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What I Wore This Week: Events Round-Up

2nd December, 2021

The festive season means lots of events so I’ve been busy playing dress up! I love this time of year precisely for that reason as it means being able to get dolled and catching up with friends and colleagues. I’ve had the full gamut of events lately, ranging from a black tie dress code, to something party-ready and a on-trend look for the launch of my Wanderluxe pyjama collaboration. Given it’s the time to embrace party dressing, I thought I’d share a few of my events over the past few weeks. It’s also highlighted just how great Aussie designers are with most of my outfits from a range of homegrown labels. I couldn’t be more proud to throw my support behind local talent. So, here’s a snapshot of a few of my events looks.

Luke and I went to a Moet and Chandon event this week which was black tie all the way. I love any excuse to get fully dressed up and this LBD by Louis Vuitton was the perfect outfit for such a glam occasion. The frilled neckline added a festive touch while my beyond adorable Miu Miu bag was the perfect piece to accompany me on a night out.

Credits: Dress, Louis Vuitton; Bag, Miu Miu

I’ve worn so many Anna Quan pieces over the years and I’ve always loved how she manages to combine beautiful tailoring with on trend, feminine silhouettes. This was at a recent launch to celebrate the brand and I adored this combination of a crisp white button down shirt worked back with a mini. It ticked all the boxes for me as it was polished but still had a very modern vibe to it.

Credits: Shirt and skirt, Anna Quan; Clutch, Oroton; Shoes, Tony Bianco

I was so thrilled to be hosting the launch of my collaboration with sleepwear brand Wanderluxe and it called for a dress by one of my longtime fave designers, Camilla and Marc. This dusty apricot number was very fitting for the event as it felt dressy but without being too “done”. I’m also a fan of cut-out details, not to mention the open back detail which you definitely have to check out here.

Credits: Dress, Camilla & Marc

Ahh Aje. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve worn one of their dresses. They’re always so good, and can always be relied upon to have a great silhouette, a flattering fit and so many special details that elevate them into something that makes you stop and good ‘ooh’. Plus these shoes, which feature a glam pearl trim are the party shoes I never knew I always needed.

Credits: Dress, Aje; Shoes, Mach & Mach

 

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What I Wore: All I Want For Christmas

1st December, 2021

After the year we’ve all had, I’m of the frame of mind that Christmas is a time to go all out and celebrate big time! So, what better way to do it than getting dressed up, putting on a beautiful gown and toasting the most wonderful time of the year? I don’t think you can do any of this without a striking red dress, because if there’s one thing that says Christmas it’s something in a knockout red. When I talked about getting dressed up, I meant gown territory. And what a gown this one is! I can always call upon Rebecca Vallance to deliver in the dress department, and this is one takes festive celebrations to a different level. Firstly, I can never resist a big bow moment. The back of this dress is just to die for, and is such a statement making piece. The sleek silhouette is also a great way to offset the big, oversized nature of the bow making for a gown with sexiness and playfulness all rolled into one.

Whenever I do evening attire such as this I always tend to opt for a sleek ‘do to truly let the dress do all the talking. How you wear your hair really makes all the difference and in this instance, it was all about my go-to style of a slicked back bun. It’s timeless, classic and just the thing to ensure a clean decolletage to work with the strapless neckline of the dress. I opted for sky high heels as I think a dress like this needs to look as elongated as possible and what better way to do it than with a pair of black pumps to add a little extra height. Simple studs and a tennis bracelet make for an elegant pairing that complements this dress perfectly, and instantly ups the glam stakes of this look.

Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

 

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What I Wore: Here Comes The Sun

24th November, 2021

Swimsuits are one of those things that when you find a style that works, definitely stick with it! I spend a lot of time at the beach with my family over summer so I’ve become well versed in different swimwear brands and I have to attest to Jets being one of my go-tos. I love their minimalist aesthetic, everything is sleek and simple and sits really well. I’ve become a fan of one-piece swimsuits over the years because I’ve found them to be really flattering and I love the fact they’re easily able to go from beach to lunch or dinner without missing beat. Plus, even if I’m not by the water, I’ve been known to use them as bodysuits so I manage to get double the wear from them. I always opt for more muted hues with swimwear, and the majority of the time in solid colours, so I immediately zeroed in on this olive one piece swimsuit. It’s easily matched with a variety of different cover ups, and the silhouette is very understated, which I like. If it came in other colours I would totally snap them up too!

