Whether you want to flaunt or flatter, knowing your shape is key to looking and feeling fabulous on your wedding day. So when it comes to choosing that perfect gown, it pays to have an expert on your side. In her 11 year career, White Lily Couture style director and bridal expert, Alera Kingham, has helped countless brides select their dream dress, fitting a wide range of figures and styles.
Here, she shares her top tips with SHESAID for choosing a gown that is sure to keep everyone guessing!
The hourglass figure is the perfect feminine shape, with beautiful curves and a well-defined waistline. Emphasising the waist by choosing styles that are fitted through the hip and thigh will really make your figure pop.
Women with apple-shaped figures often have a fuller bust and mid-section, with slimmer thighs and hips. The key to an apple-shaped figure is to create the illusion of curves by using structure. Look for gowns with boning and well fitted lines through the bodice. A line, ball gown or empire lines are perfect as they enhance your bust and balance the lower body creating the illusion of curves to die for.
Petite women are often below the average height of 1.65m, and want to appear longer or leaner in their appearance. If you’re a petite bride it’s important to take your height and proportions into consideration when selecting gowns. If you have your heart set on a mermaid dress, try a fit and flair or a fitted sheath style to elongate your figure. Styles such as Jillian, by De Lanquez, will give you that sexy fit through the body without compromising your height.
Images via When Elephant Met Zebra
With the worst of winter hopefully behind us, it’s time to embrace the sun and plan that spring wedding. If Prince Charming finally popped the question and you’re on the hunt for your perfect wedding gown, White Lily Couture style director, Alera Kingham, has the perfect advice!
Alera believes brides-to-are spoilt for choice and stunning trends are headed to Australia from Europe’s bridal runways as early as August this year. From stunning pastilles and soft floating fabrics to sexy backless gowns, there is something for every bridal style.
International designer’s 2016 collections heavily feature gowns with structured bodices made from soft, floaty fabrics. The return of fabrics such as crepe and georgette bring a soft, romantic look to a classic fit and flair and ball gown wedding gown. For a structured gown with a difference, Pronovias has released a beautiful collection channelling this trend.
Pranette by Pronovias
Party at the back
Sexy backless gowns are making a comeback! Brides looking for a sultry yet wedding-worthy gown should check out Enzoani – their simple gowns with stunning embellished details draw attention to a curvy bride’s best assets. Enzoani’s beautiful beading and lace finishes make for simple gowns perfect for a modern, sexy bride.
Harrison from Enzoani and Blue by Enzoani
In addition to classic ivory and off-white hues, designers for 2016 are playing with soft, neutral shades. Colours like caramel, nude and cocoa are a sophisticated and contemporary way to wear colour with a bridal edge. Mori Lee has released a beautiful new selection of neutral tones in bridal-wear for this coming season.
From a dreamy tulle train to a dramatic detachable over-skirt, designers are loving layers! Adding extra material turns a simple gown into a statement and creates an angelic bridal look. Augusta Jones’ collection features a number of dresses that can be transformed by adding a beautiful skirt.
Gowns paired with the Sasha skirt by Augusta Jones
This is such a delicate and feminine trend. While dainty floral embroidery has come around in waves, 2016 will see no restraint with three-dimensional embellishments adorning bridal gowns. This trend is perfect for brides chasing a bohemian look.
Ilari by Pronovias
For more expert insight from Alera, check out @whitelilycouture on Instagram.
We’ve all seen enough reality TV to know that finding your perfect wedding dress can be daunting. To help find that dream wedding dress, we asked White Lily Couture Style Director Alera Kingham for her top tips to saying yes to the dress, sans tears and tantrums!
Don’t overwhelm yourself
Trying on thirty gowns in one morning might sound like the perfect plan but you may end up confused and unable to commit to one dress. Start your search by creating a Pinterest or vision board which reflects your taste and budget.
Shop when you’re ready to buy
When you make your appointment be clear about your wedding date. Browsing for ideas more than a year ahead isn’t always the best option as bridal seasons change frequently. We recommend shopping 8 months out because most gowns are made internationally and have a 5 month minimum lead-time. If you are a bride in a hurry don’t panic, make an appointment to check out the Augusta Jones collection from the UK.
