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Bec & Bridge Coco Dress, Wittner Rover Heels, Swarovski Brief Earrings, Fossil Rondel Bracelet, Fossil Bevel Glitz Bangle, Oroton Clutch (similar style here).

The week before the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival hits Brisbane, I’m in prep mode, strategically organising my outfits to coordinate with the theme of each show I’m attending. Being the 10th anniversary of Brisbane’s premier fashion event, my wardrobe had to be on fleek all week, starting with a fabulous outfit for the opening Myer SS16 Show. What better way to start the week, then with an edgy lbd?

I’m suddenly out of my conservative comfort zone and into a Bec & Bridge cocktail dress, featuring an allover sporty mesh fabric and sheer panelled neckline. I’m not sure whether it was the fitted form or the deep v neckline (or both), but I felt feminine and sexy showing off my curves. I’m also loving the structure of this fluted skirt!

Rocking a black on black ensemble right down to the footwear, I’m breaking in my new Wittner heels which feature the fierce lace up design that’s heavily on trend this season. Now to emulate the ladyboss strut of Jennifer Hawkins as she hits the MBFF runway…watch this space!


Photography by Erin Smith Photography

Designer Profile: Jack Sullivan Bridal

When it comes to bridal couture, Brisbane based bridal designer, Jack Sullivan is leaving a spectacular train of success on the isle of the wedding industry, since launching his label in 2012! Proving the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, Jack is the son of renowned, award winning bridal designer Wendy Sullivan and has inherited Wendy’s artistry and attention to exquisite detailing. At just 26 years old, Jack is the youngest and first Australian designer to show his beautiful designs at the London White Gallery – a prestigious trade event showcasing leading UK and international designers. I recently caught up with Jack to chat about the bridal industry and he gave me a fabulous insight into bridal trends, the life of a designer and his distinct bridal style.


Q: Your bridal couture presents a combination of old-fashioned elegance and modern-day playfulness, talk us through the shapes and fabrics you like to play with!

JS: The shapes and fabrics really do change depending on trends, availability and what I like at the time really. I am never really locked into one or two fabrics or shapes. I like to try and change the silhouettes regularly, so I am not a designer that is just known for doing one particular shape.



Q: Your calling as a designer came to be, after your own bridal sketch was found. Describe this iconic gown!

JS: This gown was the first gown I ever worked on with mum. It was a little different, the bodice was 1/3 lace and 2/3 pleated ivory tulle over pleated chiffon. The skirt was soft ivory tulle over champagne chiffon. Then a few hundred Swarovski crystals for detail on the bodice. It was a really fun and exciting experience. Six months later, it is was on the cover of Queensland Brides magazine.

Q: How has your style evolved since launching your own label in 2012?

JS: My style has changed a lot! When I first started I was so concerned about being considered a “Diet Wendy Sullivan” and looking like I was just doing versions of my mum’s gowns-which have always been known for their dramatic lace embellishment and detail, that I went completely the other way, and used exceptionally clean lines and minimal detail. I was probably a bit too cautious at the time, still finding my feet as a designer and was worried about the comparison of my mother’s label. Also I had poured every cent I had into the set up of the label, so I couldn’t really afford any nice laces!! Now I am able to put how much lace and detail into the designs, as I know mum and I have different styles naturally and we always end up designing gowns that look different anyway.


Q: What does a day in the life of a wedding designer entail?

JS: My days change, there is no “normal” day in my life. Since the start of the year I haven’t spent more than 4 days in the same city and I am constantly travelling. So it may entail flying to Perth, meeting brides and showing them the new collection. It could be doing boring paperwork and logistics for an upcoming show (my least favourite), or spending all day and night doing hand finishing on new gowns (definitely my favourite).

Q: What are the top trends for AW15 bridal wear?

JS: The trends are ever changing, however, gowns that sit “on the waist ” are still really popular, along with the “drop waist” look. Lace is still very in, however, there is definitely a move away from the silver Swarovski crystals and tending to go towards stronger and bolder laces with some pearl detailing.


