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Rebecca Vallance

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What I Wore: Nautical Vibes

14th November, 2017

Easy-to-wear dresses are a staple in my summer wardrobe, especially when I’m packing for a holiday. I always try to go for pieces that won’t crease in my suitcase. Knits are especially great, as they don’t require ironing if you fold them carefully.

I recently wore this Rebecca Vallance dress on my holiday in Greece. Anything with a blue and white combination always gives off nautical vibes. I was instantly drawn to the ruffles as they add a feminine feel.

For instant style points, I teamed the dress with my Rebecca De Ravenel earrings. Statement earrings have become my go-to accessory for adding a bit of colour and fun to my ensembles these days.

Credits; Dress: Rebecca Vallance, Earrings: Rebecca De Ravenel, Sandals: Michael Kors 

 

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What I Wore: Statement Shirt Dress

29th August, 2017

There are times when a dress is all about the finishing touches and in the case of this Rebecca Vallance number the focal point is most certainly the triple bow detail. A long sleeved shirt dress is a favourite style of mine but I definitely couldn’t resist when I saw the ultra sweet bows on this particular piece. And when said bows are worked back against a gingham print it adds a playful vibe to the ensemble. The directional gathered sleeves help it from becoming too girly, whilst adding an interesting point of difference. Given the busy nature of the dress simplicity is key for the rest of the look. A simple pair of pointed slides by Nicholas Kirkwood and a chain strap bag continues the smart vibe of the outfit whilst the addition of a straw boater by Nerida Winter make it weekend ready.

Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance; Shoes, Nicholas Kirkwood; Sunglasses, Celine; Hat, Nerida Winter; Bag, Dior (similar)

Photography: Mike Belkin

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What I Wore: Green Day

24th February, 2017

Olive green is such a gorgeous colour that I think I definitely need to incorporate into my wardrobe a bit more, I don’t wear it nearly enough It’s certainly one of the things that drew me to this Rebecca Vallance dress.. I also love the military inspired style as it can still look quite dressy but with a change of footwear it can easily be taken down a notch and become a more casual look. In this instance I wanted the outfit to look quite polished so I teamed the dress with my black Alaia heels and my Gucci Dionysus bag (find similar here) to keep my accessories quite neutral but with the finishing touches such as the applique on my bag it keeps the look from looking too pedestrian. My Dita cat-eye sunglasses inject a little attitude to an otherwise quite streamlined look.

Shop the look:

Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance – XX; Heels, Alaia; Denim jacket, Steele; Bag, Gucci (similar); Sunglasses, Dita;

PhotographySophia Athas

 

 

 

 

Fashion

MBFWA Designer Q&A: Rebecca Vallance

16th May, 2016

In the frantic few days that is Fashion Week it’s nice to take some time out from the craziness of it all and this year, Wedgwood have provided the perfect backdrop in which to do it. The Wedgwood Tea Room is a feature of this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia and throughout the week I’m taking the time to catch up with some of my favourite designers for a cup of tea and some delicious treats. I caught up with designer Rebecca Vallance (who is showing in Australia for the first time after holding shows in New York and Paris) about what it’s like 24 hours before a show and the preparation that goes into each collection..

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DATE WITH KATE: REBECCA VALLANCE

15th May, 2016

Enjoying Wedgwood tea and sweets with Rebecca Vallance in her Mosman store.

Rebecca Vallance began her career as a model, turned top fashion publicist and is now the designer behind her own label, Rebecca Vallance. She has shown her collections at fashion weeks in New York and Paris and this week joins the line-up at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia for the first time. Her brand has been worn by celebrities including Halle Berry, Rachel McAdams and Chrissy Teigen. Vallance, 36, tells Kate Waterhouse about her first show at fashion week in Sydney, the opening of her first Sydney store and the secrets to growing a successful designer brand.

Why did you choose to show internationally over MBFWA in previous years?

I started the brand five years ago in London. The brand has got a really strong international DNA to it. By showing at New York Fashion Week, we could keep that DNA. I felt that the business had grown to a point in Australia where we needed to join the schedule here. It was the right time.

What does it mean to you to show at MBFWA?

Everything. The business has grown 300 per cent in the last financial year in Australia. I wanted to showcase our collections here to a broader audience than we usually do.

What’s the biggest difference between showing in New York and Australia?

It is so different. In New York, it’s quite intense; I find it much easier in Australia. In New York, you are competing against the likes of, let’s say, Michael Kors, who have budgets of like $US60,000 ($44,200) for people to sit in the front row. They pay people to sit there. But the main difference for me is that I enjoy it much more here. I’m a local girl. I’ve lived in Sydney for a very long time. It’s hard work – we’re all working 16-hour days at the moment – but it’s fun here. New York is different – you’re an Aussie in a huge international market and you’ve got to have everything on the point to be noticed. The other thing with international market is you’ve got to be there all the time. You can’t just show once at New York Fashion Week and then hope for the best.

What did showing at New York Fashion Week teach you?

