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What I Wore: Stark Contrasts

13th November, 2018

One of the things that I’ve found to be quite a versatile piece in my wardrobe is a statement top. Whilst there are some things that are just way too bold to achieve true versatility, I think there are definitely some elevated pieces that can still be styled in multiple ways. This cream Zimmermann top is one of them. With the elegant draping and dramatic sleeves it definitely has impact but I think the neutral tone means it can be easily paired with numerous colours and everything from a skirt to tailored pants and denim. For this outing I decided to pair it with a textured Isabel Marant tulip skirt with a metallic sheen. I think the futuristic vibe of the skirt provides the perfect contrast to the classic Victorian feel of the blouse.

As I was already working with some strong silhouettes in my outfit I kept my accessories quite streamlined and simple. My new go-to Dior bag and Balenciaga sock boots were the ideal finishing touches. A structured bag works well to contrast the fluid, and slighter softer textures of the blouse and skirt, whilst wearing boots instead of heels helped ground the look. Overall it was great to be able to work with contrasting pieces and find a way to give them some cohesion without losing their individuality.

Credits: Blouse, Zimmerman; Skirt, Isabel Marant; Clutch, Dior; Boots, Balenciaga

Photography: Danielle Castano

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What I Wore: 2018 Stakes Day

10th November, 2018

Of all the days in the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Stakes Day is the most relaxed so I wanted to change things up a bit and veer away from dress territory. I couldn’t resist these pastel yellow pants and dramatic top by Jacquemus. The colour is fun and vibrant — perfect for a spring racing event. The top with its asymmetric silhouette and statement tie also adds a touch of drama to the look.

I was immediately sold when I saw these Ferragamo heels, most especially the gold column heel which adds a glamorous detail to such an understated design. In keeping with the trend for all things raffia, I opted for this Miu Miu clutch which has a light, summery feel and provided the perfect complementary accessory to the suit.

With such a strong outfit, I wanted to add some slightly softer pieces when it came to my jewellery. The pendant and bracelet from Chaumet features an adorable bow design, whilst the ring (which I also wore to Melbourne Cup) features a sweet floral design, all pieces that I think add a distinctly feminine, yet still understated feel to my look. To top off my look I went for a simple black straw hat by Nerida Winter—a sleek design that was the perfect finishing touch.

Credits: Pants & Top, Jacquemus; Bag, Miu Miu; Shoes (in black), Ferragamo; Headpiece, Nerida Winter; Jewellery, Chaumet

Photography: Dan Castano

This post was produced in collaboration with Net-a-Porter

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What I Wore: 2018 Oaks Day

8th November, 2018

For the most feminine of dress codes it was a no-brainer: I had to wear pink. Oaks Day is ladies’ day which means lots of soft shades and florals and a ladylike silhouette. Whilst the midi length is great for the races the bubblegum pink shade adds a touch of fun and a vibrancy that makes this look stand out. I also love the satin which has a fluidity to it that gives it a glamorous feel. Additionally I was drawn to the strong shoulders which are a little 80s (in a good way!) which gives the the dress a touch of attitude.

I wanted to avoid going too girly with this particular look so I needed a shoe that had a bit more edge. These Tabitha Simmons leopard print heels were an obvious choice — they’re playful and fun with a touch of sexiness. When it came to my bag I wanted to go for something a little more structured and couldn’t pass up the new vertical clutch from The Daily Edited. It has an optional strap which I always really like for racing events as it gives me the option to go hands free if I need to and I’m the first to admit that I have a soft spot for anything personalised.

As for the final finishing touches I went with some gorgeous pieces from jeweller Chaumet – a beautiful ring and earrings which completed my look. Wearing such a bold colour I wanted to keep my headwear quite simple and once again opted for a Nerida Winter piece, this time around a simple, understated number incorporating elegant pink netting with subtle black accents. It was the ideal ladylike look with a modern edge throughout.

Credits: Dress, Dolce & Gabbana; Shoes, Tabitha Simmons (old season); Bag, The Daily Edited; Jewellery, Chaumet; Headpiece, Nerida Winter

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was produced in collaboration with Net-a-Porter

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The making of my Melbourne Cup look

6th November, 2018

I love a fashion challenge and I have to say that every year, dressing for Melbourne Cup day is one of them. I have multiple professional commitments throughout the day so I need to ensure that I get my outfit just right. This year, I was lucky enough to once again work with Net-a-Porter to pull together my look which admittedly makes things so much easier. It’s one of my absolute favourite shopping destinations and they are always guaranteed to have multiple pieces for me to fall in love with. I had a busy few weeks leading up to Melbourne Cup so I enlisted the help of one of my favourite stylists, Jess Pecoraro to help me with pulling looks together for a few of the key dates in the Melbourne Cup Carnival, most especially Cup Day.

