I was on reporting duties for 7 Racing again for Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day at Sydney’s Royal Randwick. Today was all about this amazing Louis Vuitton dress. While the silhouette is classic and understated, what I love about it is the detail and colour that elevates it into something more. The blue and white colour palette, with the oversized LV monogram adds a bold touch to this look, while the oversized full length zipper makes for a modern finish.
It’s autumn racing time which means straw hats are in hibernation and it’s all about rich textures such as felt. This hat by Helen Kaminski was perfect for the day, but what I love is that it’s such a sleek design that I could easily wear it out and about during winter. As far as accessorising for this look, I knew I wanted to add another punchy colour to avoid it getting lost within the striking features of the dress, and this pink bag by Bulgari seemed just the right fit. Then to cap of my look I opted for minimalist Stuart Weitzman heels to avoid any busyness from overtaking the look and feel of the dress.
Credits: Dress, Louis Vuitton; Heels, Stuart Weitzman; Bag (similar here), Bulgari; Hat, Helen Kaminski
Striking the right balance with an outfit is important to me, so I often like to work dressy pieces with something slightly more casual to avoid it looking too “done”. This ribbed racerback dress by Glassons is a versatile piece because it can easily be dressed up or down; I could easily wear this with sneakers one minute and heels the next. What I love is that it has a sporty vibe to it, which I think gives it a slightly more modern feel. On this day I opted to dress it up with Bottega heels but I felt it just needed something a little more relaxed to keep it balanced. Enter the shearling lined cropped jacket from Glassons’ sustainable range. It’s a gorgeous neutral colour which was perfect for pairing with a crisp white dress, but the silhouette and lining help to steer it into more off duty territory, which was exactly what I was after.
It was important to still keep the glam factor however so black heels seemed the ideal option. It’s a classic colour palette, but it’s an up-to-the-minute silhouette giving it an on trend touch. Working with such a sleek shape with the dress, I felt it needed a contrast accessory, something slightly more structured in style, so my white Bulgari bag came to mind. Also, as it’s white, it helped achieve continuity between my outfit and my accoutrements. For the final finishing touches, it was all about a pair of statement earrings to add some fun, while cat eye sunglasses by Poppy Lissiman was the ideal full stop to this look.
It was a funny day today in Sydney today with it being overcast one minute, sunny the next, then a downpour. So, choosing an outfit to wear while reporting for 7Racing at the Golden Eagle at Sydney’s Rosehill Racecourse, it was all about embracing something striking. When the weather’s like this it’s always nice to be able to wear something that’s bold and vibrant — I’ve always found about a great outfit that can really lift your mood. So, I went with this stunning Aje dress which dialed up the drama with its statement features. The bottle green shade, the one-shoulder neckline, side cut-out and voluminous puff sleeve ensured this dress was anything but ordinary, and perfect for a day reporting trackside.
I’ve worked with milliner Nerida Winter for several years and this veiled headpiece was just the right accessory to keep up the dramatic feel of this ensemble. I went for a metallic snakeskin Bulgari bag, which with its structured style really helped to balance the softer lines of the dress. Once again, I had the opportunity to wear some beautiful jewellery by Chaumet. A fine necklace, along with a delicate stack of bangles and a ring were just the right amount of bling to add some understated sparkle and finesse to my look.
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.