This week I attended a runway show with a difference. This runway show hosted and organised by Cindy Newstead who is one of the early pioneers that brought personal styling to the everyday person here in Australia and has carried out over 6,000 personal consultations on what to wear over the last 11 years – yes you read correctly – 6,000 personal consultations. Hello! I trained as a personal stylist under her watchful eye. I would like to say it was full of fun and frivolity but….. I would be lying. It was gruelling, Cindy is gruelling, she only has one speed – fast! She only has one expectation – 100% best. The memories are still so vivid! I am being slightly funny (only slightly….). She is a force to be reckoned with and that is why she is one of the best in our industry. I do feel quite privileged to have done my personal styling training with her but I digress….
The runway show was all about dressing real women in the latest trends. All the models were Cindy’s clients. Pretty impressive and gutsy. The lovely ladies who did such a fantastic job of modelling are not models, they are everyday women like you and me. It truly was inspirational to see them up on the catwalk. I will let you know when the next Runway Show will be but I think it will be around October this year ready for the Spring/Summer 201 collections.
The runway show was hosted at Leonda by the Yarra in Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria. Leonda has been around forever as a venue for weddings, formal dinners, banquets etc. so I wasn’t sure what to expect from a venue that has been around for that long and really is a bit of a Melbourne institution. I walked in the door and they had me at “hello madam, would you like a glass of champagne”? Oh yes madam would – thank you. The quality of food, alcohol and service were outstanding. If you are needing a venue then I recommend you seriously consider Leonda (I am not being paid for that plug by the way – but if anyone from Leonda is reading this then please feel free to mail me a cheque or a bottle of bubbles). Thank you in advance.
Unfortunately, my camera let me down on the night so I have only a few shots to show you but I will be showcasing some examples on my blog soon. In the meantime this is what I wore….
I decided to wear pants due to the fact that I am still wearing a support bandage on my knee after recent surgery and it never looks right when you have your leg/foot in a cast or bandage so, being the vain person that I own up to being – I decided to wear pants.
- Pinstripe Blazer – Sabatini. This jacket is just divine made from wool and is tailored perfectly for my shape. I can’t wear anything that doesn’t have shape in it as it will look boxy and make me look frumpy. Big gasp. I do get a lot of wear out of this jacket as I can dress it up as shown here or I pare it down a bit with jeans and a heel or boot and voilà – elegantly funky.
- Pearl necklace – Mimco. I bought this a few years ago and never tire of it and always receive compliments when I wear it. What is not to love! I remember a little pricey at the time but I have so much wear out of it and will continue to do so that it makes it a very economical purchase in the long run.
- Black pants – Lisa Barron. I have had these in my wardrobe for about 7 years! yep 7 years. Another example and reminder that if you buy quality with certain things then you are going to get so much value out of them.
- Shoes – black wedges from Country Road (3 years ago).
- I did my hair and decided to keep it simple with an elegant ponytail (and lots of teasing and product!).
So ladies, if you are ever wondering what to wear to a cocktail type of event that doesn’t require something too formal, then I don’t think you can go wrong with a blazer/jacket and a tailored pair of pants. If I wanted to add more bling to my outfit I could have worn a sequenced camisole or another coloured camisole underneath.
TIP: We all have hidden treasures in our wardrobe – it is just a matter of remembering where they are! So it is important to keep some sort of order in our wardrobes so we are constantly reminded of them (easier said than done I know don’t worry) I am going to be doing a post very soon on Editing and Organising Your Wardrobe – so stay tuned.
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See you next time