If there’s bold florals and a vibrant shade of pink, I’m there! This is the kind of ultra feminine dress that’s all kinds of fun to wear, not only because of it’s larger-than-life pink colour but also the finishing touches. Bec and Bridge certainly know how to produce a showstopper of a dress and this number is no exception with its puff sleeves, ultra flattering ruching and pretty sweetheart neckline. I’ve got this particular beauty bookmarked for event dressing, simply because it makes such a statement.
I wanted to continue the pink throughout the rest of my look so I opted for this metallic pink by Bottega Veneta. I always like to add unique pieces to my looks and loved the great hue and the geometric, fashion forward shape. It’s the ideal contrast piece to the softer, feminine feel of the dress. Meanwhile mesh heels, also by Bottega Veneta add another bold element while adding an on trend accoutrement to my look.
Now that school holidays are over it’s time to officially get back into work mode. I wanted to set the tone for the year with a new office look and couldn’t go past classic black and white.
I’ve always been a fan of monochrome outfits, particularly for work because they’re always guaranteed to look polished and professional. Of course working in fashion allows me to play with cuts and silhouettes a little more than a corporate setting and loved that this Bec and Bridge look had a modern sensibility but maintained the sharp, sophisticated feel of a black and white colour palette.
The beauty of these pieces is that while they work beautifully together I can easily pair them with other pieces already in my wardrobe. I can easily dress the skirt down with a tee, while the shirt could go with denim. I love plenty of versatility when it comes to any new additions to my closet.
I decided to stick the the same colour palette with my accessories. So white pumps by Bottega Veneta and simple black sunglasses by Poppy Lissiman were the perfect complementary additions to this ensemble. Now, I’m officially ready to throw myself into a busy new work year!
Sometimes you just have to have a fun colour moment and this great skirt suit by Bec & Bridge is definitely one to do it. The mint shade is great for this time of year where everything is about light and breezy silhouettes and fabrics, and dabbling in beautiful bright hues, particularly soft pastels. I also love the textured effect of both the longline blazer and skirt which gives it just the right relaxed feel for the season. While I opted for a long sleeved ribbed top, you could easily pair this with a tee or a cami and instantly dress it up or down.
While I love the overall laidback feel of the suit, I wanted to elevate the look with my accessories. My Prada leather shoulder bag is both dressy but unfussy enough that it doesn’t make my look feel too “done” and is the perfect size for carrying everything I need for the day. I also opted for minimalist Giuseppe Zanotti heels which with its crystal heel feels a little more glam. Topped with playful pink Le Specs shades, I’m ready to tackle the day ahead.
We’re really spoilt for choice as far as suiting goes these days and I’m loving all the different silhouette variations I’ve been been seeing in my ongoing quest for the perfect suit. Whilst you can get everything from a relaxed suit to one that’s perfect for a dressy occasion, I tend to gravitate towards the styles that have a little personality, whether it’s a great print or an interesting cut. This suit by Bec and Bridge ticks both boxes. The checked pattern gives it a certain energy and vibrancy, whilst the flared, bell bottom pants give it a fun, 70s feel. I could easily see myself wearing this suit to an event or out to lunch with my friends or even a meeting, so it’s definitely a versatile addition to my wardrobe. Underneath I popped on a simple white ribbed top, complementing the hints of white on the suit.
Working with such a busy pattern, I wanted to let the suit take centre stage so opted for accessories that were a little more pared back whilst also staying within the colour palette of the check print to give my outfit some cohesion. I went for a black quilted Dior bag with chain strap and minimalist cat eye sunglasses by Poppy Lissiman. I always like to wear heels whenever I’m wearing a suit so I paired this particular look with Giuseppe Zanotti heels with the most amazing crystal covered heel—elegant but glam all at the same time.
It’s the second day of Fashion Week and with my first show being Bec & Bridge I opted to wear a piece from their new collection. I’m always a fan of an LBD and loved the look of this midi dress, particularly the finishing details. The tie-up neck ribbon and the sheer panelling give it a hint of drama and elevate it from a being just a simple black dress.
