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.
The Shows: Hansen and Gretel, Bec & Bridge, Christopher Esber
Where: On site at Carriageworks for Hansel and Gretel; Offsite at David Jones for Bec & Bridge and The Clothing Store for Christopher Esber
My day started… bright and early at 9am.
My outfit today… was all about pink hues and velvet. I’m loving the velvet trend at the moment so today I literally wore it from head to toe!
Favourite show… Christopher Esber.
The one look I fell in love with… a candy striped top and skirt combination at the Christopher Esber show (pictured below).
Big trends I saw… vintage floral prints, feminine silhouettes, midi skirts and ruffles but with cheeky side of sheer and swimwear at Hansen and Gretel. Meanwhile at Bec & Bridge it was all about structured ruffles, shirting, polka dots, bare shoulders, bright colours (namely bright red and electric blue), silk shifts and short party dresses. Christopher Esber’s show focused on shirting, tailoring, trenches, pops of colour and figure hugging knits.
Big trends I saw on attendees…there has certainly been no shortage of great outfits on show. I’ve been seeing a lot of suits on women, skirt and top combinations, knits with longer skirts, combining casual with luxe and lots of layering.
What I ate/drank… I squeezed in a Date with Kate interview with TV personality Jessica Kahawaty over lunch at Catalina in Rose Bay in between shows. We ate fish and pasta which helped keep my energy levels up!
I stopped at Bambini Trust in the CBD for an afternoon wine with my team to recharge, download pics, edits and catch up on some work. It was so good I went back to there for dinner with Ksenija Lukich, Nadia Fairfax, Rey Vakili and Hoda Waterhouse before heading to the Christopher Esber show.
Photography and Video: Sophia Athas
Fashion Week is the perfect opportunity to trial new trends so there was no better time to embrace a little velvet and a little pink in a nod to two of the big trends of the season. And when both trends meld into one gorgeous velvet Bec & Bridge dress in a beautiful shade of dusty pink? Well, it was a done deal. I wanted to keep the look quite tonal and also ultra feminine so I kept my accessories all pink with a pair of ombre Rebecca de Ravenel corded-silk drop earrings, a Miu Miu clutch and my latest shoe love—my Marco de Vincenzo braided heels. The weather can get quite cool whilst I’m out and about so I came prepared with a snowy white Max Mara coat and a fun pair of Lucy Folk sunglasses as the final finishing touch. I don’t often wear pink but after today, I may have to reconsider embracing my girly side more often.
Photography: Sophia Athas and Danielle Castano
The weather’s been so unseasonably mild in Sydney the last few days that I’ve been making the most of it by utilising some of my fave summery pieces. I figure I’ll be rugged up in layers soon enough! This Bec & Bridge dress is the perfect easy, effortless piece due to its streamlined silhouette and I’m a big fan of anything in a crisp white as it instantly looks polished and pulled together. I find neutrals and metallics work beautifully with white so I have paired this dress with my Gucci heels to give my outfit a touch of colour. I love accessories with a point of difference and was drawn to this half crescent raffia clutch by Helen Kaminski due to its interesting shape and texture. Striking the right balance of wearing bold accessories that help elevate the look without overwhelming the simplicity of the dress is key in this instance and is the perfect time to remember that less is definitely more.
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Now that spring is officially here I’ve been feeling more inclined to wear pretty pastel colours to embrace the change in seasons. I really love the off the shoulder neckline and the tie detail on this Bec & Bridge top and skirt set. The silhouette is ideal for everything from a wedding to lunch with the girls and the light cornflower blue shade makes it perfect for spring. Plus you can extend the wear of both pieces by pairing the skirt with a simple cami and the top with everything from a pair of wide leg pants to tailored shorts. As the look is quite demure I wanted to pair it with a pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses to give the look a slightly more playful and edgy finishing touch.
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The schedule for Fashion Week includes long days that involve seeing multiple shows from almost every major Australian designer. Throughout the course of the week I estimate that I would have seen hundreds of different looks and with so much to see during the week picking my standouts at the end is always really tough. However these shows in particular had me wanting to buy up a storm.
