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What I Wore: The Statement Sleeve

8th June, 2017

A white shirt is always a style staple in my wardrobe but lately I’ve been stepping away from the classic slimline button down by embracing the statement sleeve. I have found that adopting a different silhouette is a great way to instantly rejuvenate a traditional look and take it in a totally new direction. The flared sleeve on this Tome shirt give this ensemble a more relaxed feel and when paired with light denim and slides, it’s an off-duty look that is polished yet effortless. A simple look needs a punchy accessory and my favourite Gucci Dionysus handbag perfectly fits the bill.

Credits: Jeans, J Brand; Shirt, Tome; Shoes, Gucci; Bag, Gucci

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What I Wore: Spring whites

27th October, 2016


There’s nothing like a crisp white dress to really herald the start of easy-breezy spring dressing and this wrap dress with kimono sleeves and subtle pleating by Tome has been a nice addition to my wardrobe as its the perfect blank canvas for myriad looks. I decided to keep this particular look quite pared back and just go for a simple monochrome palette. A simple Jerome Dreyfuss mini shoulder bag with chain handle helped to counterbalance the feminine style of the dress and really gave the look some edge. I kept my accessories to a minimum for this particular outfit, with just a pair of classic black sunglasses and some of my favourite bracelets adding some interesting finishing touches to an otherwise simple ensemble. Sometimes it really is all about taking a less is more approach.

Credits: Dress, Tome; Bag, Jerome Dreyfuss; Sunglasses, Local Supply

Photography: @brigetteclark_

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What I Wore: Black magic

14th June, 2016

43A little black dress is a mainstay in my wardrobe for its versatility and practicality but rest assured an LBD doesn’t have to be boring. I loved this TOME dress because of its one-shoulder neckline and also its plissé fabric. The pleating elevates the look and gives it touch of understated elegance. I think there’s no better pairing than a classic black evening dress and striking gold accessories and this Eddie Borgo choker gives an otherwise demure look a slightly tough edge. I think the outfit needed an strong anchor point – something a little more solid than stilettos – so I chose to go with a pair of Givenchy cut-out ankle boots instead. A black clutch would have have been a little too match-matchy so I opted for a white Chanel clutch to add a pop of colour to the look. Further proof that you can never go wrong with a little black dress.

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Credits: Dress, Tome; Choker, Eddie Borgo; Heels, Givenchy; Bag, Chanel

Photography: Sophia Athas


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What I Wore: Starry Eyed

24th May, 2016

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I’ve taken the classic corporate pairing of a white shirt and black skirt and given it a modern touch with a star print TOME shirt and origami style Dion Lee skirt. The star feature takes the shirt from a garden-variety button down to one with a striking point of difference and a bit of an edge. I always make sure that any pieces in my wardrobe can be worn in multiple ways and love that this Dion Lee skirt can easily be dressed up with a pair of heels or look equally as great worn casually on the weekend with a pair of white sneakers. I’ve kept my accessories quite low key and all black with my Aquazurra heels and clutch by the The Daily Edited to keep the look quite monochrome.

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Credits: Shirt, TOME; Skirt, Dion Lee; Sunglasses, TRIWA or similar hereHeels, AquazurraClutch, The Daily Edited 

Photography: Danielle Castano


MBFWA 2016: My fave shows

23rd May, 2016


The schedule for Fashion Week includes long days that involve seeing multiple shows from almost every major Australian designer. Throughout the course of the week I estimate that I would have seen hundreds of different looks and with so much to see during the week picking my standouts at the end is always really tough. However these shows in particular had me wanting to buy up a storm.


Toni Maticevski


Toni Maticevski


This was the first show of Fashion Week and took place at the Cutaway in Sydney’s Barangaroo. I loved the whole grandeur of the show and the location was spectacular. It was a real highlight and was a great way to kick off the whole week. The whole collection was beautiful but I particularly loved the knotted tops in the collection. Just stunning.


Image: Rebecca Vallance/Flaunter


Image: Rebecca Vallance/Flaunter

Rebecca Vallance

I loved Rebecca Vallance’s show. It’s the first time that she has shown in Australia and I hope she comes back for seasons to come. Her collection had some really beautiful pieces that aren’t necessarily trend-driven but are classic, wardrobe staples such as beautifully tailored dresses and jackets that will last more than one season.