Keep an open mind
Try on different styles, it’s often the gown you’d never think of trying that makes you feel like a bride. Trust your stylist to find you the perfect dress because sometimes gowns that look iffy on the hanger can be a knockout on you.
Make your opinion number one
Choose a maximum of four people whose opinion you value most to help you find the perfect dress and remember while family and friend’s opinions are important your vote counts the most.
Trust your choice
If you find ‘the one’ during your first appointment it’s not a bad thing! Saying yes to the dress is not meant to be difficult and the first dress you try on is often the dress you can’t stop thinking about. Once you have found the perfect gown, don’t confuse yourself by trying on more dresses, arrange your fittings and enjoy shopping for shoes and accessories!
For more expert advice check out @whitelilycouture on Instagram and Facebook.
Image via When Elephant Met Zebra
Buying a brand new wedding dress seems a little overrated, especially considering the fact that you’ll be wearing it only once.
Splashing out so much cash on a dress isn’t sometimes cost-effective, but buying vintage might just be the next best option. We have created an edit of our top ten pre-loved wedding dresses to inspire your own wedding!
Long sleeves are ideal for winter weddings since they provide an extra layer of warmth to the bride. This classic look is usually accompanied by glamourous makeup and minimal accessories.
A voluminous, tulle dress is every girl’s dream dress – especially one which is accompanied by a satin bow!
Spice-up a standard white dress with a low, sexy back which is perfect for a summer wedding. We promise the wedding photos will look absolutely breathtaking.
Throw it back to the early 2000s with this glamourous wedding dress featuring sexy spaghetti straps. The style is flattering for the summer months with a coat of illuminating cream to reflect the suns rays.
Off the shoulder
A popular choice in the eighties was of course the off-the-shoulder look, but it’s certainly making its comeback!
Keep it classy with lace brocade which is a little on the heavy side, and ideal for a winter wedding.
Try a 20s inspired wedding dress which is adorned in sequins, crystals, and intricate beads (oh my!). Pair with gold or silver stiletto heels to complete the look.
A sophisticated cap-sleeve is the best way to show off your decolletage and create a flattering neckline. Choose simple, minimalist necklaces to highlight this area!
Finish off with a flattering empire neckline which is best for bigger chests, and looks amazing with an undo.
Images via Dressed Up Girl, Whimsical Wonderland Wedding, Oh Best Day Ever, Buzzfeed, The Wedding Scoop, Belle The Magazine, Brit Co, Style Me Pretty, F.Wedding Dress
Aside from the dress, deciding on that final makeup look is a difficult choice for all brides. Whether you want something glamourous like Kim Kardashian, traditional like Kate Middleton or a combination of the two, we have paired up with Make Up Store to bring you five key makeup looks for every bride.
Big, glossy lips are a must-have since they are so quick and easy to achieve with the power of makeup! Line your lips with a natural liner, defining the curves of your mouth. Use a white liner to create the illusion of depth in the centre of your lips, then lock it in with a lip gloss.
Lip Gloss Champagne
For the eyes, go for a natural look which will photograph beautifully and never go out of style. To start off, remember to prime your eyelids (especially if they’re on the oily side), then layer the eyeshadow with a flat-brush. Define the crease with a slightly darker shade, then take a champagne shade to illuminate the inner corner.
Microshadow Trio Champagne
To make any eye colour pop, use a shimmery shade which is so easy and effortless to apply. You can use it to define your inner corner, apply it directly on the bottom waterline to give the illusion of bigger eyes, or use in-conjunction with a setting spray for a creamy finish.
Microshadow in Champagne
For perfectly matte lips, a pink shade is flattering for photos and suits all skin tones. Moisturise your lips beforehand to remove any excess skin, then follow-up with a lip liner the same shade as your lips. Once that is complete, apply the lipstick with a lip brush and dab off the excess. To mattify this look for photos, apply a tissue over the lips and seal with a translucent powder.
