I love working with a great statement top to anchor an entire look, such as this Hellessy top. The gorgeous puff sleeve silhouette is right on-trend and such a fun piece to work with. And the teal shade is just the right amount of freshness for a spring look. While the cold shoulder detail and the ruching finish on the sweetheart neckline all add just the right amount of drama to really elevate this look.
To allow the top to take centre stage I paired it with a white pair of Bec and Bridge jeans. These pants have been on high rotation as I love the fact they’re so easy to pair with most things, but the little touches like the subtle pintuck details helps give it a little extra depth.
I decided to venture down the path of bold accessories. In this instance it was all about a crisp white, structured Bulgari bag to add a touch of elegance. While blush pink Le Specs sunglasses added a funky and playful touch.
Credits: Top, Hellessy (via The Outnet); Jeans, Bec and Bridge; Sunglasses, Le Specs; Bag, Bulgari, Shoes, Bottega Veneta
Photography: Sophia Athas
This post was produced in collaboration with The Outnet
I’ve been slowly working more spring/summer pieces into my wardrobe repertoire and it’s been such a refreshing change from jeans and jumpers! I’m loving this dress by Aussie brand Leo & Lin for myriad reasons but I couldn’t go past this gorgeous baroque print. It’s elegant in look and feel, and the intricacy of the print gives it an elevated vibe. The shirt dress silhouette also keeps it classic, while the different design features such as the sharp collar and the handkerchief hem give it a little personality. I often feel that it’s all in the detail when it comes to any ensemble and this is one style that definitely wins in that department.
Working with a black and white colour palette, I wanted to keep the theme going throughout with the rest of my accessories. So I opted for a white Bulgari Serpenti bag. A crisp white accessory adds to the sleekness of this look, but doesn’t overwhelm. While small frame Poppy Lissiman sunglasses in black add a fun feel to this look.
One of the things I love about 90s dressing is without a doubt the slip dress. I always associate them with Kate Moss, who rocked one in various forms throughout the 90s, and always looked effortless and cool. So, I was thoroughly on board with this particular dress by Auteur. The brand created by Aussie model and photographer Lucinda Taffs, has several pieces I immediately loved and one of them was this dress. The simplicity and clean lines make it so utterly wearable, while the midi length and the taupe shade make it versatile.
I needed a little hit of colour to give the neutral shade of the dress a little spark and decided on a baby blue coat, also by Auteur. It’s a great pairing, as the dress is the perfect canvas to offset with a pop of a pretty pastel shade.
I wanted modern accessories with a little edge given the style of the dress is so simple. It was the perfect look to pair with my Bottega Veneta heels, which are also in a similar colour family to the dress, while the mesh and chain detail give it added interest. My crisp white Bulgari Serpenti is the ideal piece to punctuate this look as it adds a classic and elegant touch.
One of the things I’ve always invested in when it comes to my wardrobe is quality bags. I wear them so often and are such a key accessory to every look that I will largely save up for designer pieces and splurge on them occasionally as opposed to buying lots of pieces here and there that might not have such longevity. The construction and materials used in a designer bag ensure they’re incredibly well made which means I will have them for many many years to come.
I’ve got a few favourite brands that I always come back to but I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Bulgari’s Serpenti bags. The classic style is a great size for carrying my daily essentials and the structured design guarantees it always looks polished. One of my favourite parts is the serpent clasp. It’s a statement feature and so iconic that it really makes the bag. I was a bit daring with this option and went for white which while it requires a bit more care really does go with virtually everything in my closet. I also really like the double chain straps which adds an elegant touch.
To ensure that any designer purchases I make go the distance I always opt for permanent features of a particular brand’s range and this design has been a constant. I highly recommend this as a buying strategy as it ensures that a bag doesn’t look dated, which is what can happen with designs that are tied to a particular season. And really who wouldn’t want a beautiful bag that lasts a lifetime?
Picking up great designer pieces on sale is always so satisfying and a Harrold’s sale is one I always make sure to check out. They stock all my favourite designers so I always end up finding great pieces at a fraction of the price. A great top I picked up at the sale was this red Balenciaga logo turtleneck. It’s a fun on trend addition to my wardrobe and the colour is bold and punchy, which is perfect for lifting a winter outfit. Also the ribbed style is great for adding a textural element to a look.
One shade I am really loving paired with red is pink. I think a vibrant iteration of the colour just works so beautifully with red. There’s something feminine and modern about it and I love how the colours are both so striking and the colour blocking effect can make an outfit pop. Plus who can resist a little lurex Stella McCartney number in such a fun hue?
I decided to work a little more pink into my outfit by pairing it with my Bulgari top handle bag. A structured bag is so on trend at the moment and I loved that ladylike touch it added to my look. During winter I’m all about ankle boots. My Balenciaga sock boots have lasted me a few seasons and they’re back again—proof that a great designer buy can last for plenty of years to come.
Photography by Sophia Athas, Hatrik
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Top: Allover Logo ribbed turtleneck top, Balenciaga
The first show of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia is always exciting as there’s a huge buzz on the day as it officially kicks off proceedings. I’m a huge fan of Aje so attending their show today was exciting as I was looking forward to seeing their new collection and what pieces I’ll inevitably fall in love with!
It’s always good to support the designer whose show you are attending with your outfit so I opted for a beautiful pink and black Aje dress. The gorgeous print is a little moody in its vibe but the pops of pink perk it up and add a feminine touch.
I wanted to keep the rest of my accessories quite pared back so my black Bulgari bag and simple Isabel Marant ankle boots were the ideal complementary pieces. I found they didn’t detract from the overall feel of the dress. Having shorter hair has made me want to incorporate a few more statement earrings into my look and this pair by Reliquie helped to lift my outfit without detracting from the rest of my look.
If today was anything to go by, I can’t wait to see what else this week has in store. Stay tuned for more Fashion Week Australia coverage this week as I take you through the next few days, one outfit post at a time.
This week I was lucky enough to be invited to the Huawei P30 global launch in Paris. The three day event was filled with exciting activities and one of the standouts for me was visiting the Palace of Versailles. I haven’t been there since I was a child so it was amazing to go back and see it again.
It’s spring time in Paris so when the sun is shining the weather can be warm so I opted for this Camilla and Marc mini dress. However the mornings and afternoons are quite cool so I teamed it with my Stuart Weitzman suede over-the-knee boots and my DVF red faux fur coat—both great layering pieces. I wanted to add extra shape to this look so I cinched it in with my black Isabel Marant belt. To accentuate the pink florals in the print on my dress so I decided on taking my pink Bulgari bag with body strap out for the day. It’s the perfect style of bag when you’re on the go traveling and sightseeing as it keeps your hands free and takes out the hassle of having to carry a bag around.
Derby Day is all about monochrome and this year I decided to opted for an all-white outfit with accents of black. I had fallen in love with this look from Stella McCartney’s latest collection and wanted to wear something that had a 70s flair so this ensemble was perfect. The tailored flared pants and wide brimmed hat were a great way to mix up a traditional race day outfit. I love a white on white look but I have to admit that I spent the entire day trying to avoid puddles!