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Apr 22

Design Quote Of The Week!

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening”.

~Coco Chanel

Kylie Sleeveless Sequence Top

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Apr 14

AVL Designs collaborates with Artist Gabby Malpas

I met Gabby Malpas at an art and fashion event last year. It was such an honour when Gabby approached me to do a collaboration with her. I immediately said “Yes” to Gabby without know anything about the fabrics. But I knew, whatever fabrics she presented to me they would be beautiful and of great quality.

                                          

Firstly, let me introduce you to Gabby, a talented artist. Gabby’s current works are images of things she has bought, eaten, and picked around Sydney. Joyful and chaotic images which aim to put a modern twist on the extravagant Dutch still life genre. Instead of rare and exotic flowers, her flowers are blooms picked and grown locally or available from a greengrocer.  The priceless ceramics in Dutch paintings are replaced with items found in junk shops and yard sales but painted with care and attention as if they too are Ming vases. Her artworks are beautiful, bright, and colourful. Every time I look at her art, they bring me lots of smiles and happiness.

‘Pale pink tulips’

When I received the fabrics from Gabby I was very impressed with the designs. The fabrics are so soft to touch in satin and silk. The fabrics are digitally printed with Gabby’s original art pattern repeat based on her paintings of blue and white ceramics and the other design has repeated of Tiger Lilies flowers. They are just stunning don’t you think?

So to compliment her traditional blue and white  designs, I did a twist on traditional meets modern design, I transformed her fabric in a elegant Cowl neck design blouse. What do you think?

 

With the Tiger Lilies fabric I came up with two designs. One design is a sleeveless top with a tie up around the neck. The second design is a  square like cut kaftan.  As you can see I used the same fabric  but it has given me two different looks.

 It was fun working with Gabby, she is so lovely and has great sense of humour. I like that about Gabby. She is authentic and genuine artist.

Thank you for this opportunity Gabby and I look forward to working with you again in the near future.

 

 

Mar 25

Dance Quote of the week!

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul”  ~Martha Graham

Dancer: Lisa Marie

Mar 10

Mardi Gras Costume 2014 Designed For Miss Fanny Floss!

Miss Fanny Floss with Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore

& King of Warrior Phu Nguyen

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is one of the world’s largest and best-loved LGBTQI celebrations, a chance for all of the colours of the kaleidoscope to come together, to commemorate, celebrate, and communicate the universal message of diversity, equality, and infinite love. The Mardi Gras parade took place on 1st March 2014.

http://www.mardigras.org.au/events/parade/

Join hundreds of thousands of spectators lining the route, as 10,000 people parade with pride along Oxford and Flinders Streets in an explosion of creative and political expression, a captivating extravaganza of lavish floats, satirical statements, spectacular costumes and showstopping moments.

This year, I  was delight to design costumes for the festival. Here is some of the costumes I designed  for one the only  Miss ‘Fanny Floss’ and the Asian Marching Boys.

This year The Asian Marching Boys and Friends’ theme was ‘Our Night In Shining Armour’. They were all in silver warrior costumes, glitters and shinny helmets and sheilds.

“The Warrior Princess costume” was made to measure just for Miss Fanny Floss and embellished with mosaic mirror tiles and crystal diamantes.

Just want to thanks Miss Fanny Floss and The Asian Marching Boys and Friend for the opportunity to design the costume.

Miss Fanny Floss you are a fabulous and a super star. Looking forward to design your Mardi Gras Costume for 2015.

The Fabulous Miss ‘Fanny Floss’

 

 

 

 

Mar 01

Happy Mardi Gras Sydney!

To all my Friends, Family and Clients.

Have a fantastic Mardi Gras!

Miss Fanny Floss- Princess Warrior 2014

 

Feb 19

Introducing Roco Singlet to AVL Designs Mens Collections

 

Roco Singlet $49.95

This is one of my latest singlet design. It’s perfect for the summer. You can wear it out for casual or hit the night club with it.

Materials:

Lycra and mechanical stretch mesh

Size:

Small, Medium, Large, X Large

 

 

In:Fashion, Menswear

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Feb 14

Happy Valentine’s Day

“A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years.” ~ Rupert Brooke Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone.

 

Feb 12

Mardi Gras Costume 2013 Designed For Miss Fanny Floss!

It’s that time of the year again, Sydney will soon celebrating the 36th  Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade on Saturday 1 March. It’s one of Australia’s most famous and well-loved events, bringing thousands of visitors to Sydney to join in the celebrations

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is one of the world’s largest and best-loved LGBTQI celebrations, a chance for all of the colours of the kaleidoscope to come together, to commemorate, celebrate, and communicate the universal message of diversity, equality, and infinite love.

http://www.mardigras.org.au/events/parade/

Join hundreds of thousands of spectators lining the route, as 10,000 people parade with pride along Oxford and Flinders Streets in an explosion of creative and political expression, a captivating extravaganza of lavish floats, satirical statements, spectacular costumes and showstopping moments.

Last year, I designed several costumes for the festival. Here is one of the costume I designed last year for super star Miss ‘Fanny Floss’. This costume was made to measure just for her and was embellished with crystal diamantes.  Miss Fanny Floss was one of the leaders of the Asian Marching Boys and Friends.

This year again, I am designing another amazing costume for Miss Fanny Floss. I can’t show you as yet, it;s a secret!  But it will reveal on the day of the parade. I will do another post about the costume and the parade in the first week of March. So please stay tune.

Just want to thanks Miss Fanny Floss for the opportunity to design the costume for her last year and  You will love this year costume  Miss Fanny Floss.

Superstar Miss ‘Fanny Floss’

 

 

 

Feb 04

A Design for Noa! It all started with a song and sketch!

This is a sketch of Noa Matsuda ‘s dance outfit.  I get my inspirations from listen to my clients, turn on the music and let my creativity flow from my mind onto paper.

A design for Noa!

The second  stage is to select fabrics to suit the outfit and the dance routine.

The third stage is the pattern making

The fourth stage is the making

The fifth stage is the fitting

The final Stage: Voila! Dance Performance

Congratulations to Noa on her fantastic award.

You are looking at a National Champion! Noa Matsuda 1st Place and National Champion contemporary solo.

Well done Noa!!!

A BIG thank you to Kristy Wynter (Noa’s Amazing Dance Coach) for giving us the opportunity to design the outfits and share the excitement of  your  journey. It was a great pleasure in working with you Kristy.

Thanks so much for all your support.

To your success,

Anthony Van Lam & the team

Images & Sources:

http://www.evolutionpc.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Evolution-Performance-Centre/115890668482675?fref=ts

 

Jan 30

Happy Lunar New Year!

恭喜發財  Kong He Fat Choi!

Chinese New Year festival is the most important traditional Chinese holiday in China and parts of Asia . The festival begins on the 1st day of the First Chinese Month which Called (pinyin). 

On the  Chinese New Year’s Eve, Chinese families gather for their annual reunion dinner, this is the longest & the most important festivity in the Chinese calendar. On this event people buy presents, decorate their homes, cook lots of food and of course  buying a new outfit for this  special occasion. 

At AVL Designs we wish you:

“As the sun rises on the Chinese New Year day, may your fortune rise to greater heights, your heart be filled with happiness and peace, and your life be blessed with longevity and abundance”.