I was hosting a launch for Wanderluxe sleepwear at Sydney’s Chiswick so I wanted to wear something that was bold, bright and fun. So when this colour block look by Acler entered the picture I couldn’t pass it up as it fit all the criteria I was looking for. The colours really make this look. The lavender one shoulder top added a gem-like element to this outfit, while the rust coloured trousers help offset the ultra glam vibe of the top, striking just the right balance. I think this is one of my favourite outfit formulas, a pair of tailored trousers worked back with a dressy top really is a match made in heaven.
When you’re wanting colour to shine, I think accoutrements have to be complementary but not over the top. At the same time, I think events always require a little extra effort in the accessories department. So these looped Manning Cartell earrings added a little statement element to my look but they weren’t too busy so they didn’t overwhelm the rest of my outfit. The black Bottega heels added a fashion forward touch, but they didn’t take away from the look and feel of this ensemble, which was all about embracing the striking effect of colour blocking.
Credits: Top and pants, Acler (coming soon); Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Earrings, Manning Cartell
The one trend I’ve been really loving of late is a cut-out dress. This Staud number, is called the ‘Calypso’ and it’s a new addition to my wardrobe and it has to be one of the comfiest dresses I own. The silhouette on its own would be quite simple but with the addition of the metal ring and the cut-out panels, it instantly feels modern and elevated. The colour is also not something I wear all that often (the brand calls is ‘caper’), but I have been slowly gravitating towards slightly earthier tones more. It’s a surprisingly versatile hue to wear, almost as easy to mix and match as traditional neutrals. The ankle length hem also means that I could wear it as daywear or easily pair it with heels for night—or just do both like what I did for this shoot! Plus the best bit? It’s made from recycled tissue-weight nylon fabric which is a huge tick for me.
As for accessorising, I thought it was the perfect time for this adorable Apede Mod bag to make an appearance. I wrote about it a few weeks ago and mentioned it was on my radar, and it was been such a fun accessory to add to my collection. It’s quite cute as it’s so small and I can wear it during the day but it’s also quite diminutive enough that I can easily wear it at an event or out to dinner. My black Bottega heels have been such a worthy purchase because I wear them non-stop, I think the cost per wear on them at the moment has made them a great investment piece.
When they say ‘a touch of pink’ well, I go all out! I do love wearing this particular hue, so if I can wholly embrace it then I absolutely will. While on hosting duties for Chandon Ladies Day last weekend, the dress code called for pink, so it was a great excuse to wear this gorgeous Rebecca Vallance dress. It’s a true statement dress in every aspect, from the hue to the silhouette, but without a doubt the best bit was the back detail. The open back, and the oversize bow was the ideal striking finish. I had so much fun wearing it as it was so playful and fun.
I wanted to carry the pink theme further so I went for accessories in varying shades of it. The headband by Anna Shoebridge was a great way to extend the bow feature, and it was the kind of unfussy headwear that wouldn’t compete with the dress. While the pink Bottega Veneta Jodie bag added an on trend element, and was the right kind of shape and style to work back with the rest of my look.
Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance; Headband, Anna Shoebridge; Bag, Bottega Veneta; Heels, Stuart Weitzman
With autumn upon officially upon us, I’m not complaining that we’re still getting some last minute summer weather making an appearance. This has meant I’ve been able to extend my warm weather wardrobe just that little but further, and I was glad for the excuse to wear this Camilla and Marc dress. This particular design has been one of the standout pieces from the brand’s latest collection, and I’ve already worn it to a racing event, and will continue to do so until it’s time to officially transition into jumpers and coats. I love the simplicity in design of this dress, with the elegant midi length, and feminine finishes such as the puff sleeves and ribbon ties. The deep V-neck also gives it a touch of edge, and helps to avoid it from looking too saccharine. Plus, I’m on board with anything in a crisp white.
Choosing my accessories for this piece, I wanted to go for hues that would contrast well with the colour of the dress so naturally I gravitated towards something black for a monochrome effect. My Bottega Veneta heels have served me well over the last few weeks and have been the perfect event shoe, and fit the brief for what I was looking for. When it came to bag choice, I went for a dusty pink Staud bag. It has that soft, relaxed shape that’s trending right now, and worked well to complement the slightly more structured feel of the dress. As a final finishing touch I went for white sunglasses to add a hint of dramatic flair.
Credits: Dress (similar here), Camilla and Marc; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Staud (via The Outnet); Sunglasses, Valentino
It’s funny how much you don’t realise you miss something until you’re right there doing it again, and that’s exactly how it felt to be back watching a fashion show after a year of being away from it. I flew down to Melbourne this week to attend the David Jones Autumn/Winter 21 show and it was so exciting to be there, catching up with friends and colleagues, having the opportunity to check out upcoming trends, and just generally soaking up the atmosphere of being in the midst of something I love again. Plus the clothes had me compiling quite a lengthy mental shopping list!
I had the opportunity to wear this tan ribbed dress at the event, and it was so nice to be able to wear one of my favourite designers, Bianca Spender and get all glammed up. This dress is a jersey fabric, which usually I’d associate with casual wear, but this iteration was anything but. It was elegant, it was sexy and it was effortless in the way it draped. I truly loved wearing it, and the bonus was it was ultra comfortable too. The finishing details were also gorgeous, with the knotted detail at the front, the thigh split and the open detail at the back—oh, and the colour was right on trend. It was perfection.