It has taught me to be strong, to believe in what you’re doing. You’ve got to be super-organised. American culture is very different to ours. I’ve learnt it takes time to find the right people there. I find in Australia, everyone is good at doing lots of things; we’re not afraid to get our hands dirty.

Who will be front row at tomorrow’s show?

Sylvia Jeffreys, Emma Freedman, Pia Miller.

Did you always know you wanted to be a fashion designer?

I did. The only thing I was good at school at was maths and fashion design. I didn’t have the opportunity until I moved to Europe to be a fashion designer.

How did you first get into fashion?

I started modelling when I was 13 years old. I was living in the country and modelling in Melbourne. And then, when I was 21, I started working at fashion PR. Then I moved to Europe when I was 28 and decided to start my own label. In the first season we picked up two Harvey Nichols stores and Paris Fashion Week. It has just grown from there. We’ve launched our first store in Mosman [this month]. We thought Mosman was perfect for us. We wanted a store that represented the brand in a fabulous and authentic way.

How would you describe your style aesthetic and the Rebecca Vallance woman?

A Rebecca Vallance woman is confident and interested in fashion, but she doesn’t get too hung up on the latest flash trends. She likes to be directional in her fashion choices. But at the same time, she likes to be quite classic.

Your business has grown rapidly. What’s the secret to your success?

I don’t follow other people’s trends. I think we know our customer well. I think the celebrity support as well has really helped. But I think too, we work really closely with our retailers as well. So listen to the feedback that they’ve got.

Who are some of your celebrity clientele?

Rachel McAdams, Chanel Iman, Chrissy Teigen, Halle Berry, Joan Smalls … It was such a surprise, I had no idea [Rachel McAdams was wearing my design] until the Google alert popped up and I was like, “Oh my God, I just dressed Rachel McAdams, the night before the Oscars for a huge award”. And Halle Berry was a huge one too.

How does dressing a celebrity come about?

Their stylist comes into the showroom and picks a whole lot of pieces but you never know. It depends on the celebrity’s mood, just like you or I, what they’re going to pick that day to wear. So until the photograph comes out, you never know.

Who is someone you would love to dress?

Kate Hudson. I just think she embodies who the Rebecca Vallance girl is. She is a fun spirit. She is a gorgeous girl. She is confident and I think she is very on-brand for us.

You’re a mother to 18-month-old Matthias. How do you juggle work and family life?

I think it’s all about being really present in the moment. When I’m at work, I’m 110 per cent at work, but when I’m at home, I’m 110 per cent at home … [My son] grew up in the office. The first four months of his life, he was brought up in his little bassinet next to my desk… The bassinet [was] on top of the cutting table and all of us cutting around him and he was fast asleep. And the next one, one day when it comes, will be just the same.

What’s next in the pipeline?

I would love for another couple of stores in Australia … and we’re very focused as well on overseas retail. The business has grown a lot overseas – the US, Middle East, Europe.

BITE SIZE

WE WENT TO Rebecca Vallance store, Mosman.

WE ATE: a selection of cakes and sweets.

WE DRANK: Wedgwood tea.

REBECCA WORE Rebecca Vallance dress

KATE WORE: Bec & Bridge jacket and Camilla and Marc top.

SHOP THE POST: My Favourite Rebecca Vallance pieces this season

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Date with Kate: Ryan Kwanten

30th November, 2014
Lunch with Ryan Kwanten

Lunch with Ryan Kwanten

Ryan Kwanten is a Sydney-born actor best known for playing the heart-throb Jason Stackhouse on HBO’s vampire series True Blood. During a visit home the 37-year-old told Kate Waterhouse about the “mad” show, his hopes of discovering Australian’s next big star, and what ruffles his feathers.

What are you doing while you’re back in Australia?

Usually the first thing I try and do is either: a) get some Aussie seafood; or b) jump in the water. Then outside of that, see the family, catch up with some friends and hear some good Aussie music. And I’m back for the release of True Blood’s final season on DVD … It was seven good seasons of just shooting this maniac, mad show. It was really the best experience in my life.

Back in your Home and Away days did you ever think you would be on such a huge US hit TV show?

I’m a glass half full guy and I’m definitely ambitious. But you can’t predict just what an audience is going to sort of latch on to. You certainly hope. You don’t know how long the vampire world is going to stay [popular]. We were lucky enough to have the kind of writers that could keep sort of manipulating that world and keep it interesting for people to keep tuning in every Sunday.

Being a star in a vampire show, you must have some interesting fans!

Of course [laughs].

What’s the craziest thing a fan has done?

The great thing about those fans, though, is that they are beyond loyal; the kind of fans that would stick around for seven years. Yeah, they’re crazy and out there, but so am I. So they kind of appeal to my sensibilities.

Were you sad when it all came to an end?

Yeah. Obviously there was that sort of initial sort of farewell. But look, HBO is notorious for throwing the industry’s biggest parties. And our show was notorious for drinking three times the amount of any other show. So they threw a very lavish, True Blood-style wrap party for us.

