MBFWA 2015: Fashion Week Diary

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) has come and gone for another year – and what a week! After attending four days of shows I seriously need 4 weeks to recover (how anyone manages to attend the twice yearly “fashion months” overseas is beyond me…)

Myself with Deauvanne from MamaStylista at MBFWA. Image: Liam Pratt.

Getting overtaken by an Afro! Myself with the wonderful Deauvanne from MamaStylista at MBFWA. Image: Liam Pratt.

 

A veritable feast for the senses – both on and off the runway, MBFWA 2015 showcased the latest and greatest in Australian fashion to an excited audience.

Attended by the who’s-who of the local celebrity and style scene, the week made for some serious people-watching and at least one or two fan girl moments (guilty as charged.) I was beyond excited to grab a brief hello and fan-girl photo with my style idol Margaret Zhang on Day 3 (read all about our love for MZ’s style here). I also spotted Miroslava Duma in the front row or “FROW” at Jayson Brunsdon, Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper, Christine Centenera, and more other notable faces than I can name!

I spent the time with blogging pals old and new, and took respite in the Star Lounge for a much needed champagne between shows. With so much chatterboxing my throat was constantly hoarse – and I won’t mention the joy of standing in heels for 12 hours a day!

The week was exciting, daunting (and yes, “amazing“) all rolled into one. Below are a few of my personal snaps from the week. Favourite show coverage to follow!

DAY ONE:

Day One Outfit. Images: Jerome Lafrogue Photography

Day One Outfit. Images: Jerome Laffrogue Photography

 

To be honest, in terms of outfits for the week I really just wanted to be confident and comfortable! On the first day I opted for a simple masculine-inspired monochrome look that I decided on that morning. This Uniqlo shirt is the third white shirt I have bought from there in as many months – I love these shirts! It is a thicker fabric than the summer versions, it holds it shape well, and it’s quite warm. It has a button-down collar but I released the buttons and rolled up the sleeves for a more casual look.

The pants are lambskin leather by JBrand which I picked up on sale for around $300 from ShopBop (original price $1200!) With a draw-string waist they are super comfortable, yet luxe. The lambskin is the most buttery you could imagine and they feel incredible to wear. The slouchy leg can be rolled up once, but I opted to wear them full length as the shoes were a little OTT to be showing off (in my opinion!)

vanessa MBFWA detail

My shoes are by Atmos & Here which I got from the iconic. I usually conceal the band around the ankle by wearing pants, so they just look like classic pumps from the front. The gold heel is enough of a splash of tizz for me!

My sunglasses are from Sheike, they were only $39 and a complete steal. Not only do they go with everything, they are SO dark they could double as desert glasses which is perfect for those too-sunny summer days when you need extra glare protection. They have matte gold metallic arms which matched with my matte gold, minimal neckpiece and watch. The neckpiece is from one of my earliest collections for Glamadonna and it was a lucky match with another matte gold item, my watch – which is by Hublot.

Waiting for the By Johnny show to kick off on Day One at MBFWA.

Waiting for the By Johnny show to kick off on Day One at MBFWA.

 

DAY TWO:

Day Two OUtfit. Images: Jerome Lafrogue Photography

Day Two Outfit, (and couldn’t find the keys to the car anywhere!) Images: Jerome Lafforgue Photography

 

Day Two was another simple and comfortable outfit made more interesting by the addition of my favourite bright yellow cape/jacket by Sheike. I’m 99.9% sure I was the only person in attendance wearing yellow…. But, it’s fashion week so…better to be different, right?!

This jacket is so overboard I’m only really comfortable wearing it with neutrals. In this outfit, I’m wearing a pair of custom-made black leather lambskin leggings, a fine/floppy black T-shirt by Dotti, and a pair of black leather stiletto boots from Wittner.  Accessories were yellow/gold based but took a back seat. I’m wearing a yellow gemstone dress ring, a silver and yellow gold Hermes necklace with the black and gold Hublot watch.

I may not have blended in with the crowd, but the super-luxury bright yellow Mercedes and I got along juuuuuust fiiiiine.

Showered with red petals at Jayson Brunsdon's star-studded show on Day Two, MBFWA

Showered with red petals at Jayson Brunsdon’s star-studded show on Day Two, MBFWA

 

DAY THREE:

Day Three Outfit. Images: Jerome Laffrogue Photography

Day Three Outfit. Images: Jerome Lafforgue Photography

 

Day Three involved, you guessed it – leather pants again! This time I teamed the previous day’s leather leggings with a pair of crazy purple and electric blue suede platform stiletto ankle boots by Rupert Sanderson. I bought these boots from online designer consignment store The Real Real only a month or so ago for $100. I hate (rather, love!) to think what these boots would have RRP’d for originally. If you have not looked at The RealReal yet – you must. (Hate me later.)

This was the first time I had ever worn these boots, so wearing them to a 12 hour day at fashion week was like dicing with death. However, THEY WERE A DREAM!

MBFWA What I wore

I opted to keep the rest simple and comfortable via a gauzy lilac/grey t-shirt and a black boxy jacket my Mum made for me (yes, truly and it’s one of my most-complimented jackets, thanks mum!) My necklace, earrings and ring are all from my previous collections for Glamadonna, and I tied it altogether with my blue, silver and gold watch by Rolex.

Taking in the gorgeous Jennifer Kate show on Day 3.

Taking in the gorgeous Jennifer Kate show on Day 3. Image: @apauseintransit via Instagram.

After the Jennifer Kate show - someone made me do this! So fun!

After the Jennifer Kate show – someone (I’m looking at you, Jacquii Li) made me do this! So fun though!

DAY FOUR:

MBFWA - Behind The Scenes Day 3

Left: Blogger sandwich. In the Star Lounge with Alina from Reviewed by Alina B, and Warren from Boy In the Black Bowtie. Right, in the FROW with MamaStylista and Jenny from Fashion Parte.

 

I decided to go for a more casual outfit for day four, and unfortunately I did not get any proper photos taken so these instagram snaps are all I have!

I’m wearing a Sheike boxy crop top made out of a cut-out leather-like fabric (I’m sensing a pattern here, are you?), with a pair of vintage high-waisted Lee jeans (p.s excuse the muffin top!) They are slightly flared which worked in well with the 70’s vibe happening at the moment.

I teamed the jeans with a pair of 70’s-style black platform sandals, a vintage Gucci watch and classic black Chanel handbag, to keep things looking chic.

Show coverage:

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12 Comments

  • Fashionista8P
    Reply Fashionista8P Tuesday 19th May, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Cute, loving the pants look. Very distinguished

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts - Editor Tuesday 19th May, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you so much! x

  • Reply Jane Sunday 3rd May, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    MamaStylista Deauvanne has amazing hair – wow wow wow. Just stunning.

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts - Editor Tuesday 19th May, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      MamaStylista’s hair is insane – it is truly fabulous 😉

  • Reply blueruby Saturday 2nd May, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    love those gold heels!!!

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts - Editor Tuesday 19th May, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks blueruby, those shoes are surprisingly very comfortable also x

  • Reply Whatthe Sunday 26th April, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    What an exciting and fun time!

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts - Editor Tuesday 19th May, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      What certainly was fun and exciting, still recuperating !!

  • Reply stels Saturday 25th April, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    love the photos!

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts - Editor Tuesday 19th May, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks Stels 🙂

  • Reply BellaB Sunday 19th April, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    You looked great, but I’d probably have opted for flats…

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts - Editor Monday 20th April, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks BellaB!! I had flats in my bag as an emergency back up!

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