Girls’ Day Out 2015

Photo: Harpers Bazaar.

Photo: Harpers Bazaar.

Hey Melbourne girls, are your weeks getting longer in the lead up to Christmas? Do you want to escape for the weekend but don’t have the time?

Then I’ve got the perfect event for you and your girlfriends.

Girls Day Outthe ultimate women’s lifestyle festival is coming to Melbourne Convention Centre this September 25th-27th.

The three day event supported by Cleo and Good Health Magazines will showcase the very best in Australian beauty, fashion and accessories, nutrition and health, travel, lifestyle and entertainment.

Peruse the stalls of a fantastic range of exhibitors, enjoy talks from the editors of Cleo, Shop ‘Till You Drop and Good Health Magazines and more, watch fashion parades and enjoy complimentary samples of the latest products.

With exclusive catwalk presentations by Simone Pérèle and Intimo Lingirie, and special guests such as make up artists and celebrities this is an event that you’re not going to want to miss.

For the full schedule of events and to purchase tickets head to

David Jones Opening Runway at VAMFF

Michael Lo Sordo

It’s fashion week time again, and while we’ve seen our favourite high street designers take to the runways in New York, Milan, London and Paris over the past month, there really is nothing better than seeing the action right on our front lawn.

Correct, VAMFF has hit Melbourne again (finally), and the line up of amazing designers couldn’t be better.

The festival kicked off at Central Pier, Docklands on Saturday night with the Opening Runway presented by David Jones.

As the lights went down the sea of Australia’s most elite fashionista’s fell quiet as they stared down the runway to where the David Jones signs were illuminated.

Patiently awaiting one of the most anticipated shows of the week, bloggers, editors and influencers alike took to their phones, positioning them to get the best Instagram photo that was streamed to their feed instantly.

And then it began. David Jones ambassador Jessica Gomes routinely took to the runway in a signature floating Camilla dress, followed by fellow ambassador Montana Cox in another Camilla number.

A strong 70’s theme was central to most of the AW/15 collections, with breathtaking floor length silk dresses in moody hues, detailed fringing and wide-legged flares.

Running with the 70’s theme, Australian fashion industry legend Carla Zampatti showcased a pant flare similar to her collection last year, although with a softly tailored approach, as well as bold prints, cuts and black fur vests.

Christopher Esber executed the minimalist approach, with a collection that featured a gorgeous black silk wrap-front dress which fell to the floor with ease.

Kym Ellery did her signature fresh, clean structured suit, but the piece that stood out most was a lace jumpsuit in a midnight blue hue, that took everyone by surprise (good surprise that is), as it was loud in comparison to her regular aesthetic.

Ginger and Smart featured soft, tailored pieces and floating florals, as did Jac and Jack with a less structured version of the trench coat that was prominent in many of the collections.

70’s feather fringing featured at Maje and Scanlan Theodore, who got serious front row attention with their striped shimmer dresses and black floor length dress with a feathered halter donned by Montana Cox.

Michael Lo Sordo really stole the show however, when the last four models to appear on the runway emerged in 70’s style silk numbers, lead by a model in a floor length red silk dress that embodied elegance.

Take a look at my favourite looks from the runway below (click images to enlarge) and stay tuned to The Melbourne Look this week for all the latest VAMFF coverage.

All images via Lucas Dawson Photography.

Trending: Day 1 VAMFF

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival kicked off on Monday, and what a hell of a week it’s been already.

The opening event saw David Jones present this season’s hottest pieces created by Australia’s top designers.

From thick, woollen fabrics layered over chunky knits and scarfs at Jac + Jack, Bassike and Willow, to nautical dreaming at Banjo & Matilda and Nicholas, David Jones proved that this season has a trend for everyone.

Take note of these four styles from Monday’s runway when planning your winter wardrobe and you’ll be set for the season.


animal print

From a structured flare dress at Camilla and Marc to a light-weight satin number at Ginger and Smart, this season is all about letting your inner lion roar.


electric blue

Whoever said blue described a bad mood did not own a little blue Cameo hat. The electric colour took the runway by storm, from a body-hugging dress and structured blazer at Bianca Spender, to a casual black and blue panelled silk dress at Ginger and Smart.



Whether it’s sheer sleeves or a translucent knit, in an Australian winter it’s okay to bare skin. In fact you’ll be looked at weird if you’re not doing it.


the leather lbd

We’ve always been told a Little Black Dress is essential to every woman’s wardrobe, so why not stand out in leather this winter? From a bodycon at Camilla and Marc to a cute A-line at Cameo, a leather LBD will go with countless pieces this winter.

Photography: Lucas Dawson.

MBFF Sydney: Karla Spetic

Loving lace this season and Karla Spectic was all over it at MBFF with that cute little white crop top and skirt. In fact, I’ve been lusting over the whole line, and it was a bit of a tease that we only got to see 4 pieces!

With a taste of what’s to come in Karla’s SS14 collection, look forward to seeing bright silks, sheers, pops of floral, flirty frills, shimmery overlays and godly prints.

P.s. if you haven’t got fuchsia in your wardrobe get onto it! It’s taking the runway by storm this spring and it looks like it’s here to stay.

Have a flick through the look-book and be prepared to fall in love. This is one of my favourite collections for SS14.

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This post was originally published on September 2, 2013.

MBFF Sydney: Shakuhachi

Seeing my favourite label from the front row VIP style last week definitely didn’t have me complaining, and once again Shakuhachi cemented my love for them with their spectacular SS14 collection.