What did it include?

[The] whole sort of entertainment bonanza. There were dances, there was DJs, there was a live band, there was more alcohol than you want to deal with, food. It was ridiculous.

What’s next in the pipeline?

Just more work. I love what I do. I think when you love what you do it’s hard to even call it work. I’m actually sort of moving into producing as well.

What is the best part of your job?

Jumping into someone else’s skin. In a weird way, I’m sort of a professional pretender. And I love being able to let all the drama that maybe sort of festering or inside of me [go] and release it on camera and then keep my life outside of it drama-free. And it’s easier said than done, but I’m working on it.

What is the worst part?

At times, you sort of feel like a pawn in someone else’s game. So as your star rises, you work your way up in the chess game of life.

If you could play any role or any character, what will it be?

There’s nothing specific. I’ve always enjoyed watching Paul Newman, for instance. I love Cool Hand Luke. For me, I love playing broken characters, characters that are flawed, that you’re not quite sure if they’re going to last to the end of the episode or to the end of the film. You, as an audience member, have to kind of almost pick them up and push them through the scene.

Will you ever move back to Australia?

Yeah. I don’t know [when]. Looking for the near future I have to be placed in the  [United] States, just for little things that I’ve set up. It’s so hard for me when I do come back because I know that my heart belongs here. So leaving just rips my little heart out. But it just makes me want to come back more.

What do you do for fun when you’re not working?

I’m a pretty simple guy, so it doesn’t really take that much for me to put a smile on my face. I love the water. I’m such a sort of water baby, so any time a dip in the ocean. Whether it’s freezing cold or delicious, I’ll jump in there, catch up with friends, watch movies, do some yoga, go hiking, watch music, at least see sort of one or two music acts.

Who is your favourite artist?

That’s too big a question. It’s like asking my favourite person in the world. No, I can’t do that. No way.

What sort of music do you like?

Right now, really into sort of house music.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

Moving into the producing world a little bit is very alluring to me. I’ve got a business background so I really want to move into that kind of field. I also really wanted to start discovering younger talent.

How so?

Kind of what happened to me. It only takes one person to really believe in you and your talent to help foster that career. I could think of nothing better. So I hope to come back here and spot a couple of young Aussies and help them on a similar path to what I have.

Australians are doing so well in Hollywood.

Yes, and I’ve become so much more patriotic since moving away. I have so much more fondness for the country that I grew up in, and I’m protective too. If anyone says anything bad about another Australian or the country, it ruffles my feathers real quick.

Why do you think Australians are so successful in Hollywood?

It’s our work ethic I think that they really appreciate that over there. When I go to auditions in the States, they still have the tendency to hold scripts and read lines in auditions, whereas no Australian would in their right mind go walk into an audition still holding the script. You go in all guns blazing. That way, at least for me, I know that I gave it everything.

BITE SIZE

WE WENT TO The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room, The Rocks.

WE ATE Woody Island Oysters; Crab & Lettuce Tacos; Serrano Jamon.

WE DRANK Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

I WORE a Rebecca Vallance dress

captain-woody-s-seafood crab-and-prawn-tacos jambon-sec-bayonne

Lunch with Ryan Kwanten

Lunch with Ryan Kwanten

 

 

Fashion

REBECCA VALLANCE FW14

12th February, 2014

FW14 REBECCA VALLANCE NEW YORK

Australian designer Rebecca Vallance made her New York Fashion Week debut this season with her aptly named collection, “Lady’s Man.” Through a mixture of menswear-inspired cuts and her signature ladylike details, Vallance delivers an alluringly androgynous lineup for Fall / Winter 2014. “My previous collections had more of a soft femininity,” explains Vallance, “and this season my eye has been drawn to a more androgynous style. This collection illustrates a sharp identity and a taste of what the brand is growing into.” See some of my favourite looks…

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REBECCA VALLANCE

4th April, 2013

Fashion Week is still days away but models have already hit the catwalks. Australian designer Rebecca Vallance presented her Spring/Summer 2013/14 collection at Ananas Bar and Brasserie in the Rocks yesterday. The collection entitled ‘Paris au Printemps’ was inspired by the first blossoms of springtime in Paris. Vallance showcased geometric prints and pops of colour in lime, violet and cherry red as well as signature lambskin leathers in black and blush. Capri pants, sheath dresses, bows and Peter Pan collars were all on trend. Hollywood-based actress Jessica McNamee and model Lara Bingle sat front row, alongside Vogue Australia’s Edwina McCann and Christine Centenera.

Rebecca Vallance Runway

Rebecca Vallance Runway

Rebecca Vallance Runway

Rebecca Vallance Runway

Rebecca Vallance Runway

Rebecca Vallance Runway

Rebecca Vallance, Jessica McNamee

Rebecca Vallance, Jessica McNamee

Lara Bingle

Lara Bingle

Edwina McCann, Christine Centenera, Jessica McNamee

Edwina McCann, Christine Centenera, Jessica McNamee