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What I Wore: Elevated Casual

24th September, 2019

What I love about fashion at the moment is that there are so many different iterations of casual. Case in point: this white two-piece set by Hansen and Gretel. Whilst visions of an off duty look usually involve denim of some sort, I love the fact that this skirt and top combination is equally as comfortable but is just that little more polished. As an added bonus both can also be worn as separates with other pieces in my wardrobe which extends the wear of this set.

Who else loves the fact that sneakers are the go-to shoe for myriad occasions? Whilst the Chanel pair I’m wearing below are a little dressier than other sneakers I have in my closet, there’s no doubt that they are equally as comfortable. Plus I love the pink shades which soften the overall silhouette of the shoe.

For an on-the-go outfit, I like to incorporate a bag that allows me to go hands-free so I decided on my Prada bag with crossbody strap to pair with this particular look. I finished it off with white Emma Mulholland frames and layered statement necklaces—adding a stylish touch that’s understated and works for a relaxed look.

Photography by Sophia Athas, Hatrik

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Top – Joey Top Ivory, Hansen & Gretel

Skirt – Brenton Skirt Ivory, Hansen Gretel

Shoes: CC Logo Pink Suede Sneaker by Chanel

Bag: Leather Bucket Bag, Prada

Sunglasses: Pared Stargazers, Emma Mulholland (similar)

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Australian Fashion Week: Day 4

15th May, 2019

I’m really feeling dresses at the moment and loved the boho feel of this sheer silk dress by Lee Mathews. Anything translucent can be tricky but I think when paired with the right pieces it can be a really striking look. I decided to wear a black slip and a lace bralette underneath the dress which provides just the right amount of coverage but also adds a touch of sexiness to my outfit. Layering pieces can often be a great way to create an entirely new look—and give it a new look and feel. I love the contrasting textures of sheer and lace too, as it breaks up the all black look and softens it a little.

I thought that the dress needed a little grounding with a strong shoe so I opted for a pair of pointed Mary Janes by Jimmy Choo. They’re a great shape and style and made for the ideal complementary piece to my dress. Keeping to the all black theme, I wore black cat eye Miu Miu sunglasses and accentuated my ensemble with a black and gold Dior clutch and choker.

Photography by: Sophia Athas, Hatrik

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Dress: Emily Silk Gathered Short Sleeve Dress by Lee Mathews

Shoes: by Jimmy Choo

Bag: by Dior

Sunglasses: by Miu Miu

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What I Wore: The Wild One

12th February, 2019

I think it’s important to push your fashion boundaries and explore different looks and as I tend to favour neutrals and subdued prints more often than not I was in the mood to do something a little different recently. Enter this red, leopard print co-ord set by Veronika Maine which most definitely fit the bill. The vibrant, fiery red worked back with such a striking print really made me stop and take notice. There’s an element of fun with it but I also like the fact that the shirt and skirt are such a classic silhouette that it provides some balance to the overall look.

Black and red are such a great combination that I knew that I wanted to keep the colour scheme throughout, including with my accessories. I opted for a pair of triangular cat-eye sunglasses which I think ties in well with the edgy vibe of the print and colour of my outfit. I wanted a slightly more modern looking bag and a really cute option came in the form of this diminutive Prada bucket bag. It also ticks another box for me, which is versatility, as I can carry the bag by its handle or alternatively use the bag strap to go hands free. Topping off my look were these sleek Aquazzura heels. I love the simple, streamlined silhouette but with a ladylike bow at the back to help soften the look. A definite welcome addition to my wardrobe.

Credits: Shirt and Skirt, Veronika Maine; Sunglasses, Saint Laurent; Bag, Prada; Heels, Aquazzura

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was produced in collaboration with Veronika Maine

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What I Wore: Australian Fashion Week 2018 Day 2

14th May, 2018

I wore something quite classic yesterday but today I wanted to mix it up a little. My look today is a little edgier and all about playing with different textures. Usually my outfits start with a single piece and in this instance it was all about the cropped Prada denim jacket. The feathered collar really upped the glam factor and seemed so fitting for the occasion. I also loved mixing relaxed denim with the dramatic nature of the feathers for a truly striking centrepiece to my look.

