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New neutrals for winter

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No more greige: Putty, rust and terracotta are the ‘new neutrals’ for winter

Neutral shades took centre stage in Chanel's Cruise 2017/2018 collection.

Pascal Le Segretain

Neutral shades took centre stage in Chanel’s Cruise 2017/2018 collection.

Quick mid-year quiz: what is “greenery”?

Answer: the 2017 colour of the year announced by the gods of colour, Pantone, with much fanfare last December.

If you haven’t already rushed out to buy your pea-green thingy, save your pennies and focus on some other colours in the top 10.

As well as a deep forest green, there are three important and influential colours this season: “hazelnut”, which looks like putty; “flame”, a rusty orange; and “pale dogwood”, a pinky beige.

The neutrals of the year, according to Pantone.

The neutrals of the year, according to Pantone.

Taken together, these colours are helping redefine what’s “neutral” when it comes to dressing.

Designer Christopher Esber says neutrals are “colours that don’t offend or jar”.

Soft, natural shades were also shown by Stella McCartney. Photo: Getty Images

“[Neutrals are] colours you would find in nature, like a dusty pink sky or the maroon clay from a rock,” he says.

Georgia Martin, of The Undone, concurs: “Anything that isn’t demanding. It’s easily digestible, universally accepted and goes with lots of other pieces and colours.”

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Virginia Martin, from Bul, says: “The popularity of pastels and soft colours has really blurred the line between where neutrals stop and colours begin.”

Historically, neutrals generally comprised white, black, navy, grey and some shades of brown, because of their capacity to universally flatter and match an array of colours.

This winter, the palette is expanding both in our wardrobes and in our homes, with terracotta even making a comeback in decorating.

Taupe, the colour of the traditional trench coat, is also experiencing a revival. Who What Wear even dubbed it the “ugly pretty” colour of winter.

So how do you wear these new neutrals without looking boring?

Vanessa Rochman, founder of Primness, says her take on putty, which resembles pink clay, complements all types of complexions.

“It started with blush tones last season and has evolved this year into a richer and warmer hue… Putty can be worn in full or back with darker tones,” she says.

Martin agrees one of the best ways to wear the new neutrals is to embrace “blocking” – the wearing of multiple shades to create a tonal effect.

“Go all the way and pair them with other tones and neutral variations; they also work very well with true denim and crisp whites,” she says.

Designer Mariam Seddiq agrees: “Don’t be afraid to layer the same shade head to toe. Neutrals don’t need to be a fill in or staple piece of an outfit but more a total look.”

Key to nailing the neutral look is choosing the right make-up.

Tony Baumann, head of artistry for Mecca, says neutrals look best against satin or matte-finish skins – avoid too much luminosity or gloss.

“For the eyes and cheeks, keep colour minimal but play around with texture. Subtle hints of gold and bronze work well within this palette, without overwhelming.”

And when it comes to lips, Baumann says primary colours should stay in the drawer.

“Deep cool plums, brick red, and deep warm browns all contrast beautifully with these neutral shades and a warm nude will always work as well. He likes Hourglass’ Girl Lip Stylo in the colours Visionary (brick red), Warrior (deep plum) or Believer (peach beige).


Get the Pippa Middleton look

Pippa Middleton and husband James Matthews attending a friend's wedding in Stockholm, Sweden.


Pippa Middleton and husband James Matthews attending a friend’s wedding in Stockholm, Sweden.

Fresh from her honeymoon, Pippa Middleton had her fashion fans swooning all over again with her choice of floral maxi dress for a friend’s wedding in Stockholm, Sweden earlier this week.

The maxi’s high neck and long, cuffed sleeves keep the look elegant, and make it perfect for the cooler southern hemisphere weather.

The pretty floral print, which is great for an event like a wedding, is also versatile: paired with different accessories – ankle boots or sneakers instead of heels – it could work as a casual, laidback look too.

To get the exact dress from British designer Erdem you’d need to have a spare $3400 (it’s currently reduced from $4700 though!). But there are alternatives that still tick the boxes, without the hefty price tag.

Pippa paired hers with classic black accessories – pumps and a clutch – which allowed the dress to take centre stage, but accessories in any hue from within the print would work equally well.

If florals aren't your thing, Witchery's Madison dress, $280, is a chic all-black take. Dark Pink maxi dress, AU$112 on ...


If florals aren’t your thing, Witchery’s Madison dress, $280, is a chic all-black take. Dark Pink maxi dress, AU$112 on sale, at The Iconic.

Tigerlily's Tundra dress, AUD$270, offers a V-neck option. Needle & Thread Lace maxi dress, $540, at ASOS.


Tigerlily’s Tundra dress, AUD$270, offers a V-neck option. Needle & Thread Lace maxi dress, $540, at ASOS.

