There are a number of charities I’ve been involved with but the annual Ladies’ Luncheon fundraiser for The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation, organised by my friend Deborah Symond ONeil is one event that I like to get behind and look forward to attending. This year, the event raised $340,000 — much needed funds for a worthy cause that assists premature babies to survive and thrive.
A special occasion called for a special dress and I found the perfect candidate in this Camilla & Marc dress. The off-the-shoulder style is so perfect for a spring event, whilst the blouson sleeves are right on trend. The metallic colour also gave it a thoroughly modern feel, whilst the front split adds an edgy touch.
Working with metallic shades calls for simplicity which is why I opted for plain black Stuart Weitzman heels which are quite minimalist. A metallic pink Bulgari clutch added a pop of colour whilst beautiful Chaumet jewellery were the ideal finishing accoutrements.
For days spent enjoying the sunshine there’s nothing better than a bright, vibrant yellow shade. There’s something about wearing this most uplifting of colours to really embrace a beautiful spring day, and I couldn’t think of a better way to do it than via this Kate Sylvester dress. I’m a fan of flowy, maxi dresses and I love the style of this particular frock, with its subtle pussy bow and flattering waist tie.
There’s no question that when wearing such a bold colour that it should definitely be the focal point of an ensemble so I opted to keep my accessories simple. I decided on pairing it with one of my current faves—a pair of black minimalist Giuseppe Zanotti heels. It’s always nice to carry a bag with a fun, modern feel and this tortoiseshell Valet Studio bag definitely fit the brief. I love its structured, boxy style and the dainty handle, which gives it a ladylike, feminine vibe but with an edgy touch.
Today I was lucky enough to be invited to host the launch of Witchery’s Summer’ 19 collection. The event took place on Seadeck, a gorgeous super yacht, the ideal venue to showcase the brand’s latest collection—and take in Sydney’s beautiful harbour.
I wore a look from Witchery for the event, choosing a vibrant orange midi dress. With a simple, classic silhouette, the dress was really all about the colour. I think when wearing such a vivid statement hue it’s important to keep it simple and allow it to be the focal point. One of the really beautiful shades to wear with orange is definitely tan—it’s understated enough to work with the colour but not so much that it fades into the background. Tan shoes with a block heel are the kind of footwear option that will be able to work back with many looks so it’s definitely a worthwhile addition to any wardrobe, particularly during summer where it will work beautifully with everything from dresses and skirts to shorts. Plus anything with a block heels is really comfortable so it’s the perfect go-to during party season.
Out of all the race days during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Stakes Day is the most relaxed in terms of dress codes. It’s a family friendly event, with no formal dress code, so you can afford to go for something that’s slightly more casual. The only non-negotiable is that it you still look polished and elegant. It’s one of my favourite days as I’m also able to attend with Luke and the girls which always makes the day really fun.
I decided on a Dior maxi dress with earthy/navy tones for the event as I felt it worked perfectly with the attire this particular race day required. I loved the pattern on the dress and the flared 50s style skirt. The neckline featured a deep V-neck which gives the dress just a little edge. With such a voluminous shape, it was important that the dress have a little cinched in element so it didn’t look like it was swamping me, so I decided on a waist belt worn over the top. It gave me a flattering nipped in silhouette and helped give the dress a little more structure. Plus I love the shape of the belt, which features the iconic saddle bag shape of the brand.
Working with a mix of shades can make accessorising tricky but in the end I felt white would work best to complement the colour palette of the dress. I ended up going for a Dior wide brimmed straw hat, which looks relaxed but still polished and finished it with white Dior pointed toe heels with ankle straps. It was a way of doing accessories in a pared back way, but in a colour that would still allow it to pop against the dress. The ideal balance of making a statement without being overwhelming.
Credits: Dress, Christian Dior; Belt, Christian Dior; Shoes, Christian Dior; Hat
The varied dress codes during spring carnival mean that there’s an opportunity to play with lots of different looks. This floral beauty by Alessandra Rich would be ideal for Melbourne Cup or Oaks Day with its feminine feel and vibrant pink shade. Working with pieces incorporating striking details is always a guaranteed way to achieve a winning look, especially when there’s also a strong silhouette in play. The statement sleeves and high neckline along with ruffled finish work together to create an ensemble that’s a little bit different.
A statement dress requires a pared back approach to accessories. It was a no brainer to work a Prada headband into the look, especially when it’s a complementary pink colour which creates additional cohesion within my look. A headband is seriously one of the easiest ways to tick the headwear box when it comes to spring racing outfits, not to mention it’s on trend so definitely make it a go-to. Working with such vibrant hues I opted to keep my shoes simple and chic—two-strapped Giuseppe Zanotti heels with a crystal heel for just the right touch of glam.
