CAMEO BACKSTAGE

Apr 15 20140 Comments

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I knew I could count on Cameo to deliver an amazing show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.  I loved heading backstage and getting a close look at the collection and the dewy faced models. The collection titled ‘Optics’ is inspired by the refraction of light as this is evident with neon lime, light denim, holographic prints and black and white shapes that create an optical illusion vibe.

We don’t have long to wait, as this collection is dropping in May. You will find it here. Shop some of my current favs inspired by the show in the meantime.

Photo | Gretl Watson-Blazewicz

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THE MIDI

Apr 14 20140 Comments

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Wearing | Dion Lee II Tee (similar) | Nicholas Skirt (from David Jones) similar  | Saint Laurent bag | Tony Bianco Heels

 This was my second year attending Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival, I felt honoured to be invited again and I didn’t think twice about travelling up from Melbourne. There was an incredible buzz on the street with Australia’s fashion elite running around doing their thing. As you know I am a sucker for classic and minimal clothes, as I like my hair and makeup to do the talking. This outfit was one of my favourites; wearing my favourite duo- black and white I feel the most comfortable.

I could have easily paired this boxy high-neck tee with a A-line knee length or a pencil skirt but I have a growing obsession with the midi. Its classic and takes me back to the 50′s or 60′s where style icons Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe made this style a fashion statement. This midi is sophisticated and covers so much leg so it allows you to wear a more revealing top such as a crop to balance the outfit out (even though I went for the boxy look). You could also tone down the look with on-trend points or strappy heels to elongate the leg. I liked the edginess that the over the ankle leather boot gave my outfit.

Lastly I felt a little fuzzy when I saw my face on the international Vogue and Harpers Bazaar street style section in this outfit. Nice to see, they liked it too.

SHOP THE TREND

Photo | Erin Maxwell 

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BEC & BRIDGE BACKSTAGE

Apr 12 20140 Comments

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I highlighted this show as a must see as soon as I saw the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival schedule a few months ago. I therefore jumped at the chance to head backstage and get a little sneak peak before the show named ‘Due North’ started. Everyone was relaxed and getting to business backstage, No egos at Bec & Bridge HQ.

Draping, layers, stripes and a muted colour palette of white to indigo characterised this spring summer 2015 collection. It was beautiful and sensual; a more relaxed silhouette than we have seen in the past but there were still fitted party pieces that Bec & bridge is renowned for. This sophisticated and playful collection was another hit for the successful duo that have definitely cemented themselves as international players with a firm presence in department stores Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales and Neiman.

Head here to get a better look at the collection.

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BY JOHNNY BACKSTAGE

Apr 09 20140 Comments

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Super cool Australian designer Johnny Schembri of by johnny presented his Spring Summer 2015 collection, entitled ‘SPECTRUM’ on Monday. I saw superior tailoring, graphic shapes and bold lines. There were so unique colour combinations with pastels, reds, metallic and blue the strongest combo.

After looking at these pieces close up, I still can’t believe how affordable they are at such amazing quality. I am hanging for this collection to drop.

Check out all the runway shots here and you can already shop this collection. Enjoy!

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BLUSH LOVING

Apr 08 20140 Comments

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Wearing | Bec & Bridge Quartz Jacket + Skirt | Ginger + Smart Bralet | Saint Laurent Bag | Tony Bianco Boots

Day 1 of the festival kicked off yesterday and what a day it was! It started a little slower than I hoped with my flight delayed, always the case when you need to get somewhere, nothing goes to plan.

Once we got there, I headed straight backstage at By Johnny and wow lets talk about amazing texture and print. Bec & Bridge was one also one of the standout shows for day. You all know how much I love the label so I decided to wear a pastel suede number from the new AW14 collection, take a closer look at the collection online.

Photography | Erin Maxwell 

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MBFWA | IN MY BAG

Apr 06 20140 Comments

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The day is finally here, Australia Fashion Week kicks off tomorrow. I am in a mad rush getting myself organised, I headed to Zara, and David Jones today getting all the final bits and pieces. I will organise the rest of my outfits once I arrive in Sydney tomorrow.