Choosing a dress for the bride is nerve-wracking, but settling on a cute gown for the flower girl is a piece of cake! We have tracked down some of the best inspiration for flowergirl dresses which is ideal for a summer wedding.
This cute little dress is complemented by a stunning jewel neckline with capped sleeves.
Try this super-sweet flower girl dress which is perfect for an outdoor wedding. A flower crown adds the finishing touches to this classic look.
A classic crochet dress is perfect for summer since the fabric is extra-cool and won’t weigh your flower girl down!
Match your favourite strapless dress with a matching headband – so cute!
A classic tutu dress is a popular choice for most flower girls. Finish off the look with white flats and a bouquet of flowers.
Try a long-sleeve dress in classic white lace for your flower girls. No wonder it’s a popular choice – it looks great in all pictures!
Try this sweet dress with an exposed back for your flower girl. There are so many custom-made on Etsy to suit your flower girl.
A sleeveless dress is the best way to stick to a classic silhouette in the summer.
Give the dress a bit of shape with a contrasting bow which also matches the bridesmaids gowns.
Finish off with a stylish sequin gown which photographs beautifully!
Images via Brit and Co, Bridal Musings, Issuu, Etsy, Karen Tran, Confetti Daydreams Wedding, Style Me Pretty, Blogspot
Planning a bridal shower for a relative or friend with no idea where to begin? Start with the party decor, which will leave the bride-to-be feeling excited for the big day! From the invitations to the decorations, SHESAID has you covered for the bridal shower.
Rather than using the same-old vase, get creative with these cute and quirky mugs. Trim down the flowers and place them in the middle of the table for everyone to see.
Who can resist a few sugary treats? Not us! Decorate the sweets table with vintage-looking vases, bowls and cupcake trays.
Don’t forget the balloons if you’re hoping to make a big statement for family and friends. Stick to a colour theme and make sure it’s cohesive throughout the entire shower.
Whip-up this stunning bridal cake made from individual cupcakes, which all your guests can enjoy.
To really personalise your wedding, why not draw up a timeline of how the bride and groom met. This is a fantastic way to make the bridal shower feel more homely.
Mimosa bars are so popular at bridal showers because they’re a great way to enjoy a guilt-free cocktail. Gather today a few different fruit juices, chill the champagne, then let your guests help themselves!
Images via Wedding Chicks, Sweetie Factory, Brit and Co, iVillage, Savvy Style, Smarty Had A Party
For most brides, finding their dream dress is a moment they’ve dreamed of since forever; they want to cry with joy and want their entourage to love the gown. A wedding dress appointment can also be an emotional whirlwind, with wedding jitters, body image and the pressure of finding ‘the one’ making for a very overwhelming experience. That is why the loving support of family and friends is so important during a bridal appointment.
Seasoned bridal expert and White Lily Couture Style Director, Alera Kingham has been pairing brides with their perfect gown for over a decade. In that time she has come across some absolute horror bridesmaids and mothers. So if you, like many others lack a filter, check out Alera’s top tips for mastering the art of subtle suggestion during bridal appointments.
“It’s not very flattering on you.”
No woman ever wants to be told her bum looks big in anything, especially not her wedding gown. Even if you and the bride are sisters or best friends, it is always best to steer clear of comments like “it’s not flattering.”
Instead, try saying: “What if you tried something in a different shape? I feel this style isn’t enhancing your best assets.” This is safely implying that the dress doesn’t suit her, but isn’t as abrupt as saying: “It doesn’t look good on you.”
“It’s okay, but it’s not the one.”
Finding the perfect wedding dress is all about the bride having an unspoken connection with the dress she is going to wear when she marries her prince charming. The bride will know when she has found ‘the one’ and doesn’t need her entourage confusing her.
Instead of saying: “It isn’t the one,” why not try “how does it make you feel?” or “does it make you feel the way you had hoped?” These two options show her you understand it is all about how she feels and what she wants.
“I’m paying for it, so my opinion matters.”
