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Australian Fashion Week 2022: Day 3

11th May, 2022

I always like showing support for designers at Fashion Week when I can by wearing something from the label. Today was the Aje show so of course, it called for a dress by the brand. And what a dress! I love that Aje have developed a signature style, because every season you can rely on them to bring back certain details or silhouettes just refreshed and reimagined. In this instance, of course I was going to opt for the Aje puff sleeve. Statement sleeves have become a huge trend, and Aje can always be relied upon to do a fab voluminous sleeve. Also, I love the asymmetric drawstring detail, which incorporates texture and also a striking design element to the dress, while the cut out is very on trend. The bayleaf green is also such a great hue, and is a colour that’s a little unexpected for autumn. With the full, cascading effect of the skirt it’s a very feminine dress, which is also oh-so flattering to wear.

I wanted a colour that would really contrast and pop against the green, so I opted for a vibrant lavender bag by Louis Vuitton. It’s such a fun colour and the chunky gold chain strap gives it a modern touch. There were a few shoe options for this particular dress, but in the end I went for a pair of nude heels by Scanlan Theodore. It’s the ideal complementary hue to allow the dress’ colour to shine, while looking elegant and classic. I don’t leave the house without sunglasses, and today’s slimline pair are by Le Specs – a great transparent frame that adds a fun touch to this ensemble.

Credits: Dress, Aje; Shoes, Scanlan Theodore; Sunglasses, Le Specs; Bag, Louis Vuitton

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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Australian Fashion Week 2022: Day 1 – Evening

10th May, 2022

Multiple outfit changes aren’t so bad when you get to change into a great after dark look such as this. I am loving the fact that trousers are majorly trending. They’re comfortable, but they look oh-so chic! They are also perfect for an evening look and such a great alternative to a dress, which is often my go for evening events. I love the masculine touch juxtaposed against sky high pumps. There’s a great balance there. The textured animal print top also add a more glam element to this ensemble, but without being overwhelming. The great thing is, I could absolutely wear the trousers in the daytime and get double the use out of them. It’s all about versatility.

I adore trench coats of any kind and Camilla and Marc can always be relied upon to do a beautiful cut. This trench is perfection. The length is great, the drape relaxed but not overly so and it becomes an integral part of the look as opposed to something I’ve popped on just to keep me warm while I get from A to B. If there’s one coat that’s definitely worth investing in this winter, it’s a trench. I didn’t want to do anything overly fussy with the shoes so these black pumps were the ideal choice in footwear. They add a sexy touch and help elongate my frame, but are also understated and elegant.

Credits: Pants, David Jones; Trench, Camilla and Marc; Heels, Aquazzura

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

 

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Australian Fashion Week 2022: Day 2

10th May, 2022

I like to mix it up on each day of Fashion Week and given I wore a suit yesterday, I went the opposite direction today and opted for a fun, feminine look. I went for stripes on stripes with this Altuzarra ensemble. Clashing prints is always fun, but there’s always something interesting about working essentially the same pattern but with a slightly different take on it. The horizontal stripes on top work well against the busyness at the bottom, with the multicoloured stripes almost giving an illusion effect. There’s also a flirty thigh high split to balance the midi length hem. Given it was quite chilly, I needed a jacket to get me through the day and this Emporio Armani dark denim blazer was the perfect complementary piece to the rest of my outfit. It’s got a classic, polished structure but the denim gives it a fashion forward feel, plus it works great against all that colour.

I fell hard for today’s Fendi bag. The crescent shape is fun, but what I liked is the oversized Fendi embellishment underneath. It’s logomania but done in a really subtle way. I also liked the pop of pastel pink to work against the bolder hues of the skirt. I went for sky high heels with this strappy pair by Billini, which incidentally I also have in nude and really rate. It’s the perfect heel to work against so many different looks. The second busy day of Fashion Week definitely required great sunglasses and this Bottega Veneta pair with its exaggerated cat eye silhouette was the perfect final touch.