I have a few new bags to share with you all this week. I feel in love with this leather embossed clutch from Reece Hudson. Green With Envy have recently started stocking this label and I am obsessed.

As much as I love all those gorgeous compact clutch bags, they don’t fit a thing. This pouch style will perfectly hold all my beauty essentials to keep me fresh and get me through the big week ahead.

Keep updated with all my fashion week action via my instagram @Nadiabartel

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WITCHERY | HIGH WINTER

Apr 02 20140 Comments

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I couldn’t resist sharing these stunning Witchery campaign shots featuring international Victoria’s Secret model Erin Heatherton.

I find it hard to say goodbye to the long summer days but the cooler months have never looked so good with the introduction of these super cosy winter styles. Witchery has long been one of my favourite Aussie brands and wouldn’t you agree the brand is leaping to even greater heights with this edgy collection.

This winter we have welcomed the return of the turtle neck taking me back to my childhood. Clean and minimal lines shine throughout the collection with oversized cocoon style coats and knits, elegant long lengths and tough leather my favourite features.

Shades are beautiful and wintery with mulberry, crisp whites, black and beautiful aqua paired with metallic accents.

This effortless and cool collection starts dropping in-store and online next week through to May. Now sit back and have fun picking your favourites, its a hard job as I love it all!

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IN THE BLUE

Apr 01 20143 Comments

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 Wearing | by johnny Dress | Glassons Clutch 

 With Australian Fashion Week just around the corner I thought it was fitting to start the week wearing a blue scuba-style dress from a designer that I am looking forward to seeing down the runway, by johnny.

I was blown away by his collection last year and I can only imagine what great things he has in stall for us this time around. Johnny Schembri founded his label in 2009 after the success on the reality show Project Runway, he has since clocked up a list of designer awards and received huge industry success.

I love his style as it is minimal and sleek with a sporty edge. He also focuses on geometric and bold graphics that really sculpt the body.

Photography | Liane Hurvitz 

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GREY + SLOUCH DENIM

Mar 28 20140 Comments

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Seed Beanie | Seed Bag | Saint Laurent Heels | Viktoria + Woods x Lindy Klim  Top + Jeans | Sarah & Sebastian Half Sun Rings & Necklace | Sass & Bide Bra

My credit card has encounted a beating this week. I am getting my Sydney Fashion Week outfits sorted, as usual I leave everything until the last minute. I hope a few of my online purchases arrive before I leave for Sydney next Monday. You are all well aware of my love for Melbourne label Viktoria + Woods, they master knits, coats and basics. They have opened a new pop-up store on High Street Armadale, which is great for us folks that usually shop their pieces online. It also exclusively stocks the exciting collaboration between Viktoria + Woods and style queen Lindy Klim, this 20-piece timeless collection answers all my prays this season with stonewashed denim, leather and a perfect tow-tone grey coat. These boyfriend jeans were my first purchase and the coat will be next. Be quick, some pieces have already sold out online.

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BACKSTAGE | MISS VOGUE SHOW

Mar 28 20140 Comments

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Well what can I say about this brilliant show presented by Miss Vogue that will actually give it justice?! It was next level brilliant! It made me fall in love with Miss Vogue even more than I already do,it was styled to perfection by creative genius Mark Vassallo and featured our beloved Australian designers.

Maticevski owned the runway with some serious street swag, there was an amazing purple neoprene coat that I must own.  Bassike brought us tailored basics that oozed class and took inspiration from the international runways. Whilst Josh Goot, Christopher Esber, Willow and Scanlan & Theodore proved once again why they are my favourite designers.

I loved seeing emerging designers Strateas Carlucci down the runway, its a new creative collaboration between Peter Strateas and Mario-Luca Carlucci. I saw their structured and minimal styles at the Tiffany & Co Designer Awards a day earlier (which they won) so it was great see their pieces alongside some of our other Aussie greats!

Photography | Liane Hurvitz

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