Westfield Geelong Fashion Festival- Spring/Summer 2012

Westfield Geelong Fashion Festival

Last week the Westfield Geelong Fashion festival was on, it was a 3 day event (from 20-22nd September) showcasing Spring and Summer trends. There were loads of free things to attend including runway shows, a party styling workshop, a style workshop and even a performance from The Voice’s Rachael Leahcar!

I didn’t attend on Thursday as the main runway shows were on Friday and Saturday.

There were two shows on Friday, one Saturday and the style workshop (also on Saturday).

Spring/Summer 2012 Runway Parade by Westfield Geelong

This was the first of the shows I saw on Friday, it showcased Spring and Summer looks featuring items from some of the retailers in Westfield Geelong.

Click on the slideshow below to see some of my photos from the show

Spring/Summer 2012 Runway Parade by Myer

The second runway show on Friday showcased¬† SS ’12 trends, with pieces from some of the designers in Myer.

Click on the slideshow below to see some of my photos from the show

 

Westfield Geelong Fashion festival Day 3

Saturday was the 3rd and final day of the Fashion Festival. There was a Free party styling workshop in the morning, a Cocolatte runway show hosted by blogger Jess from Neon Indian and Style workshop hosted by Westfield Stylist, Renee Enright and The Geelong Advertiser’s GT magazine editor, Kylie Oliver.

Unfortunately my camera stopped focusing properly in the middle of the Cocolatte show, so off to the repair shop it went to be ‘inspected’. Hopefully it is not too bad and won’t cost me too much to fix. I would be lost without my digital SLR!

However I wrote down heaps of notes, so have some style tips to share with you all.

Here are some of the Key pieces that Renee said every woman should own for this Spring/Summer.

Spring and Summer Essentials

White Jeans– Renee mentioned that every woman, no matter what their shape can wear white jeans. It is all about the fit! Go for something that is a comfortable fit (not too baggy or too tight)

Skinny Belts– They are flattering on all shapes, as they cinch your waist in making your torso appear longer and slimmer!

Blazer– This item is transeasonal (You can wear it for all seasons). Renee suggested purchasing a neutral or black blazer. It will be easier to work into different seasonal trends and they are classic shades that will never go out of fashion.

White buttoned shirt– Again this is a transeasonal item that every woman should own. For summer Renee suggests purchasing one with 3/4 sleeves. By wearing 3/4 sleeves not only does it keep cool, it also draws your eyes to the smallest part of your waist!

Day Dress– Perfect for spring and summer. It doesn’t need to be expensive either! It is all about how you wear it and how you accessorise. A safe option is a floral print dress, florals will always be ‘in’ for Spring/Summer. This season sees a comeback of the 50s ladylike dresses, chose something A-line, with a hemline just above the knee. This is a flattering length for every body shape.

My Picks for Spring/Summer

Little White Dress (or LWD)РWhile the LBD (Litte Black Dress) is okay for summer nights,  a Little white dress will keep your cooler during the day. White will reflect the sun, whereas black will absorb the heat making you feel hot and sweaty! A LWD is the perfect summer staple piece and can be dressed up or down for different times of the day.

Dressy sandals– Great to wear when going out at night, when it’s too hot to wear covered in shoes. Metallics is big this season, so choose something in a bronze colour or that has a bit of bling. Of course these can be worn during the day too, with some neutral shorts and a bright coloured t-shirt or a maxi dress.

Neutral shorts– If you buy any pair of shorts this season, choose neutral coloured ones (think tan or cream). You can wear them with pretty much any top and they won’t go out of style. Perfect for those who want to wear the neon trend, but don’t want to wear it from head to toe!

Light-weight shirt– Something that is made from 100% polyester, chiffon or other light-weight fabrics. Worn over a singlet or tee, it will keep you from getting burnt in the sun. 3/4 sleeves will keep you cooler, but remember to apply sunscreen to the parts of your arms that are not covered!

Wide-brim hat– A hat that offers full sun protection is a must in our Australian sun! There are lots of beautiful hats around to suit different peoples needs. Another great thing about hats, is that you can wear them on days you want to hide a bad hair day!

 

What are your go-to items this Summer? Leave me a comment, I’d love to know!

