Festive looks don’t get any better than from Valentino. Their new season Atelier range is so incredibly beautiful. With the signature Valentino crimson front and centre and such striking, textural pieces, I found it hard to decide on an outfit. Eventually though this playful and polished look won. Mostly due to the next-level tweed mini, which when worn with the printed lip print blouse was a match made in heaven. It’s also so interesting to mix prints with texture, it really adds a lot of depth to an outfit. And also, how can you go past a vibrant red at Christmas time?
Accessorising from the same collection, I immediately honed in on the sublime hobo bag. The insane leather work is hard to fathom with the 3D sculptural roses and the fanned out petals—it’s so intricate and just so realistic, I couldn’t believe it was all crafted from leather. The same attention to detail carried through to the gold heels I wore with this look. The rose detail was slightly downsized but so pretty all the same. Also, I’m a fan of contrasting gold with red, it’s such a great pairing and both colours really pop against each other. As far as Christmas attire goes, this new season drop from Valentino truly delivers.
Have you ever wanted to wear something purely because it just looks like pure joy in an outfit? This Valentino look is just that. I’m always on board with a co-ord set but throw in the most intricate floral print and some thoroughly playful embellishment in the form of ostrich feathers and it’s just a picture perfect pairing. This ensemble also makes a slight nod in the direction of pyjama-as-outerwear dressing, with the cut and silhouette of the shirt and pants. But it maintains that level of polish that you’d expect from a heritage brand like Valentino. Also, the azure blue shade just makes the entire look pop.
When working with such a showstopper design I always opt to keep it simple to let the outfit steal the show. I think when prints and embellishments are in the picture accessories should be kept to a minimum so I went for a beautiful timepiece and jewellery. This watch by Jaeger LeCoultre is the kind of understated design that works with virtually any look while my Cartier bangle is something I’ve had for years and wear almost every single day. I did add a pair of statement earrings as it helped balance my overall look, and when they’re as much fun as this pair by Aje, it adds the perfect finishing flourish.
It’s quite fitting that this dress by Leo & Lin is called Serenity, because it has a quiet, understated elegance about it. Linen dresses usually evoke a more relaxed vibe, so I like the fact that this dress incorporates such strong finishes. From the buttons on the cuffs and sleeves to the double belting it takes it in a whole different direction and elevates it. I decided to embrace the sheer quality and pair it with underwear that’s allowed to peek through ever so slightly, but it could easily be worn with a slip for a more modest look.
Whenever I’m wearing something that has a more feminine vibe, I like to experiment with strong accessories. Think bold silhouettes, colour or statement features and in this instance I went for ankle boots to help ground the look and provide contrast to the floaty feel of the dress. I also went for a white satchel to work with the hue of the dress, while a pair of slimline Valentino sunglasses, also of the same shade helped finish off the look.
Credits: Dress, Leo & Lin; Bag, Christian Dior; Boots, Louis Vuitton; Sunglasses (similar here), Valentino
Photography: Sophia Athas
This post was produced in collaboration with Leo & Lin
A chilly family day out at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo on the weekend required having to rug up, so it was the perfect opportunity to snuggle up in this Rebecca Vallance checked coat. Whenever I’m opting for quite a simple outfit, I like to incorporate a statement piece to elevate it and give it a little extra personality. The print on this coat is quite striking so it was the perfect thing to pair back with the classic combination of jeans and a white top.
When I’m after an outfit that’s guaranteed to work I always opt for tried and tested formulas, in this case denim worked back with a white skivvy. This has become a go-to combination of mine during winter and when classic Levis are in the mix, it’s a time honoured fashion combination that forms the foundation for many a look in my wardrobe.
A big day of walking around is all about comfy shoes and these sneakers by D.O.F definitely ticked that box without scrimping on style. I particularly love the athletic vibe of these shoes and the fact it still has a sleek and stylish sensibility. As the final piece of this outfit puzzle, I went with white sunglasses to add a modern finishing touch, and help tie the entire look together.
The winter chill has set in so it’s time to rug up! My winter essentials include: leather pants, a great pair of boots, a statement jacket, a shoulder bag, a belt and of course an umbrella for those rainy days! Here are some items on my wish list…