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Chanel | Pre-Fall 2018/2019 Full Fashion Show

Chanel has released their Pre-fall 2018/2019 collection. Incorporating metallics, beading, sheer layers and channelling ancient Egypt the range is impressive.   https://youtu.be/Al3zvKqiQJY  

Ralph and Russo | Autumn Winter 2018 / 2019

Described as "A celebration of the universe and art de vivre of icon and femme du monde, Jacqueline de Ribes, the Autumn/Winter 2018/2019 couture collection encapsulates the zeitgeist of the eighties and the golden age of couture through the frame of the renowned Comtesse", the latest collection from Australian Designer Ralph and Russo is sure to impress. It encapsulates splendour and frivolity through the use of rich tones such as red, purple and yellow, encrusted with jewels, flowing chiffon and dazzling metallics. "....couture is art to be worn and that style as statement, attitude and personality, is intrinsically connected to the individual."

Givenchy | Haute Couture Fall Winter 2018/2019

It's the season for the launch of the major designers' Haute Couture Fall Winter 2018/2019 ranges. I've always loved the elegance of the 'iconic' fashion houses live Dior, Chanel and Givenchy. Here is the Givenchy | Haute Couture Fall Winter 2018/2019 Full Show from Paris and a few stills to wet your appetite Givenchy | Haute Couture Fall Winter 2018/2019 by Clare Waight Keller | Full Fashion Show in High Definition. https://youtu.be/LQGbOOKpTd0  

Top 5 Shoe Trends this Year

Expect to see the humble Thong (or flip flop) as a standout shoe trend this year.  Queenslanders have long been considered less fashionable then their southern neighbours because of their love of this humble piece of rubber, but they can now claim they have been ahead of the fashion pack for decades!!! The thong/flip flop will be huge this year!! Also the chunky Dad Sneaker has been given a stylish revamp and can be worn anywhere not just to the gym. Mums also get a mention with the Mum Mule being one of the top 5 shoe trends.  The downside of Mums finally being fashionable is that your daughters are going to be constantly in your wardrobe!! Next is the Strappy Sandal (which I think we all have a pair somewhere in our wardrobe) and believe it or not (drum roll), the final shoe trend is the Western Cowboy Boot!!  Don’t be afraid to combine animal print and the cowboy boot, like this one featured from Zimmerman. So after a quick check of my wardrobe - thongs (tick), Dad Sneakers (hubby's feet are two big), Mum Mules (tick), Strappy Sandal (tick) but as for Western Cowboy Boots I might leave this trend to my daughters!!  Happy shopping everyone!   Simone xx (Fashion Stylist and Founder of Ma Belle Allure)

Fashion Trends for 2019

What will be the biggest fashion trends in 2019?  According to the who's who of the fashion world they will be: Tie-dye – perfect for the beach loving Aussie and the boho chic in us all.   Bike shorts – hmmm all I can think of is no chaff on hot humid summer days!   Puffy sleeves – remember the 80’s waterwave taffeta puffy sleeved dresses? Well they are back (the puffy sleeves not the water wave taffeta thank goodness)!!! This style is great for the triangle or column bodyshapes!   All shades of yellow – if you suit warm colours then you are going to look amazing in this colour. For everyone else, incorporate this colour into your wardrobe through your accessories.   Short suiting – This is a fabulous trend for our hot Australian summers (especially if you have good legs). Diamonds and Ovals usually have great legs so you are going to love this trend. For those of us whose legs are less than perfect, knee length shorts and a fake tan will work wonders.   Cargo pants – fabulous to add width to the lower half of your body so columns and inverted triangles this one is for you.   Bucket Hats – thank goodness no more fighting with children to wear hats!! Hats are finally cool again!! Simone xx (Fashion Stylist and Founder of Ma Belle Allure) Images: Marie Claire Australia @marieclaireau

Colour of the Season and Where to Find It

You can expect to see the colour Living Coral everywhere this year.  Pantone has just released it as the Colour of the Year for 2019.     Living Coral is described as an “animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge”. If you have fallen in love with Living Coral, I've found a selection of items in this hue available to purchase straight away. Happy shopping!  All are available from The Iconic or directly from the Talulah, Steele, Frankie & Dash and Forcast websites. Simone xx (Fashion Stylist and Founder of Ma Belle Allure)    

