Style Focus

Fashion Week Guide
Style Notes

May 07, 2018

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.”

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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.”

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You can find Danielle on Instagram at @daniellesragenard

Kym Ellery fashion week street style Australia Parlour X

“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.”

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You can find Kym on Instagram at @kymellery and @elleryland

Carmen Hamilton fashion week street style Australia Parlour X

“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!).”

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You can find Carmen on Instagram at @carmengracehamilton and @chroniclesofher

Paloma Garcia fashion week street style Australia Parlour X

“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.”

Shop Paloma’s fashion week style

You can find Paloma on Instagram at @palomarosegarcia and @oscaroscarpaddington

Rae Morris fashion week street style Australia Parlour X

“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.

I don’t wear high heels in (they rarely make an appearance) so I always stick to my Helmet Lang or Acne boots. I’m never in loud, attention-seeking looks. I like to look more subtle.”

Shop Rae’s fashion week style

You can find Rae on Instagram at @raemorrismakeup

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Headquartered in the iconic St Johns Church in Sydney Australia, Parlour X has been awarded the 2015 Prix De Marie Claire Award for best fashion boutique, a ringing endorsement for this Australian fashion favourite.

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