It’s always a thrill to be asked to do a fashion shoot and I was really excited to work with WHO magazine several weeks ago on a story featuring new season sequinned pieces.
The shoot was shot on location at Reign in Sydney’s QVB, a champagne bar with beautiful art deco touches (I fell hard for the musk pink chairs) and a light and airy feel.
One of the great things about doing a shoot is being able to try on and wear a great line-up of beautiful clothes. Also I enjoy being introduced to new brands and getting a preview of upcoming pieces from different labels. With the theme being ‘the sequinned approach’ everything had a glitzy and glamorous feel. There was a particularly fab black and emerald green mini dress which is just so perfect for an event, while there were some softer dresses which had just a light dusting of sequins to add a little sparkle.
Working with different hair and makeup artists has been one of the major ways I’ve picked up tips on how to style my hair or perfect a particular makeup technique over the years. Now that I’ve got short hair I’m always looking for ideas on how to style it, and the deep side part with tousled waves that I wore at the shoot is one look I’m going to bookmark.
Thanks to WHO magazine for the opportunity. I had a ball!
Check out the latest issue of WHO magazine to check out the entire shoot
Photography: Luke Dubbelde; Makeup: Leslie Graham from Guerlain; Hair: Hannah Marie from Blow Bar; Styling: Paige Macmillan
If the word suit conjures up images of corporate offices and board meetings then you might be pleasantly surprised at the current offerings available. Continuing on from suiting’s ascension as a modern, fashion forward staple of seasons gone by, this season suits are very much one of the most on trend items any woman can have in her wardrobe.
Banish thoughts of traditional cuts or boring hues, it’s time to think bold. Suiting colour palettes are very much adopting rich autumn/winter hues, think berry shades and forest green, while winter whites are also very much on trend.
While the classic suit silhouette has been reimagined with slit sleeves, cut-outs, and finishing touches including feminine bows and embellishments all featuring in new season drops. Also don’t limit yourself to ideas of a simple jacket and pants. You can do everything from tailored shorts and midi skirts to cropped tapered trousers and culottes. While there are also different iterations of suit jackets such as a kimono style coat or long line blazers. The sky is the limit and there’s plenty of experimentation to be done.
If you’ve never considered adding a suit to your wardrobe because it seemed too stuffy or boring, then it might be time to revisit the concept because there are so many gorgeous options now that will most definitely convert you.
Have you ever bought something only to find that you wear it once and it ends up collecting dust in your wardrobe? It’s easy to fall into this trap when we’re flooded with options and an impulse purchase is so easy to make. If you’re in the situation of having an overflowing wardrobe with absolutely nothing to wear then it might be time to rethink your shopping strategy. I’ve managed to hone mine down over the years to pinpoint the purchases that I know will have multiple outings. If you want to avoid buying something that’s a one hit wonder it pays to keep a few things in mind—it’s what I use when I’m considering buying something and I guarantee it works…
Stick to neutral tones
I always try to keep items like dresses and staples like coats in neutral tones. With dresses I’ll always opt for a little black dress, a white dress, denim or khaki. And with a staple like a blazer or coat I always opt for black because it’s a colour that’s really versatile. When it comes to basics (my everyday wear such as t-shirts and jumpers) I always stick to neutrals. Whilst a pink t-shirt is fun I’m guarantee to get more than a few wears out of a plain white tee. Also if you want to add a bit of colour to your wardrobe it’s easier to work back with a simple muted colour palette than try to work with multiple bold hues.
I think separates are always a really good option because you can mix and match them. It’s much easier to wear something like a quality silk blouse or a great skirt in various ways as you can just switch out the top or bottom when you want to change up your look. One thing I’m loving is that more and more labels are releasing matching separates which not only look chic when paired together but are great when worn with other pieces too.
Keep statement pieces on top
If you find something that’s a bit of a showstopper, find something that sits on top such as a jacket or coat, which you can throw on over an outfit. Everyone remembers if you wear a really bold dress but if you wear a striking jacket you could mix and match it and nobody would really even notice if you wear it multiple times. I’m a fan of pieces that have a bit of personality and are a standout piece but if I want to guarantee maximum wear out of it then outerwear is the best way to incorporate it into my look.
Don’t be a slave to trends
There are multiple trends each season and while it’s fun to try them you don’t always have to wear a trend from head to toe. You can incorporate a trend into your look with a really great jacket or small accessories. For example if you want to get into the 70s, buy one trend piece such as a pair of flared jeans. It doesn’t mean that you have to look like you stepped off the set of Saturday Night Fever. Exercise a bit of restraint when it comes to trends as invariably they will come and go.
Avoid too much embellishment
If you want certain pieces to last season after season avoid having too much embellishment on it. Having a lot of detail on a particular garment makes it more difficult to work back with other items in your wardrobe. Not only that, it also it makes it easily identifiable so it’s harder to have it be a chameleon piece that can be worn for multiple occasions. If you look at the celebs who tend to outfit repeat, they’re always wearing a classic piece that’s simple and streamlined.
