Trend Forecast S/S 16: Western Wildcard

If you read the November issue of Vogue Au you probably found it hard to miss their observation of the reintroduction of cheeky Western add-ons to various outfits. Tassles, suede fabrics and stylishly cool hats are all front-runners you should be sure to include in your wardrobe this summer.

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Adding a dash of the Wild Wild West gives you an edge without coming across as arrogant; fresh, without being garish.

And don’t go overboard; let the style speak for itself. Shoes, bags, jackets and other accessory items should feature your new trims, with simple colour palettes that reveal the true you.

Here are some picks you might like – happy shopping!

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AN OLD FASHION MORNING TEA | WHITE LABEL NOBA FOR ALZHEIMERS AUSTRALIA

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Hello beautiful people!

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the “Old Fashion Morning Tea” – an event raising funds for Alzheimer’s Australia, hosted at the decadent yet adorable Hanworth house in East Brisbane. Tracey Watkins, founder and designer of clothing line White Label Noba, began this event three years ago, and is inspired by her own mother, who also suffered from Alzheimer’s.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL IMAGES ARE OWNED BY COURTNEY DEAGON UNDER COPYRIGHT LAW, AND CANNOT BE USED, COPIED OR REPUBLISHED WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. 

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The event was hosted by Channel 9’s Melissa Downes, who set off in a flurry back to work as her colleague Ian Skippen took over, and wowed us all with his humour and charm. The end of the event saw two auctions with major prizes up for grabs, and raised significant funds for Alzheimer’s Australia! Such a worthy cause: over 62,500 Queenslanders currently suffer from Alzheimer’s or some form of Dementia. Thank God we have brilliant minds with big hearts so eager to help those in need!

Now to the other highlight of the day: the fashion parade!

Tracey showed off 20 must-have pieces from her upcoming Summer 2016 collection. You can find the description and photo for each below (don’t forget to click the photo to see the detail! Tracey is simply phenomenal when it comes to her design and craft).

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Freya Dress, W Gold Sandal

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Bella Top Milk, Aria Pants, Silver Natural Sandal, Pom Tassle Necklace Milk, Fringe Bag

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Nevada Top Milk, Gina Pants Milk, Pom Tassle Necklace & Bracelet Milk & Melon, Orange Natural Sandal

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Triangle Bling Tshirt Milk, Lulu Cape Milk, Indy Pant Milk, Silver Tassle, Tie up Shoe

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Promenade Dress Milk, Belissima Sandal Navy

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Riviera Top Navy, Monte Carlo Pants Navy

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Campari Maxi Dress, Navy Buckle Slide

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Tuscany Kaftan Navy Spot, Orange & Navy Slide, Capri Fringe Necklace

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Tuscany Kaftan Capri Stripe, Orange & Navy Slide

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St Trpez Spot Top Navy/Spot, Como Pants Navy/White, Belissima Sandal

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Navy Tshirt, Belissima Skirt, Belissima Clutch

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Jasmine Beaded Kaftan Navy, Capri Pants Milk

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Party Spot Number 4 Kaftan Navy Short, Cami Long Navy

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Party Spot Number 1 Kaftan Milk Long, Cami Orange

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Party Stripe Navy Kaftan

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Astra Gold Strapless Gown

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Lauren Top Milk, Claire Shorts Milk with Gold Spot, Fringe Slide

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Cristabel Kaftan Long

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Athena Dress Long

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Angelica Milk/Gold Short Kaftan, Heavenly Skirt

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My personal favourites are hands down Outfits 11 (Navy Tshirt, Belissima Skirt, Belissima Clutch) and 16 (Astra Gold Strapless Gown):

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All in all, it was an amazing time. The fashion, food and company were simply divine, and we were treated so luxuriously. My compliments also go to the organisers of the event, who ensured it ran smoothly! I look forward to grabbing a couple of pieces from this collection, so I’m summer-ready in style!

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SUNSHINE COAST FASHION FESTIVAL: MAKEUP, MADELINE STUART, AND OTHER EXCITING NEWS

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This weekend, me and my family roadtripped (if you can call it that) to the Sunshine Coast for the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival. I was privileged to be a part of the makeup team headed up by Kylie Eustace, ABIA Makeup Artist of the Year Nominee.

A large portion of the show featured stunning swimwear in time for summer, with bold sequin and pattern work adding glam to an otherwise casual style.

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Backstage was the most hectic part (but so much fun!) – we had very little light to work with, and had to side-step with the models to do any makeup touch ups.

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The two main highlights of my time were (finally!) getting to meet Kylie, and watching her incredible makeup skills in action – no wonder she’s been nominated for Makeup Artist of the Year in Australia! And second, getting to meet our celebrity guest – Madeline Stuart, Model of the Year who had just come back from modelling in New York Fashion Week. She’s also recently been nominated for Australian of the Year – she is such an inspiration!

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For more of a look behind the scenes, check out the photos below:

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6 Steps to a Blossoming Wardrobe this Spring

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Now that Spring is well and truly in full bloom, it’s time to freshen up our looks! With all the exotic and diverse themes coming into play during the Fashion Weeks, we’ve got a striking yet elegant season ahead of us here in Oz. Here are 6 ways to revitalise your wardrobe this Spring/Summer!

1. Have Your Basics Covered

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I can’t stress enough how important it is to have all of your necessary clothing staples. They act as a backdrop on which you can dress up or down, accessorise, and add personal style. Plus, there’s no need to break the bank with basics: you can search great selections at places like Target, Kmart, and Big W, so you can stay within your budget. Must-haves include basic jeans, leggings, black skirts/pants, white and black shirts, singlets, white, beige and black shoes, and neutral coloured bag/s.