This was the first show of Fashion Week and took place at the Cutaway in Sydney’s Barangaroo. I loved the whole grandeur of the show and the location was spectacular. It was a real highlight and was a great way to kick off the whole week. The whole collection was beautiful but I particularly loved the knotted tops in the collection. Just stunning.
I loved Rebecca Vallance’s show. It’s the first time that she has shown in Australia and I hope she comes back for seasons to come. Her collection had some really beautiful pieces that aren’t necessarily trend-driven but are classic, wardrobe staples such as beautifully tailored dresses and jackets that will last more than one season.
The location of this presentation was unexpected with it taking place in a yoga studio in Sydney’s Potts Point however everything was quintessential Christopher Esber. The dresses were all really beautiful but what I love about his work is the attention to detail such as one particular top with netting and ties at the back and a dress with knots all over it that I’m still dreaming about.
Dion Lee took his show to new heights by holding it in the Bloomberg high rise building in the Sydney CBD. It’s always hard to pick a favourite with Dion Lee because the craftsmanship on his garments is absolutely gorgeous. The detail on every piece is just so beautiful. He’s someone that I always look to for standout pieces and there were a few dresses there that were real showstoppers and I’m definitely bookmarking them for future events.
Bec & Bridge
One of my go-to labels for a party look is Bec & Bridge. Going to events all the time means I’m constantly on the look out for great dresses to wear and this particular collection had lots of great summer dresses in gorgeous colours that I could see myself in come summer time.
You know a collection is special when you see look after look come down the runway and want every single thing. This collection was so wearable and I could envisage several pieces in my wardrobe. Tome are one of my favourite brands and seeing their show definitely left me with some major outfit inspiration.
From Bec & Bridge to Christopher Esber it was another day of back to back shows and with the sun shining and the weather unseasonably warm I wanted to wear something that was comfortable, airy and slight flowy to accommodate the bump. I went with a Christopher Esber top and Christopher Esber skirt which ticked all the boxes. The rest of the look was quite muted with my black Alaia heels and black Ellery sunglasses so I wanted to add a pop of colour with my Chanel clutch. Another busy day indeed!
Check out what I got up to today plus the rest of Fashion Week by checking out my YouTube channel.
Photography: Sophia Athas
I try and use as much of my wardrobe as I can but just like every woman I tend to have a couple of pieces that are well and truly making regular appearances. Plus I am all about trying to get multiple looks out of the one item to ensure I maximise my cost per wear. Here’s what’s currently doing overtime in my wardrobe…
I’m slowly whittling my wardrobe down to a limited number of wearable pieces as I try to accomodate a growing bump. This grey Bec & Bridge dress is proving to be the ideal companion during pregnancy. It’s a wrap dress so it’s easily adjusted and means I can virtually wear it throughout my pregnancy, it’s a neutral so it’s easily dressed up or down and it’s a flattering cut and shape. Win-win situation wouldn’t you say?
White sneakers. I just cannot get enough of them. I’ve been trying to keep these as pristine as possible but it’s tricky when I just want to wear them all the time! This all-white pair by Adidas are the ideal pair to work back with everything from dresses to playsuits and is quite the multi-tasker as they’re super comfortable and chic at the same time.
Anything I can personalise with my initials on it has my vote! The range of colours available on The Daily Edited site has meant that I’ve succumbed to grabbing these pouches in a rainbow of colours (see above for proof!) so I can wear them with pretty much anything in my wardrobe. They’re also quite roomy which makes them perfect for being able to take all my essentials with me.
Aquazzura is just killing it in the shoe stakes. Season after season I find multiple styles to fall in love with. These in particular. They’re just fun personified! I love the lace up ankle ties, and the tassels and fringing give them a unique touch which elevate them from your normal, garden variety black heels. I’ve found they work with a formal look and something a little more casual so they have definitely been worth the investment as I’ve been able to wear them on multiple occasions.
What are some items in your wardrobe you just can’t get enough of right now?
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.
What are your favourite labels?
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