May 072012
 

Last weeks’ annual fashion-industry event MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK AUSTRALIA (MBFWA) showed established and upcoming Australian (& neighbouring countries) designers collections. Here is a snapshot of my favourite pieces:

 AJE = OZZIE DESIGNERS ARE BESTIES, ADRIAN NORRIS & EDWINA ROBINSON = EDGY AND LUXURIOUS DESIGNS AVAILABLE IN AUSTRALIAN & INTERNATIONAL STORES:

 

ALICE McCALL = AUSTRALIAN DESIGNER ALICE McCALL, BASED IN SYDNEY, NOW SELLS IN OVER 165 STORES IN 10 COUNTRIES = GIRLY, BOHO WITH A ROCK EDGE:

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Feb 032012
 

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

I am here to help … as it’s a fashion minefield out there!  Its amazing how quickly new trends come in (and then out) and how the seasons fly-by.  I already see the wave of change away from skater skirts and brogues and I have only just gotten around to embracing that look …. and therein lies the problem with following any trends.  My new years’ resolution therefore is to be cleverly selective about which trends I do follow.  Its a subjective decision and in my view it just takes a little bit of forward-planning about what to buy – suited to your budget, what suits your colouring, shape and style – backed up by will-power of steel when in the shops.

Here is my personal pick of the best buys for 2012:

THE CROPPED PANT

THE PLEATED SKIRT

 THE TURTLE NECK

THE FIT & FLARE SILHOUETTE

THE SLEEVELESS COAT


THE CYBER SCUBA LOOK

 THE CASUAL SWEATER

THE CARDI-JACKET

THE SKINNY BELT

 THE PUMP

 THE LARGE TOTE

 BRIGHT POP COLOUR

 … AND ANYTHING SPARKLY!

 

Dec 272011
 

THE OUTNET.COM

WHAT: Up to 75% off.  Designers incl. Oscar de la Renta, Miu Miu, Balmain, Pucci, Brian Atwood, Jimmy Choo, Isabel Marant, Chloe.

WHEN: Now …

WHERE: Online: http://www.theoutnet.com/

NET-A-PORTER.COM

WHAT: End of season sale – up to 50% off.

WHEN: Now …

WHERE: Online: http://www.net-a-porter.com/

SHOPBOP.COM

WHAT: End of season sale. Brands incl. Rodarte, Preen, Halston Heritage, Alexander Wang, Thakoon, DSquared2.

WHEN: Now …

WHERE: Online: http://www.shopbop.com/

MY-WARDROBE.COM

WHAT: Brands include Marc by Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Diane Von Furstenberg, Alexander McQueen, ACNE & lots more!

WHEN: Monday 19th December until sold.

WHERE: Online: http://www.my-wardrobe.com/

THE FROCKAHOLICS.COM

WHAT: End of season sale – up to 50% off clothing, accessories and shoes from over 100 designer brands incl. Josh Goot, Dion Lee, Manning Cartell, Camilla & Marc, Alex Perry, Willow, Magdalena Velevska, Wayne Cooper, Ginger and Smart, Bec & Bridge, Maurie and Eve.

WHEN: Tues 20th Dec until sold …
WHERE: Online: http://www.frockaholics.com/

AUSMODE.COM

WHAT: End of season sale with up to 80% off top Australian fashion brands incl.sass & bide, Camilla & Marc, Ellery, Ksubi, Rachael Ruddick, Mania Mania and many more. Don’t miss their ‘free next day delivery’ Australia-wide!

WHEN: Tue 20th December until sold…
WHERE: Online: https://www.ausmode.com//

MATCHES.COM

WHAT: Up to 70% off.  Brands include Ance, Alaia, Christopher Kane, Louboutin, D&G, JBrand, Lanvin, Maxmara, Sportmax, Theory, DvF.

