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Lady Melbourne has Arrived

I have had to keep a lid on this until it's release date, although if some of your are savvy enough you would probably have worked out by now that Lady Melbourne is the new Fashion and Beauty columnist for Metro News in Melbourne.
Tres tres exciting and I am absolutely thrilled to be part of an independent Melbourne publication.
The very fist column is about key trends for winter, you can check it out online now for those of you not in Melbourne that can't find themselves a copy.

This Season’s Key Trends
As the leaves begin to transform on our streets and boulevards, so do the trends in boutiques across our beautiful city.We are lucky in Melbourne to have so many options to choose from, so to help you in assembling your winter wardrobe, here are a few of the season’s essentials to look out for.
The trench coat
It is undeniable that the trench pops up year after year in international designer collections, a real wardrobe staple. The beauty of a classic trench coat is that it instantly updates any wardrobe with style and a twist of elegance, whether it’s paired with a suit, a shift dress or jeans. Since Christopher Bailey’s rise at Burberry, the iconic English trench coat label, the trench has shed its exclusive association with private detectives and has come to represent all that is elegant, a la Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Alongside iconic beige, this season’s are available in gold, navy, aqua, red and [let’s not forget we’re in Melbourne!], black. Whether you opt for classic double breasted, quilted, single button or knee length, there are plenty of trench coat styles to suit all ages and shapes. If you haven’t already discovered the versatility of the trench, pop into your local department store as a starting point for a great range. If you’re feeling adventurous then your local op-shop is always a great haunt for authentic, classic styles at a fraction of the price, and all for charity which makes your purchase even sweeter.

Patent leather
Patent seems to be just about every where this autumn. You can’t enter a boutique in Melbourne without stumbling across a pump, ballet flat or tote in any shade.
Although the rules of etiquette once dictated that one ought not wear patent before 5pm, this season is carving out it’s own set of rules, with everything from patent detailing on everyday items to patent shoes in the AM!
You really can’t go past a classic, black, pump to instantly update your look (best worn with a trench coat of course!).
For those of you bold enough, there are patent coats and jackets available in fiery reds and liquid blacks, or if you’re more conservative you can simply add a patent belt or wallet to participate one of the season’s hottest trends.

The shift dress
Whether this is a seasonal trend or just one that Melbourne seems to have adopted lately, just like patent, everywhere you look the shift dress abounds on our streets.
I suppose its appeal lies in how forgiving it is to those of us that don’t look like a teenage supermodel from Scandinavia, but we shouldn’t let that lull us into a false sense of security- it is still something to be negotiated with care.
Getting the shift just right is crucial to making sure you haven’t mistakenly stepped out of the house wearing your potato sack, or worse yet a tent.

If you’ are tall, opt for a shift that sits just on, or above your knee. This can look killer with a pair of opaque tights, patent heels and the aforementioned trench. Ballet flats can make the look work as a casual option, but avoid this if you’re short, as it is easy to end up looking stumpy.There is no reason not to belt a shift, and again depending on your height a lovely wide, bright option for those taller gals, or a classic, thin 1940’s style option for shorter women can really pull the look together.What will differentiate shifts this winter will be the cut and colour-range, so look out for those that aren’t too baggy, and go for lovely brights like peach, fuchsia or cherry red.

The idea for this columns topic came from a reader, so thank you to Georgina Kelly for her inspired suggestion.
The beautiful photos are done by none other that Melbourne photographer Woodrow Wilson, and there are many more to come.



Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your new job! I can think of no other person better suited to be a fashion columnist. :)

Now for a wardrobe related question - who is that gorgeous black trench coat by?

A dreamer said...

you look fab in the photos. congrats on the job, i'll be reading

Auntie Tati said...

How great that your columns can be read online as well! I am definately going to bookmark Metro News' page :)

Vendredi 13 said...

Congratulations! Must be very exciting!

kirstie said...

oh, to be in melbourne. maybe one day brisbane's equivalent (mx) will have someone as brilliant as you on there. ahahaha. and you couldn't be more right about patent leather. constantly on the lookout for the perfect black patent heel!

Kira Fashion said...

you are stunning, as usual!

i did a new post, check it out :)

see you,

kater said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting :D

I love the first picture, it's so adorable and perfect!

Imelda Matt said...

Imelda is MOST EXCITED but sad that I'm not at home to read it...drop me an email cos I have something tres exciting that will be of mucho benefit.



how very exciting! congrats:)


anemieke said...

Whoooop! There it is!
Congrats my dear, the accolades are completely deserved :)

Jelenie said...

Oh great job! I don't have access to this mag so post all your articles here.

Super Kawaii Mama said...

Well done. Can't wait to read the inaugural column. The photos are fab, and your hair is looking immaculate as always. Congratulations!

Lady Melbourne said...

Thank you all for the support, it's what makes blogging worth it.