Known for her fun, quirky designs and daring feature prints the labels’ designer Jessie White describes her latest collection ‘Cyber Barbarella’ as 60′s inspired with a ‘fun interplay’ of modern textiles.

Sky high stockings, floating florals and intricate tailoring was on display with eye popping visuals and dreamy neoprenes. Speaking of neoprenes, we’re seeing this trend in daring colours flooding the runway this season (check out my Maticevski post).

My favourite pieces in the line would have had to be the punchy floral dress, bomber and bodysuit which I think summed up Spring fashion to a tee.

If you take any wardrobe inspiration from this line take the ability to be bold, floral and fun this season.

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This post was originally published on August 28, 2013.

MBFF Sydney: Romance Was Born

As smoke crept across the runway the Trends show doors opened to a truly mystical world. Think puffy marshmallow dresses, bright floral embellishments, tulle trims, furry frills and psychedelic statements.

The SS14 collection, ‘Mushroom Magic’ was sweet and sugary in essence, taking the fashion runway experience to a whole new level. Designers of Romance Was Born, Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales are known for their elaborate performance like shows, and the new line did not disappoint.

And neither did the shoes! The amazing shoes of prey were a vibrant and frilly finish on an extravagant line that just kept getting better.

On a serious note, sheer was big on the runway this week and Romance Was Born put a 70′s spin on the sexy trend. We’ve seen it with Karla Spetic, Christopher Esber and Alice McCall and we’ll continue to see it as we head into Melbourne Spring Fashion Week next week.

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This post was originally posted on August 27, 2013.

MBFF Sydney: Maticevski

Floating angelically down the runway, you could say Tony Maticevski’s spring/summer collection was the highlight of a fabulous week at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney.

Jaws dropped as the breathtaking couture emerged onto the runway at the Trends and InStyle Red Carpet Runway shows, highlighting a collection embodied by sculptured neoprenes, embellished drapes and exquisite colours.

From the front row I lusted over the orange neoprene dress, which seemed to have a similar effect on the rest of the audience. The floor length wonder was a stand alone piece in it’s modern design, highlighting the need for colour and class this season.

Every dress to follow was timeless and independent of each before it, with the 50-esque black dress with full skirt signifying the fact that a classic piece will withstand any season.

Gorgeous ivories and gold detailing was the icing on a truly memorable show, made all the better with Victoria’s Secret model Erin Heatherton leading the isle like formation on the runway.

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All photography is my own and subject to copyright laws.

This post was originally published on August 26, 2013.

Please Welcome: Divya Rao

I love nothing more than a designer who can deliver an individual twist on the current season, and Divya is showcasing best what Melbourne’s emerging design talent has to offer.

The Indian born designer released her self-named label and first collection in 2012 which featured elegant necklines, bold prints and delicate beading. Since then her label has made quite a name for itself and was featured in Fashion Trend and Indulge magazines, as well as gaining a spot in Gusto and Élan’s fabulous Brunswick Street store.

Her second line was launched in a preview viewing at Gusto and Élan on the 8th of June, and I had the privilege of attending. Divya’s ‘Midnight Madness’ Resort Wear line came to life, highlighting the need for her abstract printed tanks in any wardrobe. Favourites of the collection were the pashlea shift dress and the animal inspired sheer dress.

Her new range screams sexy, but remains simplistic in each piece’s bold feature print.
Divya’s first line is available online and in store at Gusto and Élan, with her second set to be available soon.

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This post was originally published on June 27, 2013.

Gatsby fever at Gusto and Élan

If there was ever an era that perfectly encapsulated style and grace it was the 20’s and the crowd at Gusto and Élan’s Gatsby inspired party on Saturday night were perfect replicas of the decade.

Flapper dresses, diamond encrusted headpieces, pearls, bobbed haircuts, cloche hats, faux fur and low-waisted dresses were on display as well as timeless suits worn by the beautiful men.
Designers of the labels on show would have been very pleased, as the beautiful millinery looked ageless on the equally stunning models.

Highlights of the collections were the dropwaist faux fur dress by Kathryn Beker and the lace dress by Sol Hermana. Both emerging labels, the pieces were just fabulous, summing up exactly what modern day 20’s style looks like, and what the lovely emerging Australian-based designers have to offer.

Not only did the models look amazing but so were guests, with designer of Marion Liese, Christopher Hamblin making an appearance, as well as friends and various fashion personalities. Everyone was dressed for the occasion and enjoyed browsing the newest labels on offer.

Some personal favourite pieces were Pelle’s latest leather collection, the Zhivago mercenary pant in grey and Sonya Kran’s big fold jacket and navy lining dress (worn beautifully by one of the models).

It seems we in the fashion world are experiencing a blast from the past, and it’s a nice one. To me, it’s apparent that since Spring 2012 we’ve seen designers such as Alexander Wang bringing back the old with a new spin. And although we have developed a new understanding of fashion as we grow as a culture, it seems fashion’s past will always sneak back into our wardrobe in some form or another.

But who says it’s a bad thing? Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaption of ‘The Great Gatsby’, a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in amidst the shift in worldwide fashion culture (1925), has brought on 20’s fever and it’s sweeping the side walk like the plague (a good one mind you). The stunning dresses, magnificent parties, encrusted jewels and pearls and freshly-shaven men are exactly what every girl dreams of having in life.

Something suggests that we have always been 20’s girls at heart, longing for a Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) to sweep us off our feet, and love us as eternally as he loves Daisy Buchanan.

So if you want to get in amongst the hype, head online to Gusto and Élan’s website or into their Brunswick street store in Melbourne to experience Melbourne’s fashion culture at it’s finest.

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This post was originally published on June 4, 2013.