Image: Christopher Esber/Flaunter


Image: Christopher Esber/Flaunter

Christopher Esber

The location of this presentation was unexpected with it taking place in a yoga studio in Sydney’s Potts Point however everything was quintessential Christopher Esber. The dresses were all really beautiful but what I love about his work is the attention to detail such as one particular top with netting and ties at the back and a dress with knots all over it that I’m still dreaming about.


Image: Dion Lee/Flaunter


Image: Dion Lee/Flaunter

Dion Lee

Dion Lee took his show to new heights by holding it in the Bloomberg high rise building in the Sydney CBD. It’s always hard to pick a favourite with Dion Lee because the craftsmanship on his garments is absolutely gorgeous. The detail on every piece is just so beautiful. He’s someone that I always look to for standout pieces and there were a few dresses there that were real showstoppers and I’m definitely bookmarking them for future events.


Image: PopSugar


Image: PopSugar

Bec & Bridge

One of my go-to labels for a party look is Bec & Bridge. Going to events all the time means I’m constantly on the look out for great dresses to wear and this particular collection had lots of great summer dresses in gorgeous colours that I could see myself in come summer time.


Image: Zimbio


You know a collection is special when you see look after look come down the runway and want every single thing. This collection was so wearable and I could envisage several pieces in my wardrobe. Tome are one of my favourite brands and seeing their show definitely left me with some major outfit inspiration.

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What I Wore: MBFWA Day Four

18th May, 2016

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.

For more of my Fashion Week diaries check out my YouTube channel here.

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Credits: Dress, TOME; Jacket, Scanlan Theodore; Heels, Alaia; Sunglasses, Dita; Clutch, Proenza Schouler; Choker, Eddie Borgo

Photography: Sophia Athas


MBFWA Designer Q&A: Tome

18th May, 2016

Tome is without a doubt one Australian label that is killing it here and overseas. I caught up with Ramon Martin, one half of the designer duo behind the brand to chat about where he gets his inspiration, surviving the craziness that is Fashion Week and most importantly how he takes his tea…

For more of my Wedgwood Tea Room Designer Q&As check out my YouTube channel here.

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What I Wore: Get Shirty

17th February, 2016

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The shirt dress is quickly becoming one of my favourite items of clothing. This dress by TOME was a favourite of mine during a recent trip to Melbourne. Whilst I love the fact that it’s quite unstructured and relaxed too much volume can sometimes swamp me as I’m on the petite side which is why I decided to belt it to give it some shape. Something that’s quite loose also requires a bit of height so I decided to wear a heel with it just to elongate my shape. I also can’t get enough of mongrammed clutches! I’m quickly building up a collection as they’re so easy to mix and match with different outfits.





Dress: Tome

Heels:  Aquazzura

Watch: Christian Paul

Sunglasses: Triwa

Bag: The Daily Edited 

Photography: Danielle Castano

Date with Kate


31st January, 2016

Lunch with Ryan Lobo at Missy French, Potts Point

Australian fashion designer Ryan Lobo launched the label Tome with his friend Ramon Martin in 2011. The duo are based in New York and in the past five years the brand has established a strong following and been seen on the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker and Amal Clooney. Before Tome, Lobo studied at the University of Technology Sydney and became a fashion buyer and stylist for Australian brands and magazines. He told me about how he made his break in fashion, his biggest pinch-me moment and the highs and lows of working in New York.

Tell me about your childhood and growing up in Australia.

I moved to Sydney from Kolkata, India, at the age of five. I was always drawing from a very young age … I remember it was always horses, then clothes. I didn’t play sport. Ever.

How did you get into fashion design?

I always consulted with brands. I worked as a buyer and stylist until I officially became a design consultant. It was fairly organic, as they say. I studied at UTS but, honestly, that doesn’t prepare you for the industry, and not in the way I was ready for. Retail does!

In what way?

Retail prepares you for the realities of consumption – what a woman is willing to spend money on and why. As designers we are asking people facing bulging Western wardrobes – who claim to have nothing to wear! – to add Tome to the mix and it’s a very nuanced relationship between brand and woman. It’s a very sensitive exchange.

Tell me about the inception of Tome.

