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Aussies bring their fashion A-game to NYFW

16th September, 2017

New York Fashion Week can always be relied upon for fashion inspo and the latest round of shows in the Big Apple didn’t disappoint. Whilst the most influential people in fashion flocking to the one location is always guaranteed to bring about some amazing outfits, you can always rely on Aussie models, celebs and bloggers to bring their fashion A-game. From explosions of colour to casual cool, let these stylish ladies help you get dressed with their unique style.

Photographer and blogger Zanita Whittington sports a spot of animal print as she strolls the streets of NYC with friend Rebecca Laurey.

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Nadia Fairfax does effortless casual style in a simple tee, jeans and a pair of killer heels.

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A white dress is always guaranteed to make a fresh statement and in this instance, the mandarin collar and corset belt give Yan Yan Chan’s look an added edge with its interesting finishes.

Actress Demi Harman combines to of the season’s biggest trends—the cold shoulder dress and slides.

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Jesinta Franklin manages to combine strong pieces such as a cape and bold prints and ground it with a pair of white sneakers.

Here with blogger Daniel Bernstein, model Bambi Northwood Blyth (left) manages to continue the monochrome theme in a Dion Lee dress that echoes 60s style to perfection.

Blogger Talisa Sutton works a classic plaid skirt with a sweater and kitten heel slingbacks making for a polished look with just a bit of edge.

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Chloe Hill showcases her signature blogger style of prints and sweet finishes with this ruffled midi dress and bow heels.

Who do you think killed it on fashion front at NYFW?
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What I Wore: The cold shoulder dress

12th September, 2017

If you’re looking for a new season wardrobe update that will take you through the next few months then make it of the cold shoulder dress variety. I was after a casual sundress that could be an easy go-to for off duty style and this Veronika Maine dress certainly fit the brief. The striped pattern elevates the dress into something that looks smart yet remains easy and effortless making it ideal for weekends. The appeal of this particular silhouette is that it accentuates one of the most flattering parts of the body—the shoulder—making it a great style for most women. A pair of round 60s style sunglasses makes for a dramatic finishing touch and adds a statement-making feature to the whole ensemble. I finished off the look with metallic star sandals for a fun pop of colour and my neutral Helen Kaminski clutch makes the ideal understated accompaniment for a printed dress with effortless appeal.

Photography: Danielle Castano

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How to wear the same dress two ways

7th September, 2017

My wardrobe has a colour palette that features neutral shades quite prominently. It’s important to me that everything I own is versatile and can easily be restyled in different ways to suit myriad occasions. That said, I do have a soft spot for the occasional colourful buy that’s bold and makes a statement. I was after a punchy, vibrant dress in the lead up to spring and this Bambah maxi from Farfetch definitely fit the bill. A lace mustard yellow dress is definitely high on wow factor but as with every purchase I make, I wanted it to be versatile too. My style philosophy has always been that I have to be able to dress something up or down to ensure I can get maximum wear out of everything in my closet. This is why I’ve found a way to transform the look and feel of this dress to suit different occasions and here I show you how.

If you want to go…dressy

I love the ultra feminine details of this dress—the beautiful lace, the oversized bow and ruffles make it a stylish go-to number when I’m headed to a dressy affair. I wanted the dress to take centre stage so I paired it with my gold Gucci heels to keep the overall outfit in a similar colour palette and not have my shoes overwhelm the entire ensemble. With a dress such as this my beauty look had to be clean and understated so I opted for a relaxed ponytail and minimal accessories to keep the look simple and chic.

If you want to go…casual

Whilst this dress looks at home at a formal occasion it can easily be switched up to have a more casual vibe. The first thing I did was swap my heels for a pair of Aquazzura Starlight flat sandals. A change in footwear to flats gives this look a more relaxed feel. I then added accessories in natural textures such as my Nerida Winter straw boater and Helen Kaminski raffia clutch to help dial back the lace which tends to look very dressy. A pair of fun Fendi cat-eye sunglasses adds a playful finishing touch to the overall look and when paired with beachy waves it instantly transforms this dress to something that would be fitting for a more laid-back event. When you can get multiple wears out of a statement piece it’s a definite win-win.