To finish off the look, I opted for simple accessories. I went for my black Bottega Veneta heels and a white and gold Oroton clutch. I don’t think this particular look really required going too over the top with accessories; it was important to let the dress do all the talking.
Wearing a work of art like this Maticevski dress makes me appreciate the opportunity to do so once again. I love my loungewear through and through but being able to wear a piece like this is always such a highlight. The detail on this dress is beyond. Look at the fabric up close and it’s got a beautiful textured finish that to resembles overlapping flower petals. Which I think ties in beautifully to the the flower-like folds of the dress. It’s a definite statement feature and something that elevates this dress into something special.
With a dress like this was about striking the right balance with my accoutrements. I didn’t want to do too much otherwise it would all just be a bit overwhelming but I also didn’t want to look like it was too pared back and that there was something missing. So I went for a classic monochrome colour palette and opted for my black Bottega Veneta heels. It’s an interesting silhouette, but quite minimalist so it wasn’t competing with the dress. I went for a white mini bag to tie into the colour of the dress, but with a gold accent colour to added a luxe touch. To finish it off, I can’t think of a much better pairing with this dress than stunning jewellery. Working with Chaumet has allowed to wear some amazing pieces from their collection. For this outfit, I decided to layer silver and rose gold. Both striking colours that complement each other and play against the white of the dress. Plus who doesn’t love a little extra sparkle?
There’s something about the universally uplifting feeling of yellow that is always guaranteed to put in me in a great mood, so when it comes in the form of an Aje dress, I’m all about it. I’ve been in love with the Aje aesthetic for quite sometime, and I’m particularly a fan of their bold, puff sleeves and cut out detail, which both feature on this dress. This is the ultimate in summer dresses as it scream sunshine and fun times.
Whenever I’m wearing bold hues I always like to keep my accessories quite simple to really let the colour do its job, and that’s to be the focal point of an outfit. So in this instance, I went for an ultra adorable mini Gucci hobo bag. I love the Jackie mini style as I can wear it as a top handle bag but it also comes with a strap so I can wear it as a crossbody bag, which means extra versatility—something that’s important to me when it comes to anything designer. For the finial finishing touches it was sleek and classic black, with my Bottega Veneta heels, and tortoiseshell sunglasses by Le Specs to cap off the look.
The opportunity to get all dressed up is one of those things I’ll never take for granted again after last year. There’s always something so special and thrilling about being able to wear a beautiful dress and get dolled up for a night on the town. The LWD (little white dress) is quickly rivalling the LBD as my go-to option for a dressy outfit and this beauty by Maticevski is all kinds of dreamy. I love the feminine silhouette with the beautiful peplum and off-the-shoulder neckline—it’s the intricate finishes that really elevate this dress.
For such a detail-filled dress, I knew that my accessories would have to be streamlined and unfussy. I went for black Bottega Veneta shoes for a monochrome colour palette, while adding a on trend touch to my ensemble. I was lucky to wear some stunning pieces by Chaumet. I added an elegant layered pearl necklace and a stack of bangles and statement ring to finish off this crisp white look, for a night on the town.
This was a case of letting one hue inspire a look and in this instance it was a beautiful hit of pink. I loved this Nackiye top from The Outnet as it was just so vibrant—both in colour and style. I loved the dramatic effect of the puff sleeves and the elegance of the boat neck, plus it was just the most perfect shade of candy pink. So pretty.
I wanted to further dial up the colour and this skirt by Nicholas the Label was just the right piece. The multi-hued watercolour print adds such an eye-catching element to the skirt while the fluted bottom and the split style are both style features that really make this skirt quite a different and fun. I’m always on the hunt for great finishing touches and the oversized button was the perfect detail.
Putting the final touches to an outfit is always one of the most fun aspects of styling for me as it allows me to play with texture, shape and silhouettes. I wanted to carry on the pink theme so it was this metallic Bottega Veneta pyramid bag that won in the end. It’s always the kind of pieces that’s a conversation-starter and I like the fact it’s not run-of-the-mill. And to show my further love of Bottega Veneta (how good is the brand right now?) I capped off this look with white pumps from the brand. It allowed the colour to really stand out, but both pieces were able to hold their own too.
Credits: Top, Nackiye; Skirt, Nicholas the Label; Bag and Shoes, Bottega Veneta
The great thing about using black as one of the anchor points of an outfit is that you’re able to take it in virtually any direction because you’d be hard pressed to find anything that doesn’t play well with black. I have had these Aje jeans on high rotation over the last few months and one of my fave ways to wear it is with pops of colour. This cropped top by Silvia Tcherassi is such a fun piece to pair with a variety of different hues and silhouettes (it’s also on sale right now!). What I love about it is the print and colourful palette. It’s such a good way to brighten up a look, and the puff sleeves add a dramatic touch which really lifts this entire ensemble.
Working accessories into this look meant finding a balance between complementing it with other hues without making it too over the top. This one of the reasons why I opted for a pair of black Bottega Veneta heels, but also having the same colour shoe as my pants gives a more elongated effect which is a plus.
I finished this look off by layering some colourful pieces by Chaumet. I’m always a fan of stacking necklaces and bracelets, and in this instance I really like the colourful effect it achieved. I also stacked a few beautiful rings from the range to add another interesting point of interest. The final finishing touches were my go-to Dior bag with gold hardware and a pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses by Le Specs.