As part of Fashion Week last month I was lucky enough to attend a beautiful dinner hosted by Dion Lee. I’ve been friends with Dion for years so it was nice to be able to celebrate with him at a dinner at Barangaroo House in Sydney and it was a lovely way to punctuate the hectic week that was MBFWA.
Of course I wanted to wear one of Dion’s creations so opted for a navy dress with cutout details from his new collection. Not only did it have an interesting silhouette, I was also a fan of the complementary blue tones and also the contrasting texture of the top and skirt. Evening dresses can sometimes all start to look very similar but I know I can always count on Dion to do something that’s a cut above.
When it came to my accessories, I turned to Christian Louboutin. The silver clutch provided a touch of nighttime glam to my look, whilst the pointed toe Mary Janes helped ground the look and added a classic accent. Understated earrings by Sarah and Sebastian was the final touch to pull together the entire ensemble.
Credits: Dress (similar), Dion Lee; Clutch, Christian Louboutin; Earrings, Sarah and Sebastian; Shoes, Christian Louboutin.
If ever there was a perfect time to do multiple outfit changes it’s Fashion Week. I had a day and night event today so I had to incorporate two different looks. For the show during the day I wanted to take things in a different direction with a little denim. One of the great things about denim these days is that you can wear it beyond casual situations when paired with the right finishing touches. A good pair of jeans is hard to find but after much searching I found this pair by Camilla and Marc. They’re just the right shape, wash and style to work across myriad situations and they’re easily able to be dressed up. I think you can’t go past a statement blazer when it comes to the perfect item to pair with denim. This double breasted houndstooth jacket adds an element of interest and a punchy touch to my look.
When it comes to denim I think you can always afford to go for interesting accessories, especially when it comes to your bag and shoes. In this instance these open toe Senso heels were ideal for this look, especially with the cropped jean style which is great for showcasing a great pair of shoes. I’m always on board with a top handle bag and I love the structured style of this particular bag by Sans Beast.
For the night event today which involves the Carla Zampatti closing show and the Huawei after party I wanted a look that was sleek with just the right amount of sexy as they’re after dark events. I decided on a look incorporating a sheer top by Dion Lee with a contrasting black bralette and a white Christopher Esber maxi skirt.
A skirt with a statement split always calls for a great pair of shoes and these Tony Bianco heels with transparent straps fit the bill, while also adding an on trend touch. My favourite black and gold Dior clutch seemed a fitting accoutrement to complement my ensemble, with the final finishing element a gold choker.
Photography by: Sophia Athas, Hatrik
Day outfit credits: Jacket, Hansen and Gretel; Jeans, Camilla and Marc; Shoes, Senso; Bag, San Beast; Sunglasses, Miu Miu
Night outfit credits: Top, Dion Lee; Skirt, Christopher Esber; Bag, Dior; Heels, Tony Bianco
I flew down to Melbourne this week to attend the David Jones show at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF). I attend this event almost every year and it’s always fun to spend some time in Melbourne checking out the upcoming trends.
I wanted to keep my look sleek and sophisticated for the show so I couldn’t go past a monochrome colour palette. Dion Lee never fails to deliver when it comes to event attire, especially when it comes to needing a particular piece that’s got a little edge and elevated finishing touches. As such I couldn’t pass up this gorgeous white tank dress with sheer panelling from the range. The weather can be a little unpredictable in Melbourne so I opted to pair the dress with my trusty black Balmain blazer and minimalist Stuart Weitzman heels.
Dion Lee with the tote from his collection with The Daily Edited
Dion Lee is one of my favourite designers and I’ve worn pieces from his label more times than I can count. His aesthetic is always clean, sophisticated and with a fashion forward spin that makes his designs instantly unique. So whenever he launches anything new, I always think it’s worth sitting up and taking notice. You can bet it’s guaranteed to be on point, especially when it’s a collaboration with one of Australia’s most popular accessories brands, The Daily Edited.
Last year Dion launched his first men’s line and says he was interested in building out the brand to include accessories. “Working with The Daily Edited seemed like an opportunity to really create accessories that felt like they were helping me tell the story of the men’s character,” says Dion. Of the collection, The Daily Edited’s co- founder Alyce Tran says, “I’ve always loved his line and we have collaborated with other designers before so when the opportunity to work with Dion came up we wanted to take the collaboration in a different direction to our previous collaborations with a menswear capsule.”
The range includes three main designs – a messenger bag, a tote bag and wash bag in a chic colour palette of black, navy and khaki. “With men’s wear it’s much more intuitive and personal and it’s more about what I would wear and what I’m attracted to,” says Dion. “The palette was really about things that I would put together and colours that I would work back into my own wardrobe.”
Whilst the range is technically a men’s line the designs are so minimalist that I think it could work equally as well in a woman’s wardrobe. So if you’re looking to spoil the man in your life or are just in the market for a stylish new bag, this is one collab definitely worth checking out.
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Dion Lee in New York, says the collection is largely inspired by his own wardrobe
After yesterday’s vibrant look I wanted to dial it right back today and opted for a sleek monochrome ensemble for my last day at Fashion Week. I love a dress in crisp white—it’s just so effortless and classic. This Stella McCartney midi dress seemed perfect for today’s show at Bondi Beach, as it has a light and airy vibe, yet its structured silhouette makes it ideal for an industry event. I wanted to keep my accessories simple so I opted for my Stella McCartney clutch with star motif and the season’s must-have shoe style, the slimline sock boot. Sometimes keeping it simple just works.