Credits: Dress, Bambah; Sandals, Aquazzura; Sunglasses, Fendi; Heels, Gucci; Bag, Helen Kaminski; Hat, Nerida Winter

Photography: Danielle Castano

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

4th September, 2017

Hello, spring! Whilst lighter, breezier dressing is definitely on its way we still have to navigate our way through the tricky trans-seasonal weather which means bouts of unpredictable weather, and at times, cooler temperatures. That said, it’s still a great time to explore your closet, assess what you have and get inspired for the new season (and new purchases!) ahead. I always love this time of year as it means I can start planning my looks for the upcoming warmer months—and that means lots of style inspo is very much a necessity. If you’re also facing the same situation, I’ve rounded up some majorly stylish ladies from the blogosphere to help you navigate your way to your spring/summer wardrobe.

 Embrace the denim skirt

The denim skirt will become your spring/summer style staple as it’s so versatile. When paired with a ruffled blouse it elevates this casual piece into a dressier ensemble without compromising on the relaxed, effortless vibe of denim.

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White and neutrals = polished

If you want a shortcut to a look that screams ‘pulled together’ enter a white shirt worked back with neutrals. Add a pair of tan slides and matching bag and it’s an easy go-to combination when you need an outfit with polish.

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Add a lightweight blazer to your wardrobe

A lightweight blazer will become your fail-safe style saviour when the weather wants to change it up from cool to warm in the next few weeks. For a look that’s on-trend opt for a checked print jacket that will take ordinary denim and dial it up a notch from weekend staple to polished perfection.

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Pair a wrap top with a structured bag

Take note: a crisp white wrap top and a structured shoulder bag should be making their way onto your wishlist. Throw in a great pair of jeans into the mix and you’ve got a look that ticks major sartorial boxes.

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Add pops of colour

Incorporating a few pops of colour are a reliable styling trick to instantly inject a bit of energy into a simple outfit. Pink is still very much having a moment so it’s definitely worth embracing it.

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Try a lightweight dress for stylish weekend casual

For weekends you can’t beat a lightweight dress. To make it interesting think prints, finishing touches such as tassels and pairing it with simple accoutrements such as wrap sandals and a neutral shoulder bag.

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Mix bold patterns and hues

Go big and bold if you’re in the mood to make a statement. Choosing a striped pattern in a rich look-at-me shade is a great way to turn heads without completely going over the top. Hint: this print looks great in a matching set.

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Make wide leg tailored pants and a cami a go-to

Wide leg tailored pants and a cami are a pairing that perfectly melds chic tailoring with a hint of sexiness. If you opt for soft, pastel shades it adds a feminine touch without getting too saccharine. Add a polished topknot and you’ve got yourself a winning look.

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Opt for unexpected colour combinations

If you want to inject a little drama into your look consider a pair of cropped slacks in a vibrant shade. Note: dare to pair colours in unexpected colour combinations such as pink and red.

Embrace safari shades

Safari inspired shades such as khaki and olive work well together for a look that’s understated, yet adventurous. Accessories in a beautiful tan shade work particularly well with this colour combination.

Try a matching set for daytime casual

There’s just something so effortlessly stylish about a matching set. A vest with a pair of shorts is one way to do daytime casual in a truly chic way.

Invest in a black cami

A black cami is a versatile wardrobe staple as it’s so easy to pair with everything from pants to shorts and skirts. Embrace a printed skirt for an easy-peasy way to look on trend with minimal fuss.

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

2nd August, 2017

When my wardrobe is leaving me less than inspired a quick scroll through Instagram can often spur an outfit idea or two. If you’re in the same boat and could use an injection of a little outfit inspiration then here are 12 ready-to-go ensembles to help you pull together one killer look after another.

Need to inject a bit of personality to an outfit? Enter the statement belt. It’s an easy addition to make to a look that can work with everything from skirts to jeans.

The denim skirt is a great off duty wardrobe staple but it can definitely stretch its use even further. Add a blazer and a pair of ankle boots and you’ve got yourself a look that’s dressy yet relaxed.

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For those days when you want something easy and effortless consider an all-in-one such as a jumpsuit or boiler suit. Just add a pair of killer heels and you’re done.

A pair of vibrant sunglasses is one of my favourite ways to change up a look. Frames in a bold, block colour can make an impact especially in a rich tone such as forest green.