WHEN: Now …

WHERE: Online: http://www.matchesfashion.com/

MYCATWALK.COM.AU

WHAT: Brands incl. Camilla & Marc, Alice McCall, sass & bide, Lisa Marie Fernandez, Josh Goot, Dion Lee, Zimmerman and Ann & Boy.

WHEN: Now…

WHERE: http://www.mycatwalk.com.au/

ASOS.COM.AU

WHAT: Up to 50% off men & women’s fashion, beauty, shoes, accessories, swimwear and more.  Brands include Alpha 60, Camilla and Marc, sass & bide and House of Harlow.  Free shipping to Australia, on al orders.

WHEN: Now …

WHERE: Online: http://www.asos.com/Women

MYER

WHAT:  Free shipping with online purchases.

WHEN: From 24th Dec…

WHERE: Online (free shipping with online purchases) & instore.  http://www.myer.com.au/

DAVID JONES

WHAT: Clearance sale from Boxing Day, with 30-60% off selected items.

WHEN: 24th December 2011 …

WHERE:  Instore & online: http://www.davidjones.com.au/

EASTON PEARSON

WHAT: Spring Summer 11 stock marked down by 30%.

WHEN: Mon 19th December – Tue 31st January, 2012.

WHERE: In-store and online.  http://www.eastonpearson.com/

ELLERY

WHAT: 30-50% off Urban Rider Collection.

WHEN: Now …

WHERE: Instore. http://www.elleryland.com/ Pieces also for sale at http://www.net-a-porter.com/ and http://www.mycatwalk.com.au/

SCANLAN & THEODORE

WHAT: Further reductions to sale stock.

WHEN: Now …

WHERE: Instore.   http://www.scanlantheodore.com.au/collection.php

NIKE

WHAT: Nike factory Boxing Day sale for 5 days only!  Authentic Nike product at discounted factory store prices & footwear heavily reduced.  Further selected styles at 30% off already reduced factory store prices.
WHEN: 26th to 30th December.

WHERE: Instore: Nike Factory Outlet – 416 Smith St, Collingwood VIC.  DFO South Wharf – Shop 21, Convention Centre Place.

http://www.nike.com/nikeos/p/nike/en_AU?ref=

LEONA EDMISTON

WHAT: Up to 30-50% off in boutiques.

WHEN: Mon 26th December – Sun 15th January, 2012.

WHERE: Instore: 292 Collins Street, Melbourne http://www.leonaedmiston.com/

CHRISTINE

WHAT: Luxury brands such as Lanvin, Sonia Rykel & Etro. Designer handbags, shoes, jewellery, scarves and certain clothing.

WHEN: 29th December 2011 until sold.

WHERE: 181 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

BELINDA, MARNI & THE CORNER SHOP (SYDNEY)

WHAT: Up to 50% off international brands.
WHEN: Wednesday 21st December until stocks last …
WHERE: Instore: Belinda – Paddington, Double Bay & Martin Place, Sydney and Hawksburn. Melbourne. http://belinda.com.au/  MarniDouble Bay. http://www.marni.com/  The Corner Shop – Paddington & George St, Sydney. http://www.thecornershop.com.au/

JOANIE LOVES CHACHI

WHAT: Up to 70% off clothes, shoes, bags and accessories.

WHEN: Now …

WHERE: Instore. http://www.joanieloveschachi.com.au/Home.aspx

HUSK

WHAT: Women’s designer fashion clearance, up to 80% off international and local designers incl. Helmut Lang, Transit, ALC, CLU, Emma Cook, IRO, Enza Costa and many more.

WHEN: Wed 21st December until sold.

WHERE: Instore: Husk popup clearance store – Shop 13, 402 Chapel Street, South Yarra.  http://www.husk.com.au/store/fashion

CHRISTENSEN COPENHAGEN

WHAT: Huge reductions on S/S’11 collections including TIBI, 3.1 Philip Lim, DVF, Herve Leger, M Missoni.

