Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia has come to an end for another year and without a doubt it’s always a favourite time of year for me partly because of the fun I have styling my looks for the entire week. Each day I tried to go for an outfit that was a completely different vibe from the day before and had a great time experimenting with so many different hues, textures and styles all while tapping into all the major trends I’m loving. I’ve fielded a few questions about some of the pieces I was wearing so to help make it easier I’ve pulled together a guyide to help you get the look for yourself—everything is just a click away.
Where: Onsite at Carriageworks for Romance Was Born; Offsite at Bondi Icebergs for Ten Pieces
My day started… at 8am, getting ready and making way to Bondi Beach where Ten Pieces showcased its collection at Icebergs.
My outfit today… was all about monochrome. I wanted a look that was sleek and sophisticated.
Favourite show… Romance was Born. I loved the theatre of it.
Big trends I saw… relaxed, casual, slouchy and bold styling at Ten Pieces. At Romance Was Born it was about really dramatic looks with a lots of sheer fabrics with exaggerated silhouettes along with pastels mixed with an 80s palette of deep blues and bright green sequins as well as fringing and lots of shimmer.
What I ate/drank… I stopped for lunch with actress Marta Dusseldorp at Cubby’s Kitchen in Surry Hills to interview her for a Date with Kate column. We went for a light meal of salad and assorted dips.
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.
The Shows: Ginger & Smart, We Are Kindred and the Maggie Marilyn launch
Where: On site at Carriageworks for We Are Kindred; Offsite at the Art Gallery of NSW for Ginger & Smart
My day started… early with the first show kicking off at 8.30am for a 9am start for the Ginger & Smart show at the Art Gallery of NSW. I was up at 5am with the kids and out the door by 7.30am to make it to the show in time through peak hour traffic.
My outfit today… was all about colour. I wanted something vibrant and colourful. I opted for a pant and shirt combo to mix it up from my previous looks.
Favourite show… Ginger & Smart.
The one look I fell in love with… the soft pink dress at Ginger & Smart (pictured below) which had such unique detailing and texture.
Parties/events I attended… a lunch for New Zealand designer Maggie Marilyn at The Dolphin at Sydney’s Surry Hills. It was so nice to sit and enjoy lunch with other industry people. I also did a quick photo shoot at Sun Studios in Alexandria between shows. The shoot was with Dion Lee as he is putting together a portrait series to bring to life the Dion Lee [SUIT] collection and pays tribute to the women that have inspired the brand since its inception in 2009. I felt very honoured to be involved.
Big trends I saw… big silhouettes, ruffled textures, bold colours, interesting shapes and structures, sheer tulle, bold prints and organic prints at Ginger & Smart. Meanwhile at We Are Kindred it was ultra feminine with lots of lace, pastels, prints, florals, along with layering of textures and a touch of boho.
Big trends I saw on attendees… there was more suiting on show along with bomber jackets and faux fur in bold colours.
What I ate/drank… at theMaggie Marilyn lunch I enjoyed antipasti followed by roast chicken with wood fired fennel, pizza romana and salad.
Everything about this ensemble by Fendi is bold and vibrant which is perfect for another busy day at Fashion Week. As soon as I saw the balloon sleeves of this blouse I knew I wanted to continue the voluminous silhouette by pairing it with culottes. The waved pattern on the pants and the waved detailing on the blouse help give the outfit continuity along with the hints of blue in both. When it comes to volume it was important to have the nipped in waist of the pants in order to avoid the outfit from overwhelming my frame and the streamlined heels to act as a counterpoint to the billowy nature of the rest of my look. I also decided upon a forest green Camilla and Marc coat to complement the blue tones in my pants and blouse and kept accessories to a minimum-just a pair of Celine sunglasses and a simple Jerome Dreyfuss clutch.
The Shows: Hansen and Gretel, Bec & Bridge, Christopher Esber
Where: On site at Carriageworks for Hansel and Gretel; Offsite at David Jones for Bec & Bridge and The Clothing Store for Christopher Esber
My day started… bright and early at 9am.
My outfit today… was all about pink hues and velvet. I’m loving the velvet trend at the moment so today I literally wore it from head to toe!
