Author: michelle

Shrink to fit

I was obsessed with this editorial, which ran in the May 1995 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Photographed by Craig McDean and featuring the fabulous Kristen McEnemy, Shrink To Fit was an homage to the best 90s denim, from the darkest, skinniest jeans to hardwearing shirts.

Dries Van Noten, fall 2010

Fall 2010 has always been one of my very favourite collections from the wonderful Dries Van Noten. The combination of khaki and leopard, or grey wool with rich tan leather is timeless, while details like crazy embellished heels and military accents add a modern edge. Seven years after it first showed, I’ll still be looking to this particular combination of leather trousers and layered knits as inspiration for this winter.

Image: Dries Van Noten, fall 2010


Sweater weather

I refuse to trade style for warmth so am always looking for chic options on the humble sweater. Dior’s nubbly knit with its bell-shaped sleeves is an appealing option, particularly when contrasted against a sleek pleated skirt in head-to-toe navy.

Image: Dior, fall 2017

Cable-knit made cool

A surprise cold snap in Sydney this week has caught me completely off guard, forcing me to really think about what I want to wear this winter. A modern cable-knit sweater is high on the list. Like this one from Protagonist, it will be in a neutral colour, with a slim shape and a hip-skimming length. In a perfect world, I’ll also be wearing it with a pair of tailored trousers.

Image: Protagonist, resort 2018

Join the marines

A.P.C. regularly includes this particular shade of navy in its collections – and for good reason. A crisp and clear blue, it looks as good with denim as it does with black or burgundy. I have one of their Soho handbags in the hue and it’s proven to be incredible versatile and hard-wearing.

Image: The Dreslyn

Dior sings the blues for fall 2017

Critics may have hinted that they found Maria Grazia Chiuri’s all-blue Dior collection for fall 2017 repetitive, but I found it unbelievably chic and inspiring. This trio of navy looks from the show is proof that from morning to night, navy is indeed the new black.

Image: Dior, fall 2017

Dior denim gets cuffed for fall 2017

This zoomed-in detail from Dior’s fall 2017 show proves it’s still possible to find unique styling ideas for the humble blue-jeans-and-black-pumps combination. The fishnets worn underneath might have been around for a few seasons but the wide, turned up cuffs with raw hems look new. And those J’Adior-printed selvedge seams have “cult detail” written all over them…

Image: Dior, fall 2017

The dark side

After a few seasons of wearing lighter wash denim, I’m preparing to resurrect an old pair of Acne ‘Hex DC’ jeans in a dark raw denim. With their narrow, straight leg, they offer one of my favourite silhouettes, but the current length is all wrong, so a trip to the tailor is on the cards. This image from The Line is providing a solid case for a crop that hits approximately two inches about the ankle bone. They’ll look just as good with flats as they do here with
Manolo Blahniks.

Image: The Line

Athleisure? No, ath-leather! Why hide works in a sports-luxe look

There’s not much left to say about the all-pervasive athleisure look; it’s no longer really a trend, more a way of life. But I do like this modern approach to the style, offered by Joseph for spring 2016. A tan tunic cut in the most supple hide and falling to mid-calf would look so chic with heels for cocktails, but styling it with bright white sneakers is equally (and quite unexpectedly) as cool.

Image: Joseph, spring 2016 

The right accessories to wear with white lace

The popularity of little white blouses and tops in lace, crochet or broderie anglaise shows no sign of abating but it does carry a singular dilemma: which colour accessory is the best match? Black can feel too heavy for this diaphanous look but anything too pale starts to look saccharine. Tan leather may just be the ultimate compromise: tough enough to add an edge, but without weighing things down.

From a March 2016 story by Bloodorange, the model wears: Vanessa Bruno blouse; PB01010 bucket bag.

Image: Bloodorange

Isabel Marant updates her leather pants for pre-fall 2017

Leather trousers are a staple on the Isabel Marant runway – over the years, she’s offered them in black, red, even gold –but her latest version looks fresh and new in tan. The cut is a departure from her usual skinny fit, too: with their straight leg that’s cropped to several inches above the ankle, they’re versatile and easy to wear. Styled with a ruffled white blouse and flat sandals, they’re just right for the in-between season that is pre-fall.


A short lesson on wearing leather in the summer

It’s entirely possible to make leather work in the warmer weather; here are three steps to get started:
1. Keep it light: paler shades such as camel, tan and beige are preferable to heavier black or navy;
2. Keep it brief: flash tanned legs in a mini skirt;
3. Accessorise appropriately: with raffia details and a pair of summer sandals or espadrilles.

From an August 2015 story by Bloodorange, the model wears: Bassike knit; T by Alexander Wang box-pleat leather skirt; A.P.C. pochette; Calada espadrilles.