This week's most stylish outfits came in just about every form imaginable. From covered up and cool (like Olivia Palermo and Julianne Hough) to slinky splits and sex appeals (like Selena Gomez and Ashley Madekwe), our favourite stars had every kind of look covered. Lily Collins continued to dominate the fashion scene, this time wearing a cool Australian label paired with Christian Louboutin heels, and Amber Heard tried out a less-scary version of the midriff trend, in an oversize ensemble we kind of want in our wardrobes. There's much more to see — click through to scope this week's best looks!
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American film star Sandra Bullock touched down in Sydney on Monday, ahead of last night's premiere of her new film, The Heat. While we're excited to see her movie, we're more interested in scoping her press tour wardrobe! She usually opts for classic pieces that lend sexy silhoutettes, like pencil skirts and perfectly tailored shirts, but lately we've noticed something else: Sandra B loves Australian label Bec & Bridge! Spotted wearing three different pieces from the brand, on two different occasions, it's clear Sandra fancies herself some laidback Aussie style. Click through to see Sange in the homegrown label, and check out what she wore to last night's premiere!
If you're a local fashion designer with an eye on world domination, this could be your ticket to big time success. The 2013 DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship is looking for an emerging Australian label who has been exporting its designs no longer than four years. The recipient of the scholarship will receive $10,000 worth of international freight services, as well as a coveted one-on-one appointment with the buying team from My-Wardrobe — both invaluable stepping stones to turning a local label into an internationally recognised brand.
The winner will also join the illustrious ranks of previous winners Hary Setiadi, Bec & Bridge and We Are Handsome. The 2012 winner, Hary Setiadi (backstage at his MBFWA show is pictured above), said the scholarship has “given me an understanding of the process of international shipping, how to be strategic in my approach to sending collections overseas as well as how to build great cost efficiencies into my business through shipping solutions... I strongly urge all designers with dreams of expanding their brand internationally to enter the DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship.” Entries close at 5pm, this Friday 31st of May. You know what they say. . . you gotta be in it to win it!
More interesting than black, and easier to pull off than a pair of shorts — the little white skirt is enjoying some time in the sun for multiple reasons. We love the way it makes everything you own look fresh and new, and — as it goes with anything white — the neutral hue magically goes with anything and everything. Bold coloured prints? Tick! Pretty sorbet separates? Indeed. Metallics? You betcha. Now this is the important part — this season's sharpest style come with a point of difference so think trumpet shapes, sheer overlays and asymmetrical edges. Got a case of the Friday fatigues? Brighten your day with one of our five local finds . . .
The '90s were an obvious influence on Bec & Bridge's Spring/Summer '13-'14 collection, with a number of catwalk pieces looking like they may have stepped right out of Kate Moss' wardrobe - circa her Calvin Klein days (and we mean that in a good way). Bias-cut satin slip dresses and camisoles hugged the body, as did a number of seductive, sheer-spliced cocktail dresses that would look equally at home in the boudoir as they would holding up a darkened piano bar. In stark contrast, there were oversized sports-inspired pieces which brought plus-sized appeal via roomy cuts and PE class silhouettes. Boxy biker vests, drawstring-waist leather shifts and loose satin boxer shorts begged for athletic movement. Tight versus oversized, sexy versus sporty, nostalgic versus modern - it's the magical mix that makes us want to be a player on Bec & Bridge's team this season.
- Colours: Navy, black, white, spearmint, mulberry, salmon and silver.
- Trends: The '90s, sportswear, sheer, slip dresses, satin, oversized outerwear, cigarette trousers and midi-length hemlines.
- Key Looks: Sleeveless leather biker vests, sheer-spliced party dresses, satin slip dresses, iridescent sequinned trousers, metallic knits, exposed underwear built into dresses and tops.
- Accessories: Ankle strap pointed toe pumps by Tony Bianco in subdued colourways.
We're in the thick of all things Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and we're keeping a keen eye on visiting international style-setters and bloggers. Most important are the buyers who turn up hoping to spy cool new threads and trends to adopt — and this year Shopbop, one of our most visited shopping sites, has its team on the ground here in Sydney. New Yorker Jenny Fuchs is one of Shopbop's fashion buyers, and we asked her to tell us what she brought with her for the trip. In here, you'll find a totally wearable compilation of easy dresses, cool bomber jackets and a colourful clutch — all from a mix of Aussie and international designers. See the pieces (and shop them!) in the gallery, and have a read of Jenny's thoughts on MBFWA.
- On what she's excited to see: I love all the swim shows — they have such a fun vibe! Plus seeing all the Aussie bloggers — their style is amazing and they always represent what’s new from Australian designers.
- Last year's MBFWA: It was a whirlwind! We met so many new designers that are now on our site.
- Australian style: Easy and fun, but still chic — items that can go from the shows and market appointments to a dinner down at Bondi Beach.
The Bec & Bridge aesthetic has always been about achievable fashion and beauty. Both ghd's Alan White and Mac Cosmetics' Nicole Thompson spoke to the brand's desire for the look to be accessible to their girl, with both sexiness and touch of sophistication. Click through to hear how they found inspiration for today's runway show.
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Last year, Bec & Bridge impressed the pants off us with their sexy-Summery fashion week show, so we are keen as mustard to see what they've got in store for us this season. The duo behind the brand, Becky Cooper and Bridget Yorston, let us inside their MBFWA prep, snapping some of the things that keep them busy in the lead up to their Monday 12pm slot on the schedule. From model castings to makeup trials, it's all going on at Bec & Bridge HQ. Take a look . . .