 

This was the first post under my new heading on my navigation bar called ‘In Geelong’ under this heading you’ll find posts related to my home town (Geelong).

XO XO Evelyn

Westfield Geelong Autumn/Winter 2012 Style Workshop

Yesterday I attended a Style Workshop at Westfield Geelong, featuring Westfield Geelong’s Fashion ambassador, Nadia Coppolino and hosted by Fashion Stylist for Westfield Victoria, Lucy Kiraly. Lucy showed us some of the hottest trends for AW 2012 and how to Style each trend to suit your body shape, she also answered a few audience questions.

There were two models showcasing the seasons’ trends, Kerrie and Julia. When Lucy introduced them, she described them as (Julia) a skinny woman and (Kerrie) a ‘Real’ woman. If you have read one of my earlier posts, you will know that I hate when people refer to curvier woman as being ‘Real’ women. It makes me cringe.

There were seven outfits for each model, but because the event organisers were telling Lucy to wrap it up, there wasn’t enough time to show them all. (even after going overtime by 30 mins!)

The first outfit Lucy styled on Kerrie was ‘Lady like and the trench.’

Kerrie wore ivory cotton pants with a white buttoned shirt both from Sportscraft as a base. Lucy then showed us how to style it different ways, just by changing the accessories!

Cotton pants Sportscraft $129.95, shirt Sportscraft $99.95, Trench Trenery $249, Tan leather ballet flat Trenery $129, Leopard scaf Sportscraft $49.95

Lucy’s tip: Nadia asked if women were going to buy a trench this season, should they buy black or tan. Lucy said tan and that it should be the colour of ‘beach sand’ as it’s more flattering. Also, that you should steer clear of trenches that are more of a ‘wet sand’ colour.

Obviously I won’t write about all of the outfits, or this post will be a novel, so I will just write about/add photos of my favorites.

The first outfit that Lucy styled on Julia was ‘The Coat’. If you invest in one item this season, make it a good quality coat. There is a huge range of beautiful colours available at the moment, which you can style many different ways. Make the coat the focal point by wearing jeans or black pants/skirt and a black top, or wear it with clashing colours, for the colour blocking trend.

Fine wool rollneck Country Road $129, Ponti skirt Country Road $99, Pattern tights Glassons $9.99, Twill orange coat Country Road $399, Orange bowler bag Colette Accessories $59.95, Prada sunglasses Sunglass Hut price unknown

Lucy’s tip: A woman in the audience asked Lucy about fuller figured women wearing a coloured coat, if they want to hide their tummy. Lucy said that wearing black under a coloured coat gives the outfit ‘depth’, and to always wear dark colours on parts of your body that you don’t want to bring attention to. She also mentioned that if you are curvy, wear your coat open because it draws the eyes down and will make you appear slimmer.

Capes are big again, for AW12 and the blue Glassons cape that Julia modeled is gorgeous, it was my most favourite piece from the whole workshop. At only $89.99, it won’t break the bank! I loved it so much, that I plan on buying one in the next couple of weeks.

Blue cape Glassons $89.99, black bag Valleygirl $19.95 worn with Ponti skirt, fine wool rollneck and blue ballet flats (Glassons $29.95).

Some of other outfits/trends showcased were; ‘Jackets and winter shorts’, ‘Print clash’, ‘Texture and shimmer’, and ‘Colour blocking’.

Lucy’s tip: I asked Lucy if Colour blocking with makeup has carried on from SS11/12 into Aw12. She said that it is still a popular trend and that if you colour block with makeup, keep your outfit neutral.

Another thing that Lucy mentioned that I thought was interesting was that matching colours is out this season, instead wear different shades of the same colour.

My Tip: If you decide to wear this trend, always wear the darker shade on your bottom half. Lighter colours near your face are more flattering.

I purchased a VIP ticket to the event, which included VIP seating, a $20 Westfield gift voucher and gift bag. Before the show started guests were treated to canapes from local businesses in Westfield Geelong and a bottle of San Pellegrino mineral water. The ticket price was $2o and all proceeds were donated to Westfield’s community partner, Gateway Support Services.

XO XO Cotton Candy Diva

side note: all photos that appear on this post were taken by me and are copyright of Evelyn Robinson Photos. Please do not take them or use them anywhere online without my permission. thank you