‘All white everything’ is one of the biggest trends (and way of life) in the fashion world. Seach #allwhiteeverything on Instagram and you’ll come across a plethora of stylish bloggers touting the look.
Fortunately #allwhiteeverything also applies to the Dîner en Blanc – a worldwide epicurean phenomenon. Unsuprisingly, this enchanting event is originally from the fashion heartland Paris, and it is equal parts culinary feast, pop-up event and visual spectacle.
There’s nothing else quite like it – guests must dress elegantly in white, and also bring their own table settings, silverwear, white linen serviettes, wine, champagne and delicious menu items.
True to its Parisian legacy and traditions, the feast begins with a visually breathtaking napkin waving, and a collective lighting of sparklers signifies the time to mingle and dance. When the trumpet sounds at the end of the evening, guests pack up their sophisticated silverware, elaborate centrepieces, chairs and tables leaving behind no signs of their revelry.
Sounds cool, right? Here’s the key rules on joining:
- To participate, guests must be invited by a member from the previous year or get on the official website’s waiting list (Adelaide events on now and Melbourne event on 27th Feb 2016).
- Once confirmed, each guest’s participation becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions, as the event goes ahead rain or shine.
- The site chosen is typically in one of the most beautiful parts of the city, where diners can “see and be seen.”
- True to tradition, bystanders will witness groups of 100 to 300 people gather at specific rallying points across the city. These groups will then converge on one of the most beautiful settings in the city, either on foot or by other organised means of transportation.
Hope to see you there!
Part of Feast Festival 2015, ‘The Red Dress’ celebrated everyone’s favourite statement garmet: the red dress. A runway show featured many incredible red (or close to red!) dresses from some much loved local, interstate and international designers.
Pieces from Stephanie Chehade (more on her runway show here), couture+love+madness (check out her last show here), Matcho Suba and Simmone Standing were particular favourites – though even more so were the Queens who joined the Finesse Models to close the show!
Make sure to check out some shows at Feast Festival while you still can
See more below!
I am secretly a lazy dresser. There, I said it.
Even though I have a wardrobe full of beautiful evening dresses, if truth be told, I absolutely love to wear outfits that can effortlessly be worn from day to night.
I think the key to this is structuring your outfit around one key piece – in my outfit here, that is my white Acler skirt. The skirt looks great dressed down with an easy-going long sleeved top (like mine from C/meo Collective), but looks just as good dressed up with a polished cropped bustier (like the one I’m wearing from Casper & Pearl). Literally all I did was swap one top for the other, yet both looks are quite different.
One more trick – choosing a pair of shoes that can be worn both during the day and at night. Something that’s comfortable, but still looks good. Personally, I tend to go for a chunky heeled sandal (like these from Senso), lace up booties or a pair of heeled ankle boots.
C/meo Collective Top (similar here) // Casper & Pearl Top // Acler Skirt // Senso Heels
Leather is one of my favourite luxe materials, particularly the most super soft, buttery kind.
I think every girl needs a go-to leather piece – whether it be a jacket, pair of pants, bag or boots. This pair of Camilla & Marc pants are my go-to piece. They are so comfortable (great for lounging), but can also be great for a lazy evening outfit. The trick to this is dressing them up.
I’m a firm believer that a pair of heels (sandals or boots) can dress anything up, but I think a crisp cotton shirt (like this one from Acler) does an even better job at making leather look smart.
Acler top // Camilla & Marc pants // Senso heels (buy here)
If you thought Adelaide fashion season was over… the fun’s not over yet!
As part of Adelaide’s Feast Festival, the fashion industry is coming together for a huge event on November 18th to pay tribute to one of our most loved items of clothing, The Red Dress.
2015 marks the 19th consecutive year of Feast Festival, and it is Australia’s third largest LGBTQI Festival (following Mardi Gras and Mid-Summer)! For those Eurovision Song Contest fans out there, the unforgettable 2014 winner and Fest Festival ambassador – ‘bearded lady’ Conchita Wurst is the inspiration of the event. How could there not be a big fashion event with Conchita in town?
The Red Dress event (presented by Soul Trader) itself will feature a huge runway show in a unique inflatable pop-up venue as well as lots of wine from Swire & Noble Estate and Finniss River. As for the dresses, expect to see some incredible creations seen on Logie and Oscar red carpets, as well as modern and vintage pieces from over 30 international and Adelaide designers.
Sounds great, yeah? That’s not all – the runway will be styled by Sunday Mail fashion editor Cimon Vozzo, with hair and beauty directed by Cain Rembelow (of Tempest Hair). Expect high glam, but realistic high glam – Conchita’s approach to styling (minus the beard), which is quite Kardashian-esque.