I’m always one to jump straight into another activity after a day at the beach so I always bring cover ups that I know look ready to go out. So, these wide leg pants, also by Jets, are a winner. The silhouette is very on trend, but it’s also understated enough that I can wear it away from the beach, which ticks the versatility box. I think it works well worn with a one-piece swimsuit or a bodysuit, so I’ve found it’s actually a great option to take when I’m going on holiday as I can dress it up or down quite easily. I’m all for packing less but strategically so I still end up with lots of outfit options, just without the insanely heavy suitcase. With gems like this already in my closet, I say bring on summer!

Credits: Swimsuit and pants, Jets

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: Rainbow Connection

16th November, 2021

I’ve always loved wearing Oscar De La Renta, simply because the brand’s designs are always so feminine and sophisticated, and always with a modern touch. This asymmetrical dress was part of the brand’s resortwear collection a few seasons ago and it’s everything a resort-style dress should be: fun, vibrant and a summer vacation personified. I immediately fell in love with the bold hues of this dress, from the sunny yellow to the sky blue. There’s something about a striped print that just feels so playful and energetic, and it just feels all the more dramatic when such a print features on a maxi dress. One shoulder styles are going to be everywhere this season, and it’s the neckline to try this spring/summer. This cotton dress is elevated further by the finishing details, from the fringed hem, to the beaded neckline. It just adds a little extra pizzazz and makes it the kind of piece you’ll feel extra special wearing.

Working with such a riot of colour, I wanted to keep the party going! So I opted for a pair of bright green strappy heels by Scanlan Theodore. I usually like having a common thread with my accessories and outfit, and in this instance the heels pick up the green in the dress nicely. If there’s one thing I highly recommend doing over summer, it’s to embrace vibrant accessories. From shoes to bags, don’t be afraid to dial up the colour and go all out. As a huge fan of all things colourful, it’s one of the things I love about dressing at this time of year—there’s licence to embrace all the colours of the rainbow.

Credits: Dress, Oscar De La Renta; Heels, Scanlan Theodore

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I wore this week: Spring racing

11th November, 2021

I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few spring racing events over the last few weeks and as a result, had the opportunity to have some fun with a few new looks. After months in lockdown it’s certainly a nice feeling to get dressed up again! I love dressing for racing events because there’s something nice about being able to wear a polished look from head to toe, complete with headwear and I’m often lucky enough to be able to work with some amazing designers when it comes to my outfits. While I didn’t wear all these looks this week, I thought it might be worth sharing a few of my favourite looks so far this spring racing season.

I was attending the launch of the Lexus Melbourne Cup on this occasion and adored the chartreuse colour of this Mariam Seddiq dress. It was also such a bold silhouette with the dramatic cape, the bold shoulders and ruching, that I really felt it made a statement. I decided to cinch the look in with an Alessandra Rich belt and paired it with a simple Viktoria Novak headband as a finishing touch.

Credits: Dress (similar here), Mariam Seddiq; Belt, Alessandra Rich; Headband, Viktoria Novak; Bag, Bulgari

I was doing a live cross with Channel 7 and loved the vibe of this blazer dress by Rebecca Vallance. Blazers are a staple in my wardrobe and I like the twist on it when it’s worn as a dress. The houndstooth print added some boldness to my look and with the contrasting lapels and pearl buttons, it was a polished ensemble that was both classic and modern. I didn’t want to overwhelm with my accessories so I opted for an oversized black bow, which is always one of my faves when it comes to headwear.

Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance; Bow, Roxy Jacenko

Sometimes I get to wear dresses like this and I have to pinch myself! I wore this for a shoot with The Daily Telegraph newspaper to promote The Everest race day and didn’t want to take it off. I felt like a bonafide princess, plus who doesn’t love tulle when it’s at it’s pink hued best! I loved the tiered skirt and the plunging neckline, not to mention the statement sleeves on this particular design and it was so much fun to wear.

