Saturday 31 August 2013

Paris Fashion Week AW 2013....Marte

Dutch model Marte Mei van Haaster, after Valentino, Paris, March 2013.

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2013....Veronika

MyTheresa Fashion Editor Veronika Heilbrunner (wearing Acne Studio's gorgeous velvet dress), Paris, July 2013.

If you have a velvet (or otherwise) strapless dress in your wardrobe but only take it out for special occasions, try teaming it with a casual shirt (borrowed from your boyfriend perhaps) and a pair of flat-ish sandals for a more relaxed look.

Paris Fashion Week AW 2013....Sabrina

Sabrina Meijer from After Drk blog, after A Show, Paris, March 2013.

If head-to-toe houndstooth feels slightly too dramatic for your personal style, try a subtle pair of houndstooth check pants instead like Sabrina is wearing here. And team with a bold two-tone sweater!

Recreate Sabrina's look (kind of):

Check pants: Paul & Joe wool-blend wide-leg pants, Theory Fia houndstooth pants, Band of Outsiders skinny houndstooth pants, or Rag & Bone/JEAN Houndstooth pajama pants (a bit more casual than Sabrina's pants).

Two-tone sweater: Jason Wu Crochet-knit sweater, Joseph two-tone sweater, Faith Connexion jacquard sweater, or Theory Juneau C Paces pullover

DKNY double breasted coat with leather, Burberry Prorsum wool-twill coat, Vince overcoat, or Rebecca Taylor leather trim long coat

New York Fashion Week SS 2013....Liao

Chinese model Liao Shiya, after J.Crew, NYC, September 2012.

As the mornings get cooler, throw on a leather biker jacket over a pastel shirt or blouse and see-through sweater. 

Recreate Liao's look (kind of):

New York Fashion Week SS 2013....Sarah

British model Sarah Dick, after A Show, NYC, September 2012. 

Back to school/university/fashion week inspiration via Sarah!

Recreate Sarah's look (kind of):

AG Adriano Goldschmied Heather Easy denim vest, Vero Moda sleeveless denim jacket,  or J Brand Sigrid vest

ASOS Drop armhole tank dress, or ASOS sleeveless smock dress

Stela 9 Santiago patchwork backpack, Topshop Zig Zag Duffle backpack, or ASOS Aztec backpack

Friday 30 August 2013

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2013....Esther

German model Esther Heesch, after Elie Saab Couture, Paris, July 2013.

Recreate Esther's look (kind of):

Instead of a classic black leather jacket, try a coloured  jacket like Esther's, and layer contrasting sweaters/tops underneath.

Coloured leather/suede/shearling jacket: Acne Vera leather-trimmed shearling jacket, Whistles Patti textured leather jacket, Ganni suede leather jacket, Rag & Bone Bowery jacket or Faith Connexion colorblock leather jacket

Navy sweater: Lot78 crew neck sweater, or Rag & Bone/JEAN Natalie sweater

London Fashion Week AW 2013....Chloe

Chloe Sachdev, before Antipodium, London, February 2013.

Love this gorgeous plaid skirt on Chloe, such beautiful colours.

Recreate Chloe's look (kind of):

Plaid skirt: Topshop check chiffon midi skirt, MSGM plaid skirt, Etoile Isabel Marant plaid skirt, Alice + Olivia Fizer box pleat skirt, Moschino plaid wool-twill kilt, ASOS mini skirt, ASOS full midi skirt in tartan, or Dsquared2 Dita pencil skirt

New York Fashion Week SS 2013....Nastya

Russian model Nastya Kusakina, after Donna Karan, NYC, September 2012.

Recreate Nastya's cute summery look (kind of):

Karl Lagerfeld Paulette tailored wool-blend twill shorts, Alice + Olivia Cady Cuff shorts, ASOS tailored shorts, Alice + Olivia Butterfly shorts, or Topshop Boutique silk shorts

Tory Burch Tricia flat sandals, Sam Edelman Gigi patent T strap sandals, or K Jacques St Tropez Picon leather sandals

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2013

Before Chanel Couture, Paris, July 2013.

 A beautiful, elegant outfit for a special occasion. And for those not so special occasions, wear the pieces (full midi skirt, lace blouse) separately.

Recreate her look (kind of):

Lace top: Dolce & Gabbana lace top, Dolce & Gabbana ruffled lace cotton blouse, Blaque Label sleeveless top, Vera Wang Collection Bow collar top, Gucci lace shirt, Jean Paul Gaultier long sleeve blouse, or ASOS t-shirt with floral lace

Black full skirt: Tibi midi skirt, or Tibi sheer midi skirt

Thursday 29 August 2013

New York Fashion Week SS 2013

After A Show, NYC, September 2012.

