She was deemed as London's top model after opening for Topshop Unique and Richard Nicholl, she's scored an exclusive with Calvin Klein in New York, and she recently walked for Dion Lee, Zimmermann and Bassike at RAFW. I think it's safe to declare Julia Nobis as the newest Australian model taking the international fashion industry by storm. Funny really, when you think that just two years ago she was plucked from obscurity as a 15 year old school student in Sydney's Rose Bay. Now, at 17 years of age and with a string of top designer shows under her belt, she's clearly on the fastlane to replicate the successful careers of fellow Aussie beauties Abbey Lee Kershaw and Catherine McNeil. To see Julia in action, click through our gallery.
Salmon, beige, camel, tan, crème...whatever you call it, it's happening at a designer near you, stat! There is no escaping the wondeful world of nude this year, with Australian designers following the lead of international heavyweights and letting the earthy hue take over their collections. I'm not complaining, it's surely the prettiest and most versatile colour around. Mix nude with black, pastels, brights, denim, and see how your look instantly takes on a more Summer friendly, effortlessly chic vibe. Trust me, going nude has never been so easy! Take a skinny dip through our gallery to see the very best nude RAFW had to offfer.
It was hard to ignore the divine Samantha Harris on the runway at this year's RAFW amid buzz surrounding her very first Australian Vogue cover. Samantha walked the runway for a variety of shows and was the opening and closing favourite for many designers including Lisa Ho and Jayson Brunsdon. Not surprising really, given her impossibly long legs, exotic features and down-to-earth nature. Samantha told Vogue.com.au recently that her main goal as a model was to give back to her family. "They have been really supportive to me over the years and it is my goal one day to help them." Could she be any more adorable? The 19 year old Aboriginal beauty is set to cause even bigger waves as she embarks on an international modelling career. Watch this face.
Ah, imagine all the time we're going to save not having to shave and tan our legs every second day in Summer now! It took me a while to warm to the idea, but I think I'm starting to love fashion's new obsession with maxi skirts. If you're after breezy, lightweight styles, then why not choose a printed chiffon Michael Lo Sordo style? After something more solid and stretchy? Well say hello to Manning Cartell jersey! Need something a bit more casual? Ginger & Smart's drapey style has you covered. You see, there really is a maxi out there to suit everyone! To see what I'm harping on about, click through our gallery.
You see! I told you leather was about to take over our wardrobes! Most Aussie designers used some form of leather in their Spring/Summer collections last week, and I can already see it trickling into Winter styles now. The main difference for Summer? It's less about black and more about tan. Yep, that's right, the nude trend is even making its way into tougher-style fabrics. I adored camilla and marc's simple leather sheath dress, and Kate Sylvester's cute leather separates included hot pants, a bomber jacket and an A-line skirt all in the buttery-tan hue. So tactile, so delicious.
Australian designers got creative with scissors this year and sent a variety of slashed dresses, tops, skirts, jackets and swimsuits down the runway last week. We're all familiar with cut-out detailing thanks to Hervé Léger's bandage styles, but this time round, they're different. You'll notice subtle peek-a-boo styles rather than anything too OTT, rounder edges have replaced sharp lines, and lots of shoulder detailing as opposed to just the waist. Still sexy, yes, but a lot more wearable. Take a walk through our gallery to see which Aussie designers rocked this trend best.
Bambi Northwood-Blyth has something we want. Shockingly, it isn't those gorgeous sea-green eyes, that expanse of tousled beach-chic hair or the sugary-sweet moniker that she goes by. It's those brows. They may seem big and bold to some, but being almost under-groomed and therefore very suitable for 'bushing-up' à la the Olsen twins makes them the perfect arches for Spring. I'm devastated that mine will never be as full as they once were thanks to an over-zealous waxer, but if you've still got what it takes to 'do a Bambi,' then I urge you to start growing them back.
Statement brows have moved away from being strongly defined, into a more combed-up, natural style (we even saw it at NYFW) and I for one like the look. Do you? If so take lead from the model on everyone's To Watch list and be naturally bold . . .
UPDATE: I have been dutifully informed that I am not the only one to appreciate Ms. Bambi's strong brow. The Sartorialist is a fan too.
Rosemount Australian Fashion Week has got me well and truly into Summer dressing mode. Suddenly, I'm all about sheer, nudes, shorts and sexy dresses, when really I'm typing this wearing over-the-knee boots and braving the cold. Fashion, you are one crazy kid.
I've stalked all our galleries, researched all my notes and checked out all the footage to come up with my Fab Favourites from RAFW 2010. Who made the cut? Well, you'll just have to hit up our gallery and see for yourself...
Quickly emerging as the only way to wear your hair for Spring (plenty of time to master zis look), One to Watch, Gemma Arterton, Kate Bosworth and our very own Kate Sylvester models have all showcased the side-part, slicked down look in recent days. Gemma was alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in London to promote their new flick Prince of Persia, while Kate was checking out the CLASSY by Derek Blasberg book party dinner across the pond in Beverly Hills. It's a very wearable, not to mention totally easy-to-recreate style, so what I want to know is this: will you be sporting it with a spring in your step when the time comes?
Well, Rosemount Australian Fashion Week may be over for another year, but we can't complete our RAFW coverage without showcasing a few highlights from the highly anticipated Ksubi show. The last show on this year's schedule, Ksubi designers Dan Single and George Gorrow generated a lot of buzz for their hyped finale after recent financial woes. Stylist extraordinaire Brana Wolf worked her magic on iconic distressed denim, statement prints and sexy cut-outs, while a cool-kids crowd including Lara Bingle, John Ibrahim, and Daimon Downey made for plenty of front-row eye candy. Admittingly, I'm not overly impressed with this collection but seeing '90s grunge goddess Emma Balfour walk the runway distracted me enough to keep me entertained. Check out all the Ksubi buzz in our gallery.