Credits: Dress, Steven Khalil

Hanging with Emma Freedman at a Lexus press day. I really liked the combination of pink and red in this particular look. There’s something about those two hues together that just gels really well, so when I went for this one shoulder Mossman mini dress, I knew I had to pair it with this this adorable pink headband by Ford Millinery. My Aquazzura heels are shoes I’ve had for awhile and it’s so funny when I revisit favourites such as these shoes, because I always fall in love with them again.

Credits: Dress, Mossman; Heels, Aquazzura; Headband, Ford Millinery

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What I Wore: Orange Is The New Black

9th November, 2021

Ballet flats are a forever staple in my shoe wardrobe, so it’s no surprise that I wear them quite regularly. I’ll often use them when I’m travelling or when I’m out and about and want to be comfortable but also look polished. A classic black ballet flat is something I’ve always had in my wardrobe, and tend to come back to time and again. I love this particular style from Bloch as it’s got the ideal shaped toe at the front, a sweet bow and I like that it looks like an authentic dancer’s shoe. It’s also one of the easiest pieces to pair back with so many different styles and hues, it can go from neutral territory one minute to a riot of colour the next—as I did with this look!

I was in the mood to wear something bright and bold and what better hue than a vibrant orange? This set by Sir The Label has such an energetic vibe to it that I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. It ticks all the boxes as I adore matching sets, and I like the fact there’s a serious saturation of colour which makes the entire outfit pop. How could you not have fun in a look like this? There’s an option to wear the shirt buttoned up but I opted to wear it open and over a white bodysuit instead. I have become very into bodysuits of late as they help achieve a nice clean line and I don’t have to worry about tucking my shirt in and out all day. They’re also easily paired with a number of different items in my wardrobe, and for a variety of different occasions so I consider them a must-have basic.

To cap off this look I wanted to add some statement jewellery so I decided to go for a layered effect. I often layer my necklaces because it adds an element of interest to a look. I wear my medallion almost every day and as it’s a simple streamlined silhouette, I opted for a chunky gold necklace by Amber Sceats to pair with it. I think working the two together achieves a bold effect but they also counter each other so offer some balance. My fave Prada bucket bag added a casual cool finishing touch, and also worked well with the colour of my sunglasses and ballet flats.

Credits: Shorts and shirt, Sir The Label; Bodysuit, Meshki; Shoes, Bloch; Necklace, Amber Sceats; Medallion, Custom; Bag, Prada

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

This post was produced in collaboration with Bloch

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What I Wore: 2021 Melbourne Cup

3rd November, 2021

Melbourne Cup looked a little different this year. Instead of being at Flemington, I spent the day with friends enjoying a beautiful lunch at Silks at Crown Sydney. As much as I missed being trackside, I also loved being at a more intimate event. However I still (as I do every year) enjoyed the opportunity to get all dressed up. After the ultra feminine look I wore last year, I changed gear this year and I opted for a sleek, form fitting dress by Versace. With its deep neckline and subtle cut-out detail, it made a bold statement and was a great foundation for the rest of my look.

When working with a black outfit I think it helps to add splashes of colour to avoid it look too flat. Jewel tones were the ideal hues to add a little punchiness to my outfit and I found the perfect pieces to fit the brief. I opted for a deep emerald green Bottega Veneta bag with chain strap along with a oversized pink straw bow by Nerida Winter with a subtle veil. Both hues worked to complement each other and when set against a black dress, it really allowed the colours to pop. I wanted to create a streamlined silhouette so instead of a statement shoe I opted for a classic pair of black pumps to tie into the colour of the dress and the effect was one that elongated my frame. It’s one of my favourite styling tricks!

What Cup day look would be complete without a little sparkle? I was lucky enough to work with French jewellery brand Chaumet again this year and was so spoilt to be able to wear a selection of beautiful pieces. I opted for matching pieces, which entailed a pair of earrings, stacked rings and an elegant bangle. Timeless and sophisticated, they were the perfect accoutrements to finish off this year’s look for the race that stops a nation.

