Eminem the performance was definitely a must-see. The perfect end to Coachella 2012!

Coachella 2013 here we come!

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Trend Report. Coachella Boots.

The fields of Coachella are dusty and dirty…so it’s only natural for tons of festival-goers to be rocking boots. We’re talking – cowboy boots, motorcycle-inspired boots, low-boots, high-boots, flat boots – pretty much every type of boot you can image. The more scuffed up the better!

Streetwear designer Isabel Maran’s “Dicker” boots from a few seasons back are still heavily influencing the market. She was single-handedly responsible for starting the trend a few years ago of the low boot with the low heel, or cowboy boot heel. Featuring in hues of black, dark brown and grey, these boots are definitely the go to style for winter ’12 and beyond.

And no wonder. The flat and low-heeled boots can be teamed with everything from dresses and skirts to jeans, leggings and shorts! Very cute.

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