MBFF Brisbane 2014 Runway Report | Monili Jewellers Bridal Group Show

The  Monili Jewellers Bridal Group Show at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane was far from plain. With the majestic background of the City Hall, lust-worthy gems and exquisite gowns, the show was nothing short of magical. The team at Monili Jewellers have worked meticulously with each designer in this stunning bridal runway show to create a collection of bespoke pieces designed exclusively to complement exquisite bridal gowns showcased by Brisbane’s leading bridal designers including: Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan, Bertossi Brides and Paddington Weddings, George Wu, Rayner Lee, Darb Bridal Couture and Jack Sullivan Bridal.

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Jack Sullivan Bridal. Photo by Carole Margand for Brisbane Times and Wondermika.com.

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Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan. Photo by Carole Margand for Brisbane Times and Wondermika.com.

Exquisite floral lace appliques can be seen on most of Wendy Sullivan’s pieces. Recognized as one of Australia’s most renowned bridal designers, Wendy Sullivan is currently celebrating over 30 years of exquisite bridal design. Brides Desire is a ready to wear designer collection. Imbued with Wendy’s distinct signature styling, glamour and designer quality. All of Wendy’s gowns showcased here are from her latest Brides Desire collection and are available at her West End Studio. Brides Desire gowns are also available Australia-wide through selected exclusive stockists.


Bertossi’s designs were regal. Photo by Carole Margand for Brisbane Times and Wondermika.com.

Regal is how we would describe this collection. UK designer, Anne Bertossi, has been designing and creating her hand crafted 100% Australian made Bertossi Brides collection for over 21 years from her beautiful store ‘Paddington Weddings’ in Brisbane. Anne loves beautiful European laces and silks and regularly travels to Milan to hand pick her fabrics, she has built an excellent reputation for her elegant, sophisticated designs with a ‘Modern Vintage’ feel. 


Darb Bridal Couture. Photo by Carole Margand for Brisbane Times and Wondermika.com.

From luxurious full gowns to minimalist dresses, Darb’s extravagantly elegant styling appeals to the confident, contemporary, fashion savvy client looking for something over and above a simple sheath or off-the-rack gown. Known for his penchant for romance and eye for beauty, DARB Bridal Couture designer Brad Webb is the master of couture in Australia. Inspired by the grand couturiers of the past, Brad’s designs have a distinct contemporary orientation. He uses toe mantra that bridal couture is a combination of contemporary couture skills and a creative reworking of centuries-old ideas and style appealing to fashion savvy clients looking for something over and above a simple sheath or off-the-rack gown.

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Jack Sullivan plays with floral appliques. Photo by Carole Margand for Brisbane Times and Wondermika.com.

Jack Sullivan was especially popular at this show. His bridal gowns had a touch of European style but that is not surprising as his bridal gowns are also sold throughout Europe. If the name rings a bell that’s because Jack Sullivan was launched into the bridal design industry whilst working on the business side of his mother’s bridal line, Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan. But make no mistake as this Sullivan inherits more than just a name. A gown he doodled on a notepad ended up being produced and was featured on the cover of Queensland Bride Magazine, sparking his desire to create an eponymous label. After years of studying design under Wendy’s guidance, Jack has created his own unique style, which reflects a combination of old-fashioned elegance and modern-day playfulness.


Rayner Lee showcases dresses with tiers. Photo by Carole Margand for Brisbane Times and Wondermika.com.

Rayner Lee brings us down memory lane with gowns and dresses that evoke a vintage feel. The cap sleeve lace dress with double tiers was especially popular with the crowd as was the multi-tier strapless gown with a texture that reminds us slightly of Valentino. Rayner is winner of multiple design awards, which include trophies from Queensland Brides Design Award in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 – for her creative and breathtaking wedding dresses in Queensland. With our wide range of bridal wear in Brisbane, Regalia Bridal designs by Rayner Lee is a leader in ensuring beautiful brides look amazing.

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Is Wu the next Wang? George Wu’s designs rival those of international bridal names like Vera Wang. Photo by Carole Margand for Brisbane Times and Wondermika.com.

The highlight of the show has got to be George Wu as he continually delights us with his impeccable attention to detail and elegant designs. George’s obsession with perfecting every detail makes every gown a piece of art. With every piece shown on the catwalk, you can be certain that Wu had put a lot of imagination into his designs. Every piece has his signature on it. Dare we say, George Wu is the next Vera Wang in the bridal universe. The opening ensemble was a short dress with a delicate full skirt perfected with a fairy tale like cape-train almost like Red Riding Hood. It was absolutely breathtaking.

