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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

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

Spring and Early Autumn Fashion Shoot

Spring and Early Autumn Fashion Shoot When deciding on what to call this series of shoots I thought of a quote by Jane Fonda “A man has every season while a woman only has the right to spring”.⠀ ⠀ So our favourite Ma Belle Allure model cara_gilligan is in the Spring of her life and while I’m definitely not yet in the Winter of mine, I’m thinking more like early Autumn is the best way to describe my life stage so “Spring and Early Autumn” it is.⠀ ⠀ I wanted to show women that whether you are moving through the spring, summer, autumn or winter of your life you can wear most of what is on sale regardless of your life stage by just understanding your body shape and having a few clever styling tips and tricks up your sleeve.⠀   If you are interested in a one-on-one styling session with me or you would like to attend one of my styling workshops please email me on A big thank you to palomabrisbane for collaborating with me on this shoot. And of course the gorgeous Cara Gilligan for showing me 'modelling' tricks and of course the amazing Sarah from thevideoboxaustralia for taking the pics pasduchas cmeocollective  

Ralph & Russo AW18

Ralph & Russo is a high fashion house that specialises in haute couture and ready-to-wear clothes, luxury goods, and fashion accessories. It is a privately held company established in 2010 and owned by Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo.  And the best part is they are both Australians!!! Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo’s couture label is the only British design house to have joined the French Chambre Syndicale, and is known for dressing royals and celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Beyoncé. Tamara Ralph is the fourth generation in her family to work in couture and fashion design. After graduating from the Whitehouse Institute of Design in Melbourne, Australia, Ralph travelled to London in hopes of breaking into the fashion industry. After a chance meeting with Michael Russo, an Australian banker working in London, the duo launched Ralph & Russo in 2006. The couple’s business has been profitable since its inception and filled a gap in the market in London, a highly affluent fashion hub without a local couture provider. To preserve the brand’s exclusivity, Ralph & Russo sells only one version of each garment per country. In 2013, the couple were the only representatives from the fashion industry on Forbes’ annual list of the 40 most successful people under 40. In 2014, Ralph & Russo was the first British brand to show at Paris Couture Week, and since became the first British couture house to join the French Chambre Syndicale. Today, the company has offices in Paris and London, and a roster of more than 600 clients.

Sip ‘n’ Shop

I'm constantly overwhelmed by the talented young designers that we have in Brisbane.  Any of you that have been following me for awhile will know that I am a fan of The Great Beyond but at the Sip 'n' Shop event there was also fashion designer Winston Wolfe, gorgeous jewellery and bags by Lyla + Bo, and swimwear by laHanaSwim. The venue was Rooftop 55 at Lucent Gasworks Newstead with spectacular views of the Brisbane skyline. I'm wearing C/MEO Collective from Paloma Boutique in Camp Hill and Cara is wearing Frankie and Dash.  

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

In Melbourne, the first week of March marks the start of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF).  Once again, I feel so fortunate to be able to attend many of the Fashion Events this year.  The runways featured some amazing Australian established and up and coming designers, and some great international talent. If you want to see what was on show, VAMFF has Shop the Runway giving everyone the opportunity to purchase straight off the runway.   I'm wearing Pasduchas  from Gearbox Boutique in Broadbeach.