Brilliant-cut fuchsia gems, sparkling fancy-cut emerald-hued stones and more bling than is decent to wear during daylight hours — that's what you get when you mix the creative talents of cult jewellery designer Shourouk with the global crystal powerhouse that is Swarovski. For the house's Autumn/Winter collection, Swarovski has taken a cross-continental trip, finding inspiration from locations as far flung as China, Venice, the Himalayas and last but not least - India, which is where the ornate aesthetic of Sharouk comes in. Nathalie Colin, Swarovski's creative director, said of the collaboration, “Shourouk has always worked with Swarovski crystals in her own line, so this is a perfect match. And her world, inspired by the jewelry of the Maharajas, fits perfectly with the spirit of our ‘Secret Treasures’ collection.” Before the killer collab drops in stores and online in July, we thought we'd share a preview of our favourite pieces. Stockists: 1300 791 599.
International shoe giant Aldo is jumping on the designer collaboration bandwagon, bringing high end heels with high street prices to our door via their Aldo Rise line. This is not the first time Aussie customers will benefit from Aldo's collaborative efforts, this making the joint capsule with UK design team Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi from Preen by Thornton and Bregazzi Aldo's third. Previous team efforts have included killer ollections with JW Anderson and Mark Fast. Let us be clear, this stellar six piece offering is not for wallflowers. Pointy-toed pumps spliced with snakeskin, sharp two-strap stilettos and no-nonsense hardware suggest that these heels are made for walkin', not talkin'. Selected stores nationally will be receiving the drop come August and, at a price point of $189.95, we're guessing they will disappear faster than you can say "Size 37 please."
This season, we're testing out our layering skills and piling on eclectic necklaces. With this episode of Designer DIY, you'll get that world-traveller feel without heading to a far off destination. All you need are wooden beads, a tassel, and clear invisible thread, so watch on to see how it's done.
Often, trends take on a more adventurous edge — like say, punk-themed accessories or vibrant ethnic-inspired pieces — so it's refreshing when things swing towards a more minimal aesthetic. This week, we're zeroing in on the most simplistic ear adornment we've seen in ages: the bar stud. They're dainty, delicate and edgy all at once, and whether you like yours with studs, black diamonds (yes, please), or plain and simple like Ginnifer Goodwin's, there's a pair to appeal to everyone. We've shortlisted our faves to a list of 10 — click through to see, and shop!
Armed with spiked minaudières, fringed heels, and studded bracelets, none of the Met Gala's punk fashion was complete without the supporting details. Our favourite celebs and fashion fixtures fully embraced the night's theme with a nod to the subversive, the edgy, and the truly outrageous. Some committed more than others (Madonna, we're looking at you), but in every case the accessories deserve a closer look. Click through for the best bags, baubles, and heels to hit the red carpet last night.
— Additional reporting by Jennifer Michalski
Nope, that headline is not a typo — and we're not tossing the term "designer" around lightly, either. Lately, a slew of our all-time favourite labels (Proenza Schouler, Balenciaga, Kenzo, et al) have been all over versatile pouches — purses, if you like — that we can't get enough of. Rarely coming in at over 20cm in length, these petite beauties are hard workers: use it as an everyday purse, a slim-line evening clutch, a cosmetics case, you name it, it'll work. There's never been an easier way to add a bit of designer luxe to your life. Your only problem will be stopping at one! See (and shop) our top 15 picks right now.
If you have a thing for bags and shoes, have we got a treat for you! We've painstakingly gone through our runway round-ups from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia with a fine tooth comb to pick out the very best new season shoes and bags from the Spring/Summer offerings. Many local designers out-sourced their accessories to chain store brands this year, which is great news if you want to make these runway wheels yours!
Tony Bianco provided those killer lace-up boots for Alex Perry, as well the 'Cambridge' wheels for Camilla and Marc, the 'Dice' and 'Libby' heels at Ellery, the 'Lolita' pumps at Toni Maticevski, the 'Ashley' platforms at Rebecca Vallance and the ankle-strapped heels for Bec & Bridge. ASOS was all over the catwalks too, supplying Christopher Esber with his 'Hostage' heels, Talulah with their flirty tie-up sandals and We Are Handsome with their metallic 'Hackney' stilettos. And those fantastical Romance Was Born creations? They came courtesy of Shoes of Prey. It's time to let your fingers do the walking. . .
White pumps aren't the only shoes having a major moment in Hollywood — metallic pumps have also been taking over famous feet as of late. So far we've spotted the likes of Katy Perry, Miranda Kerr, Emmy Rossum, Olivia Munn, Julianne Hough, and more of the trendsetting pack shining up their red carpet style with gold and silver heels. What's great about this trend is that it has the ability to instantly dress up any ensemble, especially denim and your favourite dresses. Step inside to witness 15 celebrities working the metallic-pump trend, then be inspired to jazz up your own shoe wardrobe with metallic footwear.
She's a mother, an author, and an award-winning actress — and now she's People magazine's Most Beautiful Woman. But, in case you missed it, we're turning our attention to Gwyneth Paltrow's killer shoe collection. Sexy sandals, edgy ankle boots, and unique creations from some of the most iconic designers — Jimmy Choo, Giuseppe Zanotti, and Brian Atwood, to name a few — rest side by side in one of the greatest shoe collections to exist. Whether you've been poring over Gwyneth's seriously chic shoes for years or you're a Paltrow rookie, take a stroll down memory lane with 54 of her most enviable heels ever.