New York Fashion Week AW 2013....Kate

Buyer for Opening Ceremony, the lovely Kate Foley, before A Show, NYC, February 2013. 

There is a fabulous interview with Kate in the September 2013 edition of Elle (UK) (pages 204 and 205). Kate describes a pair of silver Prada platform 'stripper' shoes that she has recently acquired.....these may be those shoes?! In any event, her whole outfit is crazy good!

Recreate Kate's look (kind of):

Topshop gold diamond cropped pants, Giulietta silk culottes, Marc by Marc Jacobs culottes, or Sister Jane cropped pants

Paris Fashion Week SS 2013....Nadia

Nadia Sawar from FrouFrouu blog, before Leonard, Paris, October 2013.

A super pretty look on Nadia: team a beautiful red sweater with a sheer skirt for the change in seasons. Layer according to the weather and how much skin you want to show :)

Recreate Nadia's look (kind of):

Carven lace knit sweater, ASOS back detail sweater with stepped hem, Equipment Sandy v neck sweater (in red), Stella McCartney fine-knit sweater, or Equipment Sloane sweater

Marc by Marc Jacobs Oxford creepers (in black), Robert Clergerie Pogo creepers, or Topshop Underground creepers

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2013....Miroslava

Buro 24/7's Miroslava Duma, before Armani Prive, Paris, July 2013.

Paris Fashion Week AW 2013....Karlina

Latvian model Karlina Caune, after Louis Vuitton, Paris, March 2013.

Such a fabulous take on the parka/anorak by Thakoon Addition. 

Recreate Karlina's look (kind of):

Mother The Looker skinny jeans, J Brand 8112 Mid Rise Rail jeans, or Citizens of Humanity Avedon ultra skinny jeans

Tuesday 27 August 2013

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2013....Josephine

French model Josephine Le Tutour, after Chanel Couture, Paris, July 2013.

Adore this outfit on Josephine. The colours are so pretty and fresh!

Recreate Josephine's look (kind of):

Bomber: Saloni embroidered satin bomber jacket, Mara Hoffman quilted bomber, Ladkah Babylon paisley bomber, Y.A.S. Peacock soft bomber, or Day Birger et Mikkelsen Day Falbourg bomber

Topshop Cotton circle broderie shell, Ella Moss Heidi eyelet top, Marc by Marc Jacobs Rosie eyelet top, or Marc by Marc Jacobs Collage lace top

Distressed white jeans: J Brand 811 Mid Rise skinny jeans, Paige Denim Verdugo Ultra skinny jeans, or Citizens of Humanity Racer skinny jeans

Paris Fashion Week AW 2013....After Chanel

After Chanel, Paris, March 2013.

Recreate her look (kind of):

Add some sumptuous velvet to your winter wardrobe: Christopher Kane floral-print velvet dress, Veda Saturn velvet dress, Saint Laurent velvet mini dress, Toga layered velvet-floral skirt, Topshop floral velvet kimono, AG Adriano Goldschmied velvet pants, Each X Other satin-trimmed velvet jacket, J Brand Daisy velvet top, Christopher Kane two-tone velvet dress or Charlotte Olympia Kitty embroidered slippers

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2013....Catherine

Australian model Catherine McNeil, after Elie Saab Couture, Paris, July 2013.

Supporting an excellent cause with her tee: The Beagle Freedom Project.

Recreate Catherine's look (kind of):

Leather wrap skirt: Tess Giberson leather wrap skirt, Maiyet leather and braided calf hair wrap skirt, Helmut Lang Evolution warped leather skirt, Topshop leather denim mix kilt, BB Dakota Sebastian wrap skirt, or Costume National black skirt

Paris Fashion Week AW 2013....Camille

Camille Charriere from Camille Over The Rainbow blog, Tuileries, Paris, March 2013.

A very cute monochrome look on Camille....who is half Team Paris and half Team London :)

Recreate Camille's look (kind of):

Camille's sweatshirt is from Misbhv. Topshop New York long sleeve sweat, Acne Lupine intarsia sweater, Zoe Karssen Riot sweatshirt, One by Delfina Balda Bandido knit sweater, or Pencey Sophomore sweatshirt.

Black and white booties: L.A.M.B. Nabila booties, Saint Laurent Paris python booties, Miu Miu textured-leather ankle boots, or McQ Alexander McQueen D ring booties

Monday 26 August 2013

London Fashion Week AW 2013....Annabelle

Annabelle Jordan, after Clements Ribeiro, London, February 2013.