Oh and there’ll be some great tunes by Filip with an F (official Adelaide Fashion Festival deejay) and DJ JoSH (official Feast Festival deejay).
If that’s not enough, maybe the gift bag valued at $150, Meet & Greet opportunity with Designers and Event Afterparty will convince you? Tickets are $45 and money raised as part of the event will be donated to SAmesh (SA Mobilisation + Empowerment for Sexual Health) providing support and education for sexual health in South Australia.
A great cause to get behind!
Ever had the problem when you’re going to an event and need a new dress, but don’t want to splurge on something you’ll probably only wear once or twice?
Cleverly named ONS Boutique (One Night Stand) is the answer to your problem. Hire one of their gorgeous dresses, from much loved designers like Sass & Bide, Zimmerman, Alice McCall, Maurie & Evie, Bec & Bridge and now Stephanie Chehade for a night at only a fraction of the cost of a new dress.
Designer Stephanie Chehade is one of Adelaide’s young talents, launching her label in 2014. Coming from a strong fashion family (her grandfather a tailor and grandmother a dressmaker, and her family running a successful drycleaning business), Stephanie has had great exposure to the industry from a young age.
She creates glamorous pieces with luxe fabrics such as leather, lace and sequins – and recently teamed up with ONS Boutique (where pieces are available) to showcase three of her latest collections: Resort 15/16, Eveningwear and Casual RTW.
See more Stephanie Chehade below!
Paolo Sebastian was the closing show of this year’s Adelaide Fashion Festival, and rightly so.
The twenty-seven year old designer, Paul Vasileff (known affectionately as Australia’s own Valentino) is unarguably one of Australia’s most talented couturiers. Just have a look at the sheer detail in each piece, then consider how huge this collection is (over 30 pieces) – no small feat.
His AW 2016 collection is fittingly entitled ‘The Snow Maiden’ and look like they have been created for the real-life Annas and Elsas out there. The sheer beaded dresses – in particular – look like they might have only been created using a bit of Elsa’s ice magic!
Seriously though, the entire collection is so completely amazing that no words can really do it justice. See for yourself:
More Paolo Sebastian below!
Tiff Manuell is one of Adelaide’s most unique designers, well-known mostly for her one-off bags and purses.
The bags and purses themselves are created using an interesting technique. Tiff hand paints canvases based on her mood that day (I assume she must be a very happy person, due to the bright and cheerful colours she mostly uses). Once the paint has dried, she then makes the canvas (covered in PVC) into a handful of different sized bags and purses.
With a recent expansion into clothing, Tiff’s Adelaide Fashion Festival installation event was anticipated with such enthusiasm that it was one of the first events at the festival to completely sell out.
Luckily for us, she also showcased at the Couture Culture event. Clothing was magnificent, and true to her signature style. Based on white or black fabric, pieces were all adorned with Tiff’s colourful designs. Let’s hope she makes them available to order soon!
See more Tiff Manuell below!
Jaimie Sortino is much beloved among Adelaide’s young fashion elite for his romantic yet modern designs.
Each piece is lovingly hand-crafted by Jaimie using the most luxurious French and Italian fabrics, embellished with painstaking handstitched beading. His vision and craftmanship is an incredible feat for someone so young – it’s no wonder Jaimie has such a loyal and engaged following.
He showed his newest collection ‘The Woodland Lights’ at the Adelaide Fashion Festival, to great applause from the audience. Each piece is true to his signature style – romantic and etheral, yet with a modern twist. One could imagine the pieces fitting nicely in the wardrobes of the Elves in The Lord of the Rings.
With pieces being worn by high profile people and at events like The Brownlows – keep your eyes on this one!
See more Jaimie Sortino below!
I was lucky enough to try on some Calèche pieces at the Mercedes-Benz Blogger Style Challenge, and since then I was been looking forward to seeing them show at the Adelaide Fashion Festival. Calèche did not dissapoint, with many dream-worthy pieces shown (my absolute favourite was this dress).
Calèche has a great backstory – it was founded by Colette Foubert in 1973, after moving to Australia from Paris with her family. Then for five years, they travelled to every town in Australia with a fashion store until they had agents promoting the brand across every capital city and regional area. Calèche pieces can not only be found in Australia, but also France, Italy and New Zealand.
The company is still run by the Foubert family, with Elizabeth Foubert (who studied at The London School of Design) currently continuing Calèche’s signature European design.
More Calèche below!