Who says you need winter to wear these? Whether you are in Canada, Malaysia, Singapore or Germany, if your office AC is higher than 24, we give you the approval to go ahead! Here in Brisbane it’s not very cold (at least not all the time!). And we kid you not. Two things you need to wear to look cool – structured coats and mannish shoes or loafers. Seriously, that easy! Whether you wear the structured coat with a dress or your rolled up BF jeans or simply throw it over your shoulders, you will look amazing. Manish shoes (loafers, broques, creepers) all look fabulous with cropped pants, skinny pants and rolled up jeans. Go Jacko with white socks or go bare. Either ways, you are rocking an easy-to-wear and fail-safe look. Now, where did we put those school socks?
THE STRUCTURED COAT
Dorota Jawinska “I’m wearing a Zara dress and coat with Stradivarius shoes and Dior sunglasses.”
Kristina Poljak – “I’m wearing a coat from Sheinside with a skirt and blouse from Zara. My shoes are from Mango, my purse is from H&M and the sunglasses are by Le Specs.”
Maria Mota, assistant to creative director – “Everything I’m wearing is by Zara.” Photo By Dvora
Amy Alborough, senior account manager – “I’m wearing a Zara coat with an H&M jumper, All Saints jeans, and a Zara bag and shoes.” Photo By Dvora
Sophia Sauren, buyer – “I’m wearing a COS coat, jumper and trousers with a vintage shirt and H&M socks. I’m also wearing & Other Stories shoes with a bag and glasses I bought in Hong Kong.” Photo By Dvora
Karin Anderson, waitress – “I’m wearing Monki sunglasses with a second-hand coat and shoes, my boyfriend’s shirt and Topshop jeans.” Photo By Dvora
Rasha El-Salin, freelance fashion designer – “My coat is from Topshop and my top is by Cos. I’m wearing Front Row trousers with Repetto shoes and a Mansur Gavriel bag.” Photo By Dvora
Liya Dashkina, photographer – “I’ve teamed a coat by The Kooples with a Zara shirt, trousers and bag and Russell & Bromley shoes. I’m also wearing Ray-Bans.” Photo By Dvora
Francesca Cunningham – “My jumper is from Topshop and my scarf is Moschino. I’m also wearing Ray-Ban sunglasses.”
Julia Kovaljova, photographer – “My outfit is by Louis Vuitton and my shoes are by Tom Ford. I’m carrying a bag by Hermes and wearing a Rolex watch and Cartier ring.” Photo By Dvora
Which one is your favourite look? What are you wearing this 2014 Autumn/Winter or AC winter?Love you!
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Looking for new ideas to wear the old trusted denim? Here are 10 ways to wear jeans now! See the minimalist style of Jennifer G from California, the preppy look of Viktoriya Sener from Istanbul and edgy Micah Gianneli from Australia. And we love how distressed (and destroyed) some of the jeans are! Okay, someone please hide the scissors!
Foreign fashion brands coming in. Love ’em or hate ’em?
Ashley Gordon from Clayfield says, “The idea of Brisbane keeping up with the rest of the world with fashion is great, but I’m also very supportive of Australian brands – like Cue, Witchery and Country Road (which all sell relatively affordable but quality pieces) and designers like By Johnny for something more special.”
Talks about Zara and H&M coming in to Brisbane have been going on for a long time. An internet search will show you conversations about this as far back as 2011. And then last December, Topshop set up shop changing the face of Albert Street.
Before the arrival of the British brand, no one really knew how local fashionistas or even local business owners would react to it. At the VIP launch night, I spoke to one of Brisbane’s most talented fashion designers, Gail Sorronda who said, “I’m curious to see how it affects us. But Topshop has different customers. It’s a different world.”
Topshop opened on Albert Street last December. Photo by Carole Margand/Caco Photography.
The next morning, hundreds of young boys and girls lined up with several Topshop fans waiting 17 hours on the pavements. But on the other hand I could also hear chatter outside the shop saying, “Oh, just can’t be bothered. It’s another fast fashion label.”
Recently, Australia’s first Armani Collezioni store and Queensland’s first Ted Baker opened as part of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre’s $450M redevelopment. “I have been looking for the perfect location in Brisbane for some time now and the new extension of the Indooroopilly mall is the perfect home for Ted,’ said Ted Baker. Indeed, more and more foreign brands are heading this way.
Will the influx of foreign brands hurt the local labels? Gordon adds, “Sometimes in the past it’s felt like Brisbane is a bit “behind” than say Sydney and Melbourne! It provides more competition for our local brands, but I think again the strengths of some of our retail stores like Witchery are evident,”
Photographer Taylor Perren says, “I think the Brisbane fashion scene would really benefit if we had the likes of Zara, H&M, Urban Outfitters, Acne Studios, Selfridges, Primark and Saks”.
I’m leaning towards what Perren and Gordon said. Brands like Sportsgirl and Sheike seem unfazed by all this. And definitely local gem Designer Archives have been doing (very!) well, they just expanded their shop space to double that of the the old store in the prestigious Wintergarden Queen Street Mall. Princess Polly and Latin Clothing Company insiders also shared with me that they are not afraid of big brands coming in because what they are offering is unique and more personal. In fact, it could add excitement to the whole shopping scene.
Luxury lover Ronny Nahas from Mt Ommaney says the arrival of foreign brands “excite me because Brisbane is finally embracing more culture in the form of fashion. (Brisbane is) still a conservative dressed city so hopefully these stores will help break that boundary. I think we need more department stores like Barney’s or Saks or make David Jones stock more international brands.”
What do you think of foreign brands coming here? Love ’em or hate ’em?
Atlas Harwood and fashion designer Gail Sorronda at the Topshop launch. Photo by Carole Margand/Caco Photography
Ashley Gordon says, “The idea of Brisbane keeping up with the rest of the world with fashion is great, but I’m also very supportive of Australian brands.” Photo supplied.
Photographer Taylor Perren says, “I think the Brisbane fashion scene would really benefit if we had the likes of Zara, H&M, Urban Outfitters, Acne Studios, Selfridges, Primark and Saks.” Photo supplied.
Ronny Nahas from Mt Ommaney says, “I think we need more department stores like Barney’s or Saks or make David Jones stock more international brands.”