Adelaide Fashion Festival 15

IMG_2286 IMG_2373 IMG_2366Wow! What another huge year it has been for the Adelaide Fashion Festival!
From the hottest designers, newest collections, bloggers and special appearances (and so, so much more!) – Adelaide Fashion Week was jam packed and packed full of punch!

In the heart of Adelaide in Hindmarsh Square was where the fashion festival called home for 2015.
It was most definitely the ultimate setting to show off Adelaide’s most talented fashion designers and all that we have to look forward to seeing from them soon.

Although there were so many incredible shows and designers throughout fashion week, I’ll go through just some of the stand outs for me and my favourite looks.

Sally Phillips and Liza Emanuele both showcased amazing collections and above all unique and diverse styles.

The Sally Phillips collection was all about the tribal vibe this year! Aztec prints, extravagant neck pieces, innovative textures and bold colour blocking, made up a fantastic collection with ultimate day to day wear-ability.
The range was made up of unique pieces designed to be worn separately to create different looks or worn as showcased for executed style.

See my top picks from the Sally Phillips collection below.

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Liza Emanuele brought a whole new level of elegance and sophistication that not only translated into her gorgeous gowns but in the feminine fabrics and shapes from her entire collection.
Bold stripes and bright florals combined with soft neutrals, made a statement in Liza’s collection but the designs were achieved with the utmost poise and femininity.

See my top picks from the Liza Emanuele collection below.

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And last but not least… The Fashion BNKR show by Australian Fashion Labels!

Keepsake, Finders Keepers, C/MEO and The Fifth are all a part of the Australian Fashion Labels family and boy do they always leave us wanting more!

Forever delivering outstanding and innovative styles crafted with the highest quality fabrics the BNKR show never fails to disappoint.

Although it’s impossible to name a favourite, I would have to say that Finders Keepers was a definite stand out for me at this years show. Their fresh take on the neutral palette, teamed with bold animal inspired print is a new and edgy look for the brand this season. A transformation of a simple design to something spectacular, is what makes Finders Keepers the brand it is identified as today.

See my Finders Keepers favourites below.

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Keepsake also created a fresh print for summer which starred a combination of the common winter hue, burgundy, and a bold, light coloured, floral print. Burgundy, usually being the favourite tone from Winter, was styled gorgeously in their Summer collection (a re-vamp the colour was desperate for, if you ask me!) and perfect for any transeasonal outfit too!

See the gorgeous Keepsake print below! IMG_2311

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Overall, the Adelaide Fashion Festival 15 was a huge success and it was great to be able to support local talent as well as get us all very excited for this upcoming season!

Thanks for reading and please check out my other favourite designs from the BNKR show below!

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The Finer Things

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Most of the time dressing casual is the norm. That doesn’t mean it has to be plain and boring though! (Even if you’re someone like me, who likes their neutrals!)

Jeans = tick! Knit = tick! Flats = tick! So you’ve got all of your go-to casual basics but you want to steer away from making your outfit another plain old jeans and top combo? Take care in the finer details of your outfit!

One of the best ways to get a different look and feel fresh is just simply by changing the way you wear those key pieces. Start with jeans – the most basic of basic wardrobe items, right? Well if you’re tired of the way they look on you then maybe its time for a new pair or a different cut. My tip to wake up your jeans is by simply cuffing them at the hem. Not so neat that ‘you did it on purpose’ but messy enough that you achieve the ‘I didn’t even try’ look!

I’m a self confessed knit wear addict! I adore Winter only for its cozy jumpers. I search all season and buy way too many, looking for that perfect one that washes well, keeps its shape and feels oh-so-soft! If you want to steer away from those heavy knits you already have that just consume you when you wear them, then try a knit with a different cut. Simple side splits, different arm lengths, ribbed fabric, high neck or off the shoulder – the list goes on. Go for a knit that works for you, that’s probably pricier but worth the cost and one that is neutral so you’ll get the wear out of it! Light knits with shorter sleeves are the ultimate transitional piece that will take care of you on those breezy Spring days.

Flats are every girls comfort shoe. It’s the safe choice – isn’t it? Just because it’s a flat, doesn’t mean it has to be boring. One of my ultimate pet hates is seeing a gorgeous outfit worn with plain, black, tatty flats with feet rolling out of them! Don’t worry, I love a comfy shoe just as much as the next girl. Look for a more structured flat that has simple detailing. Ankle lace-ups are a huge must for this Spring season. If you haven’t got your hands on a pair, now is the time to do so – you heard it here first! If you’re not into the lace-up trend, try a flat with discreet cut outs, a loafer style or lash out and try a brogue!

Just because your outfit is comfy and simple doesn’t mean it can’t exude style and fashion. Sometimes the finer details of an outfit make the loudest statement.

Tip: Add a thin, soft scarf for extra layers in your outfit, a little more colour and a heap of warmth!

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Outfit…

Knit – French Connection

Jeans – Bardot

Scarf – Zara

Shoes – “Aqua” by Betts For Her

Turn Another Leaf

IMG_1511 leaves pic 3 leaves pic 1leaves pic 2Finally! The warmer weather is among us! HALLELUJAH!

I’m sure you’ll all be just as happy as I am that the warmer weather has finally kicked in (well for now anyway!). And what better way to celebrate the warmer weather than laying on a beautiful Aussie beach?

That’s all great… but am I the only one who always finds it difficult to put an outfit together that is beach appropriate? And of course by appropriate I mean comfy, cool, easy to change in and out of, doesn’t-matter-if-it-gets-sandy and ofcourse chic! Well if you struggle too (and I know you do!) to match a top and bottoms for that effortless beach look, that so many girls are pulling off way too easily (am I right?!), look no further than a PLAYSUIT/JUMPSUIT!

You don’t have to waste time matching a top to your bottoms when all you want to do is go to the beach already! They automatically make you look chic and give you instant style cred. Jumpsuits/playsuits have been all over the catwalks for a while now and they aren’t going anywhere fast. They are super on trend, so even perfect with heels for that beach party where you need step it up a little more 😉

My playsuit is by Milk and Honey from Myer and features a triangle cut out back, deep v in the front and belted with a tie-up waist band. So many different styles and cuts around right now that you really can be picky when it comes to finding the right one for you (although, like me, you’ll probably want them all!).

*Fun Fact… The difference between a playsuit and a jumpsuit is that the bottoms in a playsuit are shorts and in jumpsuits they are pants 😉

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My Outfit…

Playsuit – ‘Milk and Honey’ by Myer

Hat – Cotton On

Sunnies – Collette Dinnigan