While we love style stalking celebrities across the globe, there's something amazing about spotting a home-grown talent taking the red carpet (or the street) by storm. And as we come to the end of 2013, internationally and at home, 20 Australian women's wardrobes really stood out, each for their own, unique personal style. But you'll have to head into the gallery to see who made the cut.
Sure, you can’t deny that Ashley Madekwe is a talented actress — any fans of the small screen hit Revenge will testify to that — but we think the American star's stellar sense of style is equally worthy of the spotlight.
While she has admitted to working with celebrity stylist Joey Tierney, Ashley also runs a style blog, Ring My Bell, that is a true picture of her personal look off the red carpet — and, needless to say, we love it. "I started my blog as an online diary," Ashley explained. "I moved to New York for a job and I kind of wanted to keep my pictures all in one place. Also, I just love style blogs and wanted to join in on the fun!"
Ashley always blends the best designer names with accessible high street finds (we’re talking Isabel Marant and Balenciaga styled with H&M) and has a knack for nabbing the styles destined for cult status. A look that is heavily influenced by her own style star Alexa Chung. "I love women that have an ease to the way they dress," Ashley told Cosmopolitan. "I think Vanessa Paradis and Alexa Chung do that very well." Well, we think you do it pretty well too Ashley!
On the red carpet, an edgy accessory, a surprising pop of colour (often delivered by her shoes), or quirky styling twist (like picking a matchy-matchy printed ensemble), are the three factors setting Madekwe apart. And with a wardrobe like that, does she have a favourite piece? Ashley Madekwe’s stylist, Joey Tierney, says “Ashley's closet go-to is her Chanel chain purse. Every girl should have one!” We couldn't agree more. Head into the gallery to check out Ashley's most amazing outfits.
A David Jones spokeswoman told Sydney Confidential that Perry's departure will make way for others. "The deletion of this brand means we can reallocate this valuable floorspace to new brand Martin Grant and to high performing brands Camilla World and Rachel Gilbert," she said. "While we wish Alex all the best we are a publicly listed company and we have a responsibility to our shareholders to delete non performing brands and to replace them with new brands or high performing brands. Our decision to exit the Alex Perry brand from our business was based on the declining sales of this brand over the past three years at a time when our Australian designer business has grown by more than 27% over this same period."
Though her route was a bit more casual than we're used to seeing from her (enforced in part by flat sandals), the daring dresser was as colourful as ever in her printed Preen column gown. Tempered with a black back, the front of her dress certainly kept our eyes busy with a floral print, stripes, and high contrast hues. Not to be outdone, her watch kept to the colourful theme with a neon band. Were you impressed with Marion's bold style?
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Picture life as one of Australia's most highly-regarded fashion designers: a fast-paced, colourful whirlwind of airports, meetings, studio time and fashion weeks. That's the reality for Camilla Freeman-Topper, the creative force behind Sydney-based fashion brand Camilla and Marc.
Few Australian designers have garnered quite the following — and maintained it for ten years — as brother and sister pair Camilla Freeman Topper and Marc Freeman. Since the brand's 2003 launch at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, the design duo haven't looked back, explaining their evolution from small local label to international design juggernaut as "a carefully considered process."
The pair are participating in the Shop Small campaign, encouraging Australians to shop locally. But, don't be fooled, Camilla and Marc isn't just a hit at home, the brand is a common sight on the red carpet. "Drew Barrymore always looks beautiful in our pieces," Camilla said of her favourite celebrity to dress. A hard one to pick, considering the likes of Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Kirsten Dunst and Rose Byrne are all proven fans of the brand. But when it comes to her personal style, Camilla's most cherished pieces are the ones that strike a personal chord. "I have a lot of my late mother's pieces that I really adore and love."
Three months out from fashion week, we chatted with Camilla about what it takes to pull-off a show, the advice she'd give to a younger Camilla and mixing family, fashion and business. Keep reading.
On Sunday night the crème de la crème of Australian music stepped out to celebrate a year of hard work and success at the 2013 ARIA Awards — a night that has no strict dress code, inviting a cool mix of red carpet looks. David Jones supermodels Montana Cox and Jessica Gomes both looked particuarly polished, with Jessica picking a sultry Dion Lee look. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, It-Brits came together to celebrated the 2013 British Fashion Awards. The night wouldn't have been complete without Alexa Chung and Poppy Delevingne each bringing something totally different, but equally amazing to the red carpet. Step inside the gallery to see all the celebrities (and outfits!) that topped this week's best dressed list.
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Although it's not confirmed which brand Jessica was snapped shooting for in Miami, she is a regular face (and body!) in Victoria's Secret's swimwear campaigns, plus it's rumoured she is working on a fashion project of her own. Head into the gallery to see all the behind-the-scenes snaps of Jessica Hart working it on the beach.