My day started… with Mother’s Day celebrations all morning then I started getting ready at 2pm for the show and shooting my content for the blog before the show kicked off at 4pm. Afterwards there was an industry dinner that followed in celebration of the launch of Fashion Week.
My outfit today…the first day is relaxed so it was about comfort and style. I went for a navy Dion Lee look which incorporated a knit top and pleated skirt.
The one look I fell in love with…a black and white laser cut skirt (that I popped on my Insta-stories).
Big trends I saw… Minimalist, sleek, understated with shades of red and blue.
Parties I attended… an intimate MBFWA/Dion Lee dinner at The Calyx at Mrs Macquaries Chair.
What I ate/drank…champagne (of course!) to celebrate the launch MBFWA followed by a beautiful dinner of salmon.
The first show of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia was Dion Lee, and as a huge fan of his designs I wanted to show my support so opted for a sweater and pleated skirt from his label. I went for a full navy look but worked in different textures in order to break the outfit up and avoid the colour looking too overwhelming. Also the weather was quite cool so it was great to be in a knit to keep warm as the show took place outdoors on the Opera House forecourt. I wanted to wear statement jewellery to add some punch to my outfit so opted for rose gold earrings and a smattering of cocktail rings. My Bulgari bag was also in navy so was in keeping with the colour palette of the day, whilst the Mimco bag/wallet added a touch of colour. And of course one of my favourite Alaïa heels had to cap off the look and my round frame Miu Miu sunglasses added a touch of fun to my ensemble. Bring on the rest of the week!
It’s the little details that really cement a look for me and this top and skirt combination from Dion Lee’s current collection had all the unique design elements I’ve come to expect from one of my favourite designers. I loved the the laser cut trim on the skirt and the subtle split which managed to turn a simple black pencil skirt and elevate it into a great look for the evening. The silk chiffon/neoprene combination of the top was a great mix of textures and with the sprinkling of Swarovski crystals it made it the ideal piece for an event that required dressier attire. The Alaia heels have proven to be a great investment piece. I’ve worn them with multiple looks, for various occasions and they have been the perfect shoe – understated enough to be quite chameleonic and but with enough interesting detail to still allow them to make a bit of a statement.
I’ve taken the classic corporate pairing of a white shirt and black skirt and given it a modern touch with a star print TOME shirtand origami style Dion Lee skirt. The star feature takes the shirt from a garden-variety button down to one with a striking point of difference and a bit of an edge. I always make sure that any pieces in my wardrobe can be worn in multiple ways and love that this Dion Lee skirt can easily be dressed up with a pair of heels or look equally as great worn casually on the weekend with a pair of white sneakers. I’ve kept my accessories quite low key and all black with my Aquazurra heels and clutch by the The Daily Editedto keep the look quite monochrome.
The schedule for Fashion Week includes long days that involve seeing multiple shows from almost every major Australian designer. Throughout the course of the week I estimate that I would have seen hundreds of different looks and with so much to see during the week picking my standouts at the end is always really tough. However these shows in particular had me wanting to buy up a storm.
This was the first show of Fashion Week and took place at the Cutaway in Sydney’s Barangaroo. I loved the whole grandeur of the show and the location was spectacular. It was a real highlight and was a great way to kick off the whole week. The whole collection was beautiful but I particularly loved the knotted tops in the collection. Just stunning.
Image: Rebecca Vallance/Flaunter
Image: Rebecca Vallance/Flaunter
I loved Rebecca Vallance’s show. It’s the first time that she has shown in Australia and I hope she comes back for seasons to come. Her collection had some really beautiful pieces that aren’t necessarily trend-driven but are classic, wardrobe staples such as beautifully tailored dresses and jackets that will last more than one season.
Image: Christopher Esber/Flaunter
Image: Christopher Esber/Flaunter
The location of this presentation was unexpected with it taking place in a yoga studio in Sydney’s Potts Point however everything was quintessential Christopher Esber. The dresses were all really beautiful but what I love about his work is the attention to detail such as one particular top with netting and ties at the back and a dress with knots all over it that I’m still dreaming about.
Image: Dion Lee/Flaunter
Image: Dion Lee/Flaunter
Dion Lee took his show to new heights by holding it in the Bloomberg high rise building in the Sydney CBD. It’s always hard to pick a favourite with Dion Lee because the craftsmanship on his garments is absolutely gorgeous. The detail on every piece is just so beautiful. He’s someone that I always look to for standout pieces and there were a few dresses there that were real showstoppers and I’m definitely bookmarking them for future events.
Bec & Bridge
One of my go-to labels for a party look is Bec & Bridge. Going to events all the time means I’m constantly on the look out for great dresses to wear and this particular collection had lots of great summer dresses in gorgeous colours that I could see myself in come summer time.
You know a collection is special when you see look after look come down the runway and want every single thing. This collection was so wearable and I could envisage several pieces in my wardrobe. Tome are one of my favourite brands and seeing their show definitely left me with some major outfit inspiration.