I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of the gorgeous new Chanel at Marais ephemeral boutique in Melbourne and of course, any event that involves such an stylish and iconic brand requires a sleek and chic evening look. I opted for a slinky satin Bec & Bridge dress with a thigh high split to bring a touch of glamour to my outfit. To help the champagne hue of the dress to take centre stage I paired it with black accessories—my Balmain blazer provided a structured counterpoint to the fluid nature of the dress and my Balenciaga ankle boots helped ground the ensemble. And what else to wear at the opening of Chanel at Marais than a piece from the label itself. I wore my favourite Chanel quilted bag to carry my essentials for the night and pay homage to the inimitable fashion house we were celebrating.
After yesterday’s vibrant look I wanted to dial it right back today and opted for a sleek monochrome ensemble for my last day at Fashion Week. I love a dress in crisp white—it’s just so effortless and classic. This Stella McCartney midi dress seemed perfect for today’s show at Bondi Beach, as it has a light and airy vibe, yet its structured silhouette makes it ideal for an industry event. I wanted to keep my accessories simple so I opted for my Stella McCartney clutch with star motif and the season’s must-have shoe style, the slimline sock boot. Sometimes keeping it simple just works.
Photography: Sophia Athas
Investment purchases often have a few more zeros in the price tag than your average chain store buy but when you factor in the longevity and its cost per wear you’re definitely getting a bargain. I’ve spoken in the past about my approach to buying designer goods that you won’t regret, but there are definitely certain pieces that will forever remain stylish. Add these to your wardrobe and I promise you’ll have a long and happy relationship.
If you’re going to splurge on a trench coat make it one by Burberry. The coat was designed by Thomas Burberry for military personnel in World War One to keep officers protected against wind and rain and the design has been around ever since. The hardware and fabrication are of course top notch but one glimpse of the iconic checked lining sets this trench above the rest. I promise a trench coat is one purchase that you will get plenty of use out of all year round. Plus if you’re after a unique touch, Burberry now offer a personalisation service that allows you to monogram the inside of your coat.
Chanel 2.55 bag
Everyone knows the quilted 2.55 bag by Chanel and whilst its ubiquitous it’s also one of the few designer bags that will not only appreciate in value (research has shown that the bag has increased in value by 70 per cent over the last six years) it’s also the kind of bag that will not date, will go with virtually everything you own and will always be a classic staple that you’ll be proud to carry. It’s a hefty investment I know, but if you’re going to splurge on a designer bag this one is definitely worth considering.
Cartier LOVE Bracelet
The ultimate in wrist candy the beautiful Cartier LOVE bracelet first came to prominence in the 1970s and has only grown more popular since its inception. Available in a variety of metals including yellow gold or rose gold plus if you’re really looking to splurge there’s also a version studded with diamonds this is one piece of jewellery that you’ll remain in love with.
Balenciaga moto jacket
I have had my Balenciaga leather jacket for years and its still the kind of piece that has remained in constant rotation in my wardrobe over the years. The perfect moto style jacket is ideal for wearing with everything from dresses to denim. I particularly loved Balenciaga’s design but designers like Saint Laurent, Tom Ford and Acne have all released their own versions of this jacket style. A major splurge it may be but one feel of the buttery leather, the sturdy metal hardware and the perfect fit will inspire instant love.
Chanel ballet flat
Ballet flats will always be a wardrobe staple but add a pair of interlocking Cs and you venture into try style classic territory. Whilst they’re not the type of shoe that you’d wear daily to run errands (they’re definitely a bit more special than your average ballet flat) they are an easy and stylish footwear option for those days when you just want to take a casual look up a notch. A close runner up in the shoe departmet would be the classic Gucci horsebit loafer. Over 60 years on and it’s still going strong.
I love discovering new up and coming designers but I also have a tried and tested stable of labels that I know I will always have something that will suit my style and aesthetic. Here’s who I turn to when I’m after…
It goes without saying but Bassike is at the top of the list. I love them for staples such as tees, singlets and casual pants. I also love Uniqlo for inexpensive but quality tees and Jac+Jack who do some really gorgeous basics that are a great quality.
Cardigans and jumpers
Winter is just around the corner so I will be stocking up on lots of jumpers and cardigans to layer throughout the cooler months. I love Uniqlo once again, this time for their cashmere knits which are a great quality but also reasonably priced; Skin and Threads for knits especially cardigans; and Jac + Jack also do really great jumpers. When it comes to jumpers, I find if I spend a bit more and invest in quality woollen and cashmere pieces they will last me season after season.
Work, formal and party wear
Work and evening events often transition from one to the other for me so I like to make sure my office attire will also work for an after work event such as a party or dinner. I always turn to Australian designers such as camilla and marc, Scanlan Theodore, Dion Lee, Bec & Bridge and Lover. While Bec & Bridge do a great party dress, I can’t go past Dion Lee for fashion-forward pieces and Scanlan Theodore for beautifully made items for the office such as blouses, dresses and pants. Lover do amazing dresses and camilla and marc are my favourite for everything from casual items such as jeans to dresses, to skirts and camis for a night out.
I buy at least 1-2 pairs of statement heels per season so I often splurge on a shoes that I know are of a great quality as opposed to buying lots of shoes that I know will have a limited shelf life. I opt for designers such as Aquazzura (these shoes are my current faves), Gianvito Rossi, Alaia, Givenchy, Balenciaga and Celine. Net-a-Porter, Matches Fashion and David Jones always have a really great selection.
I’m all about sneakers at the moment and I find the classic Superstar style by Adidas works well with most of my wardrobe (Stan Smiths are also a great option) and simple black Nikes are able to extend from active wear when I’m going for walks to casual day wear. If I’m after dressy flats I’ll turn to Me and Her for brogues and Mara and Mine for cute, quirky flats.
