5 Young Female Role Models

These famous women prove that your age and gender doesn’t stop you from achieving success and making an impact. All under the age of 30, our top 5 young female role models have contributed significantly to the arts and culture, politics, and humanitarian movements, and are extremely worthy of our attention, respect and admiration. These are the kind of women we love to see in the limelight, setting a great example for this generation.

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Lena Dunham

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In the past few years alone, Lena has accomplished writing a critically acclaimed autobiography, a TV show (which she writes, produces, directs and stars in), a film, two Golden Globe Awards, and was the first woman to win a Director’s Guild Award for Best Director in a Comedy Series. She actively supports pro-choice, feminist and gay rights campaigns, and also has a Q&A YouTube series. If you have read her book, you will also know that Lena has achieved all this while battling crippling anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. Oh, and she’s 28 years old.

Malala Yousafzai

Top 5 Young Female Role Models

This 17 year-old recently became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. She has been advocating education for girls in her home country of Pakistan since the age of 11, but rose to international notoriety when Taliban members shot her on a school bus in 2012. She survived the shooting and continues to speak out against Taliban oppression in her hometown, despite an ongoing warrant for her assassination. Brave, intelligent, kind: Malala is exactly the kind of young woman you want your children to know about.

Emma Watson

Top 5 Young Female Role Models

Emma has been in the limelight since the age of nine, after gaining a lead role in the Harry Potter film series. This year she was appointed a United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador and advocates gender equality all over the world, most recently launching the UN HeForShe Campaign. In between filming one of the most popular film franchises in history, and being an accomplished humanitarian, Watson also graduated from Brown University with a degree in English Literature, and became a certified yoga instructor.

Keke Palmer

Top 5 Young Female Role Models

Since the age of nine, Palmer has been either on the stage, in front of the camera, or behind the mic. Once, one of the highest paid child actors on TV (as the lead in Nickelodeon‘s True Jackson, VP), Keke continues to conquer as the host of her own talk show, Just Keke, an album set for release, an ambassador for several charities, and an upcoming role on the tv show, Masters of Sex. Most notably, the 21 year-old recently became the first African-American woman to portray Cinderella in the Broadway musical.


Top 5 Young Female Role Models

The world is an oyster for this small town teenager… and we mean small town – her hometown in New Zealand has a population of just over 5,000. Lorde took home two Grammy’s earlier this year for her number one single Royals, including song of the year. She is a woman of the people, acclaimed for her lyrical critique of wealth, excess and celebrity. She featured in Forbes 30 under 30 list, as well as Time’s Most Influential Teenagers. This year, she was also appointed to oversee the Hunger Games Mockingjay soundtrack, and has another solo album in the works. She is a self-identified feminist, and advocates for people to enrol to vote in her home country. She is turning 18 in November.


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October 29, 2014

Australian Designers You Need To Know: Mosmann

One of Australia’s most interesting swimwear and apparel designers, Mosmann Underwear is seriously making waves (in all senses of the word) on both a domestic and international level. The Australian swimwear and apparel brand is known best for their trendy swim shorts which offer maximum relaxation and practicality – while still looking good.

Boasting a large selection of both mens and womens swimsuits and apparel, Mosmann Australia has gained a strong audience for it’s innovation and trendy designs.

RELATED: The Fine Art of Swimwear Design with Sara Winfield

Mosmann Australia started off with four friends carrying a special selection of mens underwear, which looks good, feels good, and most importantly reflects the relaxed yet sophisticated Australian lifestyle.

Australian Designers You Need To Know: Mosmann Australia

As a result of their ongoing success, the crew introduced a large selection of mens and womens underwear and apparel, which followed the same design ethos. With offices popping up in the United Kingdom, France, Brazil, USA, and Japan just to name a few, Mosmann Australia has become well known for their quality design and the ability to look and feel good in any garment.

You can shop the collection exclusively online, and enjoy free worldwide shipping on purchases over AU$49.

October 12, 2014

The Fine Art of Swimwear Design With Sara Winfield

From whimsical paintings and large-scale drawings to swimwear design, Perth’s Sara Winfield is one to watch. Here, the emerging artist-turned-swimwear-designer (pictured below), who founded her eponymous swimwear label this year, shares her design inspiration and summer swimwear tips with SHESAID readers, see below.

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But first, some background: modern and sophisticated with illustrative prints as its signature, the Sara Winfield label is aimed at striking a balance between creative art and classical and considered design and minimalism.

Entranced with line and colour in her art works, and renowned for her pastel-hued, fantastical beings, Sara is a young gun Australian fashion designer who’s been fortunate and talented enough to combine her two great loves of art and fashion design.

Related: Check out 6 UP-AND-COMING AUSTRALIAN DESIGNERS here or Julie Grbac’s Fashionable Life in New York

Since founding her art label in 2012, Sara’s held two solo exhibitions, a joint show with artist Anya Brock, received a commission at 140Perth and created artwork for model and interiors blogger Rebecca Judd.

Sara Winfield’s swimwear is available via the label’s e-boutique and select stockists nationally. Visit for more information.
In addition, Sara’s artworks and prints are available through commission or her online store – – with exhibitions planned for late 2014.

What’s your greatest love: art or fashion? Easy answer: art!

Who is your core customer? My core customer for both art and swimwear are generally people interested in design-based products who want something that makes a statement and is current.

What sets your swimwear apart? From first impressions, definitely the original, placement printing on my swimwear. But the process of creating those prints comes from a design process which I feel some labels avoid. I prefer to create a story of prints rather than just using stripes because they sell.

What should a customer look for in a good swimwear fit? A well-fitted swimsuit or bikini should make you want to ask someone for their opinion, not hide behind the change room door! It should make you feel confident, sexy and accentuate your assets.

Which body shapes are best suited to your latest swimwear styles? A small-busted girl! Being my debut collection (pictured below), I didn’t delve too far into swimwear that doubles as a booster, sucker, lose-10kg-underwear set! So, the tops are more suited to those with an A-C cup. I am definitely looking into styles that suit more shapes next season.

What’s best about designing swimwear? Definitely, getting your samples back. Working away on a laptop for hours upon end is so worthwhile when you get a physical product back in your hands. It just makes you think: “I made this!” – which is an awesome feeling.

What’s hardest? This first year has been hard because I’ve had to learn so much by myself. The actual designing of swimwear I find very simple! I could do four collections a year if it weren’t for all the “business” side of things!

What inspires you? My biggest inspiration is the outdoors. Natural things like plants, animals and landscapes. My mum always said that “nature always gets it right.”  Other than that, I create a lot of mood boards – colour is very important to me!

What other swimwear brands or designers do you admire? Obviously, Zimmermann, because both their swimwear and ready-to-wear are just incredible! I love Isabel Marant too, because who doesn’t? And ACACIA Swimwear because they’re so humble and sweet, yet amazing businesswomen!

What’s your burning ambition? I have given up trying to work out what “the end goal is.” I already know my mind is a busy place and I move on from projects or ideas quickly.

What are you currently working on? My spring/summer 2015 swim collection! Also, an exhibition of 20 or so paintings and dealing with a 10-week-old kelpie puppy.

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September 29, 2014

6 Up-And-Coming Australian Designers

Here at SHESAID we love nothing more than to support up-and-coming Australian talent, and designers are always at the top of our list. Whether it’s bridal couture gowns, jewellery or even underwear, these collections are always sourced from high-quality materials are and unique in their own particular fields. Keep an eye out for the following six Australian designers who are making waves here and on an international level.

