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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  

Colours to Wear Autumn / Winter 2018

Colours of the Season - Autumn / Winter 2018 I can finally start thinking about Autumn Winter 2018 fashion now that it has begun to cool off. So after trolling the Pantone Color Institute's  Fashion Color Trend Report here are their colour predictions for the cooler weather this year. Notice any similarities between these and their Spring Summer 2018 predictions? I also wanted to show you some great Autumn/Winter pieces you can buy locally that are embracing the new season colours:   Pantone Images: https://glowsly.com/pantone-fall-2018-colors-trends/ and https://www.pantone.com/fashion-color-trend-report-new-york-fall-winter-2018

Latest Fashion Trends

What are the biggest fashion trends this year? According to who-is-who in the fashion world they will be: Tie-dye – perfect for the beach loving aussie and the boho inside us all! Bike shorts – hmmm all I can think of is no chaff on hot humid summer days hehehehehe Puffy sleeves – remember the 80’s waterwave taffeta puffy sleeved dresses – well the puffy sleeves are back (not the water wave taffeta thank goodness).  This trend is great for the triangle or column body shapes. All shades of yellow – if you can wear warm colours then you are going to look amazing in yellow.  For the remainder of us, incorporate this colour into your wardrobe by adding splashes of it through your accessories. Short suiting – this is a perfect trend for our Australian hot summers.  If you've got great legs this trend is for you. Diamonds and Ovals usually have great legs so you are going to love this trend. If your legs are less than perfect, opt for knee length shorts and a bit of fake tan! Cargo pants – fabulous to add width to the lower half of your body so columns and inverted triangles this one is for you. Images: @marieclaireau  

Shorts and a Suit – How to Make this Look Work

As the weather starts to warm up your Man's suit does not have to be packed away until next winter. A few clever styling tips and your man will be stepping out in style. Thanks to: Outfitter: DBS Menswear facebook: DBS Menswear, @dbsMenswear, www.dbsmenswear.com.au Videographer: Sarah Robinson www.thevideobox.com.au Hair and Makeup: Keeley Shae Facebook: Keeley-Shae – Makeup Artist, @keeleyshaemua Models: Alex Graf and Cara Gilligan Video Transcript: Suit Jacket and Shorts | Ma Belle Allure | DBS Menswear Hello, I’m Simone Parker from Ma Belle Allure. My passion is to style women in the latest trends but to style those trends for your body. So I am extra excited to do a shoot for you on how to style your man. Most men have a suit in their wardrobe, whether they got it for a school formal, a wedding or a job interview, but for some men that is where it stays – in their wardrobe! So ladies with a few clever styling tricks you can ensure your man gets a lot of wear out of his suit, and both of you can step out in style!!! When the weather warms up, don’t let your man pack his suit away. Get him to wear his suit jacket with a pair of dress shorts. The addition of the jacket can smarten up a casual summer look. When creating this look, keep to no more than 3 colours. I’ve found that for most men, any more than three colours can make the look appear chaotic rather than stylish. You are trying to achieve a look that is both comfortable and elegant, so team your man’s navy suit jacket with a white t-shirt. I have chosen a v neck t-shirt from DBS Menswear in Wynnum for this look. Add a pair of dress shorts, ditch the long and loose style for something slim and fitted that finishes above the knee. Next match the shoes and belt to either his jacket or shorts. For Alex I have chosen to accessorise this look with a casual leather slip-on shoe and matching belt which is perfect for less formal occasions. The colour teams with the tailored shorts. I have sourced the tailored shorts, t-shirt and, footwear and belt from DBS Menswear in Wynnum. If you want to take your man shopping, this is the store to go to. Peter and his team have a wide range and provide fabulous service.

BIB NECKLACE

A Bib Necklace is a great choice if you have a smaller bust. Teaming this style of necklace with a boat neckline and you have created the ideal look for a pear body shape because it widens your shoulders, creates interest on your upper body and balances your bottom half. Thanks to: Boutique: Grace Inspired @graceinspired, Facebook: Grace Inspired, http://www.graceinspired.com.au Photographer: Carla Benzie Facebook /Carla Benzie Gallery and Studio, Instagram @carlabenzie

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