The David Jones Autumn Winter 2018 launch recently took place in Sydney and it had me seriously excited for the cooler weather to arrive. There are so many amazing trends to look forward to and I’m already inspired to start planning my new season looks. In the meantime however I’m making the most of the remaining days of warm weather and roadtesting summer ensembles. I love the futuristic meets sporty vibe of this top and skirt combination by Sportmax, and offset by simple accessories such as my go-to Alaïa heels and Dior bag, it made for the ideal fashion forward look for such a big event.
Credit: Top, Sportmax; Skirt, Sportmax; Heels, Alaïa; Bag, Dior
During a recent trip to Melbourne I was in the mood to wear something quite feminine and bold so I ended up taking this Rebecca Vallance top and skirt combination with me. I love the nautical striped pattern on both, which gives a relaxed, resort wear vibe. The ruffled neckline and sleeve on the top give it a dramatic flair and gives the outfit a point of interest as the rest of the look is quite streamlined and simple. These were also the ideal pieces to take on a trip, as they’re able to be styled into two separate looks, giving me more options to choose from.
I wanted to dress this ensemble up a bit so I opted for my studded Alaïa heels, however I’ve found that it could work easily with a pair of sandals to give a slightly more casual feel.
My ever reliable Chanel bag always comes with me when I travel as it can go from a crossbody bag to a clutch quite easily, and in this instance it was the ideal bag to take to dinner. It’s small enough to carry my bits and pieces but not so big as to look cumbersome.
I never head out with a pair of sunglasses and for this outing, I wanted to stick to a classic black pair. However the charms on the sunglasses’ arms help give it a glam touch and is often a talking point as it’s such an unexpected detail.
Credits: Top, Rebecca Vallance; Skirt,Rebecca Vallance; Heels, Alaïa; Sunglasses, POMS; Bag, Chanel
Photographer: Sophia Athas
Sleek, simple dresses are a staple in my wardrobe but every so often I just want to embrace an ultra embellished style. This Acler dress, with its frill detail, cold shoulder neckline and asymmetric hem has a feminine silhouette that’s high on impact. With such a bold frock I knew I needed to tone it down with my accessories and opt for simplicity so as not to overwhelm with my overall look. My favourite Alaia heels (which have so been worth the investment from the number of wears I’ve had from them) are just the right understated heel to pair with such a dramatic dress whilst my Bvlgari top handle bag adds a classic touch to the ensemble. For a bit of fun, and to add a little edge to my ensemble I added a pair of mirrored sunglasses for the ideal finishing touch.
Credits: Dress (similar here), Acler; Shoes, Alaïa; Bag, Bvlgari, Sunglasses, Le Specs
Photography: Ashleigh Larden
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There’s always something special about being given the opportunity to get really dolled up once in awhile. One such occasion was the Prix de Marie Claire Awards in Sydney. I loved being able to dial up the glamour in a lurex Alex Perry ballgown—a definite departure from what I’d be wearing on an average weekday evening! As I was presenting the Lexus Next Gen Award on the night I wanted a strong look and one that had a striking element to it which is what drew me to the Alex Perry gown— my favourite feature was the voluminous skirt which gave it a touch of drama and statement-making element. I love the ballerina inspired bodice and the delicate spaghetti straps which helped to balance the overall volume of the dress. Also when it comes to achieving a glam look for an evening event I think you can never go wrong with lurex—it’s the perfect fabric for an occasion that commands a lot of dazzle. As the dress was already so impactful I opted to keep the rest of my look quite simple with studded black Alaïa heels and a relaxed up do to maintain balance and to keep the look from being too over the top.
Credits: Dress (similar here), Alex Perry; Heels, Alaïa
Image: Marie Claire
Image: Marie Claire
There’s something about a seaside location that always has me wanting to wear something that’s light and airy. This was definitely the case when I recently attended the La Mer World Ocean Day lunch at Sydney’s Bondi Icebergs. I opted for a white Christopher Esber dress with a sheer overlay—the hue was great for the beachside location but the ankle length and long sleeves kept it winter appropriate. I paired it with my favourite camel coloured coat by Karen Millen and my black studded Alaïa heels provided a great contrast to the neutral hues of my outfit.