With such a statement piece already in place, I thought I could take it up a notch even more by opting for a black polyurethane Georgia Alice skirt. I thought it provided the perfect contrast piece to the softer and more playful nature of the jacket.

As far as shoes go I decided on simple black heels to temper the dramatic nature of the rest of my outfit. But I think you can always afford to have a little fun with your accessories! With the current trend towards sunglasses with smaller frames I gravitated towards these Poppy Lissiman sunglasses. Sharp with a slightly futuristic vibe I thought they went perfectly with the rest of my ensemble. My trusty Gucci Dionysius bag can always be called upon to add a fun feature to any look and in this instance it was the perfect fashion full stop.

Credits: Jacket, Prada; Skirt, Georgia Alice; Heels, Maje; Bag (similar), Gucci; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman

Photography: Sophia Athas and Ash Larden


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What I Wore: Bec and Bridge

22nd July, 2015


I am all about a wardrobe that can work virtually all year round so when I saw this dress from Bec & Bridge‘s latest collection (in-store now) I could see myself wearing it now and through to summer. I love the little details on this dress such as the cutout detail and draping and I am always on board with anything in monochrome! While the weather is cooler I’ll be wearing this dress with my leather jacket and come summertime, it will be ideal for long lunches in the sunshine.

DRESS: Bec&Bridge
HEELS: Alaia
Photographer: Josephine Willcox


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What I wore: black and white

6th May, 2015


I’m a big fan of monochrome – I think anything in black and white is very chic. I think even though this dress has a plunging neckline it’s very feminine with the flower detail and also the polka dots. I wore this dress to lunch with friends but I also think it could be perfect for a wedding or going to the races, especially Derby Day because it’s black and white.










DRESS: ERDEM (available at BELINDA)

HEELS: Gucci

BELT: vintage


Photography: Beyleigh Vedelago



Photo Diary: Milan Fashion Week

1st November, 2013

Boarding Qantas/Emirates flight from Australia to Milan.

En route to Milan with Qantas/Emirates.

Breakfast onboard Qantas/Emirates flight.

Breakfast onboard Qantas/Emirates flight.

Duomo di Milano

Duomo di Milano

Gucci SS14 invitation.

Gucci SS14 invitation.

Heading to the Gucci runway show.

Heading to the Gucci runway show.

Enroute to the Max Mara show

Enroute to the Max Mara show

A bunch of long stem white roses and a personal note from Giorgio Armani

A bunch of long stem white roses and a personal note from Giorgio Armani

The finale at the Giorgio Armani SS14 show

The finale at the Giorgio Armani SS14 show

Prada SS14 collection

Prada SS14 collection

Prada SS14 accessories.

Prada SS14 accessories.

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Lunch at Obika Mozzarella Bar - Rinascente

Lunch at Obika Mozzarella Bar – Rinascente

Last month I headed off to Milan Fashion Week. Although I spent most of my days at runway shows, I still got a bit of time to take in some sights and dine at some of my favourite restaurants. Here is what is on my to-do list.


Duomo di Milano – you can’t go to Milan without seeing the magnificent Duomo. Make sure you go inside and light a candle, such a special thing to do.

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls, built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877. It’s housed within a four-story double arcade in central Milan, and it literally is the most beautiful shopping destination in the world.


Obika Mozzarella Bar – If you like Mozzarella then you will LOVE this place. It’s located at the La Rinascente shopping centre so it great for a pit stop while browsing the designers.

Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone – A chic restaurant in the heart of the shopping district. The food is delicious but I especially I love this restaurant because it has a beautiful courtyard, perfect for a light lunch or for those balmy summer nights.

Trattoria Bagutta – This place is very charming, looks like a 1950’s Italian trattoria with paintings all over the walls. It’s in the midst of Milan’s fashion district and it also has a nice garden space in summer.

Giacomo bistrot – This restaurant is great for dinner and has a fantastic food and wine selection. The décor in the “library” is gorgeous and allows you to get lost in the atmosphere and let time fly by you.


10 Corso Como – I love this place; it sells everything from works of art, music, design, cuisine and fashion, with so many beautiful designers. It’s slightly out of the centre of Milan but there is a gorgeous courtyard café to enjoy lunch so you can make a day of it.

