Posted by on Feb 10, 2019 in Fashion

Love is in the air – and it’s not just for loved-up couples.

Valentine’s Day is the chance to shower your nearest and dearest with love – children, mothers, fathers, best friends – it’s a day to show those you care.

It’s also the perfect opportunity to wear the colour of power and love – red. There is no other colour that inspires confidence – and sexiness. Red is powerful and timeless and the ultimate statement of seductive style.

So whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for two, a night out with your best girlfriends or a family evening at home, these style ideas are sure to get you in the mood this Valentine’s Day.

 

CLASSIC

You can’t beat an elegant lace dress for a romantic dinner for two. Pair with polished accessories to enhance the refined silhouette.

Love Honor Baroque dress $319; Valentino ‘Rockstud’ heels $1,330; Olga Berg ‘Belle’ clutch $59; Amelie pave earrings $39.95, all David Jones.

PRETTY

If feminine is your preferred style, a midi dress and heels is the perfect potion. Add an elegant clutch and pretty earrings.

Calli ‘Gaby’ frill dress, $109.95, The Iconic; Nine West ‘Rave’ sandal $99.95; Portmans ‘Florence’ bead earrings $19.95;

BOHO

Channel your bohemian spirit with with a flowing boho dress. Statement earrings adds a gypsy-inspired touch.  

Thurley ‘Hampstead’ dress $599, David Jones;  Nine West ‘Nora’ $159.95; Christie Nicolaides ‘Tesoro’ earrings $269, Myer; Colette Hayman ‘Leah’ clutch sale $31.49.

RELAXED

For a family V-Day affair, opt for effortless chic with a shirt dress. A mid-heel block heel is the perfect partner. 

Trenery cotton poplin dress sale $99.95 and Octavia heel $179; Portmans ‘Charlie’ tort earrings $19.95; Sportsgirl mini circle sling bag $59.95 and Juno block heels $69.95.

 

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Fashion

With a lot more Aussie summer to go, weekend getaways remain high on the agenda so keep summer’s hottest fashion accessory at the top of your packing list.

Once seen as an accoutrement of senior citizens or sporty types, the sun visor has become cool again after hitting many a runway from Dior, to Chanel to Louis Vuitton for Spring Summer 2018. No surprise then that it is now a favoured summer accessory of celebrities and the style set.

Image: @kimkardashian Instagram

Of course the 2018 visor has been reincarnated into a new-age athleisurewear version with coloured perspex brim and sophisticated branding; and whilst you may not find Dior’s DiorClub1 visor neither practical or to your taste, you may find the other version favoured by beach-loving Insta stars more to your liking.

Straw or raffia visors have become the hottest summer accessory of the fashion world and Instagram set (along with the straw tote).

Image: Instagram, @alohaapothecary

Image: Instagram, @stylemecca

A step up from the cloth-covered ’80s-sports’ styles, straw visors come in a range of styles, shapes, colours and patterns and many brands offer eco-friendly, hand made styles made from natural fibres.

Images: Instragram @bycarolina, @heirloomhats

Not just for the beach, a straw visor is the perfect addition to chic summer ensembles.

Image: Instagram @ashleysummerco, @maroobii

If creating insta-worthy summer style is your thing, add a straw visor to your summer beach bag.

Clockwise from left: Seafolly ‘Mocora’ visor $39.95, Sunburn Swimwear; Helen Kaminski ‘Mita’ visor $220; Morgan & Taylor wide brim visor $39.99, Swimwear Galore; Beach Luxe ‘Havana’ visor $29;  Seed Heritage ‘Sienna’ visor $29.

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in Fashion

[Image credit: 1968, model Verushka by @francorubartelli]

Yves Saint Laurent first created the  “Saharienne,” or safari jacket in 1967 as a one-off design for a photo shoot for Vogue Paris and debuted it in a runway show of the same year.

Saint Laurent’s reworking of a men’s jacket into elegant womenswear’s became an immediate success and was later available in a ready-to-wear version at his revolutionary ready-made boutique Rive Gauche and sold like wild fire.

To this day, safari style remains a revolving fashion trend and is currently one of the hottest looks of the season. The beauty about safari style is it’s versatility – from the boardroom to the beach, you can conjure up your very own urban safari.

OFFICE SAFARI

Relaxed, tonal silhouettes of belted jackets, fluid pants, button and pocket details add a touch of African plains to your everyday work wardrobe.

All items Country Road [Image Credit: Country Road]

Forever New ‘Imogen’ petite safari dress $139.99

All items at Witchery [Image Credit: Witchery]

All items Forever New [Image Credit: Forever New]

WEEKEND SAFARI

High-waisted shorts, jumpsuits and utility style dresses in laid back cotton and linens are perfect for relaxed weekends.

Viktoria & Woods ‘Oasis’ jumpsuit $309, David Jones

Forever New ‘Estelle’ utility dress $89.99

Seed Heritage jumpsuit $149.95

EVENING SAFARI

Soften safari reworked in fabrics of silk and satin and add chic animal prints in leopard and zebra work so well for night-time safari dressing.

