Melbourne sure turned it on for the first day of spring (hello sunshine!), and if there’s one event at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week fashion disciples generally clamber over others to get to, it’s the Opening Gala Runway. Packed to the brim of Australian fashion heavyweights, this year we were ooo-ed and ahh-ed at the latest from Akira, Aurelio Costarella, Carla Zampatti (who’s currently celebrating 50 years in the biz), Christine, Craig Braybrook Couture, Gwendolynne, Jasongrech, Nevenka, Nicolangëla, Rachel Gilbert, and Zhivago. Lace really seemed to be the star of the night, both on and off the runway. Some of our favourite looks reflected one of Melbourne’s key trans-seasonal aesthetics: it’s all about monochrome, with white being the dominant colour of choice for many.

Read below and find out what we loved about our chosen outfits, plus some awe inspiring couture.  XXX

Below: Making it her second year in a row as ambassador for the festival, Ashley Hart (covered in hearts!) looks gorgeously bohemian in this floor-length lace dress and barely-there makeup. She’s taken the expert approach to accessories too, with a small gold clutch and almost non-existent jewellery, apart from her wedding ring of course! Showing off that trademark Hart grin, this is the kind of effortlessness we can only dream of.

Above: Emily’s outfit is all about proportions and she’s absolutely hit the nail on the head. This is ultimate gradient dressing; by off-setting the black and white with a splash of grey, she balances this otherwise monochrome ensemble perfectly. This outfit really speaks for itself: she looks comfortable, chic and undeniably cool. With the addition of her cute navy mini bag, she’s simply oozing Parisian sophistication.

Below: Ladies, take notes: this is why bell sleeves won’t be going away any time soon. Seriously, what’s not to love about this all-white look? For one: the top is to die for, and by paring it with wide-leg trousers, the outfit flows beautifully into a pair of killer shoes: rather than going for a safe, white option, she makes it interesting by hinting just a little bit of edge and attitude, counterbalancing this entire look seamlessly.

Above: This look just screams Hampton’s goddess. Sexy, sophisticated yet somehow cool, calm and totally understated, this dress is just so beautifully versatile: by day it could be pared with flats and a boater hat, and by night, as Kasia shows here, it can be totally transformed: glammed up with a pair of lace-up heels and the pièce de résistance: a statement gold choker. Heaven.

Below: This suit is everything we love about power-dressing 2.0: it’s feminine, commanding and Renae just radiates confidence: we are particularly in love with the tie-up detail on the blazer. Absolute perfection. The devil’s definitely in the details with this look. While clothes-wise she’s sticking with a monochrome palette, we love how she’s mixed it up by injecting just a little bit of colour in the form of plum-coloured lipstick and pedicure.

Above: The great thing about fashion is that one theme, i.e. lace, can be interpreted in so many different ways. Rhiannon takes this gorgeous lace dress and makes it fun, a little bit flirty and sleek, all at the same time. This dress is rather intricate: too much jewellery would have distracted it and made it overwhelming, so the toe rings make a divine and extremely subtle addition. Cute as a button.

Below: We always wait with bated breath to see what Stef and Jess of How Two Live have in store for us, and these looks don’t disappoint. Normally dressed bursting in colour from head-to-toe, the pair has toned down the palette but kept their trademark volume and matching pieces. They clearly have so much fun choosing their outfits. Always challenging traditional fashion rules – like by paring lace, fur and platforms all at once – they somehow they pull it off every time. Seriously, those coats? Can’t even.

Above: We’ve never met an over-the-knee boot we didn’t like, and seriously, how amazing are these? By paring these incredible suede boots with a simple, yet stunning a-symmetrical mini dress and the perfect amount of gold accessories, Vydia has made this look so chic and sophisticated.


Photography: Liz Sunshine & Liane Hurvitz // Photography Assistent: Michelle Moses // Words: Sophie Goulopoulos – 2015 – Event



Forever New is proud to be a partner of this years Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, and last night we experienced their standout runway show at the MSFW hub. Parading their newest trends for Spring, as well as their race wear looks, casual looks, and more sophisticated ensembles, Forever New really outdid themselves, and proved that they are a front runner in the style stakes. The venue was brimming with an array of Melbourne ‘it’ girls, and we were there in the audience to capture our favourite fashionistas in their glammed up outfits. Looks were refreshing with neutral tones and soft hues, and 70s style denim seems to be making a huge comeback.