This one is simple. While you may be paying for the dress and your opinion probably matters to the bride, it is important to remember it is her day and she will be wearing the dress. Depending on the situation, it is best not to discuss payment at a dress fitting, unless it has to do with the budget.
“Does it really matter as much the second time around?”
Every bride has the right to feel beautiful on her big day, whether it be her first wedding or her tenth. Some women place less importance on the gown whereas others make it more of a priority. Depending on the situation, a tactful option may be to say: “What does this gown offer that you missed the first time around?”
“I just don’t think it’s very you.”
If the bride walks out of the dressing room and is in complete awe of the gown she is wearing, then it is best not to say: “I don’t think it is very you.” However, if she comes out and her reaction is underwhelming, then this is a great, honest way to tell the truth. The trick is, watch her reaction before making a comment.
“You look great in everything!”
While this sounds like a great comment for a bride to be, it can be just as confusing to a bride as the negative comments. Even if it is true and she does look amazing in everything, it is important to focus on her emotional reactions and draw her attention back to the gown that made her glow. This can be the little push that she needs to lead her to ‘the one.’
“You’re only going to wear it once, is it really that big of a deal?”
At the end of the day it’s not about the time. To most brides it all hinges on that moment when she walks down the aisle, makes her entrance as a bride and exits as a wife. Regardless of how much the gown costs, it’s whether she can visualise herself in the moment in the gown.
Images via When Elephant Met Zebra
If prince charming finally popped the question and you’re on the hunt for your perfect wedding gown, White Lily Couture Style Director and seasoned wedding expert, Alera Kingham has exciting news for you!
Alera advises that next year’s brides-to-be will be spoilt for choice as stunning trends are headed to Australia from the Europe’s bridal runways as early as August this year.
International designer’s 2016 collections heavily feature gowns with structured bodices made from soft, floaty fabrics. The return of fabrics such as crepe and georgette bring a soft, romantic look to a classic fit and flair and ball gown wedding gown.
For a structured gown with a difference, Pronovias has released a beautiful collection channelling this trend.
Party at the back
Sexy backless gowns are making a comeback! Brides looking for a sultry yet wedding-worthy gown should check out Enzoani – their simple gowns with stunning embellished details draw attention to a curvy bride’s best assets.
Enzoani’s beautiful beading and lace finishes make for simple gowns perfect for a modern, sexy bride.
In addition to classic ivory and off-white hues, designers for 2016 are playing with soft, neutral shades. Colours like caramel, nude and cocoa are a sophisticated and contemporary way to wear colour with a bridal edge.
Mori Lee has released a beautiful new selection of neutral tones in bridal-wear for this coming season.
From a dreamy tulle train to a dramatic detachable over-skirt, designers are loving layers! Adding extra material turns a simple gown into a statement and creates an angelic bridal look.
Augusta Jones’ collection features a number of dresses that can be transformed by adding a beautiful skirt.
This is such a delicate and feminine trend. While dainty floral embroidery has come around in waves, 2016 will see no restraint, with three-dimensional embellishments adorning bridal gowns. This trend is perfect for brides chasing a bohemian look.
For more expert insight from Alera, check out @whitelilycouture on Instagram and Facebook
We love being inspired by some of our favourite celebrities on a good day, but especially when it comes to weddings. This week we’re focusing on bridal makeup from the likes of Kim Kardashian, Kate Middleton and a few other celebrities who continue to inspire brides around the world.
The Duchess of Cambridge chose a relatively natural look for her wedding day, with the emphasis on her cheeks and brows. Use a pomade for a pronounced brow, or even a pencil to fill in any of those gaps or sparse hairs.
For more of a sun-kissed look, Ivanka Trump chose to play-up her features with peach and coppery tones. An illuminator will create the illusion of light on the face, especially when applied onto the cheekbones, brow bone, nose and chin.
If you’re planning to wear your hair up or slicked-back, why not try some of Hilary Duff’s makeup for her nuptials to Mike Comrie. Make sure to blend the foundation onto your ears, neck, and chest so there are no white patches in your wedding photos!