I knew I wanted to wear something bright and bold as I always like to have fun with my outfit at Melbourne Cup. After trying a few different dresses on, I eventually zeroed in on the floral Miu Miu dress I wore today. I liked the long hemline which is a little different to my other Cup Day looks over the past few years. We were playing around with the dress and actually found that we could adjust the straps to create an off-the-shoulder/bateau neckline so I ended up going with it as it had a really flattering effect.

There were a few heels we were tossing up between that were already in my closet but how could I resist wearing a pair of amazing Salvatore Ferragamo wedges? It had such an interesting shape I thought it added a great element of interest to my overall look. I also liked the gold heel and the strap across the foot echoing the look of a mule. It really grounded the colourful nature of the dress and its bold print.

As for my accessories, we tried a few different bag options and considered working with a few different headpiece styles and colours but I really loved the way my bag and oversized picked up a few of the subtle colours in my dress.

After we had decided on some looks, I did a final fitting in my home with Jess (with my kids providing a great audience!) to ensure that everything worked together — dress, shoes, bag, the lot. I always like doing this as I want to take a final look at what I’m wearing as a whole and make sure there’s cohesion and everything is spot on. And lucky for me, I found a look I loved for yet another year.

One of my super cute style advisors

I adored the vivid and colourful vibe of this dress

Aren’t they so amazing? Such a different silhouette

View from above

Jess helping me try on another dress option

Trying on shoes (and a sneak peek at one of my other looks)

Decisions, decisions…A girl can never have too many shoes, right?

 

 

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What I Wore: 2018 Melbourne Cup

6th November, 2018

I cannot believe Melbourne Cup is here again! It’s always one of the most exciting days on the spring racing calendar and I look forward to it every year. When it comes to this particular day the fashion brief is loads of colour and definitely more scope to push the boundaries. I wanted to do something that was vibrant and fun and couldn’t resist this floral Miu Miu dress. The punchy green and oversized flowers and paint splatters work together to create a striking effect. I decided to wear the dress with the straps worn slightly off the shoulder but they can also be worn straight which I love as it offers a little extra versatility with the dress. The ruching at the side is also a big plus as it always gives a really flattering effect.

I saw these Ferragamo wedge mules and instantly knew they would be perfect for the day. The wedge/mule hybrid is a little different and adds an interesting silhouette to my look. Additionally I loved the gold panel on the heel which is a great complementary shade to the green of my dress. Bright and bold really was the main theme throughout this look and the pink Bvlgari Serpenti bag added another pop of colour that further lifted the look.

Adding the final finishing touch to my look were the most beautiful pieces from the jeweller, Chaumet. I was particularly enamoured by the Hortensia Malachite earrings which perfectly complemented my dress and added an elegant and understated element to my outfit. With all the prints and colour in my outfit I wanted to keep my headpiece quite simple and one of my favourite milliners Nerida Winter definitely delivered. The cream oversized bow gave my look a statement feature from behind and was the ideal feature piece to cap off my Melbourne Cup ensemble.

Credits: Dress, Miu Miu; Shoes, Ferragamo; Bag, Bvlgari; Jewellery, Chaumet; Headpiece, Nerida Winter

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was produced in collaboration with Net-a-Porter

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What I Wore: 2018 Derby Day

3rd November, 2018

Derby Day is always a favourite of mine as the black and white dress code is so sleek and elegant. In recent years I’ve worn everything from a jumpsuit to a 70s style co-ord set but this year, I wanted to tap into the current suiting trend. But of course, a racing event requires more than just an ordinary suit. This Alessandra Rich blazer is a modern take on an 80s power suit with its strong silhouette but is simultaneously softened by the peplum and crystal embellished buttons making it event-appropriate. Paired with the matching mini skirt, it made a statement without being too overwhelming.

Solid black pumps seemed a bit too harsh so I quickly scoured my cupboard and unearthed an old favourite of mine as the perfect option. These Christian Louboutin heels are a few seasons old but I still love them to this day. I love the contrasting styles — the clear PVC panelling is studded by tiny silver spikes which is then balanced by the sweet black bow at the front.

Headwear for this particular look was particularly exciting as I eschewed a traditional hat or fascinator option and went for a tiara instead! Chaumet offered me a tiara and earrings to use on the day so how could I pass it up? No woman can resist having a bit of a princess moment, right? Also I think it provided an interesting contrast to the power suit vibe of my outfit and softened it up a little. The danger with an all-black outfit is that sometimes it can come across as a little flat but I think with the help of elevated accessories and finishing details, this outfit was anything but.