Check out our images below to see some of our favourite looks from the show, and some of our favourite standout pieces. XXX

Below: Loving this creative combination of denim on denim on denim. This is actually one of the biggest upcoming trends for Spring, so look out for it! The hint of the black bra underneath is a nice contrast and adds a little bit of cheekiness to the outfit. Accessories and makeup are kept minimal for a nice afternoon look. I feel like she could get in a time machine, travel back to the 70s, and fit in quite nicely, especially with her long blonde locks and flared jeans. A great casual look for anytime of the year really!

Above: Here we see that beautiful burnt orange colour again that is so prevalent this season. It contrasts quite nicely with the subtle pink hue in her hair. Those pants are killer, we love the pattern and that slightly flared style. They could be matched with so many things, so are a definite wardrobe staple this season. The blazer, shoes, and bag tie everything tougher nicely, and the split in her top allow the pants to shine. We particularly like how she has been quite courageous with her combinations, it’s always nice to see someone’s individual sense of style really shine through in their outfits.

Below: We love this dress, it’s super cute and really is the perfect dress for Spring. The off the shoulder style is so feminine and complimentary, as is the cinched bow around her waist. Her Louis Vuitton bag matches nicely with those camel coloured heels, and we love that hint of colour from her necklace. A really beautiful and refreshingly elegant look for Spring.

Above: This look is very sleek and very mod. She could almost pass off as a super spy way undercover posing as a Melbournian fashionista. Loving the detailing and design of her skirt. Those faux pockets add a cool aspect, as does the slit down the middle. That high neck line is so chic, and compliments her hairstyle nicely. Her shoes mould to her feet perfectly and show off her beautiful manicured toenails. All in all this is a fantastically refined look, she looks amazing, even though her cover’s probably blown now.

Below: The detailing around her hemline is exquisite, this truly is such a unique piece. The varying lengths of her skirt work nicely as well. Love the looseness of her top and that high neckline. Her hair looks beautiful left down, and her lipstick adds a vibrant quality to the all white ensemble. Loving her lace up boots, and the all over neutral tones. Another beautiful look perfect for Spring.

Above: This is another look that’s been transported straight from the 70s. Those flared jeans are making a comeback in a major way. You can never go wrong with light blue denim teamed with white, especially when jeans are concerned. Loving the statement belt and red lipstick, also how amazing does her hair look. It’s like she has stepped straight out of a Pantene commercial. Would have loved to catch a glimpse of her shoes, as I’m sure they are fabulous!

Below: What we love most about this look is the simplicity of it. It’s great when you have a statement piece like this dress that really speaks for itself. Really loving the v shaped neckline as it’s extremely flattering. Those shoes are gorgeous as well, really like the design. Her hair looks amazing and is simply styled yet elegant.

Below: That gold top really does make a statement, especially teamed with the white skirt. Love the draping nature of it and those long sleeves. This garment would really add that wow factor to any outfit. Her hair looks beautiful in curls, and those lace up boots contrast wonderfully. Loving the face she has gone with minimal accessories and minimal makeup to really let that top be the standout feature.

Above: It seems that it is very ‘in’ at the moment to wear all one colour throughout the entire outfit. This is another all white ensemble that works really well, especially with the inclusion of that white denim. We’ve always loved white denim especially when paired with a nice pair of heels. This look is flattering and relaxed, whilst still being sophisticated and on trend.

Above: Another intricately detailed stand out piece. Loving that lace detailing all over her dress, especially up around her neckline where it is more see through. This dress is so refreshingly feminine and girlie, and the sort of style that can be really dressed up or actually kept quite casual. Loving the soft baby blue colour, a colour that I think we will see much more of in Spring.