Credits: Blazer, Emporio Armani; Top and skirt, Altuzarra; Bag, Fendi; Sunglasses, Bottega Veneta

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

 

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Australian Fashion Week 2022: Day 1

9th May, 2022

It’s one of my fave times of year again as Australian Fashion Week is here! I always find this entire week to be a lot of fun, and so inspiring (also, good or perhaps not so good for my shopping list!) as I am able to support my fave designers but also discover up-and-comers. I always bookmark looks for events and race days at Fashion Week so it’s a good way to find out what’s going to drop in the coming months. It’s always a hectic time and I spend most of it running from show to show, but it’s also a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and friends along the way which is always nice. Of course, outfits for every day are always high on my priority list for the week, and this year is no different.

I always like to work with stylist Jess Pecoraro (pictured below) for my Fashion Week outfits as it’s quite a busy time for me. Pulling together looks for the shows as well as the various associated events is quite the undertaking, so it’s nice to leave it in the hands of an expert. Jess knocked it out of the park with this look for day one. I adore suiting of any kind, and what better way to kick off the week than with this Gucci ensemble. The suit, shirt and shoes are all by the brand and what I love about is the beautiful lines and tailoring. The simple yet impactful details such as the visible stitching on the jacket elevate this look, and add some character. Also the greige colour is so perfect for this time of year, and when paired with the sky blue shirt it allows each colour to pop.

Of course, I have to up my accessories game when mingling with some of the most fashionable women and men in the industry. This mini Chanel bag in burgundy velvet is the perfect accoutrement to add some colour. I also like that it’s not the usual shape and colour palette for Chanel — I like unexpected details like that. I capped off this look with patent Gucci shoes with an ultra on trend chunky heel, and cat eye Poppy Lissiman sunglasses to add a playful touch.

Credits: Suit, shirt and shoes, Gucci; Bag, Chanel; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

 

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All the trends I fell in love with at Australian Fashion Week

21st June, 2021

One of my fave looks from Rebecca Vallance

 

One of the best things about attending Fashion Week is the sneak preview at the biggest trends to come in the months ahead. I always inevitably end up with a lengthy list of styles I want to bookmark for my new season shopping, and that’s based on seeing what’s coming down the runway, but also the amazing street style that I see at every show. I always end up trying to find looks that I could potentially wear to upcoming race days, and also any big events I know are on the horizon. And then there are just the pieces I love so much that I simply have to have them! Here are some of the big trends I’m going to be all about in the not so distant future.

 

Trenches

I love a trench for its versatility and classic appeal, so I always sit up and take notice whenever I see it making an appearance during. What I learned over the week, was that trenches, from the traditional silhouette to those with a modern twist are going to be huge.

Elevated details

The one thing that really struck me as I watched show after show was the detail on all the looks. There was some seriously adorable bow detailing at the Rebecca Vallance show while some designers such as Alice McCall and Romance Was Born sent some gorgeous sequinned looks down the runway, some looks even featured it from head-to-toe. I also love the glam feather detailing I saw at the Rebecca Vallance and Alice McCall show, it was both theatrical and just so much fun.

Crop tops

If you think cropped silhouettes were going to quietly disappear then think again. They’re huge again next season. I saw some great crop tops at the Manning Cartell and Alice McCall show that demonstrated that the midriff is most definitely still a key accessory.

Cut-outs

Cut-out details aren’t new, they’ve been around for a few season, but as the Manning Cartell show proved, they’re sticking around. I love cut-outs as they can add a sexy element to a look and can add a contemporary touch to any look.

Suiting

You all know how much I love a suit, and thankfully it’s not going anywhere any time soon. Suiting was quite prominent in the Manning Cartell show, and the were done with a fresh, modern spin. I can definitely see myself adding to my suit collection over the coming months.

Suiting at Manning Cartell

Ultra Minis

There were some fun micro mini hemlines to come down the Anna Quan and Rebecca Vallance runway.  I know it can be a tricky one to pull off, but when paired with the right pieces and accoutrements, it’s really quite the statement-making look.