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This dress is quite dramatic and a bit of a showstopper, however I don’t want to just save it for the occasional night out. Where’s the cost per wear in that? I think you can take a dress like this and turn it into something daytime appropriate by throwing a leather jacket on top. It’s something I would definitely consider wearing to an event like Fashion Week. Check out your own wardrobe and see how you can extend the wear of a cocktail dress by simply adding a key addition such as a jacket or blazer. Who says you can’t wear sequins during the day?
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Dress: Manning Cartell
Bag: The Daily Edited
Watch: Christian Paul
Photography: Danielle Castano
They say that on average we only wear 20 per cent of our wardrobe regularly. I know that I often rediscover things in my wardrobe from years ago and enjoy having them in rotation again, but there are definitely some things which I will always wear without fail. These following items have definitely been worth the investment purely based on the cost per wear factor. They’re the building blocks of plenty of outfits and I’ve been able to wear them in myriad ways.
1. Balenciaga leather jacket
I have had my Balenciaga leather jacket for years. It was a bit of a splurge at the time I bought it but it has definitely lasted the test of time. It’s a really good quality and it’s really warm so it’s a winter staple. I take it everywhere I go (including to interview supermodels like Erin Wasson!). Also, Balenciaga sells this jacket all the time so it’s not a trend item that you can identify with a certain season.
2. Balmain blazer
I just get so much wear out of my blazer. I actually bought it on sale at Net-a-Porter. They’re so expensive so my tip is to be patient and keep an eye out for it to go on sale. I didn’t want to buy it full price so I was consistently on the look out for it to go on sale. It took me a few seasons but I eventually found one. I wear this blazer to death so it was definitely worth the investment.
3. Proenza Schouler clutch
My mum gave this clutch to me as a present and I am always using it. It’s really great because I can dress it up and down. It’s just a plain black clutch with detailing but it’s really versatile; I often wear it dressed down with jeans but it doesn’t look out of place worn at night for a more formal occasion. If you can find a go-to black clutch, you’re set for so many different occasions.
4. Balenciaga Le Dix Cartable bag
I have always said this bag is one of my wardrobe staples. I like that I can wear it as a handbag slung over my arm or wear it with the strap over over my shoulder to keep my hands free. If I’m ever buying a designer handbag I make sure that I can get plenty of use out of it and it’s not just a bag I save for certain occasions. Being a mum, having my hands free is really important to me when I’m out and about with Sophia so this bag is perfect.
5. Scanlan Theodore Raw backpack
I have not taken this backpack off since I got it. I only got it a couple of months ago and I haven’t stopped using it because a backpack is so easy when you have a baby. It’s also the perfect bag to take when I’m travelling. I brought it on my trip to Dubai this year and it was ideal as I was able to take all my essentials and still keep my hands free to deal with my other bags.
6. Alaia fringed suede sandals
I buy two pairs of statement heels a season and this was one of them. These sandals have seen me through Fashion Week and also many events I’ve attended throughout the year. They’re great as black goes with virtually everything in my wardrobe but they also add a unique touch to an outfit because of the fringed detail. I love anything that’s got some interesting detail that makes it stand out.
7. Alaia ankle boots
If I splurge on a pair of statement heels I make sure I can wear them to death. In winter I always buy a boot and as soon as I saw these I knew I’d get a lot of wear out of them. I always opt for black purely because I know I can make them work in so many different ways. Now that summer is almost here, I’m on the look out for a pair of strappy black statement heels and a nude shoe to get me through the warmer months.
What are the items in your wardrobe that you wear to death?
I love clashing prints. If you’re going to do print on print it’s best to make them clash. I think it creates more of an impact than having head to toe matching prints. I really like the graphic print on this black and White Sportmax jumper and decided to team it with one of my old Balenciaga vintage skirts – it’s still in the same monochrome family but the prints are really contrasting.
SKIRT: Balenciaga (vintage)
CLUTCH: Proenza Schouler
PHOTOGRAPHY: Josephine Willcox
This is my take on a traditional suit. It might be too plunging or risqué for others but you could easily make it office-friendly by putting a shirt underneath or swap the skirt for one sans split. If you had a lower heel for the office and a statement heel for a night out I think it’s a really great look to take you from the office to after work drinks.
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BLAZER: Bec & Bridge
BELT: Isabel Marant
SKIRT: Balenciaga (vintage)
PHOTOGRAPHY: Josephine Willcox
Weekends are all about comfortable dressing for me. This Karen Walker dress is a key piece in my weekend wardrobe as it’s really comfy so it’s great for long lunches with friends. It can be worn loose but I wanted a bit more structure to it so I decided to team it with a Celine belt I picked up in Milan last year. I think accessories are a really great way to make your outfit stand out. Often I’ll buy statement belts or vintage belts just to give what I’m wearing its own unique feel. This dress is really versatile because you could wear it with flats or heels or you can leave it plain and just wear it as a shift dress.
I recently attended an intimate dinner thrown by David Jones to celebrate the launch of the Heidi Klum Intimates range. I opted for a monochrome look with a white Camilla and Marc camisole and leather skirt teamed with Balmain heels. I was actually wearing the camisole with another skirt to a work meeting earlier in the day, but just swapped skirts to dress it up a bit more. You know something’s versatile when it can easily take you from work to dinner! I think black and white is always a great option for a night out – it’s definitely a go-to combination for me.
Camisole top – Camilla and Marc
Leather skirt – Camilla and Marc
Heels – Balmain
Clutch – Proenza Schouler