Witchery longline trench $249.95 and wrap dress $129.95

Witchery animal print georgette top $129.95, skirt $149.95, shoes $179.95

Witchery animal print top $119.95, relaxed pant $99.95, heels $79.95

Posted by on Jan 22, 2019 in Fashion

As the Aussie holiday season draws to a close the upcoming Australia Day long weekend is the last opportunity for a beach getaway.

If you’re heading to your favourite seaside location, these four summer essentials will ensure are all you need to hit the beach in style.

SHORTS

Shorts are a summer mainstay and judging by the search results of ‘Reese Witherspoon wearing shorts’, they are a go-to summer essential. For a relaxed yet chic vibe, you can’t go wrong with tailored shorts and pretty blouse. Add wedges and a straw bag and you’ve got the perfect long-weekend ensemble.

Jacqui E sateen short sale $34.97; Zara top sale $22.95; Colette Hayman ‘Bailey’ straw bag sale $48.99; Country Road ‘Khloe’ wedge $159; Country Road ‘Agatha’ tassel earring $49.95; Witchery ‘Verona’ sunglasses $69.95.

KAFTAN

As a cover-up on the beach or for relaxed evenings at your favourite restaurant, a kaftan is the perennial summer holiday essential for every body shape, style and age.

Blue Bungalow ‘Clarissa’ kaftan $129.95; Sportsgirl sun hat $39.95; Nine West ‘Foudre’ thong $69.95; Turkish Towel Co towel $29.95.

RELAXED LBD

Like the kaftan, never leave for a summer vacay without a relaxed black dress. Short or long it’s a style essential that will take you from beach to bar and everything else in between.  

Country Road frill sleeve linen dress $159, round straw bag $149 and ‘Liv’ slide $129; Colette Hayman layered heart necklace $9.95.

MODERN RASHIE/ONE PIECE

Did you know that rashies’ were invented in the 70s to stop surfers chafing on their surf boards? Fast forward a few decades and they are the number one ageless swim essential for over-40 women who want a fashion-forward without having too show a little too much skin. Brands like Une Piece have morphed the rashie into a one piece that is stylish, sexy and sun safe. Brilliant!

Une Piece Midnight Botanical rashie $229; Thomas Sabo ‘Infinity’ anklet $179; Chuchka neoprene tote $109, Sunburn Swimwear.

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019 in Best Dressed List, Celebrity Style, Fashion, Red Carpet

When your stylist is a renowned veteran of the fashion industry and current contributing editor at British Vogue and Vanity Fair, you simply can’t go wrong.

Stylist Elizabeth Saltzman created a flawless ensemble of gowns for actress Sandra Oh to co-host this year’s Golden Globes (and no surprise that Saltzman’s choices catapulted Oh to the top of the best-dressed list).

Saltzman dressed Oh in all-female designers and told People that “I called the women’s gang. I called Stella McCartney. I called Donatella Versace. She’s wearing all female designers, but that’s not a statement from her or from me. It was a way for me to think about her and how I respect her.”

Oh’s first gown was the stunning white floor-length Versace gown with exaggerated shoulders brilliantly topped off with elegant side-sweeping updo.

For the opening monologue, there was the spectacular Versace red blazer dress worn with a screen siren hairstyle reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour.

Then came my favourite, Oh wore a white Stella McCartney dress with a bateau neckline and sequinned arm sleeves to accept her Golden Globe award for best performance by an actress in a television drama for her role as Eve Polastri in Killing Eve. Oh’s elegant top knot balanced the high neckline perfectly.

 

Bravo to stylist Saltzman, for choosing the perfect style combination befitting the occasion of Oh making history as the first-ever actress of Asian decent to host the prestigious awards (alongside Andy Samberg).

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Celebrity Style, Fashion, Red Carpet

Their styles may be radically different, but the common thread running amongst the fashions of over-40 celebrities at this year’s Golden Globes, was confidence and feeling comfortable in their skin.

(Though the under-40 celebs were stunning also – Lady Gaga’s periwinkle blue custom Valentino will long be remembered as an iconic style moment).

The A-list celebrities must have all received the memo that glamour was back as there was a hefty dose of sequins, chiffons, capes and feathers on the red carpet.

Lucy Lui and Glenn Close (Armani Privé) donned capes, Nicole Kidman (Michael Kors), Regina King and Thandie Newton were in head to sequins and Heidi Klum and Molly Sims chose pretty florals.

Alison Janey, Melissa McCarthy and Catherine Zeta Jones opted for bold colours whilst Julianne Moore and Jamie Lee Curtis chose classic white and Charlize Theron (Christian Dior Couture) and Rachel Weisz chose an ever-elegant monochromatic palette.

Others showed off toned figures showed them off in slinky gowns – Amy Adams in a gorgeous Calvin Klein teal frock and Taraji P Henson in slinky forrest-green velvet.

For me, the highlight of the red carpet was Julia Roberts in Stella McCartney tailored black trousers and a flowing champagne tulle top with delicate rhinestone detailing underneath. Her screen-siren hair and glowing makeup were perfection.

 

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