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What I Wore: Like a lady

24th October, 2016

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After being at home with a newborn and a toddler over the last few months it has been nice to slowly ease myself back into work – and getting to dress up again! I’ve had a few work events pop up recently and it has been great to have Nadia in Sydney to attend them with.

I wanted to wear something ladylike but with an edge to a recent function and really loved the above khaki coloured dress by Christopher Esber. I think the shade is right on trend and really provided a great base colour for one of my new fave blazers by Camilla and Marc. It really made the crisp white colour pop. The statement shoulders and nipped in waist also give the blazer a really flattering silhouette. I am loving all things Gucci at the moment as they have really just been nailing it in both the accessories and ready to wear department and this bag with its fun appliqué design and chain strap really elevated the traditional monogram print of the bag.

Credits: Kate: Dress, Christopher Esber; Blazer, Camilla and Marc; Sunglasses, Le Specs; Bag (similar), Gucci, Heels, Alaia & Nadia: Top, Camilla and Marc; Skirt, Camilla and Marc; Earrings, Marni

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Photography: @brigetteclark_

 

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What I Wore: Quiet elegance

21st June, 2016

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Unexpected silhouettes and finishes are one of the things I always look for in a dress which is why I particularly loved the asymmetrical finish of this moss green Christopher Esber dress. It gave it a unique touch. I don’t often wear this shade either so it was nice to do something different. Accessories are always a key component to any outfit and it’s often what brings cohesion to the overall look, so with that in mind I thought as the dress is quite soft and feminine I wanted to team it with my cut-out Givenchy ankle boots to ground the look and give it some edge. A dark bag would have blended in a little too much for this particular look so I opted for a Givenchy Antigona in a nude shade to provide some contrast. My Ellery sunglasses and Eddie Borgo choker add a sense of modern sophistication to the outfit.

Love the accessories in this look? Scroll down to shop some of my ‘inspired by’ picks below.
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Credits: Dress, Christopher EsberBag, GivenchySunglassess, ElleryChoker, Eddie BorgoShoes, Givenchy

 

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Photography: Sophia Athas 

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MBFWA 2016: My fave shows

23rd May, 2016

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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.

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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.

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Rebecca Vallance

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.

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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.

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Dion Lee

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.

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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.

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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.

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What I Wore: MBFWA Day Three

17th May, 2016

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.

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Credits: Skirt, Christopher Esber; Top, Christopher Esber; Heels, Alaia; Clutch, Chanel; Sunglasses, Ellery

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Elle Style Awards

30th October, 2015

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Last night I attended the Elle Style Awards held at the Mint in the Sydney CBD. The night was a big celebration for the fashion industry with winners including Lara Worthington who took out the Modern Icon award, Shoes of Prey’s Jodie Fox who won the Fashion Innovator award and Toni Maticevski who was awarded Australian Designer of the Year. I wanted something quite classic but with a contemporary touch so I wore a monochrome pleated Christopher Esber dress with Camilla and Marc heels.

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What I Wore: Luxe layering

11th June, 2015

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When it comes to layering for me it’s all about layering different materials. I’ve worked various textures into this outfit such as the netting on the skirt, the knit top and the leather jacket. When you have lots of material and lots of layers it’s nice to have those different textures. I’m a big fan of Christopher Esber and I think this is a beautiful khaki look from his collection.

TOP: Christopher Esber

SKIRT: Christopher Esber

JACKET: Topshop

SUNGLASSES: Celine

PHOTOGRAPHY: Josephine Willcox

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Talking ‘Talents and Food’ with Christopher Esber

5th June, 2015

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Vogue Italia and Sanpellegrino have teamed up to launch ‘Talents and Food’, a competition which teams the best emerging chefs and designers from 20 different regions around the world to each create a garment inspired by a particular dish. Australia’s team for the competition comprised of designer Christopher Esber and the sous chef of Attica restaurant, Peter Gunn. The pair will fly to Milan to present their creation this month, with the final winner being chosen by the team from Vogue Italia. Christopher’s creation from the competition (pictured above) will be available as part of his Spring/Summer 15 collection which is available in July.

I had the chance to catch up with Christopher to discuss what it’s like designing a garment inspired by food (you may have caught some of our chat on last night’s episode of Fashion Bloggers)…

How did this all come about for you?

I’m quite close with the team at Vogue Italia and they told me about this prize that was coming up where designers from various countries are working alongside emerging chefs. The whole idea seemed a bit strange at first but I can see how the two work together. Peter Gunn from Attica in Melbourne won and the winning dish is a piece of steak with celery with sautéed mustard. So I went down the route of colour and texture with fabrics. All our fabrics are made in Italy so I started speaking with the weavers and trying to create a texture similar to what you see in the steak. I want this outfit to be wearable because of course I design for women and it needs to be comfortable but at the same time you’re filling this brief as well. If you’re looking at that piece of steak it’s a long cut and that’s kind of the silhouette of the outfit.

How do you find your inspiration for something like this?

I’ve done enough collections now that I find inspiration in what I’ve done in the past. So just looking at what the brand codes are, so long lines, things that are streamlined, really clean and minimal. So taking that palette [based on the dish] and working in elements from the brand. Looking at what your strengths are is always a good starting point for anything.

What sort of fabrics did you use in this garment?

We worked with a raffia that we’ve backed with a heavy silk and we wanted something that was really luxurious and really soft on the body but had that texture and body that you can see in the piece of meat. So I was trying to emulate that in a wearable way that doesn’t look too art project. And the textures in the celery, it’s prominent.

I don’t think your work could ever look art project!

But it so easily could, when you’re given something like this. I’m really happy with the final result. We’re actually selling it, so it’s going into the collection.

Was that intentional?

Well if you’re making something you need to maximise it. It’s the kind of outfit that I could see a lot of Australian women and international customers wearing.

So how did you feel about the 10-day design time frame?

I like time constraints. I find that when you have too much time for something you just overdesign or you overthink things and you end up going back to your original idea so it was very gut instinct with this and just go with what you know.

Can you talk me through the design process?

I’m very much about textures and fabrications so I work a lot with Italian mills on developing fabrics that are exclusive to the brand. So when the opportunity came up I was looking at the textures in the dish and how we can emulate that in the fabrications. So I came up with doing this raffia that’s been woven to create the rippling that you can see and we just did a mustard wash. If you look at the fabric up close it’s not a solid colour it’s quite tonal and there’s bits of brighter yellows and touches of brown. For me this brief in particular was heavily about fabrications.

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Christopher Esber with his dress design

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Christopher Esber with Peter Gunn at the Vogue Italia/Sanpellegrino presentation dinner

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Can you believe this was inspired by a steak dish?

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The lovely details at the presentation dinner

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A creative collaboration between Vogue Italia and Sanpellegrino

 

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What I Wore: Prix De marie claire

23rd April, 2015

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I braved the crazy torrential downpour we’ve been having in Sydney to attend the Prix De Marie Claire awards on Tuesday night and I’m so glad I did – it was an amazing evening. I wanted to go for more moodier tones so I opted for this Christopher Esber dress and my statement Alaia heels.

Heels: Alaia
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What I Wore: MBFWA Day Three

15th April, 2015

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Christopher Esber is one of my favourite Australian designers. This skirt and top is straight from his Resort 15/16 collection which he presented this morning. As I mentioned here, I love matching skirt and top sets as they’re a great alternative to a dress. I love the inky hue of this set – such a gorgeous shade and the subtle pleats in the skirt also give it interesting detail.

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Top: Christopher Esber

Skirt: Christopher Esber

Heels: Gianvito Rossi

Clutch: The Daily Edited

Photography: Sophia Athas