80/90s Vibe

Fashion is cyclical and the 80s/90s aesthetic is definitely back. If you remembered wearing it the first time, you’ll be glad to know that your fave trends from back in the day including chunky boots and punk-inspired pieces are making a comeback.

Linen

Would it be Australian Fashion Week without some truly beautiful linen? Given the week is all about resortwear, there were definitely some luxe linen looks to love from Bondi Born, Bassike and Anna Quan that just scream summer. I’m counting down the days till we welcome the warm weather again.

Sunshine yellow at Bondi Born

Shirt Dresses

Anna Quan sent some great shirt dresses down the runway and it’s cemented my love for them as a truly versatile style staple. Keep an eye out for the shirt dress, it’s definitely going to be one to watch, and one to welcome into your wardrobe, stat.

Luxe Leather

Bassike is know for its relaxed leisurewear, but what I fell in love with then I saw their show were their leather looks. There were some amazing relaxed leather pants that beautifully meld comfort and style, and I can see them being quite the ‘it’ item.

Monochrome

As always white and black are a winning combination and it’s one I saw a lot coming down the runway throughout the week. The best bit about a monochrome trend is that it’s just so easy to do.

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Afterpay Australian Fashion Week Day 5

4th June, 2021

What a week! It was the last day of Fashion Week today and I decided to go for something a little more relaxed for today’s look. And what better option than embracing denim all the way. These jeans by Isabel Marant are such a great fit, and they’re just the right crop (important when you’re petite). Also whenever I wear anything high waisted it’s important that it’s just the ideal level of firmness around the waist and hips for the most flattering fit, and these jeans ticked both those boxes. To tie into the light blue wash of the jeans, I went for a paisley sky blue top, also by Isabel Marant. I wanted a streamlined silhouette so I decided to opt for a waist belt to cinch in the top, making for a more flattering fit.

My outfit embraced a slightly softer colour palette so I wanted accessories in more understated hues. I decided on a structured fawn Tory Burch bag to add a ladylike touch this look. While my white Bottega slingbacks made for the ideal accompaniment to the slightly more casual nature of denim, giving it just the right hint of dressiness to achieve balance. For the finale of one of my fave events of the year, this combination was just the right ensemble to see out the week.

Credits: Top, pants and belt, Isabel Marant (via David Jones); Bag, Tory. Burch; Heels, Bottega Veneta

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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Afterpay Australian Fashion Week Day 4

3rd June, 2021

I’ve always been a fan of classic tailoring. It forms the backbone of a lot of my outfits, and while classic is great, I do like pieces that have a bit of a twist. An unexpected point of difference that takes a tailored piece into a different direction. And it’s one of the reasons why I was so excited to be wearing this look today. Each piece in this outfit is a classic silhouette but with a modern touch. The classic white shirt I was wearing today  had these amazing finishes such as the metal trim at the neck and the oversized cuffs. I found it took a forever staple like a button down white shirt and gave it a slightly more fashion forward feel. While tailored black pants are always a failsafe option, what I loved about this Camilla and Marc design is the contrasting stitching, which gave it a little extra lift, a little extra personality. And what’s better than a trench to tie a whole look together? This Esse trench is the epitome of sleek, sophisticated outerwear, and when thrown over a shirt and pant pairing, it instantly just makes this look feel extra considered, and so polished.

I’ve been having fun with accessorising this week, but I’ve also discovered just how good my go-to pieces really are. These white Bottega Veneta slingbacks for example have been a welcome addition to my closet for a few seasons and they’ve had quite a few outings this week simply because they’re so versatile. Also I love that it takes a classic slingback silhouette, and makes it more modern with the sturdier heel and strap. I couldn’t pass up this buttery leather Fendi bag, which is just the perfect relaxed shape to provide a counterpoint to the more refined nature of the rest of my outfit. And with a few late nights this week sunglasses were a must! These crisp white Pared sunglasses are a little mod, and proof that even the smallest of accessories can make a big difference.

