A girls perfect afternoon – high tea styling and MBFFS fashion experience

It’s been many months since I’ve posted on Jadorais.  Moving houses, a fabulous trip to Brazil & coming back to Sydney to interior renovate & decorate my home has kept me busy in the last few months.  Lucky me, yesterday I got to trade my DIY painting clothes and get frocked up for a most fabulous fashion & styling experience, I just had the urge to share this with you on Jadorais! IMG_7673 Here I am, ready for a fun afternoon wearing Sarah Philips printed dress, Scanlan & Theodore beige leather jacket, Arezzo (Brazilian Designer) blue heels, Fendi black leather bag, Balenciaga Bow Ring and LeSpecs sunnies. When my dear friend, amazing designer & stylist Kash O’Hara kindly invited to me to join her at ‘The Ultimate High Style Workshop & Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney (MBFFS) Experience’ I didn’t realise what a treat I was in for. Kash is a fashion designer for OHARA, “the creation of Sydney sisters Kash and Clare O’Hara and since the brand’s inception in 2007, it has offered their customers affordable luxury (www.oharadesigns.com).”  She is also a fashion stylist with many years’ experience in both editorial and personal styling for both men and women, and is the resident stylist at the Tea Salon in Westfield.  Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining her in one of her styling workshops, along with fourteen ladies enthusiastic about fashion and eager to get tips on styling and interpreting the trends for Spring Summer 14/15.  The workshop was held in one of the Private Suites in Westfield, accompanied by a beautiful high tea and champagne, courtesy of the Tea Salon. IMG_7679 During the workshop we learnt about dressing and styling to flatter different body shapes, personal colours and colours that suit different complexions, where to shop for different budgets, wardrobe staple items, and interpreting the latest SS14/15 styles and trends.  Even though I’ve been following fashion from the age of 5 (from Style with Elsa Klensch on CNN, FTV, vogue subscriptions, working in fashion & following everything on fashion online and social media), I was amazed at how much insight & great styling tips I got from the workshop.  It was also fun to share this passion for fashion with the other ladies at the workshop, whilst being tempted by beautiful International designs on display by FashionNet (I was so tempted by some beautiful pieces from the likes of Alberta Ferretti, Alice by Temperley, Preen & more! http://www.fashionet.com.au) as well as indulging in the tasty high tea treats and a few glasses of bubblies. IMG_7683 After the workshop we headed to Town Hall and had VIP tickets to the MBFFS behind the scenes, where we were served even more bubblies and were taken backstage to experience the buzz of the preparations for the fashion show – from visiting the hair & makeup room to seeing the models getting dressed and ready for the show. IMG_7692 IMG_7697 It was fun being ushered along the beautiful rooms of Town Hall and seeing the models up close & lining up to get ready for the show.  It was such a great experience, I’ve been to many fashion shows before but have never been able to go backstage.  We were so carried away with ogling the models we almost forgot we had to take our seats for the show! IMG_7700 IMG_7710 IMG_7713 We had VIP seats for the show (2nd row from the front), the show included over 70 (yes, seventy!) Australian designers with over 240 looks.  Even though I had the pleasure of attending the MBFF Sydney 2014 at Carriageworks earlier this year, I didn’t get to see some of the great designers including the likes of Carla Zampatti, Aurelio Costarella, Dion Lee, Ginger & Smart and many more.  It was great to see all the best of Australian designers all wrapped up in one show (without all the line-ups & delays waiting for the actual shows in fashion week). The Fashion Show opened with the colourful designs by Camilla. IMG_7724 IMG_7725 IMG_7746 IMG_7778 One of my favourite collections was by Carla Zampatti – I loved the sleek & feminine long dresses in classic black and white colours and of course a few of her signature ‘Grecian’ inspired dresses. IMG_7768 IMG_7769 IMG_7770 I loved the beautiful flowing silky dresses by Aurelio Costarella in different shades of green. (I also loved seeing this stunning Asian model on the catwalk 😉 IMG_7772 IMG_7774 Bold nautical prints by Alice McCall IMG_7747 IMG_7748 Denim designs by Dion Lee II IMG_7780 Fun, bright and colourful Brazilian inspired collection by Jayson Brunsdon IMG_7756 IMG_7757 Fun polka dots and stripes by MacGraw (who studied fashion school with Kash’s sister Claire O’Hara) IMG_7734 IMG_7736 The show finished off with degrade prints on silky silhouettes by Haryono Setiadi. IMG_7783 What a great way to finish the spring summer 2014/15 show, the models adorned the catwalk like an effortless sunrise. IMG_7786 After the show we were treated with access to the Mercedes Benz Members Star lounge, where we indulged in even more bubblies and canapés (including caviar 😉 whilst mingling amongst the models (both male and female 😉 unwinding after the show.   What an amazing experience!! IMG_7705 And of course, what’s a fashion show experience without taking away some goodie bags..(one can’t have too many Redken hairsprays 🙂 IMG_7798 If you like fashion and would like to get some great tips of fashion styling you can book yourself for a High Tea Date with a Stylist at the tea salon (see details at http://www.theteasalon.com.au).  If you would also like to experience the fun of fashion show and see all the highlights of fashion week, I thoroughly recommend teaming this with the Mercedes Benz Fashion experience.

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