In keeping with the whole glam look and feel of the dress, I felt it needed another equally as glam touch. Given it’s been a little chilly of late I decided on a long chocolate brown faux fur coat. It ticked both the style and utilitarian box and was definitely the perfect statement outerwear to cap off my outfit.
When it comes to a black dress I think you it’s great to have accessories that pop to provide a little contrast. I love this structured mini camera bag by Yuzefi; with the colour blocking and chain strap it gives the look an interesting focal point. I decided on wearing this particular pair of pointed Christian Louboutin pumps because I loved the ankle straps so much. I think the little details are often what makes a look and I liked that strappy shoes worked beautifully with the cropped midi hem of the dress. Gold statement earrings provided just the right hint of glam and made for a strong finishing touch to my ensemble.
Set in the beautiful The Calyx in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden was a golden hued haven for launch of the Pandora Shine collection. As I had the honour of hosting the event I wanted an outfit that echoed the theme of the day so it was truly special when I was able to wear this gold number by Bec and Bridge before it even hit stores.
I love the look of gold satin as it has such a beautiful drape and finish and has a glam touch that was perfect the occasion. The long sleeves juxtaposed with the thigh high split is in keeping with my longstanding fashion formula of choosing one part of the body to focus on when it comes to outfits. The split was a definite showstopper feature but the sleeves helped temper it and made it work for a day event.
When it came to my accessories I wanted to keep most of the look quite tonal so I stuck to all gold jewellery. I found it added to my outfit without taking away from the beautiful dress being the centrepiece. Simplicity is always key when working with such a statement dress so I thought my black Alaïa heels would be the perfect choice. They added a touch of colour without being too over the top. And I’ve always found that black and gold is a winning colour pairing and dialled up the glamour of my look in a subtle, yet striking way.
Credits: Dress, Bec and Bridge (not in store yet); Heels, Alaïa
Enjoying lunch at 169 Darlinghurst with the creative duo behind Bec & Bridge
Becky Cooper and Bridget Yorston are the duo behind the popular Australian fashion label Bec & Bridge, which is marking its 15th year and has celebrity fans including Kim Kardashian and Miranda Kerr. Cooper and Yorston chatted to me about the secret to their success, juggling motherhood and a fashion label, and what to expect from them during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) in May.
Congratulations on 15 years in the fashion industry. What is the secret to your success?
Bec: Thank you! We’ve learnt so much over the last 15 years … too much to recount. We have also made so many mistakes. Through it all we have remained open-minded and allowed room for things to happen organically and to evolve.
Bridge: Being best friends and business partners, we have always made sure that we keep an open line of communication at all times.
Bec & Bridge is a highlight at MBFWA. Can you reveal any plans?
Bridge: We have a great team on board and will be presenting our Resort 17 collection … The inspiration behind [it] stems from the work of Henri Matisse and his innovative and intensive use of light and colour. The clashing of bright azure blues, fiery reds and a sense of freedom … The collection channels a ’90s minimalist look, with mini hemlines, bias slips and spaghetti straps.
Bec, you gave birth to your second son, Teddy, earlier this year. Have you taken some time off?
Bec: Yes, I took a break from being in the office, naturally, but with MBFWA and the launch of retail coming up, I have started popping in a few days a week. Luckily I have an amazing husband and family who come with me to support and assist with Teddy.
How has it been juggling a newborn with the lead-up to MBFWA?
Bec: It really is a juggle. The key for us has been having a strong partnership – this has allowed us to each take the reins at different times when we have both had our babies. But mostly, it’s about our wonderful team and supportive families. Without them, we couldn’t do what we do. Having children has forced us to be more organised and more decisive. There is no time for dilly-dallying.
How did it all start for Bec and Bridge?
Bridge: We met at uni – we were studying fashion design at UTS. We became best friends and we started just making stuff for friends. And we were always known as Bec and Bridge because we were always together, and actually started with men’s jeans … it was revamping old jeans for them, printing our name all over them and then some stores started calling us and saying, “Can we order these jeans?