RELATED: Check out the Interview with Australian Fashion Designer Daniel Avakian here

Leah Da Gloria

Soon after graduating from the Sydney Institute of Design in 2007, Leah Da Gloria has been working diligently within the fashion industry before launching her own self-titled bridal label in 2012. Most recently, Leah had the oppourtunity through Fashion Palette to show her latest collection at NYFW.

6 Up and Coming Australian Designers  JASN ALTN

You may have already heard about Jason Alton since his debut into the Australian fashion scene with the remarkable success of Nudie Jeans. Now Jason has turned his passion onto luxury inverted diamond rings, with a flagship store opening in Gould, St Bondi very soon.

6 Up and Coming Australian Designers

Misha Collection

Melbourne-based fashion designer Michelle Aznavorian launched her label Misha Collection which aims to offer high-end silhouettes at affordable prices. Much-loved by celebrities such as Maria Menounos and Nikki Phillips, the collections are also adored by bloggers and fashion enthusiasts worldwide.

6 Up and Coming Australian Designers Salasai

Perth-based label Salasai is known for it’s soft tailoring and funky, bold prints. Head designers Kirsha Whitcher and Kelly Watson create unisex pieces which are easy to wear, and are very innovative – perfect for consumers who want to make the most of their pieces.

6 Up and Coming Australian Designers  Lexi Clothing

Lead designer Pat Georgiou aims to create every girls dream dress – using streamlined production methods which results in high-end products at an affordable price point. Lexi’s collection of items flatter the female form, and help incorporate some of her vintage designs with a modern twist.

6 Up and Coming Australian Designers

Mocha Salt

Travelling all over the world gave designer Rik Van Donk a flair for detail, and quickly made him realise the essential products a globetrotting man would require for an overseas trip. All swim shorts are easy to store, quick drying and are available in two different lengths.

6 Up and Coming Australian Designers

Images via Call Me Mimi, Accessory Agenda

September 21, 2014

Juli Grbac’s Fashionable Life In New York

She’s uber talented, smart and beautiful and if you don’t her name yet, chances are, you will become very familiar with Juli Grbac soon. A fashion designer hailing from Brisbane, Juli was the first winner of international TV show Project Runway Australia (pictured below) in 2008. She famously designed a dress for singer Kelly Rowland which the ex-Destiny’s Child chanteuse wore at a concert for Prince Albert of Monaco in Cannes.

Taught to sew by her dressmaker mother, Juli developed a love of fashion at a very young age. She studied fashion design in Brisbane and London before working for several big fashion names, including luxury Brisbane-based label Easton Pearson, before starting her own label, Grbac, in 2002, at the tender age of 22.

And as part of her Project Runway Australia prize, Juli had her designs showcased at the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Week in 2009, which received rave reviews, as well as a six-page spread in the now defunct Madison Magazine.

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A darling of the fashion set, Juli showed at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane, her label was stocked in top-end fashion retailers and she opened a stand-alone store in Brisbane’s funky Fortitude Valley which closed one year later.

Juli’s recent successes include re-designing Virgin Australia’s crew uniforms in 2010. The glamorous and elegant uniforms (pictured) were unveiled in 2011, with a catwalk show featuring Elle Macpherson and 60 Virgin Australia crew members.

Here, Juli talks SHESAID readers through her amazing success and plans for the future, having relocated to a glamorous bachelorette pad in bustling New York.

What drew you to NY? Are you living the dream? I was 33 and came on my own to New York for a holiday, just after Christmas.  On my second day here, I felt like I had truly arrived home. I knew that this was where I was meant to be at this time in my life. I made the move within nine months, and I haven’t looked back. I am very blessed that I get to travel back and forth between Brisbane and NYC. I come back to Australia every two months, to check-in on my clients, which offers me opportunities to see my family and friends in Brisbane. The travel can be exhausting, but it’s really the dream situation.

Please describe your amazing NY apartment and how you came to find it? I live downtown in the Financial District, one street away from Wall Street. I had a broker find this apartment for me, and when I saw the place, I knew it was the one for me. André Balazs, famous for designing The Standard hotels and The Mercer Hotel in SoHo, designed the apartment building, so the style factor is seriously there. It is a chic place to call home! I live alone (pictured below) – my life is truly ala Carrie Bradshaw right now: a closet full of shoes, cocktails for dinner and I’m enjoying dating in the Big Apple.

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Your Instagram followers recently got to see you at NYFW (main shot above). What were some highlights? Fashion Week is such a great time in New York!  It is a lot of fun and I get to see all my fashion idols at the shows and parties. I have made many industry contacts, so while attending the shows as a new local, it definitely ends up being a mix of both business and pleasure.

From designing a dress for Kelly Rowland to uniforms for Virgin Australia, what’s been your career highlight to date? I will never forget dressing Kelly Rowland! It was one of my favourite moments on Project Runway Australia. After also having the opportunity to show at Australian Fashion Week and the Brisbane Fashion Festival, it was surreal to also win the bid to design the uniform scheme for Virgin Australia (pictured below). I also love being a part of the Virgin family, and seeing the crew looking fabulous whenever I board a VA flight.  You would think nothing could top that, but being blessed to work now from New York, for Virgin Australia and my other collaborations, is a dream come true.

What’s best about designing for Virgin? Designing uniforms, as opposed to a collection of ready-to-wear, totally took me out of my comfort zone. I have always embraced a challenge and have loved this experience to fuse the needs for an international airline with my signature designs. My favourite part is getting on a VA flight and the girls thanking me for their new uniforms. That, for me, makes everything worthwhile! For the uniform, we developed our own Virgin Australia red – I even had to fly to Shanghai to approve it!

What new, exciting projects have you been working on? My design business has shifted from a ready-to-wear line – which I of course loved creating for my customers, to now purely consulting for several brands. I can’t wait to share my designs again with the public. I have been working on a chic line of travel accessories for the past year, everything from travel clutches right through to luxe luggage. We will be launching it next year and I am dying to see these pieces floating around the Virgin Australia cabins and lounges! I know what every jet set woman needs: I travel so much myself that I have a packing routine and know that there is a gap in the market for what I want to create. Think jet set chic, with spectacular hardware. I plan to bring the same attention to detail I had with my garments to my new travel accessories. I can’t wait to share the collection with SHESAID readers next year. Watch this space!

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What do you love most about being a fashion designer? I love transforming the way a woman feels about herself. When my business was more focused on made-to-measure garments, I used to love the moments where a client may have just had a baby, and had her first post-baby event to attend, like a wedding. Seeing the joy on her face was the ultimate repayment.It is truly not just how someone looks in my designs, but how I can make them feel. That is my true reward.

Who are your style icons? My ultimate style crush is Olivia Palermo. I have always been a fan of her style. She tasks risks and gently pushes boundaries, while always maintaining femininity. I love her eye for putting looks together! I always love what Kimye, Ciara and Miranda Kerr are wearing at the airports. The check-in counter is the new street style and I look forward to sharing my upcoming collection of travel accessories.

Who are your favourite fashion designers? Valentino is the ultimate for me. He is the king of feminine and beautiful shapes, without going over-the-top. I also love what the girls at Marchesa are doing. They share Valentino’s aesthetic, but their designs are so whimsical and dream-like and their latest London show was to-die-for!

How do you balance business and pleasure? Working for yourself is the greatest challenge. You need to ensure self-control and self-motivation. It can be hard to get into the work-zone, when you’re living in the fabulous playground that is New York! However, I have worked for myself for the past 12 years, so I get the work done. I schedule one night a week to focus on getting organized. On that night, I will clean, organize my week ahead and pay bills and… Spray tan! Living in NYC is challenging at times – it is the city that never sleeps and there is always something going on. When I first got here, I would always try to go to every event possible to socialise and network. That novelty wears thin, very quickly. It gets exhausting, so I am a lot more selective with events now and really choose to spend time with people who lift me up and support me.

