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What I Wore: Quiet elegance

21st June, 2016


Unexpected silhouettes and finishes are one of the things I always look for in a dress which is why I particularly loved the asymmetrical finish of this moss green Christopher Esber dress. It gave it a unique touch. I don’t often wear this shade either so it was nice to do something different. Accessories are always a key component to any outfit and it’s often what brings cohesion to the overall look, so with that in mind I thought as the dress is quite soft and feminine I wanted to team it with my cut-out Givenchy ankle boots to ground the look and give it some edge. A dark bag would have blended in a little too much for this particular look so I opted for a Givenchy Antigona in a nude shade to provide some contrast. My Ellery sunglasses and Eddie Borgo choker add a sense of modern sophistication to the outfit.

Love the accessories in this look? Scroll down to shop some of my ‘inspired by’ picks below.
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Credits: Dress, Christopher EsberBag, GivenchySunglassess, ElleryChoker, Eddie BorgoShoes, Givenchy


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Pointed heels



Nude top-handle bag



Photography: Sophia Athas 


MBFWA: my fave shows

27th April, 2015

The beautiful Toni Maticevski show

So many shows, so many clothes, so many trends! Fashion Week is always a great place for a little fashion inspiration. It’s an even better way to compile a very lengthy shopping list! There were a whole lot of shows during the week, but these were my favourites…

Toni Maticevski

My favourite by far. It was just breathtakingly beautiful and I loved every piece in the collection. The production was incredible, the styling was beautiful and it was just a really gorgeous show.


I loved Ellery. It was a really great show to kick off the week and I love all her designs. Having Gemma Ward open the whole show also really created a lot of buzz. She’s a favourite in fashion circles and to have her open Australian Fashion Week was pretty special.

Bec and Bridge

I’ve known the Bec and Bridge girls for many years and I’ve always loved what they do as they always create really wearable pieces. Even though the show was held at Carriageworks (where MBFWA is based), it was still offsite in this big open space and the whole show just had a bit of wow factor.

Manning Cartell

I thought this show was great. Loads of 70s inspired pieces to fall in love with and I walked away with a favourite or two (maybe three!).

Bianca Spender

Bianca Spender just knows how to make clothes that have me falling in love with them immediately. I was mentally marking some pieces as I saw them coming down the runway and was adding them to my shopping list.


Bianca Spender


Bianca Spender


Manning Cartell


Manning Cartell


Manning Cartell







Date with Kate

Date with Kate: Gemma Ward

19th April, 2015
Lunch with Gemma. Photo: James Brickwood.

Lunch with Gemma. Photo: James Brickwood.

Australia’s Gemma Ward was discovered at 15 soon one of modelling’s most sought-after faces, becoming the youngest model to appear on the cover of US Vogue. She has also appeared in movies from The Strangers to Black Balloon. Ward, 27, recently returned from a six-year break from modelling as an ambassador for Coca-Cola Life and has this week walked for Ellery at Australian Fashion Week. I caught up with the Perth-born model to chat about her break, being a new mum and returning to the catwalk.

What are you up to at the moment? 

I’m an ambassador for Coke Life, I am doing a bit of modelling, [I attended] Fashion Week and I’m developing a website, and obviously looking after my baby.

Tell me about your website.

It will probably be centred around my travels with my partner and we’ll be shooting fashion. I also want to do a shopping app; it’s just in development at the moment.

What was it like to be back on the Australian catwalk?

Oh gosh – it’s pretty surreal because I was 15 last time I was on the Australian catwalk, but it’s also pretty cool to support Kym [Ellery].

You have returned to the fashion industry. Are you back modelling full time? 

Well, I’m open to things. I am juggling working and being a mother. So I do the [jobs] I love … I think it’s really nice to have an enriched life with lots of different things going on.

You were one of the most in-demand models in the world. Was it hard to turn away and take a break? 

No. I made the choice to do it. I wanted to step back and there were a few things I wanted to do. I took those chances and then I just kind of kept going with it and it became like this long, novel, kind of interesting and kind of crazy thing that I was exploring. It was so fascinating. I was really delving into who I was and finding the strength and just writing and playing music and exploring the world and falling in love and doing all kinds of things.

Did you ever have any regrets? 

No, because it was something that I needed to do. As much as it was a choice, it was also a necessity for me as well. So I took the time and I was happy, too. I felt like it was the right decision for me. I came out a lot stronger. I’m glad that I took the time.

Tell me about your beautiful daughter.

She is pretty much the light of my life. She has changed my life considerably. I think just experiencing bringing a life into the world, there’s nothing else like it. It’s crazy. I mean, I didn’t think that it would happen at the time that it did. And then her personality has been so fun to get to know. I’m really loving learning more and more about her as she grows up.

