A PROLOGUE TO A NEW BT FASHION SERIES
Red carpets and runways. That’s where it begins. Then it’s the shoe silhouette haunting fashion magazines and the article slinging around the arms of fashion’s elite. It’s the colours creeping into your Instagram feed and the way beauty vloggers create their makeup looks. Influencers are wearing it. Your friends are wearing it and before you know it, your subconscious fashion self is staring down your wardrobe telling yourself things like, wear those tennis shoes with that dress! Put denim on denim! Wear that school scrunchie! Buy the Birkenstocks! And why? All because it’s #TRENDING.
In Brisbane, there is a treasure trove of trending keepsakes and our BT Style Hunter series is all about seeking them out! It’s a sparkling extension of our insider toolbox – another clog in the contagious fashion lifecycle. We’ve always LOVED talking about emerging local designers and what’s trending so this series covers both. Covet it for our beloved rockstar Aussie labels and where possible sustainable and ethical threads. I mean, everyone knows it’s fashion darling but where do you look it up? Right here, of course.
TRENDING: SLEEVE MANIA
Maybe Sleeve Mania has something to do the 70’s and 80’s undertones creeping into pop culture (Stranger Things obsession is real). When the bigwigs of fashion last sent their seasonal repertoire down the runway there was a lot of statement sleeve drama. Enough to make them the fashion staple of the season with everyone from Elle Ferguson to Man Repeller rocking a bold rouging adjacent to their collarbone or a bell sleeve on the wrist. So with that, here are five pieces with a statement sleeve that we absolutely ADORE and where to find them in Brisbane…
C/MEO COLLECTIVE | ASSEMBLE TOP
There’s at least half a dozen looks in C/MEO’s current season that are styled with a dramatic statement sleeve so every outfit looks oh-so effortlessly stylish. My favourite piece is a tailored, balloon sleeve shirt, embellished with jewels of course. If you are a student, you can also receive 15% off with UniDays online.
FIND ME | Sallyrose Boutiques (Westfield Chermside & Mount Gravatt)
STYLE ME | Complete set with Assemble Mini Skirt or tailored trouser
LEE MATHEWS | ODETTE SILK TOP
Timeless and ethical. Lee Mathews is a namesake Sydney-based label. Each piece is crafted from beautiful natural woven textiles that are good to the environment, sustainable and beautiful. This is my favourite of the five! You could style this for work and play and day and night.
FIND ME | 16/65 James St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4066
STYLE ME | Add cropped flared denim jeans and fine jewel pieces
MAURIE AND EVE | GABINE BLOUSE
This wrap-waist, off the shoulder silhouette, is really having a moment right now so you are more than likely to have seen it floating around on your socials before now. Here’s a divine one-shoulder version, from seriously cool Aussie label Maurie and Eve.
FIND ME | ONLINE – or skip and hop to Virtue Boutique (Helensvale) next time you take a coast trip!
STYLE ME | Add a tailored pant and strappy stiletto or boyfriend jeans and tennis shoe
GAIL SORRONDA | BON BON TUNIC
A very talented Australian designer, once hand-picked by Stefano Gabbana himself for his Milan Spiga2 store. Something to be worn for a beautiful occasion and a piece you’ll keep in your archives forever.
FIND ME | 8/19 James St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
STYLE ME | Add an asymmetric midi skirt and a statement ear
SABO SKIRT | SILK IVORY TOP
The stylish duo Thessy and Yiota behind Sabo Skirt totally know how to transcend major trends to street style in a way that won’t break bank! Their flagship boutique just opened at Westfield Chermside clad in a gold and neon fit-out. It’s just as gorgeous as this silk bell-sleeved number from their SABO LUXE line.
FIND ME | New boutique! Level 2, Westfield Chermside
STYLE ME | A silk wide leg trouser or matching Silky Ivory Shorts