Happily Ever After

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

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Pictured: Jack Sullivan Bridal

The entire female audience sighed wistfully as Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan opened the runway with an angelic, delicately laced wedding dress, accessorised with an embellished crown, for the Monili Jewellers Bridal Group Show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane. Saying I do to cascading fabrics; tulle, satin, silk and lace, the runway paraded seasonal trends in bridal beauty, showcasing the designs of Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan, Bertossi Brides, Darb Bridal Couture, Rayner Lee, George Wu and Jack Sullivan Bridal.

Just a bouquets’ throw from the runway, my attention was diverted from the fairytale-like scene to the glistening diamonds, jewels and precious stones provided by Monili Jewellers, adorning the runway beauties. If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then I’ll happily take the friendship pledge to Monili Jewellers (for a 5 carat marquise diamond ring and matching pendant of course!)

While MBFF has seen its fashionable finale, I will continue to admire my favourite bridal moments captured by Erin Smith Photography, as for now this is the closest I have come to my happily ever after…man, rock, couture and Manolo Blahnik’s wanted!

Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan

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Bertossi Brides

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Darb Bridal Couture

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Rayner Lee

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George Wu

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Jack Sullivan Bridal

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Photography by Erin Smith Photography

Strictly Pink

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

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French Connection Lace Detail Skirt, Cue Cut-Out Shirt, Jo Mercer Whisper Heels, Bowerhaus Pearl Fleur Bracelet, Olga Berg Clutch (similar style here), Michael Hill Teardrop Ring.

Coordinating my outfit with the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane program, I wore a matching pastel pink set to the Monili Jewellers Bridal Group Show on Tuesday evening. Dressed head to toe in my favourite colour, I felt every bit the marshmallow princess among the sea of colour that was City Hall. On the runway it was all about wedding white, ivory, blush and champagne tones, but that post is on it’s way!

Prior to the show, my guest and paparazzi for the evening, Erin Smith Photography snapped my strictly pink ensemble in the shaded streets of Spring Hill. Arriving early together at the fashion HQ calls for a quick Tea Centre date before the calm meets the fashion storm, runway style.


Photography by Erin Smith Photography


Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

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Setting the A-list scene are designers Arthur Galan, Gail Elliott, Alex Perry and TV Presenter Georgina Lewis

It’s fashion week in Brisbane, celebrating the annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane with the creme de la creme of Australian designers and retailers. In an exciting start to the week, I attended the Myer S/S 15 show in premium seating, practically metres away from the runway and from my dream man, international supermodel, Kris Smith.

There was certainly a buzz in the air, as the models took to the runway sporting trends of summery whites, bright colours, bold prints and floating fabrics. Texture wise, there was a selection of sheer, silk, feathers, mesh, lace and neoprene on display, predicting to be on point for spring.

For the gentlemen, styling was of a playful nature, with the likes of Brent Wilson and Arthur Galan AG dressing men in floral prints, checks and fun neon colours such as burnt orange and bright blue hues.

Closing the show was a spectacular collection by Alex Perry featuring my three favourites: pink, lace and A-line skirts. This reaffirms my style mantra, being that femininity remains a predominate trend regardless of the season.

Snapping away in the photographers’ pit, was my superstar photographer, Erin Smith Photography.  A totally different scene to her usual wedding repertoire, Erin delivered the goods, capturing some incredible moments and outfits that were secret to the runway. Below are some of our favourite moments from an exception show.

Arthur Galan AG

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YB J’aime

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Little Joe Woman

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Aurelio Costarella

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Fleur Wood

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Dom Bagnato

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 Charlie Brown

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sass & bide

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 Wayne Cooper

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L by Lisa Ho

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 Jayson Brunsdon Black Label

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 by Johnny.

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Brent Wilson

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Alex Perry

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Photography by Erin Smith Photography

Monochrome at Myer

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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French Connection Pleated Colour Block Midi Skirt, French Connection Sheer Panel Stripe Top, French Connection Silver Fold Over Clutch, Cotton & Co Pendant from the Heritage Coin Collection, Wittner Maxi Heels (similar style here), Pandora Quartz Ring, Pandora Heart Ring, Tiffany & Co “I Love You” Ring, Tiffany & Co Love Ring.

A little French Connection (@frenchconnection_au) parcel arrived at The Blonde Silhouette HQ recently, packed with key staples for the spring season. As a self-confessed girly girl, it was no surprise that I feel completely in love with the shape and fabric seen in this concertina pleated midi skirt. Soft, feminine and with a touch of bold monochromatic patterning, this skirt provides the perfect start to a fashion filled week, otherwise known as the return of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane. After all, nothing says classic like a monochromatic colour palette, pearls and touch of silver.

After years of attending my favourite Brisbane event, I’m actually working for the festival this year, using my marketing and pr expertise for the greater (fashion) good. If you’re a Brisbane fashionista attending any of the shows, you’ll no doubt see me manning the media desk or running throughout the media and photographer pits, in my 9 inch heels.

Last night, the festival kicked off with the Myer Spring Summer 15 Show, celebrating the gorgeous new collections from designers like Alex Perry, Arthur Galan, sass & bide, Jayson Brunsdon, Aurelio Costarella and more. With an appearance from Alex Perry, Arthur Galan, Gail Elliott, Charlie Brown and supermodel Kris Smith, I was in full fan-girl mode. Of course I am only human, but if  the sound of this line up excites you, then bookmark this blog in anticipation for a runway exclusive, brought to you by my superstar photographer, Erin Smith Photography.


Photography by Erin Smith Photography

The Blogger

The Blonde Silhouette presents an inner fashion monologue by Ashleigh McCallum. A lover of whimsical colour, designer pieces and classic femininity.

Location: Brisbane, Australia



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