Do you ever pinch yourself because of your amazing success? Every morning, I wake up and thank God, not just for the success I have had so far, but for my health, my family and my friends. It has been challenging, but I never gave up and I knew it would pay off. I always pushed myself, with all the successful projects that have been shared with the public, and many that didn’t see the green light. At times, I still find it to be a struggle, with so much I still want to achieve and share, but after so many years, I am grateful to keep feeling inspired. I love my work, but cannot wait to slowly develop a lifestyle approach with my brand.

What are your favourite NY landmarks? Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys! Those two department stores are one of the only reasons I go uptown here in Manhattan. I also love having lunch on top of Bergdorf’s and that surreal view overlooking Central Park!

What do you miss most about Australia? I miss my family. I have always had the most supportive family and being alone in a big city can get hard. So, when I land back at Brisbane International, I already feel the love!  I also love our laid-back lifestyle, we don’t take the bad things in life too seriously, especially in Brisbane, and we just live in the now. Australia will always be home however I am just enjoying this international lifestyle while I can.

What advice would you give to other aspiring fashion designers? Never give up. This is, of course, not new advice, but even when you have no money and you feel there is nothing more you can do… There is always something! Get a part- time job (anywhere) for regular income, and then spend the rest of your time perfecting the craft you believe you can shine in, and gain as much work experience as possible. I pretty much worked for free for eight years, as making money in your own self-funded fashion line is near impossible in a small local market, but I worked part-time at a pharmacy to maintain my dream. It is lots of hours, and the hustle is real; but if you stick with it, it does pay off. Truly believe in yourself. Always believe in your dreams; and always trust your gut feeling, when going into business with anyone.

What personal sacrifices and obstacles have you had to overcome?
One of the biggest obstacles was dealing with the business side of things. I am naturally a creative, however managing the books, doing budgets, selling to wholesalers and general running of the business was really hard. I couldn’t afford anyone to help so it was all just me learning as I went along. No regrets though, I have lost all my money twice and bounced back both times so if anything it’s just made me stronger. As for sacrifices, when I was 22, I was slaving away with my mum in the work room under my parents’ house. I was never out with my friends. I worked and worked and worked. Sacrifices are all part of the journey, knowing you are moving towards your goal makes everything that much easier.

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September 20, 2014

Interview with Australian Fashion Designer Daniel Avakian

Daniel Avakian is one of Australia’s most up-and-coming designers who everyone is currently talking about at the moment. You may have seen his designs on television already with The Voice Australia winner, Anja Nissen wearing a luxurious sequin dress during the grand finale. SHESAID had a chat to Daniel about his inspirations, what’s next for spring/summer and his most memorable red carpet experience thus far.

What inspires you the most when designing?

The most exciting part is watching the translation of my ideas into finished garments for the collection. My design handwriting is driving styles that make a women feel beautiful and confident with an edge. I aim to focus on pieces that have structure because I find that they capture this aesthetic and i am always considering fresh silhouettes and shapes to compliment this.

Is there a particular process you go through when putting together a new collection?

Pre-collection I usually spend weeks absorbed by my influences – music, social media gazing, gallery visits and my life travels are all thrown into a sort of creative soup in my mind. When I feel like the time is right I turn on my favourite Fleetwood Mac album and start sketching my ideas onto paper. A collection usually takes about a day or two to get the designs just right.

If a woman can only purchase one product from your collection, what would it be and why?

DA leather leggings are a key staple in this seasons collection. We spent a lot of time perfecting the fit and quality to make them a signature piece.

Could you share some of your most memorable red carpet experiences.

The most memorable was seeing Sneaky Sound System front woman Connie Mitchell rock my ‘Lollypop’ dress at the 2007 Aria Awards. I still remember sitting at the table sipping a glass of orange juice watching Connie rock that dress. The DA brand had debuted at Australian Fashion Week several weeks before.

You have dressed the likes of Delta Goodrem, Laura Dundovic and The Voice AU winner, Anja Nissen just to name a few. Who is the next person you would love to see in one of your designs, and what would it be?

I am absolutely delighted to see my designs worn by the likes of Delta, Laura, Anja and others since the re-launch of DA this year. It would be equally as exciting to see DA worn by Diane Kruger or Jennifer Lawrence on the red carpet at the Oscars one day.

Could you share a sneak peek of spring/summer for Daniel Avakian the label?

The aim of the latest Daniel Avakian SS 2014-15 collection was to give the DA woman her identity. The name of the collection is ‘Origins’. The DA woman is cool, sexy, sophisticated and powerful. Upon completing the collection I worked closely with stylist David Bonney who’s creative direction for the shoot complimented photographer Harold David. The result successfully captures the fingerprint of the DA woman.

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September 17, 2014

Brooke Shields Collaborates With MAC Cosmetics

Proud mum, television and movie actress, published author and former supermodel, Brooke Shields resonates the modern busy women to a tee, but it doesn’t stop there, Shields will release a make-up collection with cosmetic powerhouse MAC in October of this year. The pieces will be part of the ‘Iconic’ range consisting of fifteen items, with the largest celebrity shadow-palette MAC has ever produced.

There was no doubt Brooke Shields would make sure eyes and brows would be a big part of her collection and wanted to be certain her pieces could transfer from day to night easily:

“I could not decide between two different looks: One was a very fresh approach, and one was a much richer, sexier, moodier look. I said to M.A.C., ‘I had a hard time narrowing it down and couldn’t pick one or the other; you have to tell me what’s appropriate.’ I’ve always had that duality—the way I lived in the entertainment industry and went to school. I’ve always been operating in two worlds. M.A.C. said, ‘Well, why don’t we do both?’ It was amazing.”

This “serendipitous” relationship saw Shields having a significant input into the formation of the collection, after a 34 year career in the industry centered around beauty it seems only fitting this collaboration will be a creative success, “I’m so used to having my make-up done by someone else – this was really my first time to delve in personally, rather than it being a mask that’s put on for a certain photo shoot. And so many times you get asked to ‘create’ something but it ends up being ‘put your face on this,'” she told WWD.

The line is said to profit five million dollars, and to think the make-up product contract was first mentioned when Shields was fresh faced, grabbing a latte after her yoga class and bumped into a friend who happened to be with MAC Vice President James Gager at the time. After that initial coffee, and a few more meetings the collaboration was a done deal.

We love this all-American girl and can’t wait until October when we can finally perfect those famous Brooke Shield eyebrows.

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By Amy Miller

August 27, 2014

Michael Lo Sordo Thrust Onto The Global Catwalk

Michael Lo Sordo has been named the DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship recipient for 2014, which will see him and his label given the tools to help take the label onto the global stage. 

Michael Lo Sordo, known for his timeless and luxurious designs, has been growing his label in leaps and bounds over the last 6 years, recently securing Net-A-Porter as an exclusive international stockist to launch in September 2014. His designs have been spotted on celebrities such as Jessica Mauboy, Montana Cox, and Kendall Jenner of Kardashian family fame, as well as being the go-to-man for big name fashion bloggers including Margaret Zhang (Shine By Three), Nicole Warne (Gary Pepper Girl), and Alexandra Spencer (4th and Bleeker).

Lo Sordo receives AU $10,000 worth of international freight, a DHL Express mentorship to supercharge his export strategy and, for the first time, mentoring from IMG Fashion in the US. Following on from the launch of the DHL Exported competition earlier this year, he will also be flown to New York for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week where he will meet with an international buyer.

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Lo Sordo said he was overwhelmed by the honour and what this means for his business: “My brand philosophy has always been about understanding our market, and who the Michael Lo Sordo customer is, as I believe this is the key idea to achieving our future goals.