WHEN: Sat 3rd December until sold…

WHERE: Instore.  QV Building – Lvl1, 17-19 Albert Coates Lane, Melbourne.  Westfield Doncaster – Shop 1090, 619 Doncaster Road, Doncaster.  Double  Bay – 2 Guilfoyle Ave, Double Bay, Sydney.  Westfield Sydney CBD – Shop 4031, Sydney.  http://www.christensencopenhagen.com.au/

WOODFORD & Co

WHAT: All Current Season Collection’s Reduced 30-50%.

WHEN: Tue 20th December until sold.

WHERE: Online http://woodfordandco.com.au/home.html & instore @ The Woodford & Co Attic -1A Glenmore Road, Paddington.

FAT

WHAT: 10-20% off all brands.

WHEN: 26th Dec for 1 week only.

WHERE: Instore.  http://fat4.com/

Dec 232011
 

Thank you so much for your business and support for The Paper Doll throughout the year – I have loved every minute – and look forward to helping you, your family, friends or business with style advice in the future.  Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.  Lara – The Paper Doll xxx

P.S.  DEAR SANTA,

I HAVE BEEN A VERY GOOD GIRL THIS YEAR.  I HAVE SHOWN MY LOVE TO BIKER BOOTS, STATEMENT SHOES, COCKTAIL RINGS, BRAIDS & A PONYTAIL, LEATHER LEGGINGS, BOLD SHOULDERS, COLOUR BLOCKING, SHORTS & POP LIPSTICK. 

NEXT YEAR, I PROMISE TO CARE FOR ANY NEW STYLING OR WARDROBE ADDITIONS WITH THE SAME LEVEL OF AFFECTION.

PAPER DOLL CHRISTMAS WISHLIST:

 

Dec 162011
 

A FEW OF MY OWN FAVORITES FROM THIS YEAR …

Dec 102011
 

THE COOLEST CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR THE GOOD GIRLS & BOYS!

The annual dilemma of buying something unique for loved ones can threaten the feel-good-buzz that you get from buying others’ gifts (or do you just get that from receiving?!)According to retailers and fashion forecasters, PEOPLE ARE NOW CHANGING THE WAY THEY SHOP FOR GIFTS and are LOOKING TO DIFFERENT, BESPOKE, or even ONE-OFF items that go a step further.  As so many things are now mass-produced, more and more people are requesting bespoke, individualized pieces, or at least non-mass market gifts.  Buying a unique creation will show that you’ve put in careful thought and not just dashed out to grab something last-minute.

PERSONALISE IT! PAPER DOLL HITLIST OF COOL GIFTS THIS CHRISTMAS .. TO GIVE & RECEIVE:

PAPER DOLL STYLING GIFT VOUCHER

ASK SANTA FOR ONE YOURSELF(!), OR GIFT YOUR SISTER, BESTIE, WIFE, BOYFRIEND, WITH A VOUCHER FOR ANY OF THE PAPER DOLL SERVICES.  PAMPER YOUR LOVED ONES WITH A BEAUTIFULLY PACKAGED VOUCHER FOR STYLE ADVICE, A DETAILED COLOUR ASSESSMENT, WARDROBE CLEANSE OR PERSONAL SHOPPING.  See ‘Services’ section of my website for gift options: http://blog.thepaperdoll.com.au/services/

 

 

Nov 282011
 

A FUN NIGHT AT THE KPMG PA NETWORKING STYLE EVENT.

KPMG showed their thanks and appreciation to all of their own and clients’ PA staff at their annual PA networking evening in October, where I presented and put on a fun Myer catwalk show.  Warmly welcomed by the KPMG Victorian Chairman, KPMG PA staff invited their clients’ PAs for an evening of entertainment, champers and gorgeous canapes.  I presented a few fun ‘style’ topics, such as how to dress to flatter your body shape, the latest Spring / Summer trends and in collaboration with MYER – http://www.myer.com.au/ – KPMG staff modeled stunning dresses, kindly donated by Myer for the evening, by designers that are exclusive to Myer, such as Jayson Brunsdon, Karen Walker, Wayne Cooper and Aurelio Costarella.