Photography: Liz Sunshine & Liane Hurvitz // Photography Assistant: Michelle Moses // Words: Katelyn Rew – 2014 – Event




With racing season fast approaching it’s only fitting that Melbourne Spring Fashion Week put on a preview of the newest trends set to hit the fields. Yesterday afternoon marked the launch of the David Jones Spring Racewear Runway, and provided us all with inspiration on what to wear to the track this racing season. We were lucky enough to see an extraordinarily varied array of designers showcasing their garments. Ginger & Smart, Dion Lee, Nicola Finetti, Josh Goot, Lover, Ellery, and Carla Zampatti were just a few designers with their wares on show. David Jones Designer Helen O’Connor, Racing Club Stylist Lana Wilkinson and Nadia Bartel all sat front row as a bevy of style icons sat around them. All eyes were on the beautiful designs streaming down the runway, as model after model paraded the newest looks. David Jones Racewear Ambassador Emma Freedman discussed key trends, and face of Caulfield Emma Notarfrancesco was there to provide her insider knowledge.

We selected our favourite outfits from the attendees and were delighted to find some definite flair when it came to statement pieces and outfit combinations. Have a read of why we chose these looks and what we love most about them. XXX

Below: David Jones Racewear Ambassador Emma Freedman knows her fashion, and flared pants are definitely in this season. Emma is wearing a full length jumpsuit that looks incredible teamed with that blazer. That slight difference in colour really lifts the outfit. Her head piece is also quite unique, and very apt for a Spring Racing fashion show. A very glamorous and fashion forward outfit combination.

Above: Now this is definitely a standout look. There’s nothing quite like a matching shorts and blazer suit, especially in tweed. Love how Helen has opted for the thigh high boots instead of heels, which give it a really grungy feel. This whole outfit is tied together nicely by the various combinations of blues and blacks, and makeup and accessories are kept minimal. Helen always looks amazing, and is definitely one to watch for season trends.

Below: This outfit is super cute, especially with that bow around Jess’ neck. She has added an edgier element to her outfit with the inclusion of the ripped jeans and ankle boots. Loving the volume she has put into the back of her hair. Her hair accompanied with the bow gives Jess a definite 60s vibe. We also love the texture and frayed edges of her coat, they match her ripped jeans perfectly. Very refreshing.

Above: Loving the length, design and colour of her coat. So perfectly tailored for her figure. In fact this entire outfit is perfectly tailored and extremely sleek. We see a slight variation of the design of the cut out heels, and the deep v neck contrasts nicely with her bare ankles. It seems full length jumpsuits are making a comeback in the lead up to Spring. Another go to outfit for almost any occasion

Below: Another simple yet elegant outfit combination. It’s nice to see stripes and patterns as opposed to block colours all the time. We particularly like the placement and split on the skirt as it adds a playful quality to the outfit. Loving the accessories including the various rings, and of course her cut out heels are very on trend. We also love her choice of bag, that gold chain adds a bit of bling to the ensemble which is nice. You can never go wrong with an Yves Saint Laurent bag!

Above: We love how the draped jacket over the shoulders has become trendy, it’s so elegant and sophisticated and allows your clothes underneath to be appreciated. Again we see a high split in the skirt which brings a cheeky quality to the outfit. Anne is wearing everyones favourite cut out heels that fit perfectly around her ankle. They really can be worn with just about anything and do make the wearer look fantastic. Her Aje top is very on trend, and seems to be a staple piece for everyone this fashion season.

Below: What really makes this outfit work is the subtle patterning on the bottom of the shorts and sleeves. Without those lines the combination would have lacked contrast. We particularly love those open cut heels which appear very delicate and mould nicely to Marissa’s ankle. She has kept her accessories simple and instead opted for some rings, a watch, and a tiny purse. A simple look that can be dressed up or down.

Above: We absolutely love Ash’s ankle boots, such a unique and stand out design. They really take this outfit to the next level and add some sass. We also love the neckline of her top and the flare of her pants. Her hair is kept up which gives a lovely focus to her neckline. Perfectly accompanied with an oversized bag, we would have loved to see this look with some oversized sunglasses and some red lipstick.


Photography: Liz Sunshine // Photography Assistent: Michelle Moses // Words: Katelyn Rew – 2015 – Event


Collingwood, Melbourne.

‘Alyce is stunning in her fire engine red bomber jacket partnered with her denim shirt wrapped around her waist, we love how those vibrant red and blue hues make her blonde bob pop! – This look is powerful with the edgy leather textures and chic with her classic striped tee.  Looking as though she stumbled out of bed oozing with cool.’