Favourite show… Christopher Esber.
The one look I fell in love with… a candy striped top and skirt combination at the Christopher Esber show (pictured below).
Big trends I saw… vintage floral prints, feminine silhouettes, midi skirts and ruffles but with cheeky side of sheer and swimwear at Hansen and Gretel. Meanwhile at Bec & Bridge it was all about structured ruffles, shirting, polka dots, bare shoulders, bright colours (namely bright red and electric blue), silk shifts and short party dresses. Christopher Esber’s show focused on shirting, tailoring, trenches, pops of colour and figure hugging knits.
Big trends I saw on attendees…there has certainly been no shortage of great outfits on show. I’ve been seeing a lot of suits on women, skirt and top combinations, knits with longer skirts, combining casual with luxe and lots of layering.
What I ate/drank… I squeezed in a Date with Kate interview with TV personality Jessica Kahawaty over lunch at Catalina in Rose Bay in between shows. We ate fish and pasta which helped keep my energy levels up!
I stopped at Bambini Trust in the CBD for an afternoon wine with my team to recharge, download pics, edits and catch up on some work. It was so good I went back to there for dinner with Ksenija Lukich, Nadia Fairfax, Rey Vakili and Hoda Waterhouse before heading to the Christopher Esber show.
Fashion Week is the perfect opportunity to trial new trends so there was no better time to embrace a little velvet and a little pink in a nod to two of the big trends of the season. And when both trends meld into one gorgeous velvet Bec & Bridge dress in a beautiful shade of dusty pink? Well, it was a done deal. I wanted to keep the look quite tonal and also ultra feminine so I kept my accessories all pink with a pair of ombre Rebecca de Ravenel corded-silk drop earrings, a Miu Miu clutch and my latest shoe love—my Marco de Vincenzo braided heels. The weather can get quite cool whilst I’m out and about so I came prepared with a snowy white Max Mara coat and a fun pair of Lucy Folk sunglasses as the final finishing touch. I don’t often wear pink but after today, I may have to reconsider embracing my girly side more often.
The Shows: Alice McCall, Bianca Spender, Albus Lumen
Where: On site at Carriageworks for Alice McCall and Bianca Spender; Offsite at La Porte Space for Albus Lumen which was a great site to showcase a beautiful collection.
My day started… at 9am and I hit the ground running and straight to Carriageworks for a 10am show. First up was Alice McCall and it was a gorgeous way to start the morning.
My outfit today… was all aboutcolour! I wanted something bright and feminine for the first full day at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. I wore a Camilla and Marc top and skirt and loved how it was flowy and soft. I teamed it with Gucci heels and bag and Saint Laurent sunnies to add a bit of fun!
Favourite show… I loved Albus Lumen at La Porte Space—being able to showcase a collection in a unique space really has an impact. It really complemented the beach, minimalist vibe of the show.
The one look I fell in love with…A yellow dress at Albus Lumen (pictured). I also loved the jewellery in Bianca Spender which was designed by Dinosaur Designs and the 90s Chanel vibe of Alice McCall.
Big trends I saw… 90s Chanel, beautiful tailoring, bright colour palettes.
What I ate/drank…my photographer and I stopped at Bread and Circus for lunch and refueled on salads and soup as we downloaded pics and caught up on work and emails before heading to the Albus Lumen show.
I can’t resist a beautiful print so it’s no surprise that I fell in love with this beautiful Camilla and Marc top and skirt the moment I saw it. The pale mint hue of both pieces is so fresh and is a classic, feminine look that can I can see working for everything from a work event to a special dinner. When it comes to skirts I’m a big fan of the midi length as it always looks polished. Choosing my accessories today I was in the mood for something bold so I opted for my gold Gucci heels (the metallic shade is also a match made in heaven with green) and I couldn’t resist a touch more Gucci and decided to wear my chain strap Dionysus bag from the label. Sunglasses are a must when running from show to show so I made sure to bring my new Saint Laurent frames.
Credits: Top and skirt (in Cinzia print, coming soon), Camilla and Marc; Heels and (similar) bag, Gucci, Sunglasses, Saint Laurent
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.