What are some ways you get more wear out of pieces in your wardrobe?
When it comes to autumn/winter dressing, particularly with autumn carnival racewear don’t be afraid to embrace bold prints and patterns. While florals are synonymous with spring, there are still plenty of ways to embrace it, and other prints when temperatures start to dip and we are all embracing cool weather dressing. In fact, it’s one of my favourite ways to lift an outfit in a truly effortless way—just add a striking pattern and you’re done.
Adopting a print to your outfit in autumn/winter is all about the colour palette you choose. You can adopt whatever print you want, but just make sure it’s in keeping with the season’s hues. Think deep purples, burgundy, dark green and navy—all tones that have a richness and depth to them.
As for the types of prints that will be huge this season, you can’t go wrong with a classic polka dot. Whether it’s a delicate spot or oversized spotted pattern, you can’t go wrong. You can incorporate it within your outfit, or with your accessories. For autumn carnival in particular, it makes for an adorable print to incorporate within a headpiece.
Along with getting a little spotty, have fun with a great animal print. Whether it’s leopard, cheetah, or giraffe, there are plenty of playful animal prints that make for the ideal statement piece to add to any look.
This season definitely embrace a print or two. It’s one way to elevate a look and give it healthy injection of personality.
A new season calls for a wardrobe refresh and I had a thoroughly great time daydreaming about a few new pieces I want for autumn/winter. This time of year can be tricky simply because it can still go from hot one minute to cold the next so I’m after clothes that can work for varying temperatures. I wanted to play with different textures, including luxe tweed and sleek leather plus standout accessories that will steal the show. Here’s what caught my eye…
I’m often on the look out for bold new jewellery that will be the perfect full stop to an outfit. This bracelet definitely fits the bill. It’s big and bold enough to hold its own but also versatile to work back with myriad looks.
I’ve had my eye on this clutch for the longest time and I think I’ve finally decided on this neutral hue. It’s perfect for the working back with virtually my entire wardrobe so I know it will be on high rotation.
I often wear dresses in autumn and throw on a jacket whether it be a leather bomber or a denim number when temperatures cool. Once summer hits then it’s always worn on repeat, and I have no doubts this Ganni piece will be just that.
When you need to liven up an outfit a statement shoe is always a great place to start. Killer shoes are like the full stop to any outfit: the perfect finish.
A slip dress is a summer staple but this goes to show that you can easily dress it up or down (and even take it into the cooler months with you). Adopt one in a striking print and it makes the perfect starting point to any look.
This is a prime example of how less is more when it comes to nailing stylish and polished dressing. An understated colour palette, pared back separates and a relaxed, elegant silhouette make this a blueprint for any time you want an elevated look.
Want to know the shortcut to a chic casual look? Channel your inner Parisian with a combination of stripes and denim. It’s a no-brainer and guaranteed to work every single time.
Sometimes it pays to dial up the drama, particularly if you’re having one of those days where you just need a quick fashion pick-me-up. A punchy red, a patterned shoe and edgy leather ensures you tell the world you mean business.
Denim shorts lovers will love the fact that you can take your summer go-to and instantly dress it up with the right accompanying pieces. Throw on your fave tee, top with a blazer and you’ve got an edgy look that’s still achingly cool.
Colour, colour, colour is always a great style mantra to have at this time of year as it’s the perfect opportunity to embrace bold, bright dressing. A delightful pink that pops worked back with simple pieces will ensure that you’re anything but a wallflower.
Sequins shouldn’t just be relegated for night time outings and party attire. You can definitely rock a sequinned piece during the day — just pair with classic staples such as a button down shirt and polished heels and you’re set.
There’s something quite special about unexpected detailing. Don’t forget that sometimes the best way to make a statement is when you’ve got your back turned! This oversized bow is oh-so sweet and just perfect paired with denim.
Suiting is alive and well and showing no signs of waning in popularity. The best thing about it by far is that you can do a suit any way you look. If the traditional silhouette isn’t your thing, look to rework it — in this instance culottes and a cropped jacket take the place of the classic long pant and jacket combination.
Repeat after me: neutrals aren’t boring. In fact, they can make for a striking look without having to do much at all. Wide leg pants, a cropped top and a hat with a metallic accent piece ensure this ensemble holds its own.
There’s something so gorgeous about cornflower blue, and in this instance working the hue in slightly different shades makes for a look that has cohesion but instantly feels elevated. Pair with crisp white and you’ve got yourself an eternally stylish combination.
