As confounding as 2016 has been, there were moments within it that were absolutely amazing. Sure there were deaths and natural disasters yet moments of magic cropped up unexpectedly too, leading to larger picture realisations and sudden insights into the foggy crossing roads ahead.
For me personally, no other year has sucked so much whilst simultaneously being absolutely incredible,making for a surreal conundrum; a see-saw of wild emotions, sudden endings and new beginnings. In numerology, 2016 was a number 9 year, a year of wrapping up loose ends, whereas 2017 is a number 1 year- all freshness,optimism and a brave new world. But before I truly embrace this year, I'd like to revisit one of my favourite times of these past months - a trip to beautiful Western Australia as the ambassador of Swim+Resort Series of Fashion Council WA. Here is my diary of the week that was...
I can’t say I was complaining when told that Bather's Beach House was the setting for Swim + Resort Series along with being the first place in Australia to serve food and cocktails on the beach. I can say it meant I needed a seafood extravaganza and pina colada stat, along with a dip in the ocean and snooze on a beach lounger. Life.Is.So.Hard
On left: Skye and Staghorn Medina Plunge full piece in hibiscus,Kimono in patchwork from Tigerlily, Balenciaga bracelets from Cultstatus, Lovissa earrings, Egidio Alves Madrid wedges from Elle et Lui designer shoes,stylists own handbag. With thanks to the beautiful Hotel Rottnest .On right: Sass and Bide suit in gold
There is nothing in the world like Rottnest Island. To say I fell in love at first sight would be an understatement -the island, just off the coast of Perth is absolute magic. White sand coves are lapped by ocean so azure, it was hard to believe my sunglasses didn't trick me with turquoise filters. When I was told that we were shooting here as part of Swim+Resort Series, I was overjoyed, for my Perth friends waxed so lyrical about this place that I needed to see it for myself.
During the shoot I would catch myself just staring at the vistas, gobsmacked at the beauty of this island paradise. A peacock strutted through the Rottnest Island Hotel as we ate lunch, lazily turning it's iridescent feathers to the sun against a backdrop that could've belonged somewhere in the Mediterranean like Formentera, if only little quokas, native to this part of the land, weren't jumping all over the place like cute little pokemon.
Sass and Bide dress in gold and their Make a Wish limited edition necklace
Skye and Staghorn Medina Shoulder wrap top and V pant in mezzanine blue ,Lovisa choker and bangle stack
The Swim Week was held by the Bather's Pavillion, just in front of the sands below. Watching up and coming Western Australian designers and Sass&Bide showcase swimwear and resort wear within such easy elegance felt almost surreal with it's beachy luxury and relaxed atmosphere
After the shows, it was time to raise a glass of Aperol Spritz to the famous Western Australian sunset. Thanks for having me Perth, it was glorious. Here's to more W.A adventures in 2017!
Rottnest Island Shoot
Photographer: Greg Lewis
Stylist Zoe Van Zanten
Hair: Daniel Hamsley from Maurice Meade for L'oreal Professionnel
Make up: Sarah-Anne Stevens
Producer: Marcia Ball
Video: Apertunity Productions
Living right opposite Bondi beach I’m totally across the need for a good swimsuit. My morning routine includes a walk across the kilometer long stretch of golden sand to Icebergs pool where I do laps in the beautiful open air saltwater pool. Ok, so the walk is more of a stroll and laps is less of a torpedo like sports performance than a leisurely paddle followed by a relaxing coffee or fresh coconut while lazing in the sun but the fact remains : good swimwear is a must.
So what constitutes a good swimsuit? Great cut, interesting details and good support. Add to that some sports luxe separates and hey presto! You have an outfit that can take you from the beach to the street. And while sports performance is important, looking good while doing it is a major bonus. I round up my Witchery swim edit with my favourite pieces
This digital print palm frond swimsuit is perfect for offsetting the tan and the silver anorak adds a cool modern touch while shielding from variable weather
Add great accessories like reflective aviators and a small clutch to keep all your most important items like a phone, keys and wallet free of sand
Swimming laps or just lying on the beach, a black one piece is a must. This number had a deep cutout to highlight the decolletage and beautiful cut outs on the back
Take a one piece from the beach to lunch by adding some zippered shorts, stacked gold cuffs and cool slip ons
Here is the first part of my swimsuit special shot on the beautiful island of Hvar in Croatia. I braved the yacht, the sunshine and the Med to bring you some of the best swimwear of ss13 ; )
Check out the first part of this post , now up on Vogue.com.au here!