Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Front Page

Tres apologies for the break in fashion transmission, have been a little under-the-weather.  Back at the fashion desk thankfully.

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Front Page

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Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Art & Fashion, Front Page

“It was terrible having to finish the picture after the men were lost. Like painting ghosts.”

A RAAF crew of a Lancaster Bomber from No 460 Squadron RAAF. Left to right: 408034 Flying Officer (FO) M. W. Carroll DFC of Ferntree Gully, Vic; Sergeant D. G. Champkin, RAF; 414807 Pilot Officer T. J. Lynch of Toowoomba, Qld (back); 404507 Squadron Leader E. G. D. Jarman DFC (Captain) of Yeppoon, Qld (centre front); 404467 Flying Officer (FO) H. R. Harrison of Lismore, NSW; 404503 FO F. G. Jackson DFC OF Lismore, NSW; 411227 FO R. L. Neal of Grenfell, NSW.

I discovered the artist Australian artist Stella Bowen at an exhibition in 2003.  One image out of the brilliant works on display has endured in my mind since and which I turn to every Rememberance Day.

Adelaide-born Stella Bowen’s life story is a fascinating tale of artistic hardship, difficulty and passion.  During the second World War, Bowen was one of only three women to be appointed as an official war artist and her appointment, initially for three months, was extended to a total of 20 months full-time.

This painting, said to be Bowen’s most recognised works, remains one of my most favourites.

“Bomber Crew” is a portrait of Australian Lancaster bomber No 460 Squadron RAAF at RAF Binbook, England.  Bowen started preliminary sketchings of the squadron – which seemed to go unnoticed by the crew and on 28 April 1944 six of these seven young Australian men took their final fatal flight over Germany and never returned home – one of the crew, Pilot Officer Thomas Lynch, was later discovered alive in a German prisoner-of-war camp.

After their fatal flight, Bowen finished the painting from official photos and the preliminary sketches she had made on that fateful day.  She chose to paint the men as group as if they had posed in front of her.  Of the painting she said “It was terrible having to finish the picture after the men were lost.  It was like painting ghosts’.

Every time I look at this painting I can’t help but stare at their young faces, full of courage, strength and vitality and wonder at the tragic loss of not just these young men, but of the millions of other brave souls who have perished in war.

‘Bomber Crew’ and many other works from Bowen’s time as official war artist is on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.  If you would like to see Bowen’s sketches of the crew, go to

[Images from the Australian War Memorial]

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Fashion, Fashion Gallery, Front Page

Frocknet reader, Veronica asked how to style a frock with flat shoes for the races.  That is a hard question to answer, because generally in my opinion, flat shoes are not a preferred style for race day, also I’m not certain of the style of frock that you are wearing, however, I have may have a solution that will suit.

Firstly, a frock or ensemble with a feminine suilouette (sitting at the knee) is usually the style du jour for all race events.  Dress codes change for different race events, i.e. Derby Day is black and white, Melbourne Cup is bright and bold, Oaks Day is feminine and lady-like, Stakes Day is more relaxed.  That said, you obviously must choose a style that makes you feel comfortable and stylish and suits the occasion or race event that you are attending.

To answer the question, I would recommend the shortest heel that you feel comfortable with to enhance the feminity and suilouette of your frock, because even a short heel is better (and to be honest everything looks better with a heel even a low heel).  You’re in luck this season as lower heels are on trend and I would opt for styles such as a sling-back, wedge or pump that will retain an elegant feel which is vital for race day style.

If you can’t wear any heel at all, then I suggest you opt flat heel styles that are have a feminine feel that and are ‘light on the foot’ as opposed to a closed-in or chunky style.  Look for styles such a sling-back or sandal or a even a pretty ballet flat in metallic leather with an jewel or embellishment for added glamour.

I have chosen current shoe styles from Nine West and a floral shift dress from Portmans to show some styles that may work for you.

Hope this helps and please feel free to ask anything else 🙂

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Featured, Front Page

A day to celebrate love – life, romance, family, friends.

Have a lovely Valentine’s Day xx

Posted by on Jan 12, 2014 in Featured, Front Page

There are a lot of exciting things happening at Frocknet in 2014 and we’re well on the way to becoming THE VOICE OF FASHION. But to make Frocknet the best …. I NEED YOU!!  To ensure I’m providing you with the best

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