How’s your Christmas wish list coming along? Mine’s a constant work in progress as there are just so many gorgeous things around right now. I’m trying to stick to pieces that I know will update my wardrobe and are going to add something new and fresh to my look. It’s so easy to gravitate towards what you know and love (you obviously know and love them for a reason!) but I think it’s good to push your sartorial boundaries. So without further ado, here’s what I’m hoping Santa brings me this year.
I’m really into bags that are a unique shape or have some interesting detail on it and this bag fits the bill. I love the knotted handle and the half moon shape. Also, that colour will work back with absolutely everything in my closet making it a worthwhile addition to my wardrobe
Halter tops are so on trend right now and this particular style will work back with so many things I already own. Love the great buckle neckline and simple origami style fold — subtle details can really elevate anything.
Simple hoop earrings never go astray in any accessories line-up, particularly when it’s by Bottega Veneta. These are a great party accessory and are a serious candidate to make a New Year’s Eve appearance.
These are so fun. I think you’re either into texture such as this or not, and I am most definitely in the former camp. Love the logo action too. They’re certainly a talking point and will add some playfulness to any summer look.
Bucket bags have been a longtime favourite of mine and this style is modern and fun. I love the logo detail and also the mini size—perfect for carrying my essentials but also light enough for when I’m on the go and don’t want to be weighed down.
This is a gorgeous event dress. I can see this working for everything from the races to a function and the punchy red colour is designed to make a statement. I love the classic finishes including the pussy bow and balloon sleeves.
As you know, I’m a huge fan of suiting so this take on it in the form of a double breasted blazer dress is such a great way to do it. This elevated black dress will be a great one to have on hand for work occasions to functions and parties.
Nude pumps are always a great staple to have in your closet but I like this edgier take on it, featuring the mesh panelling. It’s a great accent piece because of the modern design, but the neutral shade make it a style chameleon.
I love how this bag has soft lines but still feels strong and modern at the same time. The chain link strap is also the perfect finishing touch and gives the bag a point of difference. I’d be very happy indeed to see this under the tree!
Whether you’re attending Derby Day, Oaks Day or Melbourne Cup, half the fun is being able to pull together a beautiful outfit. I’ve been going to the races for years and it’s still such a thrill being able to play with different looks to suit every big event during spring carnival.
I’ve been lucky enough to work with Net-a-Porter during this time for the last few years, and it’s allowed me to wear some truly beautiful pieces and has given me so much fashion inspo along the way. The best thing about attending the races is the fact it’s the perfect opportunity to push a few fashion boundaries, try new trends and of course, enjoy getting dolled up.
If you’ve got a date with the races here are a few looks that will have you totally owning every single dress code.
Black and white is a must for Derby Day. It’s always such an elegant day trackside, as there’s a sea of crisp white looks or ultra chic black outfits (or a mix of the two hues) that takes the fashion next-level. If you’re working with a monochrome colour palette definitely don’t shy away from playing with textures whether it be embellishments or fabrication, embracing prints and adding elegant accessories such as pearls, which are hugely on trend at the moment.
A riot of colour
Key dates on the spring racing calendar such as Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day are the perfect time to embrace plenty of colour. Think punchy hues such as pinks and oranges, aquas and purples which makes both days a visual feast. When wearing colour it’s also a good time to let your outfit be the focal point and weave through accessories that are striking, yet slightly more subdued to allow your ensemble to shine. However it’s also the perfect opportunity to once again play with textures— think feathers, satin and gorgeous laser cut pieces.
Monochrome looks are always a no-brainer. It’s always a sleek, sophisticated colour palette that’s a shortcut to a polished look. If I want a failsafe look that’s guaranteed to look on point it would have to feature black or white. I love playing with both shades, mixing and matching or wearing one hue from head to toe. It’s impactful and chic all at the same time.
I recently worked with Witchery on a few must-have spring looks from their new October Limited Edition collection and found some gorgeous pieces that will certainly fit the bill…
Photography by Sophia Athas
I love jumpsuits. They’re a great shortcut to a chic look and worked back with simple black accessories, it’s perfect for any dressy event at this time of year. A wide brimmed black straw hat and a structured top handle bag complement the look whilst still holding their own. Also it’s a great idea to go for comfortable shoes at any event where you know you’ll be milling around on your feet the entire time and I love the fact the black shoes feature a block heel.
A pair of wide leg pants looks chic and this pair with its silver polka dots is both playful and stylish. I always love a print that pops. Teamed with a black tank, it allows the pants to take centre stage. Paired with a sweet straw hat with bow detail and a structured top handle bag, these separates work beautifully together but can be worn apart allowing you to get multiple uses from just two garments.
Suiting is a huge trend right now and this particular set with its patterned shorts and blazer is a fun option. In this instance I wanted to work a few black pieces into the mix to provide some contrast and the black headband is right on trend. Paired with a classic bag and heels, it’s a look that’s sophisticated and a little bit different. For a light and airy spring look that’s also polished, this is a great go-to to keep in mind.