In the lead up to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, we take sartorial inspiration from influential fashion identities; Caroline Tran, junior fashion editor, Harper’s Bazaar; Danielle Ragenard, director of IMG Models; designer, Kym Ellery; Carmen Hamilton, founder of Chronicles of Her; Paloma Garcia, hair stylist and owner of Oscar Oscar Salon and make up artist, Rae Morris.
Each a leader in their respective field, these women know exactly what to do when Australian fashion week comes around…
“Fashion week always creeps up on me, and I am never as organised as I would like. I usually plan my outfits the weekend before, so I don’t have to think when I wake up as the days during fashion week are long. I keep to tailored pieces or dresses that will take me day-to-night, as there is no time to pit-stop at home for the evening events. This year I am going for a comfortable kitten heel that I can run around in and fun earrings to elevate my look.”
You can find Caroline on Instagram at @carotran
“I’m not really a huge planner when it comes to my fashion week wardrobe. I tend to look at the weather, how long I will be out of the house and whether I have time to change or will I be running from shows to dinner or evening event, and then dress accordingly. As I have matured comfort is key, so you definitely won’t see me teetering around on a spindly heel. My go- to look tends to involve some Céline, of some description. I find everything Phoebe designs from ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags and jewellery so easy to wear.”
You can find Danielle on Instagram at @daniellesragenard
“My intention is always to plan my fashion week outfits, however life gets in the way. I usually change my mind last minute and go with my mood and the vibe of the day. I always like to wear the same look from day to night – who has time to change?!
As of late, I’m mostly in an ‘Ellery Woman’ tee and cropped flare denim with exposed zip. I usually opt for classic, comfortable Ellery basics with unexpected, sometimes kooky accessories.”
“Australian style is typically quite laid-back so fashion week always offers the perfect opportunity to dress up more than I usually do. That being said, the outfits also have to be comfortable as there’s a lot of running around involved! I guess you could say my motto is ‘party up the top, practical down the bottom’ (hello sneakers and block heels!).
I always seem to leave it to the last minute to pull things together, but I start by selecting a few statement pieces and work backwards from there. I have outfits loosely planned in my head, and then decide what mood I’m in on the day. I always try and include a mix of Australian and international designers.
The older I get, the more I realise how important it is to stay true to your personal sense of style and not be swayed too heavily by trends. Lately there’s definitely been a movement away from minimalism towards maximalism, which is super fun, so I think I’ll incorporate this into my hair and beauty looks while keeping my outfits tailored (I have always, and will always love a great suit!).”
“Fashion week is always an exciting time for me, either supporting friends who are designers or working with the country’s best behind the scenes and directing the hair for shows!
I obviously dress very differently attending a show or event! My go-to Australian brands are Ellery, Camilla & Marc or Christopher Esber teamed with internationals like Ganni, Mother of Pearl, Victoria Beckham, Gucci and Golden Goose. I am a curvy woman and dress for my body, keeping my look feminine and adding fun with accessories! Hair and makeup I always keep natural and undone as this is something I am very passionate about.
If I am working backstage it’s always about a cool sneaker for the long days, Golden Goose are my go to, teamed with a black A-line skirt and I love my linen t-shirt by Isabel Marant. No jewellery on my hand or wrists. It’s always simple and mainly black… but I do need to make sure I am well-presented for media interviews and backstage images.”
“It’s rare that I’m actually watching the shows, as I’ve directed over 150 looks for fashion weeks here in Oz, so I’m always backstage; rarely front and centre! When I do get a chance to be a spectator, I keep things modern, simple and chic. Also something that looks great sitting, so no super-short skirts. The essentials? My Céline bag, so understated and simple (I purchased it from Parlour X), a Vilshenko blouse and Jacquemus pants – which are my absolute fave. I actually purchased these from Parlour X to wear at Shanina Shaik’s wedding in the Bahamas, but it was way too hot.
You can find Rae on Instagram at @raemorrismakeup