To celebrate the launch of Harper’s BAZAAR BRIDES, Georgie McCourt, deputy editor of Harper’s BAZAAR, welcomed guests to leading bridal and red-carpet designer Johanna Johnson’s Paddington boutique.
It’s a fitting collaboration given BAZAAR BRIDES aims to cater to the fashion savvy, sophisticate bride. A label synonymous with old world glamour, Joanna Johnson’s signature vintage gowns are coveted by Hollywood A-listers alongside the toughest of clientele — discerning Brides-to-be.
Attendees were treated to displays from Johanna Johnson’s Luxor collection fresh from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. From the intricate Swarovski art deco motifs to her exquisite hand finished beading, Johanna’s designs exude femininity and remind us of a bygone era of timeless grace. The Luxor pieces have an undeniable 1920s aesthetic - from flapper-esque feathered capelets to swoon-worthy cuffs and hairpieces.
While BAZAAR brides-to-be could view the latest bridal gown and veil as modelled by Samantha Harris at MBFWA, others perused Johanna’s limited edition “Trousseau” collection. The luxe gowns are available at a modest price range from $985.
This Bride-To-be looked beautiful when styled by Johanna in the ivory silk satin “Flora” gown (from the Trousseau collection).
By this point I was silently cursing myself for already being married. When would I have my Johanna Johnson moment? I wondered…..
And so it came as sweet relief when Georgie McCourt, who is also Editor of BAZAAR BRIDES, uttered two magic words…”Lifestyle collection”.
Johanna’s new lifestyle range includes luxurious cashmeres, indulgent body products and stylish lingerie. The talented designer has also introduced sweet “Audrey” ballet flats, inspired by the elegance of style icon Audrey Hepburn. Prestigious Perrier-Jouët champagne along with canapés by ARIA catering and desert by Planet Cake materialised as if on cue - a double cause for celebration.
Flicking through the glossy pages of BAZAAR BRIDES, the lovely Georgie McCourt’s words about her own wedding resonated with me, “I loved every minute of the planning process” she said. Perhaps I will take out a subscription….for research purposes…..
By the way, I haven’t given up on a Johanna Johnson gown making its way to my wardrobe… for my wedding anniversary, or the Oscars, whichever comes first ;p
The tribes had gathered. Tipped as the biggest show of the week, Camilla’s “Gypset” was minutes away….
Call it first time tent anxiety, but the line between reality and runway began to blur…. Was that funky drum beat courtesy of my throbbing temples? Was the squawking bird call part of the show or merely a disgruntled editor with no seat allocation??
The surrealism continued.
Seated next to Grazia’s Kellie-Hush, Susie Bubble was checking out the crowd, quietly soaking up all the little details…. Terry Biviano, Paula Joye, Kate Waterhouse and Glynnis Traill- Nash also caught my eye in the front row…
Having managed to distribute the weight of my notebook, handbag, product samples, pile of magazines and program to one shaky leg….I could not conceal a longing glance at guests admiring their new Camilla pillows- that is one gift that should have come with a general admission media pass!
The bird calls got louder, the rhythmic drumming more frantic. Cicadas singing in the darkness transported us to the outdoors. The crowd whistled in anticipation and we were off!….
Opening dramatically with an explosion of colour, models triumphantly strutted down the catwalk in accoubra hats and psychedelic kaftans. The high energy of the show was infectious.
While Camilla emphasised her collection would feature ready to wear separates, it was clear that they would be styled in the most theatrical way. Swarovski crystals and heavily layered jewellery were combined with Camilla’s signature prints to create the dramatic “Gypesetter” look. It’s an aesthetic that Camilla says combines the unconventional ethos of a ‘gypsy’ with the sophistication and speed of the jet setter.
Napoleon Perdis used a metallic glitter liner under the eyes of Camilla’s models and created a stain on the lip.
"She’s been biting berries because she’s a gypsy and she’s nomadic" said Perdis.
An eclectic mix of indigenous references were drawn upon with such attention to detail- from Japanese Geishas to Aztec culture. The show opened with a nod to Australiana; models wearing chunky boomerang necklaces walked to the rhythmic hum of the didgeridoo. Fluorescent yellows, pinks and blue hues popped on the catwalk.
The ultimate display of accessories were on show - colourful bandanas and chinese inspired hair pins, large feathers in textured braids…. even a playful backpack covered in flowers! See Samantha Harris in front…
The Stripping away the accessories, I can see select separates looking gorgeous for Summer. Australia’s Next Top Model’s Montana looked like an amazonian goddess in Camilla’s new animal print swimwear.
To the delight of the crowd Camilla was joined on stage by about 20 children debuting her S/S 12/13 children’s’ wear. Decked out in floral wreaths and necklaces, the kids looked adorable in her shirts and kaftans - sure to be a hit with the yummy mummy set.