Credits: Trench coat (via David Jones), Esse; Shirt and pants (via David Jones), Camilla and Marc; Heels, Bottega Veneta; Sunglasses, Emma Mulholland for Pared; Bag, Fendi

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

 

 

 

 

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Every single beauty product I used on Day 3 of Afterpay Australian Fashion Week

2nd June, 2021

It’s another hectic day on the Australian Fashion Week calendar, and today in particular I was juggling hosting the launch of 25 Martin Place in Sydney, while also heading off to check out the Anna Quan show tonight. So, makeup that had staying power was a definite must. Luckily, I was working with Michael Brown again to do my glam. For today’s look we went for neutral eyes, with a pop of colour on the lip. It’s something I tend to love doing away from events, so it’s always a makeup look I’m comfortable with for big occasions such as today’s launch. Here’s a product-by-product guide of everything I wore.

Skin

Clarins Double Serum

Olay Regenerist Whip 

Kora Noni Eye Oil

 

Complexion

Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid in Honey 

Bobbi Brown Cream Concealer 

Kora Rose Quartz Luminiser 

Clarins Joli Blush in Cheeky Coral 

 

Eyes

Fenty Snap Shadows in True Neutrals 

Marc Jacobs Highliner in Rococoa 

Clarins Supra Volume Mascara

Fenty Brow Pencil in Medium Brown 

Benefit 24hr Set Brow Gel 

Ardell Naked Lashes 424 (trimmed in half)

 

Lips

Clarins Joli Rouge Crayon 

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Lip Lacquer in Sugar Sugar 

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Afterpay Australian Fashion Week: Day 3

2nd June, 2021

Along with being able to check out all the amazing shows at Sydney’s Carriageworks, one of my favourite things about Fashion Week are the offsite evening events. Tonight, I’m attending dinner hosted by the designer Anna Quan showcasing her latest collection, and I couldn’t think of a better option than a LBD with a twist. A black dress is always a failsafe option of mine for any event, but what I love about this dress is the textural element. The ribbed fabrication is a modern touch, while the cut-out adds a sexy touch that’s befitting of an evening soiree. Also the twisted neckline is a design feature that adds a little extra intrigue. I’m also a fan of a midi length dress for an after dark event as it’s always guaranteed to look polished without being overdone.

Accessorising this look, I wanted to keep things quite pared back. I went for a black structured top handle bag by Fendi: simple, elegant, classic. I didn’t want the look to look too flat and felt it needed just a little bit of relief in the form of another hue, so I called upon my mesh Bottega Veneta heels. They’re a neutral so I knew they wouldn’t overwhelm the dress, but it does break up the black on black quite effectively A few understated accoutrements in the form of simple drop earrings, a timepiece and my Cartier bangle and I’m set.

Credits: Dress (available at David Jones), Anna Quan; Bag, Fendi; Shoes, Bottega Veneta

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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Afterpay Australian Fashion Week: Day 2

1st June, 2021

I went to two shows today, Oroton and Maggie Marilyn and it called for a day of embracing soft neutrals. Specifically this Isabel Marant look which is a great example of the beauty of elevated staples. This jacket with its puff sleeves and cinched tie waist is reminiscent of a safari jacket, but with softer lines, and feminine vibes. And all those details combined make for a jacket that’s wearable but with a little extra personality. And what better staple to pair it with than a pair of crisp white jeans? The neutral on white felt very fresh and I loved the fact its such a departure from the usual hues you’d expect on the first day of winter.

I always like to wear something from the brands whose shows I’m seeing and this time around, I zeroed in on this tan Oroton bag. It’s got such a beautiful structured silhouette which adds a bit of polish to the more relaxed silhouette of this outfit, and I could wear it clutch-like or throw it on over my shoulder which is perfect for a day with back to back events. It was then all about these white slingbacks from Bottega Veneta, and wearing white bottoms with white shoes I feel gives a nice elongated effect. And to top it off, gold oval-framed sunglasses to add a hint of playfulness to this look.

Credits: Jacket and jeans, Isabel Marant via David Jones; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Oroton; Sunglasses, Ray Ban

Photography: Ashleigh Larden