It’s hard to believe we’re almost at the end of another year. I’ve been so lucky to have had so many great events, work commitments and holidays throughout 2018 and as a result had have the opportunity to wear some truly amazing looks. From this Steven Khalil ball gown at the NGV Gala to this a crisp white Rebecca Vallance look watching the ballet on the beach at Qualia Resort and my favourite time of year—Melbourne Cup it’s been an awesome 12 months for fashion. Here’s to an exciting, eventful and stylish 2019 for everyone!
Amongst all the festive season events I’ve had of late it was nice to be able to attend a charity luncheon at Sydney’s Bistro Moncur. It’s an annual fundraiser which raises much needed funds for the Royal Hospital for Women and it was such a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Along with enjoying a beautiful lunch guests were able to try on some phenomenal jewellery by jeweller Matthew Ely, along with the opportunity to win an amazing 14ct aquamarine and diamond ring valued at $31,000.
It’s always nice to be able to dress up for such an event and I wanted something to wear something quite soft and pretty. I opted for a pink patterned dress by Thurley which incorporated some beautiful ruffled details and a subtle split. It was feminine with a modern silhouette which I think really suited the occasion.
I kept the rest of my look quite neutral with beige heels by Bottega Veneta and a white Bvlgari structured bag. Keeping the rest of my outfit’s colour palette quite muted allowed the dress to take centre stage.
With over $155,000 raised on the day, it was a successful fundraiser for a much beloved hospital in Sydney doing incredible research and providing much-needed services for women and infants.
Credits: Dress, Thurley (new season – not out yet); Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Bvlgari
Earlier this week I hosted a dinner to kick off the Spring Racing Carnival at one of my favourite restaurants, Nobu at the Crown Resort in Melbourne. It was a small gathering of 30 people, comprising of family, friends and a few local media and I wanted the evening to be relaxed, fun and a great way to lead into one of my favourite (and busiest!) times of year. For such an event, I knew I wanted my outfit to be sleek, directional and incorporating a few elevated touches.
I worked with a good stylist friend for this particular occasion as my schedule was so frantic in the lead up to it that I knew I would need a little help pulling a look together. The standout piece of this ensemble was definitely the Maticevski skirt. I wish I could have shown you all in person, as it really is a knockout. The intricate detail, the elegant ruffles, the beautiful lace all combined made for a really striking effect. The addition of the cummerbund provided a strong contrast to the glamorous, feminine nature of the skirt. We decided on keeping the rest of my outfit quite simple so we simply paired the skirt with a white button down shirt from my closet—classic and elegant.
Given the monochrome colour palette, the ideal shoe came in the form of a pair of crossover strap heels from the recent collaboration between Off-White and Jimmy Choo. They were black and white (box ticked!) and had tiny writing on the straps which given my shoes were on show definitely gave them an interesting point of difference. The shoes were the perfect full stop to the rest of my look.
I often like having an outfit pulled together for me as it allows me to explore different looks, push my fashion boundaries and give my style a refresh. This look in particular, I think, was ideal for the occasion and had some great details that lifted it and gave it an edge.
Photography: Danielle Castano