Sunday, September 30, 2012

Event Review: Vogue Chadstone Style Workshop

Hi lovelies,

I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!

Two weeks ago, I received an invitation to attend a Vogue style workshop held at Chadstone. Tickets were $20 per person and you were given a goodie bag to take home at the end of it. It was hosted by Vogue Australia's fashion associate, Penny McCarthy, and she gave us insider tips on the ideal spring wardrobe. I was quite excited to attend as this was the second fashion event I'd been to at Chadstone (click here to read my review of the first) and it's always nice to pick up tips from the experts.

The event went for 30 minutes and we were all treated to a fashion show showcasing the tips Penny explained to us. There were 24 looks in total, and Penny gave us all tips on how to take them from day to night wear with just a few accessories. I'm going to provide you with a brief snapshot of what went on, so prepare yourself for lots of photos! I ended up with a whopping 52 photos from the event, so I had to cull them down to just my favourite looks.

The trends covered during the workshop were:

City Luxe
Graphic Print
Cobalt Blue
Racewear, and,

The makeup was done by Burberry and the look was kept matte with very natural looking makeup. The hair was kept sleek, straight and flowing free.

Vogue Australia's Fashion Associate, Penny McCarthy.

The first trend was Elegance. I fell in love with this gorgeous dress and jacket, which was paired with high heels.

Penny explained it was easy to take the look from dressy to casual by losing the jacket, adding some great accessories (these were from Thursley, Collette and Mocha) and adding a large tote.

I am also loving those great shoes with the embellished metal tips.

I love how the model has gone from polished and chic to flawless and carefree, all with the addition of just a few accessories!

The next trend was City Luxe. I loved this Escada jacket worn over a Saba dress.

Penny took the jacket off, changed the model's shoes to clunky ankle boots, added a gorgeous metal belt (this is next on my list, I have to look for something similar), and added some pearl accessories to take it to nightwear.

There was also this gorgeous Portman's jacket, worn over a Saba top tucked into a Witchery pencil skirt. I thought the jacket was really cute and very fashionably cut.

Penny removed the jacket, changed the shoes, added a little knapsack and a new necklace to take it to a more casual look.

I'm not personally a fan of the knapsack but I must say it was a very effortless way to take the look from dressy to casual.

Here's another look from the City Luxe trend which I thought was gorgeous. I really liked the necklace, which I believe is from Diva.

The next trend was Graphic Print, which admittedly, is something I wear very infrequently as I find it a bit hard to pull off tastefully.

This model was wearing the same jacket that Penny was wearing, which was from Witchery.

There was also this cute look using a Carla Zampatti jacket over a Karen Walker ensemble.

Penny removed the jacket, changed the shoes to flats, added a straw hat and sunnies, and gave the model a large shopping tote to dress the look down.

Another favourite trend of mine was Cobalt Blue. I love that colour as I believe it goes really beautifully on deeper skin tones.

I was also loving this shirtdress which I believe is from Witchery. It looks so flowy and comfortable, I think it will be perfect for summer once the weather warms up, particularly when worn with open toed sandals.

Penny added a necklace, a skinny belt and a little clutch purse to dress the outfit up a little.

The following trend was Race Wear. I have to say I love the spring racing season, I've only ever been twice but I'd definitely love to go again. I always love seeing the girls all dressed up in their gorgeous frocks, heels and fascinators!

This look was just a printed jacket worn over a cocktail minidress.

There's always something glamorous and sophisticated about wearing a hat or fascinator.

I loved this different spring racing outfit, which was more along the lines of a skirt suit.

The last trend was Embellishment. I thought this top was gorgeous, the lacy pattern really adds some zing to what might otherwise have been a plain black outfit. Penny also added a pretty gold belt to the Karen Millen top and skirt to liven up the all-black outfit.

The Armani Exchange jumpsuit they brought out next looked quite interesting, as it was in a platinum shade.

Penny added a belt with a gold accent (from Diva, I believe) to define the shape a little, together with a gorgeous statement necklace (from Sambag), and a clutch purse to dress the look up. You could go from shopping to cocktails with such little effort!

Penny also showed us how to dress up a basic top and skirt by adding a statement, embellished jacket.

This jacket had such a unique fit to it, I couldn't not include it in this post. I am also loving those gorgeous shoes!

The last look was this tailored Emporio Armani shirt, tucked into Thurley pants.

Penny added a tailored Thurley jacket and a statement neckpiece from Emporio Armani to dress it up a bit. I'm not sure if I'd ever wear a necklace like that but it certainly was gorgeous and really popped against that white shirt.

We also got a goodie bag after the show with some magazines, bottled water, a calendar, a Guess keychain, some chocolate, a couple of skincare sachets, a Burberry Body perfume sample, a Napoleon Perdis foundation sample, Body Shop mini mascara and a voucher for a Burberry makeover.

There you have it, lovelies. I think my favourite trends were Elegance, City Luxe, Cobalt Blue and Embellishment. I thought there were some great tips at the workshop and I can't wait to pick up some accented belts and perhaps an embellished top or two.

I did go shopping immediately afterward and ended up picking up some statement accessories and also a large black tote. I think it's hazardous shopping right after a fashion show!

I hope you enjoyed that, lovelies...what was your favourite trend?

Much love,


  1. Oh wow that first beige dress is stunning! I loveee cobalt blue - I just realised I don't own a single clothing item in this colour. I might have to pick something up for this season hey!

    1. I know, I think it's my favourite of all the outfits!

      You definitely should, cobalt blue is such a stunning shade. I think I need to buy more in this colour too!

  2. This was such a fascinating post! Wow. Thanks so much for sharing :D

  3. I looooovvvee the elegance look. I can't say I'd wear any of the other trends, my style is probably a bit too casual. Thanks for sharing, great to be able to see all these even if I couldn't be there.

    1. I'm with you there...I think if you work in a really dressy atmosphere some of these would be fabulous...but I can't see myself in top to toe print!

  4. I wish they had events like this in the shopping centres near where I live. *sighs* I should move to Melbourne. Thanks so much for sharing this! :) I got to live the experience through you.

    1. Yes, do move to Melbourne! :)

      Glad you enjoyed the post, I do love going to these events from time to time!


  5. Elegance and City Luxe were my favourites :-)That goodie bag looks good- especially the Burberry makeover. I've been wanting to try their makeup. Thanks for sharing!

  6. oooh loving that first dress! Absolutely stunning!

  7. How fun! Looks like it was a lovely night. Will you be doing the Burberry makeover? x


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