Me & KPMG staff modelling gorgeous Myer designs

 

Nov 262011
 

Me, me, me!!  Girls had fun this week updating their look and colours for Summer at the …

BEAUTY & STYLE NIGHT

IN PERFECT TIME FOR THE SUMMER & FESTIVE SILLY SEASON, GIRLS HAD FUN SIPPING CHAMPERS & HEARING FROM MYSELF & MECCA ON HOW TO REFRESH YOUR STYLE AND MAKEUP AND LOOK ‘HOT’ FOR SUMMER!  Please get in touch if you are interested in attending the next workshop – lara@thepaperdoll.com.au

I PRESENTED THE LATEST SUMMER TRENDS, A SNAPSHOT OF TRENDS TO COME IN 2012 AND FOCUSED ON HOW TO CHOOSE THE COLOURS THAT BEST FLATTER YOU.  MECCA’S EXPERT BEAUTY & MAKEUP ARTISTS SHOWED US THEIR LATEST TRENDS, TIPS ON MAKEUP APPLICATION AND SHARED TIPS ON WHICH COLOURS TO WEAR.

BIG CURRENT TRENDS INCLUDE POP COLOURED LIPS AND STUNNING EYESHADOW COLOURS & GIRLS HAD FUN EXPERIMENTING WITH LOOKS THAT WERE NEW TO THEM AND TRYING OUT FOUNDATIONS THAT BLOW OLD-STYLE MAKEUP OUT OF THE WATER, WITH ‘ILLUMINATING’ AND ‘SKIN REJUVINATING’ PROPERTIES.  POPULAR MECCA PRODUCTS THAT WERE SNAPPED UP BY THE GIRLS INCLUDED:

MECCA PRODUCTS ABOVE: BY TERRY ‘LIGHT EXPERT’, KEVYN AUCOIN ‘THE MASCARA’, CHANTECAILLE ‘LIP CHIC’, NEW ‘POP PEEPER PERFECTION SECT’, STILA ‘CONVERTIBLE COLOUR’.

 QUOTES FROM THE NIGHT

“I had a wonderful night.” – CATH

“Thank you lovely Lara for a super night – my wishlist at Mecca is now seriously long!  I thought the girls were great – I’d definitely go again when I’m in the market to buy more makeup, I loved getting the proper advice – buying blindly is far more expensive…  I also really enjoyed your segment on fashion – it was like a taster plate last night – bring on more dishes I say!” – LORRAINE

Yeah go girl!!!  – LYNN

“Great night put on by Paperdoll and Mecca! Thanks Lara for working with me to find which colours suit me best and which ones to avoid, and loved getting a peep of what the fashion will be in 2012!!” – ILLONA

“A fun, colourful night @ Mecca with Paperdoll & friends, some excellent insights shared on this seasons trends and positive encouragement to get into colour!  Thanks Paper Doll and goodbye black (well maybe ;-) x” – BRIANA

Nov 132011
 

I had the pleasure of presenting at a Spring Racing-themed event for an international law firm in Melbourne, just before this Spring Racing season kicked off.  The firm hosted an event for their clients to network, enjoy drinks and canapes and hear talks from myself on ‘Spring Racing Style’ and betting advice from ‘Friday Experts’.  I organised a mini catwalk show and guests had fun trying on races hats for themselves.  Their function room was cleverly transformed into what felt like a races marquee, with floral plantation boxes, green lighting, faux grass carpeting, bar and cafe tables and seating, with yummy canapes, champagne and drinks served all evening.

I presented ladies and mens millinery, fashion and accessory trends for this season, and several brave staff from the law firm modeled the latest trends in stunning ladies headpieces from wonderful milliner Kim Fletcher Millinery Art http://www.kimfletcher.com.au/ .  Dapper chaps modeled the latest gentlemen’s hats from the talented Michael Albert at Smart Alec Hatters. http://www.smartalechatters.com.au/