Shooting this editorial the other day in the last days of Autumn – sun still warm on the skin, dappled glow on the water, sand under my toes, music drifting from an open window – had me wishing I was somewhere dancing into the sunset. Morocco, Cuba, India, Mexico – anywhere I could feel like Yves'(Saint Laurent’s) muse LouLou de la Falaise -bohemian, wild and free. What better way to catch the rhythm than with a swaying long dress, this season’s parennial favorite. Some of my favorite dresses this season are long, unhinged, unexpectedly detailed and timelessly beautiful . On the other side of the proportional spectrum this season sit the mini bags – tiny and cute they are the antidote and the perfect match to their flowing counterparts – enough for a credit card, phone, keys and a lipstick , they come to free us from the restraints of the world so we can dance long into the night unburdened from the clunkiness of the world. With a long practical strap in an on trend tan shade, this little Dakota bag from Coach has been my favourite over Fashion Week and beyond. Perfectly happy with flares, maxi dresses or tulip skirts , it’s an all around overachiever. Just as at home on sunny Ibiza isles come August as it is going to be worn with fluffy jackets and suede trenches over Sydney’s winter. Who needs a full sized wallet anyway?
Accessorize your maxi with some leopard – it is a neutral after all! (Kate Sylvester dress, vintage jacket, Coach bag, Gianvitto Rossi sandals)
Asymmetric lace and long sunny days 4eva (Zimmermann dress, Coach bag )
Add a gold toned statement jewellery piece to fast forward your 70s to the present ( Amber Sceats ear cuff )
One of this season’s best trends is a backless dress.. uncovering one of the sexiest parts of a woman’s body while demurely covering the front ( Ellery dress, Coach bag )
And when the rains come, be ready for them with some gumboots masquerading as riding boots ( Givenchy rain boots ) ( Tiffany T bracelet and Cartier Love bracelet worn throughout )
Photographed by Alice Wesley-Smith