Did you ever imagine that it would be as big as it is today?
Bridge: No, not in my wildest dreams.
What are the biggest challenges you face as an Australian fashion label?
Bridge: Over the last 15 years we’ve seen the industry change so much and so many brands come and go … It really is just a reminder that you have to constantly evolve and stay on top.
Bec: It’s definitely important to never get too comfortable. We are both big believers in staying open minded and being flexible to move with our B&B girl as she grows and evolves.
Bridge: We produce 95 per cent of our pieces in Australia. This allows us to keep a really tight rein on our production quality as well as build strong relationships with our manufacturers.
What’s been your biggest pinch-me moment in your career?
Bridge: I think seeing some of the celebrities that have worn Bec and Bridge has been amazing. It’s quite funny because the general public think that if Rihanna is wearing something of ours, that we’ve actually met her and given it to her and that’s why she’s wearing it.
How does that come about when celebrities wear your clothes? Bridge: We work with a great publicist in LA. She’s amazing and she totally gets our girl. She’s got a lot of great relationships, so she gets the clients.
When a celebrity wears your clothes, is there a direct translation to sales?
Bridge: If they wear it well. Like the “Kendall” dress, we call it the Kendall dress now, because when she wore it, we had to re-cut that dress like three times. I think we just had no idea of the effect.
How do you react when other designers copy your designs?
Bec: [It happens] all the time. Sometimes you just have to let it go and take it as a form of flattery … it’s not worth losing sleep over. Bridge: We have got a standard letter that we send, but I don’t know whether that makes much [difference] … Sometimes it’s annoying. Hailey Baldwin wore this little dress [of ours] that hadn’t even delivered into stores yet, and then it was seen in a shopping mall in Queensland and they’d used the photo of Hailey in our dress from Instagram and said, “Available in store”, and it was a quarter of the price or less.
Bec: We get outraged for two minutes then we move on.
WE ATE GRILLED ROMAN BEANS with yellow zucchini, pumpkin, fermented chilli and chicken breast; CHICKEN, BROCCOLI AND BARLEY SALAD with broccoli, Spanish onion, goats feta, barley; KALE SALAD with fresh kale, shiso leaves, pear, celery, avocado, sunflower seeds, pepita, crispy kipflers & tahini dressing add chicken breast / smoked salmon
There are times when I’m in the mood to for a really feminine look and this dusty pinkBec and Bridgedress was the perfect option to satisfy that whim. The colour was just too pretty to pass up. It’s important to have harmony in an outfit so I particularly liked how the midi length hemline helped to balance the deep V-neck of the dress. I’ve loved being able to experiment with different looks throughout this pregnancy and have discovered a lot of great silhouettes. I particularly love the pairing of the loose fit of the dress and matching sash — it’s a great look for keeping up with my growing bump! I wanted to keep my shoes quite simple so opted for these neutral Gianvito Rossiheels to let the dress do the talking and topped it with my favourite TRIWA sunglasses.
I am all about a shift dress. I love the simplicity of the silhouette and when in a fresh colour such as crisp white it’s the ideal year-round dress (it’s also been great as a maternity dress, too). I loved the tie-side detail of this Bec and Bridge dress which gives it a slight edge to the usually more demure look of a regular shift. I’ve teamed it with my Adidas sneakers for a casual day out but it could easily be dressed up with a pair of heels for an evening event. My Christian Paul watch, Preen sunglasses and my personalised clutch from The Daily Edited are the ideal way to add a pop of colour to the neutral canvas of the dress.
This Bec and Bridge is the latest result of my continuing love affair with off the shoulder pieces. It’s a great update on the little black dress and teamed with my favourite Aquazurra fringe heels and cat-eye sunglasses from Preen it gives it a playful touch. I’ve kept the outfit quite simple by sticking to the one hue head-to-toe and pairing it with my black Proenza Schouler clutch. I wore this out to a lunch event but it only needs a blazer to take it from day to night.