Clockwise from top: Comme des Garcons gold pouch, $220, Karen Walker zip pouch, on sale $146, Calvin Klein Saffiano ...

Clockwise from top: Comme des Garcons gold pouch, $220, Karen Walker zip pouch, on sale $146, Calvin Klein Saffiano wristlet clutch, $100, at Farmers, Deadly Ponies Mr Mini Tuck clutch, $455 and Saben Tilly clutch, $250.

What’s HOT this SUMMER – 2015/2016

Summer is here, my favourite season of the year !!!


I have to admit this is the time of the year that I
do over 70% of my clothes & shoe shopping.  My
wardrobe is very much a trans-seasonal one but I love summer fashion and the excitement of all the fun times ahead of us.
The diary becomes filled with exciting events and so the
need to feel extra special in some beautiful new
summer ensembles.

Colour is a must of course but you can also be super vibrant this season with an effortless look of crisp black and white blocks, stripes or prints.  Work this monochrome trend to create an eclectic polished look.

Fabulous colour trends for Summer 2015/16 includes many neon lights, brights, and pastels, as you might expect at this time of year. Summer fashion colours include:

Greens  – the Pantone colour of the year. Mainly
cool and neutral versions. Some clear, warm colours
as well. Very few sludgy, olive green (for the warm tones)
Navya great neutral alternative to black for the cool tones!
Blues – light to medium hues. Mainly cool tones, but a
few warm teals too.
Whites – pure white, soft whites, and light creams
Reds, pinks, watermelons, coral, oranges – bold and cheerful, tangerine is one of my favourites!
Yellows – refreshing and summery feeling, bright clear yellow, lemon and of course mustard for the warm tones.  If you’re not daring enough to go all out in your outfit rock the bright trend by adding an accessory, handbag or shoe in one of these hues.

Ways to wear colour include:
Going neutral 
– with tones close to your skin tones, this is a challenging look to pull off and still look healthy!
 – Try pairing tones of similar colours, for a modern take on the monotone look. The monotone look makes you seem taller and slimmer!
Colour blocking 
– try teaming separates in strong shades of very different colours. Or look for garments that already have colour blocks within the design. An especially flattering, slimming, version of this is where the design has a lighter or brighter panel in the centre of the garment and a darker shade on the outside!

Bright jewel colours feature in digital prints, abstract, graphic prints, photographic or wrap your body in impressionist art.  Tropicana prints – say a big aloha to paradise kitsch!  Anything goes as long as it’s bright, light and fun.


Main style themes of the Season:

Feminine – style elements include: soft or sheer fabrics; dainty floral prints; dots; lace; fit and flare silhouettes; light and soft colours; modest lengths and necklines
Man-style – relaxed, boyfriend jeans; blazers; crisp, man-style suiting; safari-style jackets
Bohemian (hippy even) – comfortable, loose fitting clothes; ethnic prints; tie-die prints;
Luxe – sheen, shine and textures. Created from sequins, beading, jacquard, lace, metallic-look fabrics, satins and silks. In daytime outfits, as well as for evening attire
Eras – The main styling eras include: 30s (Art Deco style elements); 40s (skirts below the knees, sweet knits and land-girl styles); 50s (fit and flare dresses); 60s (boxy styles)

unnamed-2Military styling – metal buttons, epaulets, camouflage print
Punk – black and red clothing, hard and raw finishes: netting, raw-textured fabrics; hardware such as chains, studs and spikes.
Comfortable – looser fitting styles: boxy and stiff; boxy and soft; drawstring waists.
Although this summer sees an explosion of flower power prints, garden-inspired, big and bold and abstract, pretty tops and dresses and fierce printed pants and feminine soft pastels, other popular fabrics and prints for the season include:
Dots – another feminine element
Stripes – horizontal, vertical and diagonal orientations are around. A masculine style element reminding us of maritime activities.
Mixed fabrics – such as cotton or viscose tops with unnamed-3semi-sheer polyester at hem-line
Mixed prints – I’m particularly enjoying stripes with floral prints or dots (these combinations have worked well for some of my clients). Do make sure there’s some relationship between the two patterns, such as at least some colours the same in both prints. Also check that the scale of the two prints work together.
Laser-cut leather – creates a feminine look from a masculine fabric.  Used in bottoms, tops and panel inserts in garments

Fine-linen tops, a wonderful change from cotton!   Cotton, Silk, Viscose and rayon — both manmade, but from wood pulp versus plastic, so they feel nice against the skin, Sheer, floaty fabrics.

unnamed-4Style Elements by Garment:
Pants … trousers …shorts
Pant legs are starting to get fuller. There are still many skinny pants around, but we’re also seeing fuller styles, including: slim straight legs; tapered legs; harem; pyjama style, that is, wider legs with elastic or draw-string waist, and often in soft or silky fabric; and even palazzo styles.  There are more colourful, patterned pants available, and still some plain, coloured pant options.
Cropped pants, such as 3/4 length jeans with cuffs (or roll your full length to create this effect). Please make sure your 3/4 length pants have slim, narrow legs, or are tapered, unless you want to make your legs and you look extra short!