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George Wu’s breathtaking Red Riding Hood design. Photo by Carole Margand for Brisbane Times and Wondermika.com.

Every piece of Wu’s design shows amazing detail and clever use of fabric. We love the short sheer cape and brilliant play of lace to both tease and conceal.

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Clever use of lace creates a balance between sexy and demure. Photo by Carole Margand for Brisbane Times and Wondermika.com.


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Max Mara Brisbane is brand’s largest flagship in Australia

It looks like there is no stopping the Brisbane fashion scene. Max Mara recently launched its Queensland flagship store in the city with a sophisticated party for over 150 of the state’s fashionistas, business movers and arts crowd. Guests were taken on a tour of Australia’s largest Max Mara store to date which boasts two floors.

The International fashion powerhouse also showcased its Fall/Winter collections. If you’re a fan of classic-looking pieces, then you will love the latest pieces by Max Mara which include camel coats with clean cuts and decisive lines, minimalist tunics, satchels and luxurious knits.
VIP guests included Channel 10’s Georgina Lewis, Channel 7’s Sofie Formica, Sam and Rachael Thaiday, Alison Kubler and Michael Zavros, Rebecca Manning, Deborah and John Quinn, Christie Nicolaides, Mary and Trevor Dickinson to name a few. Max Mara is located on Edward St in Brisbane’s City centre.
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Achille Maramotti began designing couture clothing in 1947, but officially established the Max Mara fashion house in 1951. The word “Mara” comes from his surname, while “Max” is a superlative chosen to strengthen the brand’s name and give it an international feel. Maramotti was one of the first men to envision that industrial processes could support the production of high quality designer clothing, in a period in which fashion was imagined solely as an artisanal activity, thus becoming the precursor of the current concept of ready-to-wear. Over the years, designers for the Max Mara brand included some amongst the most important future names, such as Karl Lagerfeld, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Dolce & Gabbana, Narciso Rodriguez and more. The company is still owned by the Maramotti family and currently has about 2250 stores in 90 countries.

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What to wear on a first date? 10 looks to try from Coffee date to Movie date! Plus read the juice on online dating.


Did you know that Australia is a nation of uniform lovers? Yup! In fact, 82 per cent of Aussies would consider entering into a relationship with a man or woman in uniform. If you just can’t help but love guys in uniforms yourself, why not check out newly launched dating site Uniformdating.com.


Once you have snagged yourself a uniformed hottie on Uniformdating.com, it’s time to work out the first date outfit. You want to make a good impression but not look like you’re trying too hard either.

Here are a few things to consider to minimise first date outfit jitters:

  • Is there a dress code? (If you’re going to a dinner or an event)
  • Will I be comfortable in those shoes?
  • Will I need better deodorant? (for nature dates or long periods in the sun)
  • Would a ponytail be a better hairstyle option? (for nature dates or if you’re out in a windy area)
  • Will my makeup last? (For dates that might include water)
  • Most importantly, remember to be yourself and to wear something that you will feel comfortable and confident in


What to wear on a first date? To give you some outfit inspiration check out these 10 looks you can try from a coffee to a movie date put together by fashion blogger Adriana Gastelum.

1. Coffee Date

It’s a casual thing so keep your ensemble chic but relaxed. You wouldn’t want to wear a cocktail dress to Starbucks. Arm candy is great for when you hold that cup.

Adriana Gastélum - Sheinside Denim Shorts, Ivanka Trump Heeled Strappy Sandals - Short shorts

Try wearing this on your first date at the coffee place.


2. Markets Date

Markets are awesome as you can get to know him while in a relaxed setting. Wear something comfy and keep your hair in a low ponytail for the breezy outdoors. Sunnies will keep you from squinting.

Adriana Gastélum - Oasap Sunnies, Zara Cropped Studio Top, Windsor Ethnic Print Wide Trousers, 3.1 Phillip Lim Neoprene Clutch - Bugambilias

Having your first date at the markets? Try this chic do.


3. Park Date

A billowing top is perfect for the park and jeans let you sit on the ground without having a wardrobe malfunction or an unintended peek-a-boo. Blue denim works well if you’re worried about getting stains.

Adriana Gastélum - Vateno Silky Oriental Blouse, Salsa Jeans White, Julia Pamplona Raspberry Bag, Oasap Heels - Oriental

Park dates call for a relaxed look.


4. Movie Date

Keep your arms covered as you wouldn’t want to be shivering in the cinema. Balance that off with a skirt and sexy pointy heels.

Adriana Gastélum - Savous Sunnies, Sheinside Pearl Embellished Knit, Sheinside Origami Skort, 3.1 Phillip Lim Medium Pashli Satchel, Steve Madden Nude Pumps - The origami skort

Black and gold is classy and chic for night time dates.


