It was another day of reporting duties for 7 Racing today and it called for another vibrant look. I tend to incorporate a little colour into my outfit whenever I’m on camera so this Rachel Gilbert dress fit the brief perfectly. I love the unexpected contrast of pink and orange in the houndstooth pattern on this mini dress. And let’s not forget the sequins! I’m all about a long sleeved dress right now as I think it looks elegant and modern and the style helps to make sequins a little more day time appropriate.
It can be tricky to find the right colours to work back with such a distinct colour palette so I played it safe with neutral pieces. A white headpiece by Nerida Winter and small structured Bulgari bag were able to work back with the dress without being overwhelming. I find anything in white can be complementary whilst still being able to hold its own. I wanted to wear heels with a unique design and these Scanlan Theodore pointed slides were the ideal option—the perforated effect gave them a point of difference and an edgy feel.
I wanted to wear a striking colour today and this one-shoulder dress by TOME really fit the bill. I love the bold mustard hue which worked well offset by gold accessories including my new favourite — my Eddie Borgo choker. The slightly billowy cut of the dress has a relaxed sophistication about it and the hint of skin gave it a slightly Grecian feel.
I love discovering new up and coming designers but I also have a tried and tested stable of labels that I know I will always have something that will suit my style and aesthetic. Here’s who I turn to when I’m after…
It goes without saying but Bassike is at the top of the list. I love them for staples such as tees, singlets and casual pants. I also love Uniqlo for inexpensive but quality tees and Jac+Jack who do some really gorgeous basics that are a great quality.
Cardigans and jumpers
Winter is just around the corner so I will be stocking up on lots of jumpers and cardigans to layer throughout the cooler months. I love Uniqlo once again, this time for their cashmere knits which are a great quality but also reasonably priced; Skin and Threads for knits especially cardigans; and Jac + Jack also do really great jumpers. When it comes to jumpers, I find if I spend a bit more and invest in quality woollen and cashmere pieces they will last me season after season.
A standout dress from camilla and marc
Work, formal and party wear
Work and evening events often transition from one to the other for me so I like to make sure my office attire will also work for an after work event such as a party or dinner. I always turn to Australian designers such as camilla and marc, Scanlan Theodore, Dion Lee, Bec & Bridge and Lover. While Bec & Bridge do a great party dress, I can’t go past Dion Lee for fashion-forward pieces and Scanlan Theodore for beautifully made items for the office such as blouses, dresses and pants. Lover do amazing dresses and camilla and marc are my favourite for everything from casual items such as jeans to dresses, to skirts and camis for a night out.
I think Australian fashion is fresh, innovative and always has a uniquely Aussie spin. I have plenty of favourites but these are my go-to designers that are always front and centre in my wardrobe.
Dion Lee has got really beautiful unique designs but they’re extremely wearable and I love the fit. I think Dion’s designs are great for evening wear to race wear and I also buy a lot of separates that I can mix into my wardrobe for every day, casual dressing. I think he’s right up there as far as great designers go and I can’t wait to see what he does next.
Scanlan Theodore Spring/Summer 2014-2015
I think Scanlan Theodore have great timeless pieces. I know I have Scanlan Theodore pieces from years ago and they last season after season. I think that’s really important to have in your wardrobe – that even if a piece is on trend it’s made of really beautiful materials, is a great cut and doesn’t date.
CAMILLA AND MARC Resort 2015
I love CAMILLA AND MARC. I think they’ve always got great designs, unique prints and use vibrant colours really well. It’s a great Australian label and it’s always right on trend and just really wearable for all occasions.
On song: Paula Abdul with Kate Waterhouse. Photo: Peter Rae.
Paula Abdul was an international pop sensation in the 1980s and ’90s, selling more than 53 million records worldwide, with hits including Opposites Attract, for which she won a Grammy Award. Her resurgence of fame and success came as a judge on shows such as American Idol and The X Factor America. Now, she is in Australia as a judge for Channel 10’s So You Think You Can Dance Australia. I caught up with the 51-year-old to chat about her love of dancing, the secret to her success and working with Simon Cowell.