Credits: Blazer & Skirt, Alessandra Rich; Shoes, Christian Louboutin (old season); Bag, Bvlgari; Tiara & Earrings, Chaumet

Photography: Dan Castano

This post was produced in collaboration with Net-a-Porter

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What I Wore: Textural Play

30th October, 2018

Whenever I head to Melbourne I always make sure to pack a few warm weather options as I never know what the weather will be like. This new Miranda Dunn faux fur coat is one such thing. It’s super cosy and is made of the softest fur — it feels like I’ve just popped out with my favourite blanket when I’m wearing it. I’ve also found it easy to pair back with myriad looks in my closet, but my current fave is wearing it with jeans and a crisp white tee. It’s casual yet elegant and is a great go-to for when I’m looking for comfort and want to maintain an element of polish.

I didn’t want any of my other accessories competing with the fur coat, but I did want to add a little colour for interest so opted for my Goyard tote. The burgundy shade works easily with cream coat and as a bonus it’s also super roomy, so it’s great for carrying on days when I’m out and about and need to take everything from my laptop to my kids’ essentials. As for my shoes, being comfortable is paramount so I couldn’t think of a better option than my Dior slingback flats. They’re sophisticated and sleek, but are also ideal for long days where a flat is a must. Paired with classic Celine frames, this look is the ideal runaround outfit with a classic finishing touches.

Credits: Coat, Miranda Dunn; Shirt, Uniqlo; Jeans (similar), Camilla & Marc; Shoes, Dior; Bag (similar), Goyard (personalised bags also available from The Daily Edited); Sunglasses, Celine

Photography: Danielle Castano

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What I Wore: Spring Racing launch dinner at Nobu

20th October, 2018

Earlier this week I hosted a dinner to kick off the Spring Racing Carnival at one of my favourite restaurants, Nobu at the Crown Resort in Melbourne. It was a small gathering of 30 people, comprising of family, friends and a few local media and I wanted the evening to be relaxed, fun and a great way to lead into one of my favourite (and busiest!) times of year. For such an event, I knew I wanted my outfit to be sleek, directional and incorporating a few elevated touches.

I worked with a good stylist friend for this particular occasion as my schedule was so frantic in the lead up to it that I knew I would need a little help pulling a look together. The standout piece of this ensemble was definitely the Maticevski skirt. I wish I could have shown you all in person, as it really is a knockout. The intricate detail, the elegant ruffles, the beautiful lace all combined made for a really striking effect. The addition of the cummerbund provided a strong contrast to the glamorous, feminine nature of the skirt. We decided on keeping the rest of my outfit quite simple so we simply paired the skirt with a white button down shirt from my closet—classic and elegant.

Given the monochrome colour palette, the ideal shoe came in the form of a pair of crossover strap heels from the recent collaboration between Off-White and Jimmy Choo. They were black and white (box ticked!) and had tiny writing on the straps which given my shoes were on show definitely gave them an interesting point of difference. The shoes were the perfect full stop to the rest of my look.

I often like having an outfit pulled together for me as it allows me to explore different looks, push my fashion boundaries and give my style a refresh. This look in particular, I think, was ideal for the occasion and had some great details that lifted it and gave it an edge.

Credits: Shirt, own shirt (similar here); Skirt and cummerbund, Maticevski; Shoes, Off-White x Jimmy Choo

Photography: Danielle Castano

 

 

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What I Wore: Smart Casual

16th October, 2018

Whenever I see the dress code smart casual it always gives me cause for pause as I’m trying to rack my brain of what I have in my wardrobe that fits the bill. Ultimately I think it’s all about working off duty style whilst still maintaining an element of polish. It’s about marrying the best of both worlds and merging casual pieces with elevated staples.

This Carla Zampatti jacket is one such piece that is right at home when worn back with dressy separates, but I can still pair it with denim and have it look cohesive. One of my favourite combinations is jeans and a white tee, which can be super casual but when paired with a sophisticated jacket it lifts the look into one that’s polished without being too fussy. Jeans have definitely become more accepted for events and relaxed workplaces, and when worked back with classic pieces it can easily be your go-to ensemble for those times you need to dress smart casual.

Great flats are essential for smart casual dressing which is why I am really loving my new Dior flats. They’re a classic shape, incorporate sleek details and as a bonus are super comfortable to be in all day. As for my accessories, a statement bag, with structure and extra finishes such as a chain strap or embellishments is the ideal option for elevating a look without being too overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to go bold with your eyewear. These coloured Le Specs sunglasses add a modern touch, without compromising the overall vibe of my outfit.

Credits: Jacket, Carla Zampatti; T-shirt, Uniqlo; Jeans, Camilla & Marc; Sunglasses (similar), Le Specs; Bag, Gucci; Shoes, Dior

Photography: Sophia Athas