You’ll find shorts in all lengths from really short to below the knee. Now is a good time to replace any worn out knee length shorts, there are a few options around, including jean shorts.

Silhouettes include something for everyone:

unnamed-5Hi-low hems – maxi dress styles
Fit and flare – great if you have an hourglass silhouette or a pear body shape  (though make sure the flare is in a fabric that creates a subtle A-line shape, rather than exaggerating your curvier bottom half).
>Boxy and stiff – in contemporary takes of 60s styles
Boxy and soft – in shifts and tunic styles (layer tunics over pants, skirts or dresses)
Semi-fitted – works for every body shape. Good for the office
Fitted – body-conscious styles

Lengths are still mainly around knee-length, some midis (just above or just below mid-calf, don’t let the hem end at the widest part of your calves) — we’ll be seeing more of this length soon — and some full-length maxis.

There are still many peplum styles around, take care the peplum doesn’t end at your widest part!


There still aren’t many skirt styles around. What there is, is mainly tapered or straight and around knee length and some full, dirndl-styles ( light circular cut dress, gathered at the waist). There are some knee-length, straight jean skirts, in white and blue. There are also a few full length skirts available.

unnamed-7Cardigans & Jackets
As an alternative to a cardigan, a jacket takes an outfit up a notch or two in smartness. There are still many jacket style choices around this season for both going out and work.
Styles include:
· Around hip-bone length blazers and tailored jackets
· Crotch length blazers
· High hip-length denim jackets
Cardigans are long-line and floaty, shorter and floaty, or shorter and more classical feminine-styles.

Short sleeves
 – there are more options with sleeves this year. Good news if you dislike displaying upper arms, or if you’ve got a pear body shape!
Shirts – in crisp linen, and soft cottons. Tie the ends of longer-style shirts, for a contemporary, casual look
Kaftan-style tops – great for beach cover ups or paired with shorts, or skinny or slim pants or jeans
Crop tops – only for the young and then only those with well-toned, trim figures please!

Shoes & Sandals
pointed and almond. Toe caps in a unnamed
contrasting colour add a twist to classic pumps
Heels: flat, and high, but some nice medium-height varieties too. Styles include: wedges; stiletto; stacked. Platforms with all heel variations, including flats (I think of this as Japanese-style
Ankle straps: not so good if you don’t like your ankles or calves. If you want to try this style anyway, look for skin toned straps to minimise the ankle and calf broadening effect.
Other high vamp styles – including strappy-gladiator-inspired variations
Sheen, shine and glitter – metallic colours act as a great neutral shoe to
go with many outfits
Snakeskin – in earthy tones, also acts as a great neutral
Casual flats include: Ballet flats; oxfords and sneakers.

There are many fun statement necklaces around in tribal-inspired styles. Collar-bone lengths create a great collar-effect on simple, high-necked tops or dresses.


Enjoy looking gorgeous this
summer ladies !!!
And if you would like some help with your wardrobe, mixing and matching garments in your wardrobe to create new outfits, a fun personal shopping trip or a package tailored to your individual needs, please don’t hesitate to call me.  I would love to help you, its my passion !!!!!!
P: (04) 478 4112 / 027 277 2991

Like her Style: Sarah Jessica Parker

Like her Style: Sarah Jessica Parker
Known for her great style as Carrie on Sex and the City, in real life SJP doesn’t disappoint as she dashes about town in snake print jeans. The snake print jean is a easy and chic way to wear this animal trend, finish the look with great heels (we would sure love her Manolo’s too!) and a coloured knit.

The Great Gatsby

What do you love most about 1920’s style? do tell …
After seeing “The Great Gatsby” film, I left the theater awe-inspired by all of the glitz and glam. I so want to travel back to the roaring twenties for the fashion !!! Fortunately I am off to a Great Gatsby Birthday Party celebration this weekend. Getting my ensemble ready is FUN FUN FUN. Definitely not hiring an outfit, I want to keep it all and wear it again and again!!!
Mmmm … Glitzy headpiece, earrings and necklace, crystals, pearls, beading, elegant dress, long gloves, faux fur stole, might pop on a blonde wig just for a nice change – will attempt a 1920’s haircut ….

Over indulging?

I am dressing very cleverly at the moment to disguise all the good living I have done over the xmas holiday period 🙂
Yes I am guilty of over indulging but I loved every minute of it.
If you, like me have noticed some extra weight in various places, don’t fret, here I offer you some tips for dressing well while you are getting back to your normal healthier routines, read more ….