2. Send Out The Flares

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In keeping with the emergence of 70’s themes in the Fashion Weeks this year, flared jeans are now making a comeback. For warmer months, choose jeans that are a mix of denim with a softer, cooler fabric, like elastic or cotton. Flares are extremely versatile, suited to most body shapes and sizes, and can easily be worn casually or styled up.

3. Denim Dreams

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As with flares, denim overlays are once again a must for our ensemble this Spring. Vests, playsuits, jackets and skirts are the at the forefront of this trend, with edgy lines and a variety of textures, this wearable weave is sure to proudly stand out once more.

4. The Orange Lip

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Yes, you read that right – the orange lip, once thought a one-hit-wonder from 2013, is back in full swing this Spring! But beware, not all oranges are for all. Don’t be caught into the trap of mismatching makeup to your skin – head to a professional makeup counter to have yourself colour-matched. If your skin is cool toned, you’ll want a blue-based orange. If your skin has warm undertones, a pink-based orange is the one for you.

5. Get Creative With Colour

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Spring is the best time to play with colour – splashing different hues and tones through your wardrobe is sure to spice up your style, and your life! The top photo embodies what can be done along the monochrome theme, choosing one colour and making sure all your pieces are a shade of that colour. Or, if you’re the more ostentatious type, the bottom photo might resonate with your inner stylist. A combination of opposite colours (such as blue and orange, purple and yellow, and so on), when done well, is sure to attract everyone’s eye!

6. Accentuate With Accessories

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So you have your main pieces sorted for this season, but still feel like you’re missing that something special… well, get creative with your accessories! Jewellery, headpieces, bags and shoes in all kinds of shapes, sizes, materials and colours put the finishing touches on expressing your unique style. And don’t be afraid to go bold by trying new things; you never know, you just might find the brand or designer whose works are perfect for you. Spring is the time for you to blossom, after all! So be confident in what inspires you to look and feel lovely.

Which trends are you most excited about this Spring/Summer in Australia? Let me know in a comment! xoxo

Fashion Flair for the First Time Model

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Modelling is a passion many girls aspire to, but behind the glamour is a lot of hard work. Networking, walking, posing, emoting, and taking creative direction are all necessary for anyone wanting to be the next Miranda Kerr. This weekend I had an opportunity for a young lady in my community to try her hand at modelling in a fashion-themed shoot.

But I didn’t want it to just be about the fashion – or even the outer beauty of the model, although she definitely is stunning! I wanted to tell a story. To direct and create the images in a way that would not only catch a reader’s eye, but their mind and heart as well. I love fashion, but what I love more than that, is being the only one dictating to myself exactly what and how I wear it: which is why I styled the shoot myself! I had Claudia bring along a couple of outfits that she felt comfortable and stylish in, and I mixed them with a few pieces and accessories I had to make the perfect sets for our shoot. Independence, sophistication and style is what I wanted to boom from the images.

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I had another photographer along with me for the chance to shoot a fresh talent in the heart of Brisbance CBD. We played around testing different lighting, angles and positions – the vast array of architecture and buildings to use as backdrops were almost overwhelming. The presence of such stark angles in the stone and marble walls made a beautiful contrast to the casual elegance of the clothes.

Here are my top picks from the shoot – all images and rights are owned by me. Copying, altering or any re-distribution of any kind, without permission, is strictly prohibited.

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Australia, Bienvenido a Mexico!

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The coming of spring brings with it a sweetness and vibrancy like no other: there is something about it which brings out the best in us. Everything from the gentle breeze, blooming flowers and delicious fruits in season call to mind the colours and evolution of style which the fashion world mirrors in perfect harmony. The recent Fashion Weeks have seen a nod to Mexico in droves among the major brands, bringing a youthful, bold and sassy lift to the Autumn/Winter collections. Beaded jackets, mismatching patterns and tasseled ponchos all embodied the exotic culture, reminding us of its history, artistry and gastronomy.

Another solid marker in what reminds us of Mexico is the tender yet fierce legend, Frida Khalo. Known in her time as a subject of mockery for going beyond the bounds of fashion dictated to her (often wearing overbearing dresses and headpieces reserved for religious ceremonies), her rebellious sense of style is now the pioneer of inspiration for this season. We in Australia ought to follow Khalo in adopting a purposeful approach to our wardrobe – looking to what inspires and excites us for direction. This Spring/Summer, bright masalas, deep grey-blues and emeralds are set to be among the top colour choices for reflecting this beautiful season.

Below are my top picks which speak to the fashionista in all of us – all photos from Harper’s Bazaar

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BURBERRY PRORSUM A/W 15’/16′

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ISABEL MARANT A/W 15’/16′

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Behind The Scenes: Beauty Shoot with Uprising Talent Alexandria Wishart

Sunday, 30th August at Lochaber Terrace. The day was spectacularly sunny and fine, and Amelia’s studio was set up for a brilliant photoshoot.

We were privileged to host Alex Wishart as our model for the session, and although she is new to the industry, she is already signed to an agency; both Amelia and I were so excited to watch her talent unfold.

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Alex’s ‘before’ photo

As I did her makeup and hair, I found it a breeze to work with her – she was professional, upbeat and relaxed the entire time. Once she got dressed into her first outfit, both her and Amelia started their work.

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Alex was exceptional and confident in front of the camera – and proved her versatility was her strong suit.

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And, on top of that, wasn’t afraid to smile!

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We got quite a few great shots of Alex – here are the rest of my top picks from the day.

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Are you a Brisbane-based aspiring model? We’re always looking for confident, professional girls to work with. Get in touch if you’d like to book a portrait shoot with us!

Courtney xx