Credits: Dress, Versace; Bag, Bottega Veneta; Shoes, Christian Louboutin; Headpiece, Nerida Winter; Jewellery, Chaumet

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: 2021 Golden Slipper

1st November, 2021

Spring racing is very much in full swing and I couldn’t help but want to embrace a look that was inspired by the season. For 7 Racing hosting duties at the Golden Slipper, it was all about beautiful, vibrant pastel hues. I couldn’t go past this Oscar de la Renta one-shoulder dress, with its ethereal draping and shades of pink and orange. It was feminine and also had a fun energy to it which made it the perfect look for being trackside.

With such a bold colour palette to work with I didn’t want to shy away with my choice of accessories and wanted to go equally as striking. The brief was well and truly met with these Bottega Veneta mesh heels. They’re a playful pink and feature a sprinkling of sparkles which definitely ticked the statement box. Plus, how great would they be for a festive occasion? In terms of bag choice, I definitely wanted to embrace pink again so this shoulder bag by Bulgari was the perfect piece to accompany me. As always headwear is a must so I went with this gold hair accessory by Ford Millinery. I loved the fact that it was sleek and and simple and just the right piece to add a bold touch to my ensemble.

Credits: Dress, Oscar de la Renta; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Bulgari, Headpiece, Ford Millinery

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: Summer Knits

26th October, 2021

I’ve spoken about skirt and top sets in the past and I can definitely say that I’m still very much into them. What’s even better is that a set such as this is lightweight enough that it can also work in summer. Plus they’re a great outfit shortcut on those days where I want to look polished but don’t really have time to fuss around with an outfit. I think there’s always something quite sleek and put together with a matching set. The ribbed knit finish adds an elevated touch, yet it’s still unbelievably comfortable which ticks both boxes. I also love the versatility of a set like this. The tank could easily be worn with jeans for a look that’s right on trend, whilst the skirt would work well with a t-shirt or even a knotted button down white shirt. If something can work multiple ways it definitely gets my tick of approval. Let’s also talk the beautiful pastel yellow colour. It’s the perfect shade for this time of year and is surprisingly quite easy to mix and match with a variety of different accessories.

I wanted to let the colour of the top and skirt to shine through so I opted for accessories that had a fun element to them but didn’t overpower the rest of my outfit. Meeting that criteria is definitely my slingback Chanel flats. The monochrome colour palette means it works with virtually any hue, and the signature two-tone gives it a point of difference (as a side note, I do not regret investing in these shoes one bit as I have worn them so much—more so than other shoes I have in my closet that may have been a bit cheaper, but definitely don’t get as much wear). For the final flourish, I couldn’t go past these pearl statement earrings by Shashi. They’re playful and add a interesting feature to the rest of my look.

Credits: Top and skirt, Ena Pelly; Shoes, Chanel; Earrings, Shashi

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

 

 

 

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What I Wore: Golden Hour

19th October, 2021

Wearing bold hues is often my shortcut to feeling a little more energised so I love this time of year when we tend to embrace a lot more vibrant colours. Camilla and Marc is one of my go-to brands for dresses, and I always turn to them at the start of spring and right before summer as I know I will always inevitably end up falling in love with something. I saw this dress and immediately thought of how fittingly it embraced the vibe at this time of year—the colour is bright and fun, the maxi silhouette perfect for wearing whilst enjoying the sunshine and the printed linen the perfect lightweight fabrication for the balmy weather ahead. Also, the cut out details give it a little something extra, a standout feature that elevates it beyond just an ordinary sundress.

Working with such a bold colour, I could’ve taken the path of tempering it a little by incorporating more subdued accessories but in this case it was about leaning into it a whole lot more! These tangerine heels by Scanlan Theodore are just the right shade of show-stopping orange to work as the perfect colour companion to this dress. Dialling up the vibrancy certainly added a little extra energy to my look. Continuing with the gold theme, I added a stack of gold chain necklaces to add a statement element to my look. Whenever I’m working with a silhouette that’s decidedly very feminine, I like to embrace bolder accessories to offset the softer vibe of my outfit. Finishing of this look were these aviator glasses which added a modern, on trend piece to my outfit.

Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Heels and sunglasses, Scanlan Theodore

Photography: Ashleigh Larden