Credits: Coat, Karen Millen; Dress, Christopher Esber; Heels, Alaïa
Photography: Belinda Rolland
One of the highlights of my trip to Melbourne for the launch of the Lexus LC 500 was the beautiful dinner we had at Doot Doot Doot restaurant at the Jackalope Hotel. The dress code was cocktail and I wanted to go for something a bit different, so instead of a dress I opted for a black long sleeved turtleneck and a floral maxi skirt. I thought it was just the right level of dressy for a formal dinner and was also incredibly comfortable so it ticked all the right boxes. My minimalist studded Alaia heels were the perfect shoes to complement the outfit and when paired with the black top it really allowed the bold print of the skirt to take centre stage.
Credits: Top, Sportmax; Skirt, Fendi; Heels, Alaïa
Everything about this ensemble by Fendi is bold and vibrant which is perfect for another busy day at Fashion Week. As soon as I saw the balloon sleeves of this blouse I knew I wanted to continue the voluminous silhouette by pairing it with culottes. The waved pattern on the pants and the waved detailing on the blouse help give the outfit continuity along with the hints of blue in both. When it comes to volume it was important to have the nipped in waist of the pants in order to avoid the outfit from overwhelming my frame and the streamlined heels to act as a counterpoint to the billowy nature of the rest of my look. I also decided upon a forest green Camilla and Marc coat to complement the blue tones in my pants and blouse and kept accessories to a minimum-just a pair of Celine sunglasses and a simple Jerome Dreyfuss clutch.
Credits: Top and pants, Fendi; Coat, Camilla and Marc; Heels, Alaïa; Sunglasses, Celine; Bag, Jerome Dreyfuss
Photography: Sophia Athas
The first show of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia was Dion Lee, and as a huge fan of his designs I wanted to show my support so opted for a sweater and pleated skirt from his label. I went for a full navy look but worked in different textures in order to break the outfit up and avoid the colour looking too overwhelming. Also the weather was quite cool so it was great to be in a knit to keep warm as the show took place outdoors on the Opera House forecourt. I wanted to wear statement jewellery to add some punch to my outfit so opted for rose gold earrings and a smattering of cocktail rings. My Bulgari bag was also in navy so was in keeping with the colour palette of the day, whilst the Mimco bag/wallet added a touch of colour. And of course one of my favourite Alaïa heels had to cap off the look and my round frame Miu Miu sunglasses added a touch of fun to my ensemble. Bring on the rest of the week!
Credits: Sweater and skirt, Dion Lee; Heels, Alaïa, Bag, Bulgari; Sunglasses, Miu Miu; Wallet/Bag (beige), earrings and rings; Mimco;
Photography: Sophia Athas
I’ve always been a fan of a head-to-toe white ensemble – it’s chic and elegant and really makes quite an impactful style statement. I don’t often wear suits but I couldn’t resist this ensemble. Double breasted jackets have experienced a resurgence of late but in a more modern incarnation – the boxy cuts are gone and in its place is a more streamlined silhouette which makes for a more flattering fit. I love that this jacket is also really versatile and can work easily with the rest of my wardrobe whether thrown over a dress or teamed with jeans. If there’s one thing that goes beautifully with a crisp white outfit it’s gold accessories. In this instance I’ve opted for gilded statement earrings to complement my look. With the addition of a neutral oversized clutch and simple black heels I’m ready to conquer the day ahead.
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Credits: Blazer, Camilla and Marc; Top, Camilla and Marc; Pants Camilla and Marc; Clutch, Mimco; Earrings, Mimco; Sunglasses, Dita; Heels, Alaia,
Photographer: Mike Belkin.
Olive green is such a gorgeous colour that I think I definitely need to incorporate into my wardrobe a bit more, I don’t wear it nearly enough It’s certainly one of the things that drew me to this Rebecca Vallance dress.. I also love the military inspired style as it can still look quite dressy but with a change of footwear it can easily be taken down a notch and become a more casual look. In this instance I wanted the outfit to look quite polished so I teamed the dress with my black Alaia heels and my Gucci Dionysus bag (find similar here) to keep my accessories quite neutral but with the finishing touches such as the applique on my bag it keeps the look from looking too pedestrian. My Dita cat-eye sunglasses inject a little attitude to an otherwise quite streamlined look.
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Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance – XX; Heels, Alaia; Denim jacket, Steele; Bag, Gucci (similar); Sunglasses, Dita;
Photography: Sophia Athas