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All the trends I fell in love with at Australian Fashion Week

21st June, 2021

One of my fave looks from Rebecca Vallance

 

One of the best things about attending Fashion Week is the sneak preview at the biggest trends to come in the months ahead. I always inevitably end up with a lengthy list of styles I want to bookmark for my new season shopping, and that’s based on seeing what’s coming down the runway, but also the amazing street style that I see at every show. I always end up trying to find looks that I could potentially wear to upcoming race days, and also any big events I know are on the horizon. And then there are just the pieces I love so much that I simply have to have them! Here are some of the big trends I’m going to be all about in the not so distant future.

 

Trenches

I love a trench for its versatility and classic appeal, so I always sit up and take notice whenever I see it making an appearance during. What I learned over the week, was that trenches, from the traditional silhouette to those with a modern twist are going to be huge.

Elevated details

The one thing that really struck me as I watched show after show was the detail on all the looks. There was some seriously adorable bow detailing at the Rebecca Vallance show while some designers such as Alice McCall and Romance Was Born sent some gorgeous sequinned looks down the runway, some looks even featured it from head-to-toe. I also love the glam feather detailing I saw at the Rebecca Vallance and Alice McCall show, it was both theatrical and just so much fun.

Crop tops

If you think cropped silhouettes were going to quietly disappear then think again. They’re huge again next season. I saw some great crop tops at the Manning Cartell and Alice McCall show that demonstrated that the midriff is most definitely still a key accessory.

Cut-outs

Cut-out details aren’t new, they’ve been around for a few season, but as the Manning Cartell show proved, they’re sticking around. I love cut-outs as they can add a sexy element to a look and can add a contemporary touch to any look.

Suiting

You all know how much I love a suit, and thankfully it’s not going anywhere any time soon. Suiting was quite prominent in the Manning Cartell show, and the were done with a fresh, modern spin. I can definitely see myself adding to my suit collection over the coming months.

Suiting at Manning Cartell

Ultra Minis

There were some fun micro mini hemlines to come down the Anna Quan and Rebecca Vallance runway.  I know it can be a tricky one to pull off, but when paired with the right pieces and accoutrements, it’s really quite the statement-making look.

80/90s Vibe

Fashion is cyclical and the 80s/90s aesthetic is definitely back. If you remembered wearing it the first time, you’ll be glad to know that your fave trends from back in the day including chunky boots and punk-inspired pieces are making a comeback.

Linen

Would it be Australian Fashion Week without some truly beautiful linen? Given the week is all about resortwear, there were definitely some luxe linen looks to love from Bondi Born, Bassike and Anna Quan that just scream summer. I’m counting down the days till we welcome the warm weather again.

Sunshine yellow at Bondi Born

Shirt Dresses

Anna Quan sent some great shirt dresses down the runway and it’s cemented my love for them as a truly versatile style staple. Keep an eye out for the shirt dress, it’s definitely going to be one to watch, and one to welcome into your wardrobe, stat.

Luxe Leather

Bassike is know for its relaxed leisurewear, but what I fell in love with then I saw their show were their leather looks. There were some amazing relaxed leather pants that beautifully meld comfort and style, and I can see them being quite the ‘it’ item.

Monochrome

As always white and black are a winning combination and it’s one I saw a lot coming down the runway throughout the week. The best bit about a monochrome trend is that it’s just so easy to do.

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Loving the puff sleeve? Here are a few amazing options to add to cart

19th February, 2021

There’s something quite beautiful about a big, bold statement sleeve that can really make a dress or a top, a bit of a scene-stealer. I’ve become quite the fan, and have found them working in my wardrobe in the form of a dress or a top for various occasions. Plus they’re just such a pretty, feminine detail that can really lift a plain silhouette into something more.

Puff sleeved dresses or tops can also be worked back with so many different things that are likely already sitting in your closet. From denim, to a pretty sandal or a killer heel, it has the ability to play nicely with existing pieces in your wardrobe, which is a huge tick in the versatility department.

Here are a few gorgeous puff sleeve pieces to embrace.

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2021 fashion trends I’m all about

25th January, 2021

While I love classic dressing, I’m also a fan of dipping my toe into trends — and right now, there are plenty to love.

Summer‘s been such a great time for trend pieces, and they’ve all been perfect for relaxing days at the beach or days spent just generally enjoying the sunshine.

I’m all for roadtesting different looks but these are the ones that have really stuck with me over the last few months—I can’t get enough of them.

Tie dye 

This has been doing the rounds for a few months but I’m really enjoying embracing this trend because of its fun and vibrant feel.

Swimsuits worn with pants 

Every time I do this I like that it gives me such a great holiday vibe. It’s about as close as I’m going to get to the coast of Italy for now, so I’ll just settle for this little resort wear combination in the meantime.