Students from the RMIT School of Fashion & Textiles were given the chance to showcase their garments last night at the ‘Emerging Runway number 1’ for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. Held at the Melbourne Town Hall, the fashion conscious were out in force on the lookout for the next big designer. This was a great chance for up and coming fashion design students to display the garments they had been working so hard to produce all year, and also create hype around their brand. With such an influential audience, it’s no wonder this show gains so much momentum each year, with guests loving the fact that they are the first people to feast their eyes upon pieces from potential new rising stars of the fashion industry. There were some unique styles and fabulous outfit combinations spotted throughout the evening, on stage as well as off. We snapped a few of our favourite looks from the event, and were excited to see some edgy pieces and playful compositions. Read below and see why we love our chosen outfits.

Below: How amazing is Alessandra’s vest! Absolutely loving the length, and those lapels add such a sophisticated edge to the piece. She has kept with the colour combination of whites and greys which flows perfectly. The length of her pants is a great combination with the length of her sleeves, and we love how her hair is swept to one side and kept natural. Shoes are white which tie in with the outfit nicely. A truly refined and sophisticated look.


Above: The design and free flowing nature of Adriana’s top is incredible. We’ve noticed a lot of garments with that pearl sheen lately, it really is a nice alternative to plain whites or creams. Burnt orange is another colour that is prevalent at the moment, and the combination with the pearl sheen is just divine. We love how she’s opted for coloured accessories as opposed to the safe option of plain black. Her shoes and jacket really make the outfit pop, and her clutch ties it all together nicely.

Below: This is such an adorable dress. The pattern is so unique and a real standout feature. You absolutely cannot go wrong with a biker jacket, they seem to compliment every single outfit perfectly. Those heels are to die for, and we love that she has opted for colour as opposed to black, they really do take the outfit to next level cool. Hair and makeup is kept minimal, as are accessories. A really quirky and memorable look.


Above: Love the design of Kat’s top and the monochromatic theme she has going here. A very simple yet elegant outfit choice. The standout piece would definitely be those heels. Love how the pattern and design of the shoes add a bit of flair to the overall outfit. I feel like this is the perfect ‘go to’ outfit for any occasion, and truly a refined choice. You simply cannot go wrong with black and white.

Below: It’s nice to see some green amongst the monochromatic shades. Again we see the leather jacket, the perfect outfit companion. The ankle boots add an edgy flair to Sammi’s outfit and we also love the bulkiness of the scarf. Her makeup is flawless and her hair is left natural. A casual yet cool combination.


Above: This dress is absolutely drop dead gorgeous. What an astonishingly stunning piece. The design and pattern is truly unique and we love the soft tones and glittery texture. Accessories are kept to a minimum, and shoes although not what you would stereotypically pair with the dress seem to work perfectly. Hair is slicked back which is very on trend this season, and again we see makeup kept natural and fresh. Another phenomenal look from the beautiful Ash Hart.

Below: Wow! What an edgy combination. There is something just so typically cool about this look. Loving the monochromatic Melbournian theme and those pants are killer! The design is so refreshingly original and quirky, and it almost merges skirt and pants into this hybrid piece of perfection. Her nails look super cool and add a nice contrast to the black. Chokers have been massive at fashion week and tend to add that 90s almost gothic theme to outfits. 10 out of 10 for this combination, absolutely love it.


Above: We need this coat in our own wardrobes, such a great piece and perfect for Melbourne’s arctic winters. Lauren has combined dressed up pieces with casual denim which is definitely an interesting combination, although we think it looks amazing. The hint of blue underneath all that black really lifts the outfit and makes it fresh. Love the shape of the collar of her dress, it really frames her bob and face beautifully.

Below: Again we see that beautiful burnt orange colour. This is such a sophisticated look, and that tie around the waist adds this really unique centre piece to the outfit. Accessories and shoes are kept black which ties in nicely with the colour of Zahraa’s hair. A simple yet unique outfit.


Above: Now this is truly a standout dress. What a cool and fun piece. We love how Regina has matched her red bag to her outfit which compliments the red lips on her dress wonderfully. Shoes are interesting, and again we see those open cut designs that are so popular at the moment. Such a fun and playful look. Love it!


Photography: Liz Sunshine // Words: Katelyn Rew – 2015 – Event

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