“Since the label began, I knew it was important to cement our foundation strongly within the Australian market before branching out overseas. Over the years we have built a reputation for our designs with strong support from celebrities as well as local and international media and buyers.

As part of his ongoing business strategy, Lo Sordo and his team are currently working on developing their online marketing and social media efforts, building a brand new website which will allow them to have a regularly updated blog and e-boutique. 

The job of reviewing this year’s entrants’ look books and credentials fell to an esteemed panel of judges, including Elle Turner, Director, Strategy and Brand Development, IMG Fashion; Alice McCall, acclaimed Australian fashion designer; Prue Lewington, Sunday Telegraph Fashion Editor; and Michael McManus, Sales Manager at DHL Express.

Alice McCall said Michael Lo Sordo was an obvious choice due to his understanding of range planning, ability to appeal to a range of demographics and styles, successful export strategy and huge potential for international growth: “Michael has that subtle gift in that he can make collections stand out, but not shout. You can imagine his collections fitting in seamlessly at Barneys or Bergdorf Goodman.

“Finding this balance is critical for international success. But taking a brand to the global market is about more than just the aesthetic, it is about delivering on time; understand the fit of the garments; and having a great quality product. Michael has all this and more. He shows a real balance between commercial appeal and having a unique twist – I can’t wait to see where he goes from here.”

The DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship is about helping to support up and coming Australian designers. Previous winners include KAHLO, Haryono Setiadi, We Are Handsome and Bec & Bridge, who have each successfully utilised the Scholarship prize to help catapult their business overseas. 

August 18, 2014

Calvin Klein Revives Classics For Capsule Collection

Twenty-one years after Kate Moss’s Calvin Klein campaign debut in 1993 the young beauty Lottie Moss is following in the footsteps of the supermodel and (half) sister in a new collaboration. The debut called ‘The Re-Issue Project’ involves luxury online retailer and the denim label CK Jeans from Calvin Klein.

The 16-year-old has shot the capsule collection featuring pieces from the 90’s creatively shot by photographer Michael Avedon. These nine re-issued items will be sold solely by the e-retailer from July 15.

The key pieces will comprise of versions of products worn those twenty-one years ago by Kate Moss such as boyfriend tapered, and classic jeans, Calvin Klein’s well-known and popular ‘cK’ t-shirts and jumpers, as well as 80’s style high-waisted skinny jeans originally made trendy by Brooke Shields.

Kevin Carrigan, global creative director of the Calvin Klein underwear, jeans and platinum label, spoke to WWD about the campaign, explaining the purpose behind the project as to keep the brand young and fresh for their consumers. He said: 

“Lottie represents the relevant generation of today, but with a historical connection to the house of Klein. She’s cool and wears vintage clothing in her own way. 

“This Calvin Klein Jeans capsule is all about a nostalgia for the Nineties and that whole look feeling very right again. It now feels like the perfect time to reissue the brand’s iconic hits to a new generation.”

The project is said to be a success, the trend around revival, op-shopping, and vintage clothing is a hit among young adult women. We are seeing a comeback with high waisted, and boyfriend jeans, the casual and laid back look is not only comfortable but looks great. Bloggers around the world such as Elle Ferguson and Amanda Shadforth are always sporting the trend.

Simplicity really is perfection.

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By Amy Miller

July 31, 2014

End Of An Era: Sass and Bide Founders Leave The Label

The time has come… Owners Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton depart the fashion label Sass and Bide they founded in 1999. The two began their global empire as a stall at London’s Portobllo Road Market selling denim products. Since that time it has sky rocketed to a well-known household name, presenting collections firstly at Australian Fashion Week in 2001 and then renowned London Fashion Week in 2002. The progression did not stop there, with the label being individually asked to show in New York the next year and the eight seasons following.

Now, 15 years since its launch, after selling 65 per cent of the shares to Myer for $42.25 million, they have decided to leave the brand in the department stores hands in order to venture off on new individual adventures. There has been an obvious shift in position titles, with newly appointed design director as Anthony Cuthertson, with experience from high-end labels including Mulberry, Victoria Beckham and MaxMara, and the place of art director has been given to Bonnie O’Hare.

With Myer taking over operations at Sass and Bide they released a statement to Vogue:

“Heidi and Sarah-Jane’s departure from Sass & Bide has been in planning for some time as they have been transitioning out of the business. Myer wishes Heidi and Sarah-Jane well, they go with our great good wishes, and we expect they will be associated with Sass & Bide for a long time.” 

In an interview, Heidi and Sarah-Jane explain after a decade and a half its time for them to move on, the joint decision came at a time when the brand is in a good place, flourishing and ever growing. The newly selected CEO is an experienced leader in luxury labels, and myself along with others lovers of Sass and Bide are sad to see the two women leave but excited for what is to come.

By Amy Miller

July 17, 2014

Cara Delevingne: Always Dreaming Big

She’s no stranger to the limelight and, at the age of 21, her success is being compared that of Kate Moss. So what is it about Cara D that we all love? You can’t escape her image. Whether peering down on you from billboards or in your social media stream, she’s on runways, red carpets and in luxury campaigns. Or frolicking with her famous friends at festivals, on vacation or in nightclubs. She’s Cara Delevingne and she’s here to stay.

With a larger-than-life personality, Delevingne is fun and full of character, which her Instagram followers would know all too well, and perhaps is something that many of us aspire to be. In her professional life, it’s those famous eyebrows that are prominent, not to forget that deep and ageless model stare… and now she is shaking things up, throwing acting into the mix of her many talents.

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Delevigne’s big screen debut is as Chloe in Timeless, in which she plays an angry and passionate young woman, in the 30-minute film by writer Tim Firth. The clincher, without giving away too much, is when she collapses onto the floor in a hysterical flood of tears.

The script has really given the supermodel an outlet to channel her emotions and show the world that she is a skilled actress as well as a model. But, Delevingne doesn’t want to stop there; in a recent interview with Vogue she told the magazine that she was “working towards an Oscar and a Grammy”. Now that may be another Delevingne-ism, her sense of humour is dry and sarcastic, but with the talents of this girl you just never know. We cannot yet judge whether this screentime will lead her in the direction of an award-winning performance or an extension of her career for that matter, yet it does tell us that she is willing to try anything.

The full feature film aired on June 19 and only time will tell if this will kickstart her diverted path, though if all else fails not to fear, the supermodel has a back-up plan. As told to Vogue this month, Delevingne just wants to do whatever makes her happy: “I’d be a cab driver. Or I’d love to be an explorer and just travel and really feel different cultures and religions. I get to travel now but it’s not the same,” she says. 

There is now talk of her working on the movie Kids in Love, set to film in September of this year, directed by her friend Preston Thompson. The true test will be her commitment to fashion weeks internationally and her schedule between these jobs. For Delevingne, we’re quietly confident that the best is yet to come.

By Amy Miller

June 26, 2014

Sass & Bide Collaborates With Make-A-Wish-Foundation

Sass and Bide creators Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton are once again partnering up with Make-a-Wish Foundation in order to raise funds for seriously ill children. The iconic Australian designers are known for their philanthropic nature after collaborating with numerous charities in the past.

In fact, this will be the third year the duo will assist Make-A-Wish Foundation by designing one limited edition lariat style necklace. The piece will be available in Rose Gold, Silver and Gold, and sold at Sass & Bide Boutiques in Myer and via the online store for $35, where all proceeds will go to Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Since it’s launch in 2012, the Wish Upon A Star Campaign has raised over $160,000. This amazing effort came by inspiration from a tattoo both designers share as a symbol of creativity.