5. Shopping Date

Okay, we’re not sure which sane man will go shopping with you (jokes!) but if you indeed have found him, this outfit is perfect. A textured skirt makes a nice fashion statement and a crop top just balances the look off.

Adriana Gastélum - Zara Cropped Top, Asos Laser Cut Skirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel, Windsor Heels - NYFW: Day 1

Pencil skirts are fabulous as they make your legs look longer.


6. Breakfast Date

This is supposed to be your out-of-bed look so keep it simple and fresh. Pick a scent that is soft and fruity floral.

Adriana Gastélum - Guess? Sandals, Check Out The Blog To Know What I'm Wearing - The most flattering top

Breakfast for a first date? Keep it simple.



7. Nature Date

Planning to have long walks in the gardens for your first date? Or a stroll by the lake? Then flats or sandals will help you do that comfortably.

Adriana Gastélum - Vateno Oriental Blouse, Zara Floral Skirt, Julia Pamplona Raspberry Bag - NY: Day 2

Don’t forget sunscreen even if it’s a date.


8. Party Date

A two piece looks fabulous and perhaps less intense than a one piece bodycon that might send out the wrong message. This look is sexy but not in a sleazy way.

Adriana Gastélum - Topshop Crop Top, Chic Wish Faux Leather Skirt, Proenza Schouler Ps11 Classic, Windsor Lace Up Sandals - Once more in black

Here’s a great look for a party date.


9. Fancy Restaurant Date

Instead of the usual LBD, a girly dress and a sparkly clutch might keep his eyes on you all night. Remember to spritz on your favourite scent.

Adriana Gastélum - Windsor Chiffon Dress, Windsor Sequined Clutch, Windsor Caged Rhinestone Heels - Red

In this dress, you can really eat on your first date!


10.  After Work Drinks Date

Take that jacket off and it’s time to see your date. Remember to freshen up yourself if you didn’t get the chance to go home and change. Desperate measures: Wipe down your arms and neckline as well as legs with baby wipes before moisturising.

Adriana Gastélum - Target Wrap Skirt, Windsor Lace Up Sandals - Expected heat

Always keep a box of accessories at work in case of emergencies like a date!

Are you looking for love in uniform?

Well, you’re not alone. According to an independent national survey* conducted for Uniformdating.com, a bespoke online dating service freshly launched in Australia, Sydney locals love a man with a stethoscope, with more than a quarter favouring doctors. Melburnians love a lady in blue with one in six saying their favourite uniformed professional is a policewoman. And almost a quarter of Brisbanites have their heads in the clouds, with air stewardesses uniform ranking as their favourite women in uniform.

Is going online the right way to do it? Uniformdating.com’s survey also found that more than half of Brisbanites think online dating is a successful way to meet potential partners, with two thirds interested in a dating site that meets their individual needs. With jobs that demand long hours, a good bespoke online dating service might just be the answer.

If you were wondering, the site is open to both uniform and non-uniform wearing. Check it out here at Uniformdating.com.

We know we have!

*This research was conducted online by Pureprofile on behalf of Uniformdating.com with a nationally representative sample of 1,250 Australians aged 18 years and older.

Main image by www.justamorous.com. Fashion images by Adriana Gastelum


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FASHION EDITORIAL | Katie Mossman styles Amanda Welsh in 60s look for Vogue Australia

If you’re a fan of  the sixties, you will love this. Stylist Katie Mossman recreates the hippy era by styling model Amanda Welsh in A-line skirts, mini dresses and patent leather boots for the September issue of Vogue Australia. But it’s not the kind of “costume-y” sixties styling that makes you go, “really?”. Instead, the carefully chosen pieces exude a wonderful balance between the sixties and today’s fashion and this is further perfected by the grunge out-of-bed hair by hairstylist Bok-Hee. In fact it really reminds us of Hedi Slimane’s debut show in Paris for Saint Laurent. Photographer Sebastian Kim captures Amanda’s every movement in a setting that’s so believably 60s. Kudos to the editorial team for following through! Amanda, a mother-of-one (err, yes we are not kidding), looks absolutely sweet and sexy in Kim Kardiashian’s favourite designer Givenchy by best bud Riccardo Tisci along with other magnificent pieces from Gucci, Miu Miu, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton. Of course the whole thing would not be complete with the natural yet sexy look by Benjamin Puckey who chose to add the iconic eyeliner do. Which 60s look is your favourite? Ours has to be the third picture.





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Which one is your favourite look? Tell us in the comments.

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