White on white 

There’s something so perfect about wearing white on white for a crisp summer day. It’s just the kind of light and airy look that’s ideal for wearing to everything from the beach to cocktails or a BBQ, and can easily take on a casual or dressy vibe depending on the pieces you pair together.

Crinkle swimsuits

The brand Hunza G do really beautiful swimsuits with a textured crinkle effect and I can’t get enough of them. I like the textural element it adds, which gives traditional swimsuit silhouettes an additional layer of interest.

Crop tops with high waisted pants/ skirts/ shorts 

There’s something quite polished about pairing a crop with a high waisted bottom. I’ll wear a cropped top with everything from a skirt, to paints and shorts, making it an extremely versatile option.

Oversized denim jackets

Denim jackets have always been one of my fave trans-seasonal staples and the oversized styles that have become quite popular are just the right jacket to pop on over a dress or with a tee and pants. Plus in a slightly looser silhouette it’s all kinds of comfy.

Long summer dresses 

I have acquired quite the collection of maxi/midi summer dresses simply because I wear them non-stop over the warmer months. Whether it’s a fun pretty floral print, or a sleek and edgy plain black number, I can’t get enough of them. They’re also a great shortcut for those days when I’m simply not sure of what to wear.

Linen pants 

I’ve pretty much lived in linen throughout summer and one of my key staples would have to be a great pair of linen pants. I’ve worn a great pair by Venroy which is just the perfect fit and cut, and the best bit is it comes in different colours.

Statement sleeves 

I’m on board with any fun statement sleeve (Aje do them particularly well) as I think they can really lift an ordinary silhouette into something special. I’m gravitating towards a lot of dresses with billowy sleeves of late as they add such a great finishing detail.

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3 summer makeup trends try according to top makeup artists

6th January, 2021
Image: Photo by Andrey Zvyagintsev on Unsplash

Along with your wardrobe the other great way to refresh your look is with makeup. Even if you’ve had the same routine for years, now is the perfect time to experiment with what’s currently trending. With a lot of our time in summer spent out and about, it’s a great opportunity to dip your toe into a few trends and give your look a fresh, updated feel.

And who better to give you an idea of what’s currently trending than those whose job it is to paint faces day in, day out? Between them, these makeup artists have worked on getting celebs glammed up for shoots and the red carpet, magazine editorials and fashion and beauty campaigns, so you know that you’re in good hands when they share with you the top trends to look out for.

Glassy highlights

While it’s always about skin when it comes to makeup (I’m a firm believer it’s the blank canvas that will make or break a beauty look) this season it’s being taken up a notch.

“This spring/summer we are going to see more hydrated and wet-looking skin. Powder highlighters are going to take a back seat whilst glass highlighters take over. Glass highlighters leave the skin looking like you’ve just emerged from the pool on a hot day. Sexy, glossy and glowing,” says makeup artist Julia Green.

It’s time to experiment with your summer makeup looks
Colour blast

As far as makeup artist Nigel Stanislaus is concerned, it’s all about colour. It’s time to embrace bold shades to truly make your summer look stand out.

“Floating liner is becoming a popular trend. And feel free to use other colours like cobalt blue or violet.”

Nigel also pinpoints the traditional smoky eye getting a vibrant makeover with metallics and colours giving it an updated feel.

And the ultimate finishing touch? “A matte fire engine red lip.”

Dolphin skin

Yes, let Flipper be your beauty muse this summer.

Michael Brown, one of Australia’s top makeup artists (he’s my go-to for any event) says it’s all about dolphin skin.

“Dolphin skin resembles that glassy wet shine you see on a dolphin when leaping out of crystal waters. So basically taking the common beauty words of glowy and dewy to the next level.

Light reflecting products that give radiance and glow are key, but also using creams and liquid colour pigments like highlighter and blush, plus glossy lids, all gives this wet-sheen that can imitate and be true to the dolphin skin trend.”

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Style update: 10 things to add to your spring wardrobe

3rd September, 2020

Hello, spring! I love this time of year as it officially means I can start gradually bringing out the section of my wardrobe that involves easy breezy dresses, pretty slides and sandals and lightweight pieces involving one of my faves—linen. I’ve been planning my spring wardrobe slowly but surely and it’s already shaping up to include some great pieces that I know I’ll be wearing non-stop. So, if you are wanting to update your looks with a few key spring pieces then consider the following…

Linen pants

I’m a fan of Venroy or Bondi Born’s linen pants and I can honestly say that if you don’t have a pair of linen pants yet, be sure to invest in a pair. They’re not only ridiculously comfortable, they’re ultra breathable too which means they’re perfect for when the weather starts warming up, but also great for transseasonal weather.

Vibrant dresses

I know that florals for spring are kind of a given but this season definitely embrace a great floral dress. There’s such a healthy amount of options right now such, but in particular look for pieces with a voluminous sleeves, and sweet detailing such as shirring/smocking. If florals aren’t your thing, go for bright, punchy shades which are a guaranteed to lift any look.