What has been the biggest surprise for you being a new mum? 

How transformative it would be. I didn’t know that it would affect me so much.

How do you juggle your career and being a new mum? 

I have my partner who is very supportive. And then his mum helps us out and my mum will help out, and then we have friends as well.

What do you do for fun? 

I’ve really been getting into painting. I find that it really calms me. And I love yoga and meditating. I like going swimming and surfing with my boyfriend.

What has been your biggest career highlight?

The American Vogue cover was pretty big and very special. And doing some of the movies I did. I didn’t think I would be working on some big movies like that.

What was it like to be the youngest person ever to be on the cover of Vogue? 

It was pretty cool. I mean, I didn’t know that I’d make it onto the cover. But yeah, it really did change things for me. It was kind of bizarre.

Will you continue acting? 

I’m definitely open to different projects because I’ve always had a passion for classics. I spent a long time watching all the classics and studying them and deconstructing them. I’ve done acting classes for a long time. But whether I’m doing acting or whether I’m not, I’ll direct my own little things. I started writing some stuff. I’ve also pooled some short stories that I found really interesting for short films. I’m 27 now  – I’ve still got a lot of years.

If you could play any role, who would it be?

I would love to play this model who was Monet’s muse. That would be amazing. I thought she was really interesting. She was playful and would dress as a boy. It was all during the time in France when things were really changing for women. She then became a painter after that. And I love Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly.

Who inspires you?

I like people who cross different fields and disciplines as well. Nick Cave is really inspiring, his music and then doing films and soundtracks; people like Stanley Kubrick who create whole worlds with their vision.


WE WENT TO Palm Court at The Langham, Millers Point.

WE ATE scones with jam and cream.

WE DRANK Coca-Cola Life and English breakfast tea.

GEMMA WORERoksanda dress

I WORE Bec & Bridge dress


Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia: Ellery

13th April, 2015


Who better to open Fashion Week than Kym Ellery? Judging from the show the monochrome trend shows no signs of going anywhere any time soon. Kym Ellery’s collection was filled with dramatic silhouettes including flares, voluminous coats and ankle length double breasted vests. The black and white palette was mixed with the occasional pop of colour and paisley print. One of the highlights of the show was definitely seeing Gemma Ward strutting down the catwalk again. A great start to the week!























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ELLERY Evening Wear Collection

9th April, 2014


Kym Ellery presented an exclusive E L L E R Y evening wear collection at the iconic Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, Bondi Beach, Sydney during MBFWA. 
The collection, OPAQUE, was a succinct collection of structural yet modern red carpet ready looks with boxy corsetry, signature bell-sleeves and the occasional sharp smoking suit. The colour palette of the collection was monochromatic, nude, gold and highlighted with a celestial print in deep navy.


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5th March, 2014


Ellery unveiled its Fall’14 collection this week at Paris Fashion Week in a presentation salon style format at the Bastille located Japanese style house built by Kenzo Takada. This was designer Kym Ellery’s second showing in Paris, following the collection’s debut last October. Entitled Patientia Vincit Tandem, the Ellery Fall ’14 collection is opulent and steeped in rich texture. Inspired by the ancient religion of Zoroastrian, the themes of light, tradition, and royal symbols are juxtaposed with Ellery’s signature architectural tailoring and exploration of texture and silhouette. See my favourite look here…

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Myer Autumn/Winter 2014 RUNWAY

26th February, 2014
Arthur Galan.

Arthur Galan.

Last week Myer showcased its Autumn/Winter fashion in Melbourne, where industry elite were treated to a preview of the new season stock including labels like Sass and Bide, Balmain, Ellery, Maticevski, Cue, Christopher Kane and Yeojin Bae. Myer ambassadors Jennifer Hawkins, Kris Smith and Kate Peck all hit the runway and showed off this Winter’s trends that include monochrome, peplums, ultra mini’s and calf-length hemlines. Check out some of my favourite looks from the catwalk…


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David Jones A/W 2014 Red Carpet

31st January, 2014
Terry Biviano & Megan Gale.

Terry Biviano & Megan Gale.

This week David Jones launched its Autumn Winter 2014 collections with a dramatic presentation on the seventh floor of the David Jones Elizabeth Street Store. Over 300 guests were transported through a magical garden as the entire space was filled with stunning floral arrangements that were created by florist Saskia Havekis from Grandiflora. Over 50 Camellia Sasanqua trees were used to create the atmosphere along with ivy, twisted winter branches and deep cobalt blue hydrangea stems as well as beautiful giant gold moths that settling onto sprouting mushrooms. A front row powerhouse included Great Gatsby star Elizabeth Debicki. Oscar nominee and four time nominated Emmy winner Rachel Griffiths and the stunning mum-to-be Megan Gale.

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