Instead of a black, navy or grey coat for winter, be fashion-brave and try a beautiful brightly coloured coat.

Edit: Thanks Annabelle for letting us know that this is you!

Recreate her look (kind of):

Topshop fluffy boyfriend coat, Elizabeth and James Colton coat, Nicholas Felted wool coat, ASOS limited edition coat, DKNY textured coat, or Elizabeth and James Narine coat, or Simone Rocha wafer mesh coat

Print jeans: Kenzo Tiger jungle jeans, Mother The Looker skinny jeans, One Teaspoon leopard print jeans, or McQ Alexander McQueen tiger tartan jeans

Grey sweater: Equipment Sloane sweater, Topshop Grunge rib jumper, ASOS Aran sweater or Rag & Bone Cara sweater

p.s. Not sure of her name...but she walked in the Clements Ribeiro show the previous season.

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2013....Martha

American model Martha Hunt, after Alexandre Vauthier, Paris, July 2013.

For a cute, casual summer look, layer a denim shirt over a tank or tee and team with a leather mini + ballet flats. 

Recreate Martha's look (kind of):

Topshop Moto denim oversized shirt,  ASOS Denim shirt, Paige Denim Kadie button up shirt, 7 For All Mankind denim shirt or Acne Wave denim shirt

Rag & Bone Louise ballet flats, Marc by Marc Jacobs studded mouse ballet flats, ASOS Laila ballet flats, Repetto ballet flats, or Lanvin ballet flats

Paris Fashion Week AW 2013....Tamu

Tamu McPherson from All The Pretty Birds blog, after Dries van Noten (I think!), Paris, February 2013.

A fabulous combination of prints, fabrics and colours on gorgeous Tamu. And topped off with a beautiful "It is so freaking cold but I am going to be happy anyway smile!".

Recreate Tamu's look (kind of):

Add some plaid to your existing wardrobe (and mix with other prints like Tamu has): Preen Preen Line Kelly dress, ASOS full midi skirt in tartan print, Sacai lace and plaid gathered back jacket, Topshop check chiffon midi kilt, MSGM Plaid skirt, Marc by Marc Jacobs Aimee sweater, or Faith Connexion short sweater

Print bomber: Equipment Abbot animal-print bomber, Topshop check sequin bomber, Emma Cook printed satin bomber, See by Chloe Cobra bomber, or Alexander McQueen Tiger tartan bomber jacket

New York Fashion Week SS 2013....After Nanette Lepore

After Nanette Lepore, NYC, September 2012.

Weekend Life....Country South Australia

Country South Australia, late April 2013.

A few images from my travels in South Australia on the journey to stay at the beautiful Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island and North Bundaleer, Clare Valley earlier this year.

Some of our favourite places:


Maggie Beer's Farm Shop: A Barossa (and Australian) institution. The lovely shop stocks Maggie's products (I doubt there would be many Australian food lovers who haven't tried Maggie's Quince paste with some gorgeous cheese over the years!), seasonal produce and also serves picnic-style goodies to munch on. The dam beside the shop is full of wonderful little round turtles - excellent entertainment for little kids and kids at heart :)

Barossa Farmers Market: Saturday mornings. Go early (Australians love a good food market and rise early to do their produce browsing and shopping!) to avoid the lines for coffee and breakfast sandwiches. Be sure to visit Saskia Beer's stall (her mama is Maggie Beer) to sample her excellent charcuterie (great for a picnic if you are on a road trip).

Schulz's Butchers. Excellent metwurst from an old fashioned butcher's shop.

Rockford Wines, Penfolds and Seppeltsfield Winery = 3 of our favourite wineries in the Barossa.

Salter's Kitchen at Saltram winery. We enjoyed a lovely casual lunch on the outside terrace.

Blond Coffee, Angaston. Coffee + sweet treat fix, sorted.

Adelaide Hills

Hahndorf is a beautiful little town in the Adelaide Hills which shouldn't be missed if you are visiting South Australia/Adelaide. We were there in Autumn and the trees lining the main street were a mass of glorious shades of crimson and orange. If you are after a good old-fashioned Aussie cream bun or vanilla slice, try Otto's bakery on Main street.

Mclaren Vale

Primo Estate. My favourite tasting! Make sure you do The Joseph Experience which combines both wine and olive oil tasting. Brilliant value at $15 pp which is redeemable on any Joseph purchase.

If you need any more convincing to visit South Australia, take a peek at this wonderful clip highlighting the beauty of the Barossa and the diverse produce available in the region.

Thank you to the South Australian Tourism Commission for assisting with travel arrangements.