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.

 

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in Fashion

If you want to become the best version of you, the new year is the perfect time for a style makeover.

However a style makeover can be a bit daunting and it’s sometimes hard to know where to start. These easy and practical tips will help to refresh your style and wardrobe and step into a brand new you in 2019:

What Do You Want Your Style to Say About You?
It takes seven seconds to make an impression. As fashion media icon Carine Roitfeld says, “fashion is a bit about changing into the person you dream of becoming”. What do you want your clothes to say about you and why? Who do you want to become?

Connect With You
Look to women of all ages who are considered style icons and they all share a common trait – a connection of mind, body and spirit – Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Mirren, Goldie Hawn, Cindy Crawford – to name just a few – all understand that great style comes when you’re heart, health and mind are in alignment. Exercise, eating well and having a healthy mind and attitude will empower you to greater style.

Be Inspired
If you’re not sure of your style direction find someone whose style you love and emulate them. It could be your best friend, your boss or your favourite celebrity. There are unlimited resources via fashion magazines or online (Frocknet), to help you find a style that you love and feel comfortable in.

Wardrobe Declutter
A wardrobe cull will clear your clothes – and your mind.  Rid yourself of anything that doesn’t fit, you haven’t worn for years, are keeping for “when it fits” because chances are by the time it does it will be out of style.

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Be Daring
Have fun with style and take fashion risks. It’s never too late to step out of your comfort zone and shake up your usual fashion choices. Take a leaf out of Susan Sarandon’s book – if you’ve still got it, flaunt it!

Style is 24:7
As style icon Rachel Zoe says ‘any excuse for a fashion moment’.  The fact is you are you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so beware of falling into ‘shlumpadinka’ mode (as Oprah calls it) the moment you get home. If you look good you feel good. Swap those tired and comfy shorts in summer for a pretty sundress and your sloppy and too-big sweats in winter for jeans or pants and a stylish knit.

Attitude
Feeling comfortable in your own skin and dressing with attitude is the way forward to great style. Gone are the days when you had to dress a certain way the time you turned 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 and beyond. Great style is all about a great attitude.

“Age isn’t a big issue any more.  We’re looking younger and in better shape.  For me ‘dressing your age’ has negative connotation.  It’s not so much about age but about attitude” – Donna Karan

 

 

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Fashion

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I can’t think of a more perfect occasion to wear a red dress than on Christmas Day.

From a low-key family BBQ, a smart lunch or a carefree day at the beach, a red dress adds the perfect festive touch to all Christmas celebrations.

No matter your style – from boho to ladylike – make a statement and sizzle in scarlet this Christmas.

 

Sussan ‘Sheer Paradise’ blouse $129.95 and ‘Carpenter’ pocket short $48.97 (sale); Sportsgirl earrings $24.95; Country Road leather espadrille $129; Adorne clutch $59.95.

 

Mombasa Rose ‘Anitgua Red’ wrap dress $79.99; Sussan cross body bag $59.95 and earrings $19.95; Nine West ‘Pruce’ sandal $159.95.

Blue Bungalow ‘Lauren’ dress $69.95 and Autumn Leaf sandal $79.95; Witchery ‘Ella’ hoops $39.95; Sportsgirl tote bag $49.95.

Blue Bungalow dress $179.95; Colette Hayman earrings $16.99 and bag $59.99; Guess ‘Riley’ silver sandal $83.96 (sale).

 

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