For Kim’s wedding to Kris Humphries, she chose a stunning look with an emphasis on glossy lips and a contoured cheek. Sculpt the face by using a shade slightly darker than your natural skin-tone, then make sure to blend, blend, blend!
Older sister Poppy went for a sultry look for her summer wedding in London. For the eyelids, use a light reflecting eyeshadow to emphasise green or blue eyes. You can also lightly dust it over your cheekbones for an instant highlighting shade.
Images via Complete Wedding, Jennie Fresa, Nicole Deanne, Fashion Kid, Instagram
Finding that ultimate wedding dress seems like a dream come true for the bride-to-be, but it’s actually easier than you think.
SHESAID has enlisted the help of White Lily Couture Style Director and bridal expert, Alera Kingham who has helped countless brides select their dream dress, fitting a wide range of figures and styles.
Below are just some of her top tips on how to choose the best wedding dress for your big day!
The hourglass figure is the perfect feminine shape, with beautiful curves and a well-defined waistline. Emphasising the waist by choosing styles which are fitted through the hip and thigh will really make your figure pop.
Pick: Dakota by Enzoani is an amazing gown for brides with an hourglass shape. The scoop neckline combined with the structure of this trumpet style is perfect for accentuating the shape.
Pear-shaped women have a slimmer upper torso, and a more shapely bottom half. An A line style dress will emphasise the torso and play down the hips and bottom to better fit the body.
Pick: Basma by Provonias is the ideal gown to achieve a flattering look that is proportional and elegant.
Women with an apple-shaped figure often have a filler bust and mid-section, with slimmer thighs and hips. The key to an apple-shaped figure is to create the illusion of curves by using structure.
Look for gowns with boning and well fitted lines through the bodice. A line, ball gown or empire lines are perfect as they enhance your bust, and balance the lower body creating the illusion of curves to die for.
Pick: A ball gown such as Clara by Mori Lee is a great option as it provides fullness from the hipline and balances the shoulders.
Petite women are often below the average height of 1.65m, and want to appear longer or leaner in their appearance. If you’re a petite bride, it’s important to take your height and proportions into consideration when selecting gowns. If you have your heart set on a mermaid, try a fit and flair or a fitted sheath style to elongate your figure.
Pick: Styles such as Charlotte by Mori Lee will give you that sexy fit through the body without compromising your height.
Slim and athletic brides are recommended to try a sheath style gown that is fitted. A high neck is a flattering option as it creates proportion on a longer torso, and fills that negative space between the chin and bust.
Pick: The Jocelyn by Enzoani is a great option which slims the body, showing off your best assets.
Image via Wedding Sparrow
Are you the bride, in-laws, or even the maid of honour at your best friends wedding? Then you’re probably already familiar with the anxiety which comes along with planning the big day.
When is the best time to book the reception, the celebrant, and what about the wedding dress? Never fear! Use our easy guide below to smoothly plan your wedding – without the extra stress.
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Images via Lauren Conrad
One of Australia’s most-loved wedding and couture designers, Steven Khalil celebrates his 20 year anniversary by launching a couture collection show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.
Renowned Australian couturier Steven Khalil will showcase his 2015 Couture Collection Show for the first time on schedule at MBFWA.
With international expansion and fans like Kylie Jenner, Dannii Minogue, Jesinta Campbell, Guiliana Rancic, Sonia Kruger, Paula Abdul and Delta Goodrem all lining up for his couture creations, 2015 is looking to be his busiest year yet.
Commemorating the brands 20 year Anniversary alongside MBFWA’s twentieth year, designer Steven Khalil thought it would be a great way to kick off his anniversary. “Celebrating 20 years of my brand is a huge milestone for me- I have worked very hard and had some wonderful achievements along the way. Showcasing my 2015 Couture Collection at MBFWA along with my fantastic partners is the perfect way to start what is going to be a huge year for the label.”
We all can’t wait to see what’s in store for the collection which launches Wednesday April 15 at 11am in The Theatre, which will be the first time Steven Khalil will show his collection in association with IMG and MBFWA.
