IT’LL BE ALL WHITE ON THE NIGHT It certainly was at the latest catwalk show, and the designs can easily be incorporated into your everyday wear
As traditional as it is trendy, white is the hue of the moment. No longer a standard basic, it’s the tone of choice on the colour palette and is popping up everywhere.
For weddings it is now popular for the bridesmaids to wear white (as well as the bride) and it is just as popular a pick for red carpet events, racing fashion and after five wear.
At this week’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Sydney it was a white out on the catwalk as the snow shade combined with every colour of the rainbow in new season looks by Australian designers.
Sweeping, soft, romantic and feminine pieces were on show alongside the fashion architecture for which the likes of Toni Maticevski have become known.
KITX, the new label of Kit Willow (formerly of Willow) unleashed Grecian goddess gowns with gold belting and mixed sheer panelling with flared shirt sleeves and low necklines.
Adding white (or more of it) to your look is easy — more is more and can be achieved by mixing textures, everything from crepe to lace and leather and layers with the brightest of whites to clotted creams.
White works just as well with dark, rich colours as it does with princess pastels.
It’s also fully transeasonal — your summer white can be matched with white knit wear, white denim or jackets.
And wearing your whites (umpire or otherwise) isn’t restricted only to formal occasions — shake off your favourite whitecollared shirt and rescue your most comfortable white t-shirts from the back of the wardrobe; it’s their time to shine.
For the office, white two-piece suits, tailored trousers, shorts and skirts are an easy update, and many of your present wardrobe pieces will work with your new look too.
Other key looks from fashion week thus far include lace and dainty embellishments, cut outs, deep moody colours including burgundy and green, and heavy jewellery and accessories. Aje, known for its sequin work, sent its models down the runway in Blundstones.
Ihad the pleasure of working with Yirrkala model Magnolia (Maminydjama) Maymuru on her firstever photo shoot. Magnolia has taken not only the NT by storm but the whole of Australia, and will represent the NT at the Miss World Australia final in July.
This beautiful young girl is so deserving. She has a dream face to apply makeup to. For our first look we wanted to play with colour and create an image that is on trend, as seen at London Fashion Week.
The feature was to be Magnolia’s eyes, so I ket everything else minimal.
I used Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Clearwater ($35). This is a highly pigmented, long-wearing eyeshadow that goes on creamy and dries to an intense, vibrant finish. It provides seamless, buildable coverage without looking heavy or cakey.
I applied it as a liner across Magnolia’s lash line to add drama, and continued with a winged liner to give the illusion of length.
Magnolia has a face for fashion and I wanted to show how diverse she is. Her brows were kept basically natural, as they are a great shape anyway, but before the shot I did a HD brow treatment to create more of an arch.
Magnolia’s skin is flawless. I used Mac Face and Body Foundation in shade N9 ($49).
It is a warm tone to complement her rich skin tone. This foundation looks just like skin — it offers sheer coverage and can be used on your face or body. I love the finish and it’s waterproof.
To create shape I used Sleek Makeup Face Form ($24.95), available at Palmerston Target.
Lips were kept natural using N9 Face and Body mixed with Mac Clear Lipmix ($25) to give a beautiful tone.
White creations from Australian fashion label Manning Cartell
Cut outs featured in Toni Maticevski’s collection
Panelling on a Toni Maticevski dress
Manning Cartell embraced the lace