Excelsior – has all the best designers under one roof. Right near the Duomo and is in the heart of the main shopping district.

To see some of my favourite runway shows from Milan Fashion Week click here: Gucci, Max Mara, Sportmax, Emporio Armani, Giorgio Armani.

Date with Kate


2nd June, 2013

Enjoying a high tea with  Catherine Martin.

Enjoying a high tea with Catherine Martin.

Oscar-winner Catherine Martin is enjoying the success of The Great Gatsby, for which she was the production and costume designer. I caught up with her to talk about the film, working with her husband, director Baz Luhrmann, and her love of home renovation shows.

Congratulations on your film becoming a worldwide hit.

Thank you. It’s really great for the piece to have found an audience because Baz really cares about the audience. He wants to connect with them and tell them a story that he is very passionate and interested in, so it’s fantastic that people are enjoying it.

Do you get nervous before one of your films is released?

Oh, so nervous! Incredibly stomach-churning nervous because you want to have the ability to make another movie and part of the guarantee of that is to make sure that it has success at the box office.

You and Baz are so creative and dream so big. How do you follow the same vision?

Well, ultimately you have to serve the director’s vision, so Baz is the boss! I am very happy with that scenario, so I’m lucky that I have the ability to go on the journey with him. That’s not to say we don’t disagree sometimes and that I’m not a genuine collaborator with him. I certainly have my opinion; it’s not like I walk around going, ”Yes, Baz, three bags full, Baz!” I’m sure he wishes that I were a little more like that [laughs]. He always says, ”You always play that you’re not the dragon lady but you sure have an opinion.”

What do you do to relax when you’re not working?

I’m half-French so I try to go every European summer and spend a month in Paris, and Baz says I play out my fantasy of being a housewife, which involves a lot of cooking and running the dry-cleaning down to the corner shop and things like that. He says I’m like Marie Antoinette, pretending to be a shepherdess. But then my real secret guilty pleasure is home renovation shows. My husband goes, ”Why are you watching that?” I find it incredibly relaxing. I also like Antiques Roadshow and [Baz] goes, ”Oh no!” but I really enjoy it. I’m really boring.


Do you and Baz discuss work at home or do you try to keep it separate?

We talk about work all the time but we have worked together for such a long time that we understand our expectations of each other of what someone can deliver in terms of energy. For instance, after a day of press it’s really hard to go, ”Sweetheart, let’s go and have a romantic dinner waterside,” when all you want to do, in my case, is watch Antiques Roadshow and he will be wanting to watch a documentary on the Second World War. I think that is the blessing of being in someone else’s life for such a long period of time – you share a common story so you are pretty clear about what your expectations are of the other person. So yes, we do talk about work at home, but the kids give us a hard time if we do it too much.

How does the whole design process start for you?

It’s very much by director, by Baz’s approach, and it will always start with the source material, so in this case [Gatsby] it starts with the book and really analysing the book and what the author is trying to say, finding any descriptions of what things are meant to look like. And then you set off on a process of discovery through research and trying to match up what the book is saying with documentary evidence. Gatsby wears a pink suit so you go, ”Were there any pink suits in 1922? Who made them? Did Brooks Brothers make them?” Through that process you discover things that are different to your first assumptions or confirm your first thoughts.

Do you have a career highlight?

They have been a lot on this particular journey with Great Gatsby and collaborating with Prada and Tiffany’s. One was when I was sent the artwork for the windows of the exhibition that was being done for the Prada Broadway store. Across the windows it said: ”Catherine Martin, Miuccia Prada dress Gatsby,” and I just went, ”Wow.” And then I got a little tear in my eye when I was in front of the Tiffany’s windows [looking at the collection] and I just thought, ”A girl from Lindfield on Fifth Avenue in the Tiffany’s windows, wow.” Also, my nine-year-old daughter is an avid fan of Katy Perry and I was able to introduce her to Katy Perry! That made me feel pretty special; it was another highlight.


WE WENT TO The Dining Room at the Park Hyatt, The Rocks.

WE ATE High tea, scones with jam and cream.

WE DRANK English breakfast tea and a cappuccino.

I WORE Sportmax top, Miu Miu leather pants & Jimmy Choo heels

CATHERINE WORE J.Crew from head to toe.

Photography: Tamara Dean