“Dad” sandals

Chanel’s version of these two strap sandals have been everywhere on Instagram and they’re definitely going to be the huge trend for spring and also into summer. You can wear this style with jeans to dresses, skirts and shorts and the best bit is they’re comfy too. You can of course go for the original designer version if your budget will allow (although they have been so popular they’re hard to find now!) or look at similar styles as everyone from Camilla and Marc to bassike and ASOS are doing similar versions.

Ribbed/knit tanks

These aren’t confined to spring but you’ll definitely see this style staple everywhere as they’re so easy to pair back with virtually anything in your wardrobe. I’m obsessed with the great range from Aussie brand henne but you’ll easily be able to source them from everyone from bec and bridge to Country Road and Zara.

Polo top

I wrote about this style recently and it’s definitely something to add to your spring style repertoire. They’re great for pairing with wide leg pants or denim and add a fun trend element to a look.

Wide leg jeans

Wear this style slightly cropped (just at the ankle) and pair them with a tee or tank or a cute button down shirt. You could even pair it with a cropped cardi while the weather is still a little unpredictable. They go well with sandals to slides and sneakers so they’re guaranteed to be really versatile.

My Loewe basket bag in action on a recent family holiday

Straw basket bag

These have been around for a few seasons but I don’t think anything says spring like transitioning your wardrobe to incorporate lighter pieces. Loewe do a great basket bag, but I’m also a fan of the brand Sparrows Weave. Either way a lightweight bag is definitely going to feature heavily in your spring wardrobe.

Puff sleeve top

A white puff sleeve top is my number one option as it’s so easy to pair back with various things. It also adds an element of polish to a look and a sweet touch too. However you could also go for a printed option or incorporate other shades and it would work equally as well.

Loving this safari-inspired co-ord set by bec and bridge

Co-ord set

Consider this the transition of our love of matching loungewear pieces into spring. The classic option is a shirt with shorts, with local brands such as Deiji Studios, LMND and Posse doing great styles. Other labels like bec and bridge, Sir the Label and chain stores like Cotton On and Glassons are also doing them so there’s definitely an option available at every price point.

Straight leg jeans

Yep you’re still going to need these through spring and if you haven’t embraced this denim silhouette yet you most definitely need to. They’re great with a white tee and a pair of sandals or sneakers. Also, they’re a worthy investment as you’re going to wear them year-round.

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The winter essentials I’m wearing non-stop

15th June, 2020

During summer I like nothing more than being able to experiment with different styles and tend to embrace plenty of prints and colour and can go from dresses one minute to shorts and skirts the next. In winter however, I tend to favour a few key pieces, particularly strong basics, utilising them largely for layering and forming the foundation for a lot of my looks. This winter, here’s what I’m wearing with great frequency.

A statement coat

Coats are always a key feature of my winter looks and I always tend to go for one statement coat to take me through the season. This winter it’s this checked Viktoria and Woods coat. The striking pattern elevates even the most simplest of looks, and with the grey shades, it’s extremely versatile too.

White shirt

It’s considered a fashion staple for a very good reason—white shirts are high on the versatility scale and always look classic and polished. Plus it’s a great layering piece under blazers, jackets, coats, sweaters and cardigans so it’s always something I come back to time and time again.

Relaxed denim

I’m favouring relaxed denim styles this season, particularly straight leg and boyfriend styles. The silhouette is modern and fresh and works brilliantly with everything from a white tee to a tank and button down shirts. Plus it’s the kind of style that can be worn year round and is all kinds of comfortable.

Cosy knits

I wear knits all throughout winter so I have managed to build up a collection in key colours that can be mixed and matched with a variety of different looks. I often go for staple colours including neutrals such as white and cream, along with navy, khaki and black.

Loungewear sets

Largely inspired by living in iso for months, I’ve really been getting into matching loungewear sets. Case in point: the tracksuit above has been such a great piece to have throughout winter as the pieces can be worn separately or worn together with a great coat for a smart casual look.

Tailored pants

While I am in jeans quite a bit I have been loving tailored pants such as this and this which are as comfortable as being in denim but have more polish. Additionally they’re also as easy to work back with a variety of different pieces and are easily dressed up or down.

What are some of your favourite winter pieces right now?

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Behind the scenes: WHO magazine shoot

28th March, 2020

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

With the bustling Sydney CBD as our backdrop
Shooting at Reign, a champagne bar in Sydney’s QVB
A beauty lover’s dream
All the great accessories on set
I fell in love with this blush pink look
The chance to discover beautiful places is always a great part of shoots
All the sparkle!
A sneak peek at a page from the shoot
The gorgeous green dress in action
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Your guide to new season suiting

23rd March, 2020

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.

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How to get more wear out of your wardrobe

22nd March, 2020

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.

Buy separates

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?

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The best prints and patterns for autumn/winter

17th March, 2020

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.