7 Things to know about fashion label Romance Was Born

Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales - the eclectic designers behind Romance Was Born - met whilst studying fashion design and launched their Sydney-based label back in 2005.

Known for their extravagant runway shows, out-there designs and colourful taste, Romance Was Born, more so than any other label in Australia, draws inspiration from our national heritage, celebrating indigenous craftwork and enlisting some of the most talented artists in and around the country to being their prints to life.

Here are 7 other things to know about this Mercedes Benz Fashion Week runway regular and iconic Aussie label...

1. Fashion mavericks including Cate Blanchett, Tavi Gevinson, Nicky Minaj, Karen O, MIA, Lilly Allen and Bat for Lashes are often spotted in Romance Was Born garments.

2. Anna and Luke both attended The Fourth International Support Awards in Italy where they turned down the chance to work with John Galliano.

3. Romance Was Born stocks a total of 18 collections since 2005 and they are ALL available online for purchase.

4. The brand is stocked at over 33 retailers worldwide including; Harvey Nichols in London, Bauhaus in Hong Kong, Lula Rock in Singapore, Dual and HP France in Tokyo. In Australia, they are stocked across a range of independent directional stores such as David Jones as well as online at www.romancewasborn.com

5. Anna and Luke are NOT a couple!

6. They have designed for a number of musicians, including Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Lilly Allen and Architecture in Helsinki.

7. Inspiration for their shows have included Captain Planet and Freddie Kruger.

We love that Anna and Luke stayed true to their style and pursued their love of kitsch and creativity all those years ago. Gaining the attention of the fashion media at Australian Fashion Week in 2008 was a huge achievement - which is why the woman who wears Romance Was Born isn't afraid to express her individuality.

Image: Feline Dress from the Dream On 2014 collection - available from the www.romancewasborn.com e-boutique.

Style Stalker: Abirel

By Jemma Mrdak

What we adore about Canberra is it's diversity: the fact that our city is filled with people who come from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. What we also love is that this is reflected on how the people in our city dress. This week our Style Stalker, Abirel, has dressed herself head-to-toe in international designer wares, which have created the perfect outfit for Autumn.

Being super-cold this weekend meant it was only fitting that Abirel was rugged up in her cosy knit, denim jeans, scarf, and knee high boots - which were the favourite part of her outfit because they complete the entire look. They were also our favourite along with her cosy and warm floppy beanie! This outfit is simply gorgeous and perfect for the Canberra Autumn weather, don't you think?

Jumper: Sportsgirl

Jeans: Bershka (Spain)

Boots & Scarf: Zara

Beanie: Cotton On

Tote: Louis Vuitton


Trend Alert: Normcore

Normcore…heard of it?

Neither had we, until we read a recent Vogue article online and became so interested that we all went and updated our wardrobes 'normcore' (just kidding). We didn't need to, but now feel a sense of excitement that it's trendy to wear our comfy, plain clothes that actually fit.

So what is Normcore? Well it's basically a made up word for the non-trend trend that incorporates anything you would describe as being bland, plain and minimal. This original concept of normcore is based on the desire to fit in rather than stand out.

So, when you go to update your wardrobe after reading this article, think plain and tailored pieces that match and can be layered. Then add something like a statement boot in the same shade or a beanie or tote bag in a bright colour - but plain enough so that no-one feels the need to do a double-take. That's the aim right?

Science fiction writer William Gibson is thought to have first come up with the term over a decade ago to describe the look of high-end pedestrian dressing without splashes of prints and labels. More recently trend forecasting agency K-Hole used the term with the same meaning in an article for New York Magazine, therefore pushing the style directly into the spotlight. Let's face it, whatever they are doing over there, we should be doing too.

However, we urge you to ignore that Vogue has listed 'Crocs' as a key normcore item.. Crocs will never be core or norm... EVER!


Autumn/Winter 2014: Animal Print, Metallics and lots of Black.

Autumn is officially here! Get ready to become accustomed to grey and gloomy days once again. Lucky for us the fashion gods have us covered… with all the latest showings all over the world we've had a preview of the latest 'IT' trends!

We have seen lots of black, leather, metallic, warm reds and burnt oranges, leopard and other animal prints, long skirts and gorgeous capes both on the runway and being worn by the high fashion trend-setters such as magazine editors and celebrities.

The good news is that every collection soon to be stocked in stores everywhere are full of colour, innovation and are sure to keep our spirits high and our bodies warm!

Autumn/Winter 2014 collections we are loving (and you should too):

Ginger and Smart

Camilla and Marc

Jac + Jack

Sass and Bide



Dion Lee


Seed Heritage



…the list is endless! Autumn weather is a great in-between season to try out new trends!

Chic and Simple in Patterns and Prints

By Jemma Mrdak

This Autumn, a combination of prints and patterns is a must for those wanting to stand out and be seen!

This weeks Style Stalker, Becky, has done just that. We had to stop and chat the Becky about her outfit this weekend simply because of the way she has combined black and white to provide a very sleek look. Becky's favourite part of her outfit was her shoes, and we'd have to agree with her. The way that she has matched them with her striped top and black jeans makes for an outfit of perfection. Her sleek up-do also adds to the chic look.

Stripes are in this season - as is the mix of the classic black and white. Why not give it go, ladies ?

Name: Becky

Top: Bought in Belgium

Jeans: De Jour Jeans

Shoes: New Look

Cardigan: Asos

Bag: River Island

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