The hair styling was completed by the legendary Goldwell Hair Director Sharon Blain, who combined intricate fishtail braids with eclectic hair extensions and intricate beaded accessories.
And now for my must have item of the season - it’s Camilla’s pillow!
Perfect for the exhausted journo on the go at fashion week, this pillow strapped to the back is calling to me (see fourth from back.)
Thanks Camilla for a fabulously fun show :)
Sydney Couturist Alex Perry debuted his Spring/Summer 2012/13 Ready to Wear Collection in a glamorous catwalk show at Melbourne’s Docklands.Inspired by imagery of the Italian Islands, Perry’s designs featured floral embroidery and sparkling beading reminiscent of the “flowers and vines” of Sardinia.
Corsetry and feminine, fitted bodices dominated the collection. When teamed with sheer overlays and textured embellishments, pieces evoked a whimsical, ethereal quality on the runway. A ‘butterfly effect’ resulted as models glided down the catwalk, with delicate floral motifs appearing to fan open and closed as they walked.
As expected, the soft billowy movement of Perry’s signature floor length gowns provided the wow factor. Former Australia’s Next Top model winner Alice Burdeu looked radiant in red in this dazzling sequined evening gown.
This slinky black dress with its patent ‘wet’ finish was another crowd pleaser, illiciting gasps of admiration amongst attendees.
With structured cocktail dresses to red - carpet ready gowns on display, the colour palette progressed from muted creams and golds to hues of lime green and crimson. Black and white colour blocking and use of lace detailing gave the collection a modern, on trend look.
The show was well received by attendees including “Perry Girl” Megan Gale and fellow A-listers Paula Joye, Grazia’s Kellie Hush, Naomi Robson and Australia’s Next Top Model’s Josh Flynn.
Perry says his design philosophy is to make women “look and feel beautiful and glamorous”. Judging by this collection, mission accomplished.
To view the entire collection on see: Voight Photography and Design
Bright summer palettes and lightweight fabrics need to make way for essential autumn trends. So prepare your wardrobe now and don’t get caught short when the season strikes. The good news is you don’t have to spend a fortune to have an amazing autumn clothing collection. The secret is investing in staple pieces and must-have accessories to add an autumn feel to what you already own.
Exotic animal prints are back. So play up any outfit with a leopard, zebra, giraffe or cheetah piece – be it a tee, leggings, blazer or bodycon dress. Don’t forget the wonders of accessories. An animal print scarf is cheap and effective; wear it around your neck or in your hair and turn an outfit from old to autumn.
Animal-print cotton-blend T-shirt
A trusty trench
The cool is about to creep up, which means women need a khaki trench that’s light enough to wear during the day and warm enough to get through a chillier night. Opt for olive or burgundy colours – or a bold leopard print trench if you’re daring.
It’s all about creating texture – and webbed detailing will create this sought-after weighted look, only without the heaviness. This elegant web lace bodycon dress and tweed skirt are both sexy enough to wear in autumn, but don’t scream summer.
Colour is everything
Since Autumn is a smack-bang transition between summer and winter, you can make the most of your summer cuts; as long as the colour is right. Burnt oranges, burgundies, chocolate brown and olive greens are it. So replace your bright apple green and electric skirts for a burgundy hue.
From Posh Spice to Queen Bee of the WAGs (wives and girlfriends of the English football team) to an award-winning fashion designer, Victoria Beckham’s style has earned her an official place in the pop culture ranks. After all, the paparazzi are constantly on her tail and she is revered by millions around the world for her fashion choices alone.
It’s been a long and successful journey sprinkled with many memorable outfits and style reinventions – the hair, the clothes, the shoes, the handbags and the shades. However eyebrow-raising it’s been, she’s worn it with enough conviction to pull it off. “If you haven’t got it, fake it! Too short? Wear big high heels, but do practice walking,” Beckham advises.
It’s no coincidence her own dress collection (already worn by the likes of Cameron Diaz and Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester) sold out. Unlike many celebrities, Beckham has a genuine love for and interest in her own fashion lines. This is reflected in her role as spokeswoman/model for an array of labels (before she started her own) and her personal friendships with designer buddies Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld and Roberto Cavalli to name a few.
Still, Beckham doesn’t believe there is a relationship between a person’s fashion and the amount of dollars in their purse. “Looking good isn’t about money, it’s about style. And style never goes out of fashion.”
Beckham was fortunate enough to develop a strong sense of style from her mother who showed her how clothes should fit, never to wear horizontal stripes and avoid eating beetroot because it stains.
Check out Beckham’s cool shorts and signature skinny jeans from her denim The Outnet line. Remember, she warns, “When wearing skinny, skinny jeans with flat shoes, you end up looking like a golf club.”