The Sass & Bide say:

“Our star represents enduring friendship & love, and by partnering with Make-A-Wish Australia we hope the proceeds of these necklaces can help make a very real difference to the lives of seriously ill children around the country.”

A social media campaign has also been developed in the hopes of spreading the word by encouraging everyone to take a ‘Star Selfie’. The Selfie should be innovative and fun with the necklace in clear sight.

“What could be more important than helping to bring hope, strength and joy to unwell children and their families. We encourage everyone to use the power of social media to spread the message and work towards building awareness around this important campaign.”

Get on board today, be sure to add the hashtag #wishuponastar and #SBMakeAWish to the photo on the social media platform of your choice, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and be a part of this important conversation.

Images via

By Amy Miller

May 22, 2014

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Launches In Sydney

Carla Zampatti officially launched Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in Sydney last night to a host of local and international guests, including celebrities, fellow designers, buyers and bloggers.

On receiving the offer to launch 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, Carla Zampatti said: “I am delighted to work in partnership with a brand like Mercedes-Benz. It is synonymous with innovative, timeless design and excellent quality just like my own brand. I feel very honoured to have been asked to open this prestigious event.”

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In 1965, Carla Zampatti produced her first small collection for Zampatti Pty Limited, followed two years later by a national launch and, in 1970, by the establishment of Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd. The Carla Zampatti label is now renowned for beautiful clothes that combine Australian creativity with Italian style.

Over the years Carla Zampatti has continually expanded her retail network to create a chain of 27 boutiques and concept stores across Australia. Today her clothes are a distinctive part of the modern Australian lifestyle.

The Australian Fashion Laureate was awarded to Carla in August 2008. An award polled by members of the industry, an initiative of the New South Wales Government and IMG Fashion. This award recognizes outstanding achievement and is the highest award honoured in the Australian fashion industry.

Already a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), Carla was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2009. This honour recognises Carla’s contributions to fashion and business as well as being a role model for women.

Images via Megan Hess, Carla Zampatti and MB Fashion Week on Instagram

April 7, 2014

Spring Racing Style for Every Body Shape

Spring has certainly sprung and as any fine filly will tell you, frocking up for Sydney or Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival is fun with a capital ‘F’ – especially if you know what works best for your shape.

Brisbane fashion designer, mum of two and authority on dressing a woman’s body shape, Sacha Drake, says it’s all about identifying your shape and dressing accordingly.

“I am an ‘hourglass with pear tendencies’” laughs Sacha, who is dressed in her stunning ‘Fumetta’ silk kaftan dress when we meet in her Woollahra store in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

“I’ve been in business – and keep loving my business – for over 10 years now because I listen to my customer and come up with design solutions for various problems. It’s all about helping.” says Sacha, whose celebrity fans include Kerri-Anne Kennerly, Deborah Hutton, Georgie Gardner and Jesinta Campbell.

To make flattering choices even easier, Sacha identifies the five most common body shapes – hourglass, column, pear, apple and pregnant – and lists what body shapes her individual garments work best for on all her clothing’s swing tags and online.

Sacha’s Spring Racing Styling Tips for:


Hourglass – typically have curvy bust and hips, narrow waist, medium width shoulders and slim or shapely thighs.

Celebrity inspiration – Scarlett Johansson

  • Show off your slender waist! Accentuate your curves and avoid anything too roomy in the waist. If you have a bigger bust, keep your look streamlined with tailored panels and simple silhouettes. A lean pencil skirt or A-Line shape will be flattering.

Go for:

  • ‘Tatum’ fitted cotton dress (above). A streamlined tailored fit which can create shape, perfect for an hourglass figure. The cap sleeve balances out the hip and the v-neckline draws focus up to the face. It’s a classic shape.
  • ‘Simone’ cotton wrap dress. Versatile. The broad collar frames the face and draws attention to the face whilst the wrap shape adds structure and the A-line skirt streamlines the hips.


Column – typically have shoulders and hips of same width, thicker waist with flat tummy, small to medium bust, slender legs and arms.

Celebrity inspiration – Nicole Kidman

  • Flaunt those lean limbs! Look for styles that can be wrapped or tied to create a waistline. Styles with wider shoulder lines will make your waist appear narrower. Lean pencil skirts or A-line shapes will suit.

Go for:

  • ‘Liza’. You want to show off those long, lean limbs. It’s a high neck with a tie at the back and hangs loosely which you can leave fluid or belt it with our ‘invisible’ belt that creates shape by blousing the dress.
  • ‘Lylah’ and ‘Blair’ silk wrap dresses (above). Effortlessly glamorous. A softer style that works well, in either the long or short sleeve. Underneath is a stretchy slip and it works because it is a wrap and very flexible. It fits nicely across the body and the flare of the skirt accommodates any hip.


Pear – typically have narrow shoulders, a neat bust and waist, wider hips and curvaceous thighs, shapely calves.

Celebrity inspiration – Jennifer Lopez

  • Show off your slim upper body. Create a wider shoulder-line with sleeve details or bare shoulders to balance out hips. A-Line styles that skim hips and thighs work well. Hem length should be on your knee to show off shapely calves.

Go for:

  • ‘Reuben’ fifties style dress. The structured bodice, flared skirt and easy fit waist with a tie which can be tightened to create shape will work for you. The square neckline works for small or large busts too. If you’re self-conscious about your arms, a shrug, bolero or ballet-wrap style cardigan will work.
  • ‘Bennie’ fifties style dress (above). A classic best-seller of ours. A fitted, panelled bodice and square neckline flatters small and large busts. The cap sleeve provides upper-arm coverage and balances your proportion if you have narrow shoulders. The flared skirt hides a larger hip and bottom.


Apple – typically have broad shoulders, a voluptuous bust, a rounded tummy, slim hips and thighs.

Celebrity inspiration – Oprah Winfrey

  • Flaunt your cleavage. Choose garments with open necklines to draw the eye to your face. Soft draping and ruching that skims not clings to a fuller tummy is best. Look for clean, tailored lines to streamline your body and show off slim legs.

Go for:

  • ‘Tyler’ one shoulder kaftan dress. One shoulder, asymmetrical shapes are perfect for apples because it draws the eye up to the shoulder, away from the wider bust. It hangs loosely from the bust and shows off the slim leg.
  • ‘Venezuela’ stretch shirt dress (above).  Streamlined and fitted with a v-neck and a pencil skirt. This creates an hourglass shape by cinching in the waist. It’s especially flattering because it skims over the body and it doesn’t ‘cling’.


Pregnant – typically tummy is most prominent feature. Bust and hip size will vary for the individual.

Celebrity inspiration – Kate Winslet

  • Be proud of your bump! Keep a feminine silhouette by creating shape under your bust. Choose open necklines and show off your slim legs to ensure you’re not ‘all tummy’. Soft, stretchy dresses are easy to wear as you grow, plus perfect for post-pregnancy.

Go for:

  • ‘Martina’ jersey dress. You want to be comfortable and it depends how pregnant you are. You also don’t want to invest in a $500 dress! The fluted sleeves, adjustable ties to fit and flatter any bust and fluid, soft jersey that skims the body grows with most pregnant shapes. It’s plain but you can really jazz it up.

 Visit Sacha’s online boutique at

Tell us about your spring racing style – do you prefer traditional or more on-trend dresses for the races?

October 1, 2013

Melanie Notkin is The Savvy Auntie

Melanie Notkin is a speaker and lifestyle expert living in New York. She is a best-selling author and the founder of, one of Forbes Top 100 Websites for Women in 2011 and 2012. Notkin spoke to us about her Savvy Auntie brand and the special role Aunties play in the raising of children.

How did Savvy Auntie come to be?

