The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

SCHOOL’S IN FOR CLASSY STARS

Celebritie­s are showing their true fashion prowess at the school gate, writes Nadia Salemme

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The school pick up and drop off is becoming the new fashion runway for celebritie­s. Stylish stars are turning heads at the school gates in designer outfits – generally reserved for paparazzif­riendly events and red carpets – worth thousands of dollars.

Wearing $1500-plus Bottega Veneta boots, $2000-plus Wardrobe. NYC blazers and clutching Saint Laurent bags, Lara Worthingto­n has been cutting a stylish figure on the school run since returning to Sydney with her actor husband Sam Worthingto­n and their three sons.

The socialite’s ensembles have also included Acne Studio man-style blazers and Givenchy sunglasses, as well as Maison Margiela trench coats worn over a Jacquemus bodysuit, a pair of The Row boots (designed by the Olsen twins), and $300 jeans by California­n brand, Feel. Fellow Sydneyside­r actor Isla Fisher sported $1000 red Gucci backless loafers, a Chanel purse – with a $3000-plus price tag – slung over her shoulder, and a vivid maxi dress as she grabbed coffee after dropping off her children.

Living in Sydney while shooting Thor, Oscarwinne­r Natalie Portman also favours an expensive floral sundress but on other occasions, chose far more low-key attire, in a similar way to Chris Hemsworth’s wife Elsa Pataky.

Known for her laid-back Byron Bay style, Pataky favours denim shorts, teamed with a breezy oversized shirt and sneakers.

In Melbourne, mega WAG Nadia Bartel was spotted in $1000 Fendi logo sandals on her son Aston’s first day of school.

While Rebecca Judd took a more relaxed approach while running errands in her activewear brand Jaggad, and Dannii

Minogue did the drop-off/ pick-up in a longline cardigan and sneakers.

Elliot Garnaut, cofounder of styling service Selected said celebritie­s showed their true dress sense in everyday settings such as taking the kids to school.

“Street style reigns supreme over the red carpet because it’s when we actually get to see the true fashion prowess of celebritie­s,” Garnaut said.

“A lot of them do work with wardrobe stylists, and I do that with my clients, but at the end of the day, a stylist can only take you so far – it’s the individual aesthetic of that celebrity (that’s seen) when they put on their own outfits day-today.

“It’s when we get to see their true style.”

Garnaut said stars never missed an opportunit­y to make a statement through fashion, even if it was in less-than-glamorous settings.

“From the celebs’ perspectiv­e, they’re always looking to put their best foot forward because of the scrutiny and as such, the school run is no exception,” he said.

“I think the school run (outfit) is very reflective of the person’s vocation.

“These women will be going to work after that – they have jobs, so they dress appropriat­ely for where they are going.”

Social media is also a source of inspiratio­n for even the most stylish of dressers.

Worthingto­n told Vogue she was influenced by “girls off the streets”.

I scroll through Instagram and I screenshot things I love,” Worthingto­n told Vogue.

“I don’t know, I guess I get influenced by my friends or people – just cool girls that know how to pull an outfit together. It’s kind of inspiring, you know?”

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