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A neutral trench is a classic style staple. To give it a fresh spin, pair it with a dress or shirt in a kaleidoscope of colours to help both pieces pop.

Give your jeans a break this weekend and opt for a pair of printed cropped pants. When teamed with casual staples such as a tee and sneakers it looks polished and modern.

Allow white denim to shine by pairing it with a black top and accessories for a monochromatic look that is stylish and sexy.

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A tan double breasted blazer can veer into overly 70s territory but here’s how to do it right: pair with pants in similar tones and you’ve got a look that’s cohesive and ultra chic.

A simple chambray shirt can do so much. It’s easily paired with everything from jeans to leather pants but throw it on over a classic black dress for a look of relaxed elegance.

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If you live in jeans consider experimenting with a new style of denim this month such as a pair of cropped panelled jeans. Opt for a light denim which pops when worked back with a strong piece such as a black leather moto jacket. Heels help elevate this look and make for a dressier vibe but it can work just as well with a pair of white sneakers.

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Invest in a long length blazer for a wardrobe addition that’s truly versatile. This particular style works well with a mini dress for a polished look or a pair of jeans and a tee for an elevated take on smart casual.

Mix different styles to inject some new energy into your look. Slouchy denim and a white t-shirt is urban casual to a tee but looks instantly fresh with the addition of a printed long length kimono and vibrant slides.

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What I Wore: Button up

25th July, 2017

One of the best things about fashion is being able to experiment with different looks and and working with interesting pieces and putting my own spin on them. The moment I saw this bustier and pants set by Christopher Esber I envisioned it being able to echo the silhouette of a suit by layering the bustier over a mesh skivvy with statement cuffs. With a little experimentation with layering I was able to completely rework the vibe of the outfit and is testament to the fact that it pays to sometimes throw unexpected combinations together as it may lead to an unexpected new look. I love the oversized buttons on the bustier as it really gives the ensemble a point of difference and adds a touch of playfulness to the edgy tailoring of the outfit. Versatility is always important to me and I love the fact that each of these pieces can work separately as cohesively as it does as a set. From top to toe it can transition from now right through to summer, becoming the lynchpin for many a different look.

Credits: Top, Christopher Esber; Mesh skivvy, Christopher Esber; Pants, Christopher Esber (skirt version); Sunglasses, Local Supply

Photography: Sophia Athas

 

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What I Wore: Think Pink

11th July, 2017

Kate Waterhouse kowtow dress dusty pink

It was the gorgeous dusty pink hue of this dress that first caught my eye. I was in the mood for an ultra feminine look and this dress provided the perfect foundation. I wanted to give the dress an unexpected twist so I decided to layer it with a sheer cuffed Christopher Esber shirt which in turn gave it a slightly more fashion forward feel. To give the look a more daytime casual vibe I paired it with silver Gucci sneakers to help ground the outfit. I wanted my accessories to have some interesting detail to it so I opted for a half moon shaped Helen Kaminski clutch and my POMS sunglasses which is adorned with a crystal attachment on the arms for a truly unique feel.

Credits: Dress, Kowtow; Top, Christopher Esber; Shoes, Gucci; Bag, Helen Kaminski; Sunglasses, POMS

Photography: Sophia Athas 

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

10th July, 2017

If you’ve been feeling less than inspired by your wardrobe of late then it’s time to hit refresh and inject some new energy into your style. Scrolling through Instagram can often result in an outfit idea or two so when you’re dealing with 12 of the ‘Gram’s best looks in the one spot then you can bet that inspiration is guaranteed to strike.

This heavenly Chanel jacket does all the right things but even if you don’t have a few thousand dollars to spare to nab a similar piece you can bet that you can still source some inspiration from this look. A pair of casual cropped wide leg pants can look dressed up with the addition of a long length tailored jacket (note: anything in a gorgeous cream shade instantly looks elegant and oh-so chic).

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A button down shirt dress makes for the perfect off duty look when it sports an off the shoulder neckline. The checked print gives the look some pep while simple white sneakers help ground the look.

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This is a lesson in how vibrant colour can instantly elevate a look. A simple pair of jeans and black top can look less everyday attire when it’s paired with a vibrant cape (you could even substitute this with button down maxi dress) and a golden bag that immediately makes a statement.