Savvy Auntie grew out of my own need for resources on how to be the best aunt to my nephew and nieces that I could be. From the moment I first heard I would be an aunt, I felt enormous love and responsibility for these children. Parents have a multitude of books, websites, blogs, etc. designed just for them, but we, the besotted, beloved aunts had nothing to help guide us and no community to connect us. In the summer of 2008, I launched Savvy Auntie, the multi-platform lifestyle brand designed for cool aunts, great-aunts, godmothers and all women who love kids.

At what point did you realise being a mother may not be in your own future, and how did you come to the point of embracing your role as an Auntie instead?

I don’t think of aunthood as an ‘instead of motherhood’–type role. Many Savvy Aunties go on to become mothers but never lose their connection with their nieces and nephews. While I don’t know that I will ever become a mother myself, unfortunately, I know that my role as aunt is a gift. It’s a gift to the parents who know that their children are loved and in safe keeping when they are with me. It’s a gift to the children who have another loving grown up in their lives who offers them another perspective and different experiences. And it’s a gift to me, of course.

I consider myself ‘childfull;’ I choose to fill my life with the children I love.

You talk about the term PANK (Professional Aunt No Kids) – how common do you think PANKs are in today’s society, and why might we be seeing more of them?

There are 23 million PANKs in America, or 1 in 5 women aged 18+ who have a strong bond with a child in their lives. There is a growing trend for women getting married and/or having children later than ever before. And so yes, quantifiably, the number seems to be on an upswing. But I also see more and more women embracing their aunthood and taking on a more active role in children’s lives, whether nieces and nephews by relation or by choice.

What role do you think the Savvy Auntie plays in modern families? How do both parents and children come to rely on them?

As parents are stretched between work, parenthood and everything else, the Savvy Auntie plays a valuable role, whether it’s simply giving relief to the mother of a newborn so she can shower and rest, or contributing generously to a niece’s or nephew’s college savings plan. In fact, 34% of PANKs expect to help pay for a child’s education, while 45% of PANKs offer economic assistance to parents by providing kids with things their parents cannot or will not offer them. And 43% of PANKs often buy things for kids that parents won’t buy them. Collectively, with a baseline of just one child per PANK, this group spends $9 billion a year on their nieces and nephews.

Of course, it’s not just financial gifts. Nearly 7 in 10 PANKs say they are a role model to their nieces and nephews. From the time they are very young, the quality play time aunts offer a young child can help develop the children’s cognitive, emotional and social skills. I’ve dubbed that time QualAuntie Time. And as children get older and need advice or comfort, the ConfidAunt steps right in.

What are your visions for the future of your Savvy Auntie Brand, and how has social media helped you get to this point?

The Savvy Auntie brand includes, a Webby Award nominee for Best Family Site and a Forbes Best 100 Website for Women. My first book, Savvy Auntie – The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers and All Women Who Love Kids (Morrow 2011) was a national bestseller. The 6th Annual Auntie’s Day is Sunday, July 27, 2014. And the 5th Annual Savvy Auntie Coolest Toy Awards will be revealed in time for the holiday shopping season. But I am very excited by the Savvy Auntie social media platforms where that I get to connect with tens of thousands of women on a daily basis. There is a wonderful and engaged Savvy Auntourage, over 93,000 strong, on and many aunts connect with me directly on Twitter @SavvyAuntie where I’ve been tweeting since 2007.

There’s a lot more to come with Savvy Auntie and I cannot wait to share those projects with this amazing tribe of women as we get closer.

Are you a savvy aunty or a PANK (Professional Aunt No Kids)?

September 2, 2013

Our Top 5 Australian Fashion Designers

We love Australian fashion for its originality and unique combination of fun, chic and style, so we thought we’d take a look at our 5 favourite Australian fashion designers.

Collette Dinnigan

Collette Dinnigan got her start in the costume department of the Australian Broadcasting Department, but has made her name in chic styles for the modern woman. In 1995, the designer was the first Australian to show her ready-to-wear collection in Paris. Dinnigan’s Autumn/Winter 2013 ready-to-wear collection is highlighted by slim sheath silhouettes in neutrals of black, white and silver with accents of leather or lace – many of which would make breathtaking bridal gowns – and for something for classic bridal, she also designs a stunning bridal collection. Stunning tailoring and timeless, feminine design is why Collette will always be one of our favourite Australian designers.


Carla Zampatti

We’re happy to report that the grand dame of Australian fashion designer is still going strong at 71. The Italian-born Zampatti move to Australia with her family as a child and debuted her first limited collection in 1965. Two years later, the designer went national and in 1970, created Carla Zampatti Limited. Zampatti’s career achievements include a chain of boutiques, being the first Aussie designer to introduce swimwear into her collection, a pair of fragrances and even redesigning a car! In 1985, Zampatti partnered with Ford Australia to create the Laser, an auto especially for women. For Autumn/Winter 2013, Zampatti offered a collection that’s classic, ladylike and feminine with lots of black softened by shades of cream and coral. The designer creates for the modern woman, with chic business suits and elegant eveningwear. For four decades, Carla Zampatti has epitomised true style.



The design team of Nicole and Simone Zimmermann have been delighting savvy fashionistas with their clever cutting and delectable fabrics since 1991. The sisters are especially noted for their body-sculpting swimsuits in trendy graphic prints that are now spotted on beach babes from Bali to Barcelona. The Zimmermann collection for Autumn/Winter 2013 featured frankly feminine dresses in soft, warm natural tones of almond, pale yellow, gold and grey—just the thing for warming up a cool day. The show-stopper of this set was a gown of gold foil with an irregular hem, perfect for showing off your sexy shape!


Sass & Bide

Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke have come a long way since their humble beginnings of selling jeans they had customised from a stall at London’s Portobello Road Market. After relocating to Sydney, the pair unveiled their first collection at Australian Fashion Week in 2001. A chance meeting in New York with actress Sarah Jessica Parker led the designers to create a few pieces for Sex and the City, which gave worldwide recognition to the Sass & Bide brand. The Sass & Bide Autumn/Winter collection ranges from floor-length knit dresses to separates of shiny yellow vinyl. The pairing of a rigidly tailored black-and-white striped jacket with those yellow pants shows plenty of sass.


Lisa Ho

Success came fast for Lisa Ho, who launched her own brand just weeks after finishing design school, selling her cutting-edge designs at Sydney’s Paddington Market, and becoming one of the most famous names in Australian fashion. Her pieces have been seen on a bevy of celebs including Delta Goodrem, Miranda Kerr, Sarah Wynter, Elle Macpherson and Jennifer Lopez. Highlights from her Autumn/Winter 2013 collection include fitted jackets with A-line or pencil skirts in colours of black, blue and wine. Sadly, Ho’s future is currently in limbo, as the Lisa Ho Group was recently closed down due to being deeply in debt. Hopefully she’ll bounce back and relaunch her brand.

Who is your favourite Australian designer?

August 5, 2013

Q&A With YouTube Beauty And Fashion Guru Shaaanxo

When we wanted to talk about the latest fashion trends and beauty must-haves with an expert, we knew the perfect girl for the job. Meet Shannon Harris, a.k.a. Shaaanxo, one of YouTube’s most-watched beauty and fashion gurus. With over 400,000 subscribers, this blonde bombshell, who hails from New Zealand, shares her favourite latest fashion trends and gives us some insight into what it takes to be a YouTube style star.

In your vlogs, you always look totally gorgeous. If you had to sum up your style in one sentence, what would it be?
Why thank you! I would say my style is always changing, but it’s simple and girly most of the time.