Q: Designing bridal couture certainly sounds glamorous! What’s the most unglamorous part of being a designer?

JS: The most unglamorous part of my job…There are so many! I would say, packing gowns constantly and paperwork.

Q: What’s the most timeless trend seen in bridal couture?

JS: Timeless is tough, I really like the look of the gowns that sit on the waist- it gives a very classic look that I love.

Q: You must see your fair share of fashion no-no’s, what’s the ultimate fashion faux pas when it comes to bridal style?

JS: Fashion no no’s in bridal…probably going trendy not timeless.


Q: What’s your favourite part in the production process?

JS: My favourite part of the production process is most definitely the hand finishing and detailing- it is really fun.

Q: How do you feel about non-traditional wedding dress colours? Any chance of a champagne pink gown in the next collection? 😉

JS: I love them! Great for shoots and catwalks. I use a lot of traditional colours (ivory and white) layered over champagnes and silvers.



….and Quickly

Q: Lace or Chiffon?

JS: Lace bodice, chiffon skirt haha.

Q: White or Ivory?

JS: Ivory.

Q: Strapless or Sleeved?

JS: Sheer strap.

Q: Vera Wang or Oscar De La Renta?

JS: Neither, Elie Saab.

Q: Veil or Headpiece?

JS: Depends on the gown and the bride.




For more information about Jack Sullivan’s stunning designs, you can visit his website or Facebook Page and follow him on Instagram @jacksullivandesigns.

Photography supplied

The Dreamer.








Blessed Are The Meek Tracker Maxi (available at The Gallery Boutique), Lovisa Midi Rings and Ear Cuff.

On a perfect day, in a deserted clearing, sunlight was stolen by the warm glow of a looming sunset. The winds played with the flowing fabric of her clean, crisp, white dress and her hazel eyes sparkled in the warm afternoon shadows. She clutched a fresh bunch of yellow sunflowers, while he captured her smile. Forever…

…The Dreamer, a floating silhouette embracing innocence, natural beauty and endless dreams.  


Photography by Ryan Salisbury Photography (RSP)

Bacchus Melbourne Cup High Tea


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French Connection Silky Dipped Hem Dress, Jo Mercer Rapid Heels, Mekoe Monochrome Fascinator, Mimco Bag, Portmans Belt.

As any fashionista will tell you, the Melbourne Cup is more than just a horse race! It is a day to dress up and attempt to outdo Princess Kate’s hat collection. It’s your moment to place bets like your rockafella and to swoon over the gorgeous Tom Waterhouse. My day certainly ticked all the afore mentioned boxes and was celebrated at a decadent high tea held at Bacchus Rooftop Bar.

Feeling like a modern-day Audrey Hepburn, I wore a lemon sorbet coloured dress by French Connection. The structure of this dress was beautifully detailed, cinching at the waist and falling into a concertina pleated skirt. I teamed this pastel piece with monochromatic accessories featuring my stunning floral fascinator by Mekoe Accessories and pony-haired Jo Mercer points. My darling friend Ally looked super sleek and sophisticated in a monochromatic shift dress with hot pink features. Our colour palette certainly complimented one another!

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Being one of my favourite hotspots, Bacchus was beautifully decorated with fresh orchids, red roses and bone china high tea stands. We were treated to sparkling champagne, fruity cocktails and an array of petite, brightly coloured french pastries, desserts and savoury snacks. The day was hosted by the talented duo, Jake and Elle Harrison, grand finalists of the My Kitchen Rules 2012 showdown. Jake and Elle were super friendly, chatting and posing for photos with the guests and narrating the official Bacchus Fashion on the Field. The tension heightened as we all tuned in to watch the race on the big screen. Did my horse win? No, he did not and although Brown Panther implies speed and agility- these attributes remain to be seen. Despite this, our day was nothing short of spectacular!

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IMG_4355With the dapper Jake and beautiful Elle Harrison 


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Some snaps of the stylish Bacchus crowd…

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Hat’s off to Bacchus for executing the most beautiful Melbourne Cup High Tea!