A little while ago I went on a trip with Helen Kaminski down to Victoria to celebrate the launch of their Pure Merino Wool collection for A/W 19. The aim of the trip was to learn about their sustainability journey and the way they’re now incorporating beautiful Australian merino wool into their hats, using an innovative new technique. I’ve long been a fan of the brand, and have worn their pieces a lot, so I was interested to see the direction they were steering this collection.
We stayed at the beautiful Jackalope Hotel in the Mornington Peninsula, which was purposely chosen for their sustainable initiatives on site. Some of their practices include collecting rainwater for use, using solar panels, and an on site waste water treatment and recycling system, not to mention the ‘farm to fork’ principle used at all their restaurants. We were even able to forage in the kitchen garden to help us discover more about the local produce and how it ties into the sustainability ethos of the property.
My favourite part of the trip was having the opportunity to visit Barunah Farm where we were able to check out sheep being sheared and learn more about how Helen Kaminski is using Australian merino wool in its collection. In their pledge to be fur free by 2023, Helen Kaminski has worked with partners to innovate a new grade of wool felt that is comparable to the lightness, softness and appearance of fur felt hats. Pure Merino wool is 100 per cent natural and renewable, plus is biodegradable in soil so it ticks a lot of sustainability boxes. Given that 80 per cent of the wool used in fashion globally comes from Australia, this is heartening to know as it’s one way to help reduce our impact on the environment.
The hats itself are gorgeous. So soft to the touch and lightweight too, making each piece a true pleasure to wear. Felt hats are a constant in my winter wardrobe, and I wear them to autumn racing events often so it’s good to know that there’s an alternative to hats made using fur, that’s comparable if not more superior. I also like the fact that it’s one way to support the Australian wool industry and a great way to help the in our important and pressing quest to act consciously and more sustainably.
I’ve been on the go non-stop this week. Earlier in the week I spent some time in the Mornington Peninsula on a three day immersive experience with Helen Kaminski. We stayed at the gorgeous Jackalope Hotel and spent some time being taken through the sustainability journey of the Helen Kaminski brand. From seeing how the wool goes from farm to being fashioned into the felt that the brand’s hats are made from to foraging on the Jackalope property, it was such an interesting few days, and one that’s certainly opened my eyes a little more to the craftsmanship that brands often put into their products and also sustainability as a whole.
And at the end of the week I was off again! This time I headed to Hamilton Island Race Week and was lucky enough to be able to take Luke with me so we had a fun weekend enjoying the festivities and catching up with friends. It was gorgeous weather up there so it was nice to be able to escape Sydney for awhile. We were hosted at the insanely beautiful Qualia resort and during our time there had some delicious meals, flew in a helicopter to check out heart reef and generally enjoyed a little R&R. After such a busy few days, I’m looking forward to easing myself into a new week—who knows what it will bring.
Every so often I like working a colour I don’t often wear into an outfit just to freshen things up. Case in point: I loved the light mint shade of these cropped pants by Zimmermann as it’s perfect for this time of year and helped add a fresh touch to my look. I have been gravitating towards all feminine 70s style pieces from Zimmermann’s latest collection (including this top I wore a few weeks back) and love how versatile they are. I can see myself wearing this blouse with other pieces in my closet like a pair of tailored shorts or high waisted pants.
Working with a pastel colour, I decided to keep my accessories quite neutral and understated and I knew my beige Bottega Veneta heels and straw Helen Kaminski clutch would add an elegant touch. I find it’s a good idea to have a shoe with a little extra detail when you’re wearing cropped pants as you’re able to show them off a little. Given that the rest of my outfit is quite classic, I wanted to have a little fun with my sunglasses. And this pair of white glitter cat eye sunglasses by Emma Mulholland adds just the ideal playful element to my ensemble.
Credits: Blouse and Pants, Zimmermann; Heels, Bottega Veneta; Clutch, Helen Kaminski; Sunglasses, Emma Mulholland.
When it comes to my down time I like to keep things comfortable yet polished. One of my go-to combinations for weekend dressing is a great pair of jeans and a white shirt—a classic pairing that always looks effortless. The key to to elevating this look is all in the details. This Karen Walker peasant top with pintucks and tassels elevates this casual piece into a stylish weekend staple. The straw boater and clutch add some natural textures to the look whilst the black Bassike sandals add a bold element and provides a striking point of difference to the neutral tones of the rest of the ensemble. I’ve found this outfit is ideal for a day of doing everything from grabbing a coffee to hanging out with my family without compromising on style.
The weather’s been so unseasonably mild in Sydney the last few days that I’ve been making the most of it by utilising some of my fave summery pieces. I figure I’ll be rugged up in layers soon enough! This Bec & Bridge dress is the perfect easy, effortless piece due to its streamlined silhouette and I’m a big fan of anything in a crisp white as it instantly looks polished and pulled together. I find neutrals and metallics work beautifully with white so I have paired this dress with my Gucci heels to give my outfit a touch of colour. I love accessories with a point of difference and was drawn to this half crescent raffia clutch by Helen Kaminski due to its interesting shape and texture. Striking the right balance of wearing bold accessories that help elevate the look without overwhelming the simplicity of the dress is key in this instance and is the perfect time to remember that less is definitely more.