Ramon and I have known each other for almost 20 years, and after getting over initially hating each other we have been like brothers ever since. We decided in 2010 to begin. By 2011 I had moved to NYC to join Ramon, and thus Tome was born.

Why did you first hate each other?

Because that’s what you do when you are a brooding teen, right? Hate first, ask questions second. We made each laugh hysterically and we still do, often with the same jokes, so the ice melted quickly.

Did you have any struggles when launching Tome?

Being heard amidst everything that is going on globally in fashion, let alone in NYC, is tough. You have to do something that people develop an emotional connection to to stand out. Also nothing is free in NYC. Everything comes at a price. We were lucky to have so many people help us, and alongside them we have worked like never before in our lives to get to this place. Having your own business is like having a baby.

What do you think sets the brand apart?

Somebody recently said that our clothes have integrity and that makes me super-happy. I think there is a sincerity to our approach to clothes, an honesty that women respond to. The same writer who said our clothes have integrity also said that the clothes feel real. Now that’s unique in a world full of mixed messages, isn’t it?

How would you describe a Tome woman?

She is every woman: strong, formidable, artistic, clever, very aware or her own style and uses clothes to accentuate her attributes not disguise them or paint a false picture of herself. Like the clothes she is real.

Do you enjoy being based in New York?

100 per cent it is now home. I love the pace and access to everything any time you want. Everyone who is anyone is and wants to be here so this is the city that represents the best of the best in all industries – fashion, art, food, music, theatre, dance and literature.

What do you do in your spare time in New York?

Honestly, we have the most low-key existences, which involves a lot of sleep and time at home. We both love art, film and dance so that consumes a lot of our spare time, either in person or on TV.

Would you ever move back to Australia?

Of course! It’s so great to be able to come back twice a year … why not more?

How important is the Australian market to you?

It’s the ultimate validation to return home and have women in our clothes. Homecoming is an emotional experience and it is fulfilling when you feel successful here.

You recently launched Tome into David Jones. What does that mean to you?

DJs is the ultimate department store here in Australia. It’s so great to hang next to the brands that we do.

What has been your biggest pinch-me moment during your career?

Meeting Tilda Swinton and having her tell us she likes our clothes and would like to get some for herself. We met her after a friend’s cabaret show. She is very close with Justin Vivian Bond and we dressed Justin for the show, The Drift. We met over a cocktail and she was exquisitely beautiful, very warm and basically a porcelain emu in draped jersey. She knew about us and loved the dress on Justin and thanked us. Thus, we died!

Who are some of the celebrities to have worn your clothes?

SJP [Sarah Jessica Parker], Amal Clooney, Solange Knowles, Isabella Rossellini, Melissa George, Giovanna Battaglia, Julianne Moore, Dakota Johnson, the list goes on.

If you could dress anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

Tilda Swinton, Nina Simone, Diana Vreeland, Tina Chow – because they are style icons.

What is a typical day for you when you’re not working?

Sleep in, brunch, dry cleaning, art gallery visit or film, dinner, cocktails!

If you hadn’t gone into fashion, what would you be doing?

I’d be a food critic. I can’t stop eating – everything – and would love to be paid to do so.

What are your favourite restaurants?

I love anything Asian. My favourite Chinese is Grand Sichuan and Japanese is Soba-ya, both in the East Village [of New York], where I live. In Sydney I love Quay, East Ocean, Fratelli Paradiso.


WE WENT TO Missy French, Potts Point

WE ATE Woodside goat’s curd, leek and caramelised honey tart; sauteed veal sweetbreads with peas, mint and lemon.

WE DRANK Champagne and sparkling mineral water.

I WORE Bec & Bridge Liberty Twist Midi dress

Photography by Michele Mossop

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What I wore: Into the blue

27th January, 2016



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If there’s one thing that’s ultra versatile and reliable, it’s navy and anything in a metallic. I decided to toughen up the feminine silhouette of this dress and work it back with silver brogues to give it an edge. My monogrammed clutch has been a constant in my wardrobe and the neutral shade makes it incredibly simple to mix and match it with various outfits.


LOAFERS: Bianca buccheri, Marni (shop similar) 

CLUTCH: The Daily Edited, Witchery (shop similar)