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Transition one of last summer’s most popular looks of a slip dress and white tee by swapping it for some winter appropriate variations instead. Swap the short sleeves for a long sleeved shirt and instead of a dress echo a similar silhouette with a black cami or alternatively a jumpsuit with spaghetti straps could work just as well.

If you don’t yet own a statement belt then now is the time to make it a must-have. A black belt with a bold buckle can turn a simple piece such as a denim skirt (or jeans) from good to great.

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A pair of pointed mules is a sophisticated alternative to heels this season. It can instantly turn a casual outfit combination of a white shirt and jeans into something classic and polished. Try venturing from trusty black and try a pair of mules in jewelled tones such as navy and burgundy to really make an outfit pop.

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Camel tones look great when paired with denim a la Olivia Palermo. Also this winter why not explore a pair of statement jeans to turn an style staple into something that’s a little more of the moment.

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The bomber jacket is a popular winter topper so it’s definitely one way to inject a bit of zest to a look. When in an eye-catching print it becomes the centrepiece of an outfit and is an easy way to turn an otherwise ordinary look into something special.

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A simple dress can instantly be elevated with the addition of strong accessories. In this case whilst the bag and shoes both provide a point of interest, keeping them in the same colour palette helps keep the look cohesive whilst simultaneously making the look pop.

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Think outside the box when it comes to wearing a winter knit. In this case pairing it with a ruby red pleated skirt makes for a cosy, yet elegant combination.

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Over the knee boots are one of the popular shoe trends of the season (I live in mine) and whilst it can easily look dressed down there’s something to be said about going all out and pairing it with a dress with a strong silhouette and having a real look-at-me moment.

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Consider this your casual uniform. A crew neck tee tucked into a pair of straight leg high waisted jeans is the kind of look that can have you feeling pulled together without compromising on comfort.

 

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What I Wore: Chanel at Marais

20th June, 2017
Kate Waterhouse Chanel at Marais boutique launch Melbourne balmain blazer bec and bridge chanel bag 8

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.

Credits: Dress, Bec & Bridge; Blazer, Balmain; Boots, Balenciaga; Bag, Chanel
Photography: Danielle Castano
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Max Mara x The Woolmark Company

17th June, 2017

When it comes to my wardrobe I put a premium on buying pieces made from quality fabrics—they last longer and are able to stand up to everyday wear and tear. It’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of homegrown Australian merino wool because not only does it have increased softness and warmth it also resists wrinkles (a definite time-saver!). I already incorporate Merino wool quite heavily into my winter wardrobe so I was excited to hear that The Woolmark Company have collaborated with Italian label, Max Mara on its Autumn/Winter 17 range. Several of the pieces are made from 100 per cent Wool Denim fabrics which replicates the look and feel of traditional denim but incorporates all the benefits of wool. Essentially this has merged two fabrics which are in quite heavy rotation in my wardrobe so I was quite eager to view the collection and was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to do so.

Upon previewing the range I fell in love with this pants suit and tunic. Suiting is a major trend this season and when crafted in a Wool Denim fabric it elevates a classic staple into something modern by incorporating a touch of denim. When paired with simple accessories it keeps the look sleek and chic and is so perfect for everything from a meeting to an event. Meanwhile the tunic is the ideal year-round piece as not only is it comfortable enough for a busy day of back to back engagements it can easily transition from season to season with a simple change in accessories. The merging of Merino wool and denim has made both pieces unbelievably soft and warm which makes it perfect for getting me through the cooler months and I have to say that I’m excited that I don’t have to go anywhere near an iron to keep them looking pristine. A win-win.

To celebrate the collaboration between Max Mara and The Woolmark Company, the two brands have planned a global roadshow starting from Milan to key cities across the world. You can view the collection in Sydney at Westfield’s Max Mara store on June 20th. 


Credits: Look 1 – Blazer and pants, Max Mara; Top, Sportmax; Coat, Witchery; Boots, Camilla & Marc; Bag, Stella McCartney; Sunglasses, Saint Laurent; Look 2 – Dress, Max Mara; Coat, Karen Millen; Shoes, Gucci, Bag, Jerome Dreyfuss; Sunglasses, Karen Walker

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was created in collaboration with Max Mara and The Woolmark Company