Photography by Sophia Athas, Hatrik
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Dress: Ruffle-trimmed Floral-print Silk-organza Mini Dress, Alessandra Rich
It’s without a doubt one of my fave events to dress for and this year’s Melbourne Cup I wanted to go for a look that was pretty and feminine. Enter this pastel pink Macgraw dress. I wanted to wear a local designer this year and this frock definitely fit the brief. What I loved about this dress was that the overall design is pared back but elevated by the finishing touches. The diamante flower buttons gave it a touch of playfulness whilst injecting a bit of bling. Meanwhile the blouson sleeve and A-line skirt offer up some on trend elements.
The vibe of the dress demanded interesting accessories. Headwear is so important on Cup day and this Sylvy Earl straw boater in a similar shade to the dress provided the ideal complementary piece. It was also great to be able to incorporate a little texture. The feathered bag was a lot of fun and worked well with the pretty vibe of my ensemble. Lace up heels provided a slightly little grittier element. The final finishing touch was the selection of beautiful Chaumet jewels I was wearing. The gorgeous rings really lifted my entire outfit whilst adding a luxe touch that was just made for Cup day.
Credits: Dress, Macgraw; Bag, Olga Berg; Shoes, Tony Bianco; Hat, Sylvy Earl, Jewellery, Chaumet.
When it comes to evening attire I think one of the chicest colours to wear would have to be white. There’s something quite fresh whilst still being elegant about the hue, and it’s a definite go-to when I’m looking for a look that’s chic and impactful. This beautiful gown by Philosophy Di Lorenzo has a textured satin finish which gives the look a little extra depth, whilst the subtle lace trim on the thigh high split adds a demure touch. The silhouette of this dress is quite understated and simple but I think the colour really lifts it and gives it an overall luxe feel.
When it comes to accessories, you can do myriad things with a white dress, such is the versatility of the colour. In this instance I opted for something monochromatic, with few subtle embellishments to add a little extra glamour to my overall look. The black Jimmy Choo suede sandals with crystal detail and the elegant shoulder bag echoing a similar feel to the heels, help bring the look to life by providing strong accents with a statement feel. A sleek up-do and simple drop earrings help complete the look and have me ready to tackle any after dark soiree this party season.
Photography by Sophia Athas, Hatrik
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Dress: Lace-Trimmed Hammered-Satin Gown, Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini | Net-A-Porter
Derby Day is always one of the chicest race days on the spring racing calendar because of its monochrome colour palette. Working with black and white is always guaranteed to look stylish and it’s one of my favourite events to dress for. This year I centred everything around this knitted Christopher Kane dress. What initially drew me to it was its interesting shape. I loved its fitted style and the tiered hem, and the high neckline with long neck tie feature at the back gives the dress focal points from the front and the back. And I can’t go past glam embellishments such as the oversized crystal buttons.
I wanted to add some statement pieces to this look as I find a black dress is given a little extra depth when paired with accessories that pop. In keeping with the glamorous feel, I worked the look back with a black and diamante custom headpiece by Viktoria Novak. Headbands are such a huge trend right now and such an easy option when you want headwear that’s simple yet stylish. Also I opted for a Jimmy Choo clutch with a similar feel, the statement bow edged with diamantes to help tie the look together. And Giuseppe Zanotti embellished heels were the perfect finishing touch to this look.
Photography: Ashleigh Larden
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Credits: Dress, Christopher Kane; Head-piece, Custom Viktoria Novak; Bag, Jimmy Choo; Shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti.
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Spring time always has me seeking out beautiful dresses — I think it’s just the perfect time of year to embrace them, particularly when they feature a great print or interesting embellishments. It’s precisely why I was drawn to this navy and white Alessandra Rich dress, the sweet bow print and the crystal buttons give it a really feminine touch. The subtly ruched skirt and the elbow length sleeves evoke a hint of 50s styling which I really love.
I decided to complement the look with white strappy heels by Billini to pick up the hints of white in the dress, plus their streamlined, minimalist feel still allows the frock to be the focal point. I’m embracing the hair accessories trend of late and love this cluster of clips by Alessandra Rich. It adds a glam touch to an otherwise quite pared back and classic look and I think you can’t go wrong with a hint of bling here and there!
Light, easy breezy dresses are a mainstay of my spring/summer wardrobe. And for good reason. They’re versatile, easy to wear and look effortlessly chic. The elegant colour palette of vibrant yellow in this Aje dress worked back against crisp white is perfect for spring and is an easy go-to. The sweet embroidery helps lift this look and gives it an accent feature that allows the dress to pop. The simple silhouette also makes the dress a style chameleon, making it easy to pair with everything from a blazer to a cardi to understated accessories or something that pops.
I could easily wear this dress with slides or sandals for a more casual look but I wanted to add shoes that would ground the look a little more. Ankle boots worn with a dress is always a great combination so I opted to pair the dress with Louis Vuitton ankle boots. It’s also a great shoe for such a setting as it gives the overall vibe of the dress a slightly more rustic feel. To finish off the look I went for a relaxed approach to accessorising and layered two of my favourite necklaces. An easy yet impactful look.