What are you loving, fashion-wise, for the winter of 2013?
Infinity/loop scarves! So boring, I know, but I love the way they look. Bright ones (I have a bright coral one) really amp up my boring winter outfits. I usually stick to black skinny jeans and a cute jumper.

When the seasons change, a lot of women decide that it’s time to make a hairstyle change. Your long blonde locks are very pretty, but have you ever rocked a different look? Maybe even one you ended up regretting?
I used to have brown hair, ombre hair, and the one I regret – half-red and half-brown hair. The whole “underneath one colour, and on top another colour” kind of deal. It was awful! I want to go bright Rihanna Red one day, though!

Okay, imagine that you’re going on a ski trip during the coldest week of winter. You can only bring three beauty products. What are your three winter survival beauty must-haves?
I would bring Trilogy Rosehip Oil to hydrate my skin – it’s a lifesaver when my skin looks and feels dull and dry. I would also bring my lip balm – I love Maybelline Baby Lips and Nivea Lip Butters…they’re super hydrating and smell awesome. And mascara so I could look a fraction better! Its a beauty must-have for all seasons, of course.

What advice do you have any advice for aspiring YouTube style and beauty gurus?
Be yourself and don’t give up. Your own personality will bring you out from amongst the crowd. Don’t expect your views to blow up in a week, month, or even a year. Persistence is key! I went for months without more than 50 people watching me. And lastly, only do it if you have the passion for it! Seems silly I know – but if your heart and soul is with the topic you are talking about, people will see that and connect with you!

Would you take Shannon’s advice and take a stab at YouTube glory? Tell us in the comments!

Image: Shaaanxo

July 29, 2013

5 Best Fashion Bloggers

From street style to killer couture, the best fashion blogs keep us coming back for more. Here are the 5 best fashion bloggers from Australia, New York, London and beyond – and secretly, we’d love to be BFFs with them for the closet-raiding privileges alone!

Karla’s Closet
You know how Sex and the City was fictional and Carrie Bradshaw wasn’t a real person? Well, that might not be true. If there was ever a real life Carrie, it would be Karla Deras. On Karla’s Closet, Karla showcases her stunningly fashion forward style. Much like Carrie before her, Karla mixes high-end pieces with vintage and high street buys. When Teen Vogue asked her about her favourite places to shop, she named Goodwill, Saks and H&M. If that’s not fashion diversity, then we don’t know what is.


…Love Maegan
Maegen Tintari screams L.A. – she’s adorable, bubbly, with awesome hair and a gorgeous glow. But her fashion blog is more than just killer outfits (and they seriously are incredible). Maegan shares beauty and home decor tips, as well as writing honestly about marriage and her struggle to conceive. Her beautiful smile alone will have you hooked. Maegan’s Pinterest boards are some of our favourites too.


Styled By Phillips
Aussie model and media personality Nikki Phillips is one of Australia’s best fashion bloggers, with a constantly updated stream of bright colours and stunning locations – from Bondi to Bali. Nikki’s style is mostly Australian designers so her blog is a great way to follow what’s happening in local fashion. Follow her Instagram feed for fun behind-the-scenes snaps.


Ring My Bell
If personal style blogging doesn’t work out, Ashley Madekwe has a second career to fall back on. After all, this London fashionista living in L.A. is a full-time actress, starring in shows like Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Revenge. Ashley blogs about her style, which is a mixture of London cool and boho chic. Why we heart her even more is that she blogs as if she were just any other girl rifling through the racks at a cool vintage store.


The Man Repeller
We’ve been following the very witty New York fashion blogger Leandra Medine a.k.a. The Man Repeller since what feels like the beginning of the internet (ok, about two years). Her refreshing attitude to fashion can be summed up by: don’t dress to impress, wear what YOU love. Make sure you follow The Man Repeller on Instagram for hilarious daily snapshots into her life.

Do you have a favourite fashion blog? Share it in the comments below!

July 19, 2013

Top 5 Fashion Photographers

At its best, fashion photography not only grabs your attention, but also evokes a feeling, an emotion. Only a select few photographers have the gift for creating art that captures the mood and essence of its subject, and that makes them very special.

Here are five of our favourite fashion photographers, along with some of their most iconic images.

Mario Testino

Although he was born in Peru, Mario Testino found his greatest fame in London, where he’s best known for his shots of fashionistas like Kate Moss, as well as the Royal Family. Testino was personally chosen by Princess Diana to shoot her 1997 layout for Vanity Fair and more recently, he took the 2010 engagement photo of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

Testino’s Vanity Fair photo of Princess Diana showed the warmth and personality that made the world love her, catching the “People’s Princess” at her most radiant just months before her tragic death.


Andrea Klarin

You may not be familiar with the name Andrea Klarin, but you’re sure to have seen some of the Belgrade-born photographer’s iconic ads for clients like Christian Louboutin and Swarovski, plus fashion houses Valentino, Lanvin, and Guerlain.

Klarin’s playful photo of Christian Louboutin appeared in the 2012 issue of Grazia magazine in which the designer ruffled feathers by announcing that he did not care how much pain women suffered while wearing his shoes. Ouch!


Nigel Barker

Did you know British photographer and ex-America’s Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker got his start as a model? After a decade of posing for photos in London, Milan, Paris and New York City, Barker moved to the other side of the camera. Since then, his long list of credits includes GQ, Interview, Town & Country, Nicole Miller, Lands’ End, Nine West, Lexus, Jordache and Beefeater.

Barker took this dramatic shot of model Coco Rocha as part of a layout for Senhoa Jewelry in 2011. The photographer’s use of contrast points up the texture of the pieces, as well as the beauty of Rocha (and her famous cheekbones!).


Christopher Morris

If you’ve admired the photos of acts like Oasis, U2 or the Red Hot Chili Peppers on their CD covers and in music publications like Rolling Stone, you’re familiar with the work of Australian Christopher Morris. This celebrity and fashion photographer, who lives in Sydney, has also shot ad campaigns for Levis, Ben Sherman and Myer. Morris took this ethereal shot for the 2011 Colour of the Wind collection by Australian jewelry designer Elke Kramer.


Helmut Newton

One of the most famous and admired fashion photographers ever was Helmut Newton, whose work in high fashion magazines like French Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar showed his erotic, stylised approach to the art. During World War II, Newton moved to Australia, where he opened his studio in Melbourne, specializing in fashion and theatre photography. In the 50s, he came into his own as a fashion photographer with his work for British and Australian Vogue.

Newton achieved his greatest success in the 80s, with his signature blend of edgy style and gender-bending. Newton shot this iconic photo of pop star Madonna for her 1990 layout in Vanity Fair. His photos reveal the singer at her sexiest—and most powerful.

Who are your favourite fashion photographers? Tell us below!

June 15, 2013

London Fashion Week

Elspeth Gibson

London Fashion Week. What red blooded Aussie gal wouldn?t give up her Prada handbag (or boyfriend) to be seated next to Liz Hurley or Cate Blanchett at the London Fashion Week parades? Forget pushing your way through the GP (general public) to catch a glimpse of Megan Gale at the latest David Jones in store parades. We?re talking French Champagne, lots of perfume, air kisses and ?I?ll email you!? in the London?s fashion world annual showcase. LFW (London Fashion Week for those in the know) is as much a social event as it is a chance for designers to show off their wares to the world?s media and fashion buyers.Imagine sitting next to Madge (Madonna) at the Elspeth Gibson show as her models strut their stuff down the catwalk in the latest dreamy collection in feminine pinks and pale blues. Showing her versatility Gibson also showed excellent use of

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bright vibrant colours like magenta and a stunning peacock blue. Gibson?s collection was very Collette Dinnigan-ish in its use of feathers, crystals and lots of beading. Her ?Vision of Eden? collection one of her best yet.Don?t worry if you haven?t seen Gibson?s clothes in stores locally just yet. See for the total experience without the airfare and the pushing and shoving sweetie! LFW is a hotbed of local and undiscovered talent, feature lots of young, up and coming UK designers Showing along side industry stalwarts like Paul Smith and Julien McDonald.

