If you look at the street style from the recent fashion shows, there is definitely a common theme: wear whatever you please. Colours clash, patterns are mismatched, and anything that you wouldn’t believe goes together is thrown into the same outfit. It’s a fun and visually appealing chaos if done correctly. And more often than not, these fashionistas that are photographed at Paris, New York or Milan fashion week look like they’re wearing phenomenal works of art. But usually I feel content with the comfort of an outfit that matches from head to toe. Those outfits just make sense for me.
On the weekend I opted for a baby pink, white and black colour scheme. I haven’t delved into much pink since primary school. I read an article recently where the writer claimed that pink is the colour for little girls and has no place in the adult world. That seemed a slightly hypocritical in light of the fact that her contention was to try and raise her daughter without gendered stereotypes. It was also very dramatic and arrogant to declare a colour as pathetic after the age of 10 years old. Nevertheless, I have not been deterred from wearing the colour, but maybe I’ll withhold from wearing hot pink for the time being.
I wore a vintage white cropped shirt which I found at a market, striped high-waisted pants and black and white mules from Topshop. The outfit was perfectly swung together by a Guess bag that incorporated all the colours of the outfit and handy $5 drop earrings from Lovisa.
I adore these shoes. They are comfortable, pretty and can be worn with practically everything. When Topshop had a sale sometime last year, I bought them for about a third of the original price. Purchases like that feel pretty good.
So don’t be put off by colour-coordinated outfits, and under no circumstances should you be deterred from wearing pink.
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When I was five, my eyes would be glued to the television during the ‘Can’t get you out of my head’ video. I admired Kylie’s array of cheeky outfits (who can forget that white number that resembled a bed sheet) and exciting choreography accompanying the infectious beat. To me she has always appeared as a cool, sexy princess who would know what to do in any situation, and I think that was conveyed through the fabulous costumes she wore while performing.
I was able to see plenty of her incredible costumes at the Melbourne Arts Centre ‘Kylie on Stage’ exhibition where admission is free. It showcased outfits from her first tour in 1989 and until her Kylie Aphrodite Les Folies in 2011 – and it is clear that costumes have been a big thing with Kylie. Every tour had a specific theme, and the gorgeous outfits expressed the theme she wanted to capture with the help of powerhouse designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Dolce and Gabbana, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano and Australian designers Peter Morrissey and Mark Burnett. Some of the costumes were eccentric and loud, others were glamorous and classy, and others resembled an ancient Greek goddess. There is one thing for sure: a pop princess must always have an out-of-this-world wardrobe.
Here are just some of her beautiful and bold outfits featured in chronological order.
When I was enviously staring at these creations, it was like I was a child again. Some of these outfits were constructed out of the most exquisite fabrics and embellished by Swarovski crystals and stunning pearls. I would literally do anything to try on some of these pieces, just so I could feel like a highly successful pop princess. Oh well, maybe in my next life.
The Kylie on Stage exhibition only runs until January 22 at the Arts Centre Melbourne, so make sure you see it before it leaves! x
So, I should have done this blog post a couple weeks ago but exams/sickness got in the way. And even though the races have long gone and people are shifting their sights to the holidays, I’m going to talk about it anyway.
I went to the final day of the Melbourne spring racing carnival wearing an outfit that incorporates something old and something new. This particular day did not require a specific theme a part from being described as ‘family day’, so I decided to go with a navy look. By basing the outfit around my mum’s classic races hat, I found my navy cullottes and Witchery gilet and had practically sorted my outfit. Like my outfit for Derby Day, I attempted to only wear things that I already own, and almost succeeded if it wasn’t for the navy crop top I needed. I count it as a success anyway. The nude court shoes and navy purse (thanks Mum, again!) polished the look.
I went for something appropriate and sophisticated; something that embodies my perfect races style. Needless to say, I felt like I looked a little too mature, as this day is notorious for the younger crowd coming out and flaunting bare legs and stilettos. As I said in my previous post: we are not heading out to the clubs. But I suppose they probably are afterwards, so who am I to judge?
Pants: the Fifth
Shoes: Human Premium
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The Melbourne spring racing carnival is upon us again, where we see that the true winners are not in fact the horses, but women’s racing fashion. I attended Derby Day with my girls and I was stunned by not only the wonderful weather, but by how gorgeous all the women and men looked dressed in traditional black and white. The colour combination was flattering on everyone and the creativity involved in assembling outfits was marvellous.
Full lace dresses were a hit, alongside off-the-shoulder dresses and capes for the more adventurous types. Gladiator heels have made a tremendous comeback this season, matched with crown headpieces that are gaining more momentum with every racing carnival. Many women wore tailored pants or jumpsuits, which looked chic and fresh, especially when paired with killer heels. There are not too many rules involved in races fashion, but the main one I stick to is to keep it elegant, and to avoid looking like you are going to the clubs. This is a classy day for classy ladies and gents (unless one too many cocktails have been consumed).
I opted for a classic look featuring a pencil dress with lacing by Runaway, a flower fascinator, a Napoleon Perdis clutch and simple black heels. The fascinator was the main element of my outfit, and I bought it years ago at a stall at the South Melbourne market. The entire outfit was inexpensive and comprised of items I already had in my wardrobe. Fortunately, it was very easy to put together and I didn’t have to spend a cent.
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Melbourne experienced a glorious taste of spring with temperatures reaching a rather pleasant 21 degrees. For the first time in weeks I left the house without a coat and it was oddly exciting to wear merely a jacket and scarf. It really is the small things that get us Melbournians through winter.