The collection boasts a variety of exclusively designed pieces and embellished fabrics featuring blouses, pencil skirts, breathtaking gowns and a few surprise guests will be seen on the day.
Hair and makeup direction provided by Goldwell with hair director Sharon Blain, makeup by Alphie Sadsad of Bobbi Brown and nail colour by Essie.
Choosing the one standard dress for a group of bridesmaids with different body shapes isn’t an ideal situation for any bride before her wedding day.
Rather than shortening hems, using an unlimited amount of double-sided tape, or getting a dress tailor-made, choose from a gown which is sure to suit all the girls in your bridal party.
Stick to a figure-hugging dress which doesn’t come with layer-upon-layer of fabric along the front, back, or sides. This could only look overwhelming on a petite frame, and it’s actually best to keep the silhouette simple.
Choose a dress which cinches in at the middle, since it creates the illusion of a slim waistline. Pleated gowns look amazing on this figure, since they hug the hips, and accentuate key areas without feeling too overwhelming.
Create the illusion of curves with a dress which highlights your waistline, and is filled with lots of tulle and layers on the lower half. A peplum style is perfect for creating a curvy waistline and hips.
Enhance your chest with a gown that draws particular attention to the neckline. A halter-neck dress is fantastic because it keeps everything in place, and won’t feel like it’s loose on your body.
Also known as an hourglass body shape, there are many different ways to comfortably flatter your body as a bridesmaid. Choose a strapless, sweetheart dress which is tailored around the bust, and fits like a glove around your waist. A corset is another flattering design which suits a pear-shape, since it draws attention to the upper-half of the body.
Image via Allure Brides, Etsy, Style Kadin, The CW, SGFD, London Fashion
Just because the temperature is dropping, it doesn’t mean that you have to freeze on your wedding day!
There are a number of dresses and accessories for brides who have set their nuptials during the colder months of the year, without compromising their own personal style. Below are just a few of our winter-inspired bridal gowns for chilly weather.
Choose a dress with sleeves just under the elbow. Not only will this keep you relatively warm, it also looks very sophisticated for night-time wedding.
A floor-length gown is perfect for winter since you can wear close-toed shoes, and keep your feet and pins warm! If this idea seems rather matronly, choose an off-the-shoulder style to keep it modern and fresh.
Anything with sheer sleeves or panels is great for a winter wedding dress since it won’t feel too warm or constricting once you’re inside. It gives the perfect amount of warmth without feeling too over-heated.
A dress with an abundance of layers is bound to be a good thing if the weather is cold and dreary. They’re bound to keep you warm without requiring any additional accessories such as a shawl or pashmina.
Images via Belle The Magazine, Wedding Inspirasi
Whether you have a wedding coming up or simply just need some inspiration for your own, why not channel Marilyn Monroe when it comes to your hairstyle. The 1950’s are perfect for any bride looking for an elaborate undo, defined curls and a real statement style. Below are just a few classic hairdos to get the ideas rolling.
Short and twirled
A classic look which is perfect for any hair type. Requires minimal effort – simply curl hair and pin back before setting with hairspray.
- Curl the front hairs which frame the face, then loop and pin back the sections. Do this on the rest of your hair (you may need help or another mirror at the back, to see what you’re doing).
- Pin the front curls over to one side – this will make the hair look vintage-inspired. Then set with hairspray!
Voluminous and pinned back
Works well for women who have medium to long hair, which is very thick and course. If you want to create a little more volume on thinner hair, this is also the perfect style which will mask any problem areas.
- Add some mousse to wet hair, then blow dry it on a low heat. Then set the hair in velcro rollers for approximately an hour.
- Carefully remove the rollers and tease hair at the crown to create volume. Twist the sides of the hair, then pin back and secure into place.
- Secure with as many bobby pins as you need. Choose a colour which will blend in with your own hair.
- Brush the curls inward to make hair look full and more voluminous. Pin the waves back, then set it all with hairspray.
Images via Makeup, Style Me Pretty
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 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.
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.
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?