US designer Ben De Lisi, a current flavour of the month, proved his popularity by packing in a full house at his parade. Fans of his clothes, like Kate Winslet and Rachel Weisz saw a very Moroccan ?inspired collection in both the mens and women?s clothes he showed.

One thing all of the parades have had in common is the return of the mini. Get on that Stairmaster Girlfriend! Great legs are back in fashion! Forget that long, flowing peasant look that covered everything we had ? next season?s ubiquitous must have is the mini!

In the first few days of the LFW, the Pelmet Mini that just covers the buttocks was seen in nearly every designer?s parade. This teeny weeny botty sash, favoured by Christina Aguilera and Holly Valance, who were both in attendance, is the hottest item for the coming season. While I can?t see myself running around town in a skimpy mini teamed with stilettos and bare legs, plenty of London chicks have braved the freezing English winter to do just that.

It seems some people will do anything to stay ahead of the Fashion Police!

So high tail it back to the gym girls. The mini is coming to our shores! You have been warned!

February 19, 2003

Movers and shakers – Liesl Bernard

The women who appear on this page are selected by consensus of the SheSaid editorial staff and are duly invited to participate. If you wish to nominate an inspiring woman to appear in this ‘moving and shaking hall of fame’, please contact us.

Name Liesl Bernard

Occupation/Title RHIC Division Director, Sydney

Company/Organisation Robert Half International

State NSW

Age 30

Star sign Sagittarius

Describe your career progression and your current professional position.

I began my career in 1991 as a Chartered Accountant in the area of IT and auditing in Capetown, South Africa . In November of 1999 I was offered the opportunity to set up the RHI Consulting Division (IT Recruitment) in Sydney, Australia. I jumped at the opportunity; I have always wanted to live in this part of the world as well as focus my career more on IT search and contracting versus the area of finance. In February 2000 I moved to Sydney and began developing the RHIC division, building a solid team of quality personnel and emerging myself in the Sydney business environment.

In retrospect, each step of my career has opened doors to new opportunities that build upon my experiences along the way. The cross-over from a career as a CA to that of a placement professional was seemingly natural and easy for me. The risks taken along the way by initiating relocations and/or changing my career field have opened the door to new opportunities that are both exciting and challenging.

Describe a typical day? I wake up at 5:00 am, pack my stuff and run to a city health club where I get ready for the office to start work at 7:30am.

My work day is spent managing and training two divisions of RHIC with combined teams consisting of 10 people, as well as performing the division’s growth and marketing strategies, internal recruitment and IT placement and contracting. I generally work through to 6:30pm and find my way home by 7:00pm.

What’s the best part of the job? The daily interaction with IT professionals in all sectors of the market who are the innovators of the way we will work and conduct our business lives in the future. I love dealing with people and helping them make good career choices. The IT industry is changing constantly.

What’s the worst part of the job? Not having enough time to devote to all the wonderful people I meet and work with daily.

December 3, 2001

Movers & Shakers – Vanessa Hannan

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Name Vanessa Hannan

Occupation/Title Executive Producer

Company/Organisation Com Tech Communications (Online Division)

State NSW

Star sign Virgo

Describe a typical day? Busy, very busy? lots of meetings, project trouble shooting, team management, clients to win, interspersed (hopefully) with a few laughs and a touch of creativity.

What’s the best part of the job? Working with talented multidisciplinary teams creating user-friendly innovative products. It really is the best fun.

What’s the worst part of the job? The hours and the stress.

What was your first job & how much was in your first pay packet? Working as a receptionist. I was a REALLY bad receptionist but even after cutting numerous people off phone calls, they still paid me – $167 per wk.

What did you want to be when you grew up? A spy

December 2, 2001

Movers and Shakers – Lisa Pennell

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Name Lisa Pennell

Occupation/Title Manager –

Company/Organisation Market faxts Ltd

State NSW

Age 28

Star sign Capricorn

Describe your career progression and your current professional position.

While studying commerce at University, I started working in the accounting field as an auditor which I quickly found was not me at all! I Lasted two years then proceeded to do a multitude of different jobs, a lot of them sales or marketing related. The whole time I was also singing in bands and compering shows and department store sales. One of the promotions I was involved in was in the mobile phone industry which I found to be exciting, new and fast paced, and I’ve been climbing the industry ladder ever since. I was the State manager for two different retail groups in Melbourne for the past four years, then was approached to run, an independent and unbiased website comparing mobile phones and plans, landline services and ISP’s in December last year. I saw it as a great opportunity to do something that hadn’t been done before in Australia, so here I am.

Describe a typical day? No such thing in my life! A typical day would be a day full of surprises.

What’s the best part of the job? Dealing with the media, providing independent commentary on the Australian Telecommunications Industry. I love radio interviews – they’re a real challenge. Also the flexibilty of working with a medium (the Internet) that’s so new to most Australians – that you make the rules up as you go.

What’s the worst part of the job? As exciting as it is, the internet can be very frustrating to someone who is not technically minded (me) – it drives me crazy when things go wrong.

November 3, 2001

Movers & Shakers – Lara Sinclair

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Name Lara Sinclair

Occupation/Title Editor, B&T Weekly

Company/Organisation Reed Business Information

State NSW

Age 29

Star sign Taurus

Describe a typical day? Hectic. Lots of tasks to do, all aimed at producing a magazine every week, plus liaising with the marketing, advertising, internet and media industry that we report on.

What’s the best part of the job? Producing a good magazine at the end of a week, breaking controversial stories, and writing a good yarn.

What’s the worst part of the job? Missing a deadline. Irate calls from industry figures with oversized egos.

What was your first job & how much was in your first pay packet? Shop assistant at Prouds. Earning not much; I wasn’t much of a sales person.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Either a journalist or an architect. I studied architecture for a year, but couldn’t get excited about different types of mortar.

November 2, 2001

Movers & Shakers: Helen Humphrey

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Name Helen Humphrey

Occupation/Title MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS MANAGER – marie claire

Company/Organisation MURDOCH MAGAZINES

State NSW

Age Fortyish!!

Star sign Gemini

Describe a typical day? Meetings, meetings, meetings! I spend a lot of my time working with the advertising account managers and our clients planning and implementing promotional campaigns. These could be competitions or advertorials in the magazine, activities at a retail level or opportunities involving the advertisers in major events such as the marie claire Fashion Show Live.

What’s the best part of the job? I work with a fantastic team of very dedicated professionals who all have a clear vision of what we want the company and our magazines to be. Due to the variety of clients we deal with I am never bored and I honestly enjoy coming to work each day.

What’s the worst part of the job? We are always on deadline and time flashes by – a year in magazines seems like the blink of an eye.

What was your first job & how much was in your first pay packet? At 15 I was the shampoo girl, floor sweeper and coffee girl (general dogsbody) at the local hairdressing salon on a Saturday morning. I was paid a princely sum of $3 to work from 8am to noon.

What did you want to be when you grew up? When I was very young my first ambition was to be a nurse, probably because my Mum had been one and in those days most women worked either as nurses, secretaries, teachers or air hostesses until they got married. In my first year of high school I became aware there were other possibilities for women and I decided I would be a vet. It wasn’t until my last term of high school that we did a study of advertising in our English course and I felt like I’d really found my niche. After doing an arts degree at Queensland University I got my start with my first job as a copywriter for a radio station.

October 3, 2001
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