Khaki is a colour of the season, so I matched my maxi dress from Topshop with a vintage scarf incorporating a diversity of colours. Gold tends to compliment khaki, so I rocked the old Docs for a feminine-combat-chic look. I feel like I could take over the world in my hulking gold Docs.
Shoes: Doc Martens
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Ok, I haven’t blogged in an insanely large amount of time. But truth be told, I’ve had surgery and have been in hospital for a while and I am now confined to bed rest, so unfortunately there has not been any time for any fashion escapades (a part from the sexy hospital gown). This will be the beginning of more consistent blogging, I promise.
As soon as I can make it out of bed and wear something other than Peter Alexander PJs.
So before the whole surgery excitement, I spent a day in Melbourne city with my mum and sister to see the 200 Years of Australian Fashion exhibition. Winter is beginning to kick in, which naturally I am overjoyed about because I can finally drag out the dozens of coats I irrationally purchased while op-shopping last summer. This one I wore is a particular favourite, and I purchased it on my trip to America last year from Zara. I love the round shape, the wide sleeves and the stiff, baby blue fabric that incorporates an asian influence. There’s so much ‘yes’ in one coat. Underneath I wore my comfort culottes and a basic turtleneck top, both in black to compliment the pattern of the coat. Despite the fact that I had to be wheeled around in a wheelchair for most of the day, I felt very comfortable with my look.
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This year I decided to do away with tote bags for university, and instead placed the pressure of 8kg books on my shoulders with a new backpack. Although totes are pretty, I discovered after a three hour-long marathon of a search that backpacks can be just as pretty and provide further convenience.
I purchased this Men’s backpack on Asos which is covered in a black snakeskin pattern and basically can fit in everything, including my record player. Most importantly, it can carry all those bothersome law books that cost approximately as much as a new woollen coat.
I took my new backpack out on an adventure and wore my prized gilet dress from Witchery which I doubled as a long vest on this occasion. I paired it with Mum’s old burnt orange pencil skirt to deliver a pop of colour, and balanced it out with a nude singlet top to place the emphasis on the colour of the skirt and the gilet dress. Mum’s wardrobe has honestly given me more than my favourite shops could ever offer me. Thanks Mum for saving me a whole lot of money!
Gilet dress: Witchery
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Another fashion week in Melbourne has been and gone, and I am so glad I could find some time to squeeze in a fashion show amidst my hectic uni schedule. Virgin Australia Fashion Festival is the highlight of the fashion calendar in Melbourne due to the stellar line-ups and sophisticated festival atmosphere. I brought my sister and friend along for their first Virgin Australia fashion week, and we had an absolute blast. Nothing beats having a glass of champagne on a balmy summer’s night before heading in to view some beautiful fashion.
The line-up was Alex Perry, Ginger & Smart, Carla Zampatti, Martin Grant, Yeojin Bae and Dion Lee. Martin Grant incorporated plenty of metallic silver into his clothes much to my agreement. Alex Perry popularised mustard yellow, bright orange and bishop sleeves. Dion Lee demonstrated winter wear with woolly coats and to-die-for maroon silk pieces. Carla Zampatti paraded cut-out dresses, tweed and fringed skirts. Ginger & Smart opted for 7/8 length dresses with japanese-style prints. Yeojin Bae showed us class with off-the-shoulder dresses and pencil skirts below the knee. Generally there was a fusion with contemporary fashion and fashion of the 1970’s and 1940’s with stunning results. There were plenty of vibrant colours shown, but also the autumn/winter classics such as khaki, maroon and black.
What I wore: Pre show
Black, white and flecks of silver.
At the Festival
Feeling all ‘tough girl’ in my leather jacket. Leather is one of the best ways to toughen up a feminine look, and even compliments tulle nicely with a tough-girls-can-be-princesses kind of way.
Shoes: Diana Ferrari
Bag: Nine West
Necklace: Forever New
And there you have it! More to come soon about the top trends from Virgin Australia fashion week and what to expect on the streets this season!
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This summer in Melbourne has been odd to say the least, and definitely has not been warm enough to store away my jeans for three months. For those days that seemed more like autumn, 3/4 length jeans were the obvious choice. I usually align 3/4 length jeans with mums who do the school drop-off, but for occasions like these they are so practical and even (dare I say it) chic. This outfit was inspired by my struggle with those in-between temperatures, where it isn’t necessarily warm but still isn’t categorised as cold. Note the sleeveless turtleneck and picnic rug/vest, giving you maximal space to experience a nice breeze on your exposed skin but enough coverage to keep you from getting the goosebumps. The 3/4 length jeans also served the same purpose, enabling a part of my legs to breathe if there was a bit too much heat building up. Yes my descriptions come across as comical, but I’m sure you are familiar with those in-between temperatures and understand exactly where I’m coming from. You need that crucial balance which is easy to achieve with sleeveless items, cardigans, light maxi skirts, maxi dresses and shortened jeans.
Vest: Cotton On
Top: Forever New
Clutch: House of Secrets
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Clearly I think I nailed 17-19 degrees celsius fashion.
I cannot say no to a playsuit, particularly if it’s white and lacy. So when I made a promise to myself that I would refrain from any sort of shopping on a recent trip to the Gold Coast, I did not imagine that I would crack on day 2. But once you start envisioning yourself in an ethereal white lace playsuit (complimented by a well anticipated tan) and furthermore justify it with the fact that you would not encounter anything like it in my hometown of Melbourne, you almost pity the helplessness in my situation. Surely we have all been in that situation, right?
Not certain how shopping could be managed after the hectic mayhem of Christmas, but somehow us shopaholics can always find a reason.
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