Fashion Inspiration for the Party Season

To help you choose just the right outfit for the party season, here is some fashion inspiration straight off the runways of Europe. Let's face it, the right outfit can make you feel amazing. When you look great, you exude confidence and everyone notices.  So here are my top 5 Fashion Trends for this year's party season. The 1980's power pant suit has undergone a revamp.  Choose one that is glossy or dress it up with shiny metallic accessories and heels. Animal print, especially leopard or zebra is back in a big way. If this top-to-toe zebra sequin dress from Halpern (UK) is a little OTT you can opt for an animal trimmed slip dress, clash with a double dose of animal print or add leopard or zebra print heels and clutch.   Sequins can be worn all year round. However, sequins remain one of our favourites for the festive season. This year, you can sparkle your way through any party in a striking silver sequin dress.  You can also add a touch of sparkle to any outfit by adding party worthy accessories.   The roaring '20s fringed dresses are back this party season, but they have been given a luxe makeover.  Gracing the catwalks of Gucci to Givenchy, fringing has become both elegant and festive.     Seen in the latest collections from Simone Roch, Ralph and Russo, Chanel, Fendi and other major labels, metallic or glossy fabrics were featured prominently.  Grab a little inspiration from these collections and choose something shimmery and metallic. What will you choose this party season? Simone xx (Fashion Stylist and Founder of Ma Belle Allure) Images: Harper's Bazaar UK  

Women Empowering One Another Workshop

So I'm a little late posting about this workshop so please forgive me. I've been a busy girl - no excuse I know! But please read on. When I first started Ma Belle Allure several years ago, my dream was to connect with women on all levels; emotionally, physically, spiritually and visually.  Because I believe, that we are all beautiful, and beauty is more than just physical looks. It is confidence, compassion, positivity, love and nurturing – of yourself and of others.  And to really make changes in your life and to start feeling great, you have to think of  yourself as a whole not just how you look. So my Women Empowering One Another workshop has been the culmination of many years of planning.  But let me tell you - it was so worth the wait. I created a value packed interactive, inspirational and informative workshop to help you feel better inside and out.  There were lots of giggles, bubbles, tea/coffee and nibbles in this workshop. So what was it all about? It was a 3 ½ hour workshop where my guest presenters took you through practical steps to learn how to: Dress your Shape – fashion styling tips to help you look your best. Update your Look – how to get the best out of your existing makeup. What is your Core Desire – effective goal setting and how to recognise your core desire or direction Meditation & Mindfulness – learn simple techniques to relax, calm and centre yourself. I created this event to support and educate women like YOU to become the best version of yourself. The presenters were: Simone Parker - Brisbane and Perth based Fashion Stylist and Founder of Ma Belle Allure Julie McDonald OAM – Ambassador, Mentor and Motivational Speaker   Kaitlyn Teasdale – Hair and Makeup Artist for KT Hair and Makeup Design Vincenza Benzie qualified Reflexologist From the Feet to Beyond and Anne Mackenzie Everyone was on such a high after this workshop and I was so grateful that I was able to make and impact on everyone that attended.  Here is a few of the comments I received: What are people saying: "The workshop was fantastic and inspiring, Simone, as are all the women who both presented & supported. Everything shared was interesting & valuable. Thank you all! 💕 (Nikki, Newfarm)" "Charlie 🐻 and I had the most amazing afternoon. We had the chance to spend the afternoon at a workshop with the most inspirational and motivating ladies (Ange, Brisbane)" "Thank you for a lovely afternoon! Loved every minute of it and learned so much. 💗💜 (Julie, Brisbane)" If you would like to be notified when I am running my next workshop, please don't hesitate to email me on info@mabelleallure.com.au

Aztec Vibes

Aztec Vibes Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to meet the beautiful and talented Isabella Longginou. Isabella is a Brisbane based designer whose garments embody elegance and femininity. Her classic pieces often made from gorgeous imported fabrics capture the playful and elegant spirit of her self-labelled line of couture. The multi-coloured natural fibre dress I chose from the IL collection fir this shoot has a high-low frilled skirt, high-neck and has a strong Aztec vibe.  Coordinated with layers of jewellery and shot against lush foliage and shades of terracotta we created a tribal yet feminine feel for this shoot. Its easy to recreate for yourself. Just layer heaps of different textured bracelets....   Keep your makeup minimal in natural tones and put some texture in your hair with plaits and some spray.   Images: Azar Image  Hair and Makeup: kthmua Stylist: Ma Belle Allure Model: cara_gilligan  Jewellery: graceinspired   

Vintage Jackie O Inspired Shoot

Vintage Jackie O Inspired Shoot Vintage fashion always has a few trends surfacing every season — whether it's ruffles, vintage Levis or more classic styles. It’s been 24 years since former US first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis passed away Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Despite this lengthy passage in time, the her timeless appeal and glamour and one of the most iconic faces of the 20th century still influences fashion today. It was well known that Jackie O loved European designers such as Valentino, Saint Laurent and Chanel as well as her signature oversized sunglasses, Jackie O’s name is still linked to classic style and grace. In honour of the late style icon this photoshoot at the University of Queensland St Lucia channelled some of her signature looks. The original 50's handmade fitted dress was styled with a modern twist, to bring it up to date and keep it relevant for today. Its easy to recreate this look for yourself. Essential for this look is oversized sunglasses....   a scarf to wrap around your hair and highlight your face.......   and to modernize the look I've added an on-trend sheer sock, heel and bag....   all worn with a vintage hand made dress from the 1950s. Images: Azar Image Hair and Makeup: kthmua Stylist: Ma Belle Allure Model: cara_gilligan Accessories: Stylist's Own

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