The Model and Me: Surafina

Nikki Parkinson Fashion, The Model and Me 37 Comments

It’s hard to believe we’ve now been living in Brisbane for more than a month. Feels like five minutes.

This week will be the first full week of being able to work school hours since the beginning of December. Up until now it has just felt like we were house sitting or on a holiday somewhere … with all our stuff.

I love exploring our new ‘hood and on the weekend I got to share it with Mrs Woog and BabyMac – two fine women who love a chat, a G&T and good food. My kind of girls.

Brisbane delivered all of the above during their visit and I happily played tour guide Barbie (you can read more about it on their blogs … here, here and here).

Something was sadly missing from the weekend’s agenda was some quality shopping time.

One boutique and label I’ll introduce to them next time is Brisbane-based label Surafina.

The label is owned and operated by Laura Hart and Rechelle Vidakovic who work to create collections that offer great shapes in mostly natural fabrics – suitable for most figure types and suited to the Queensland climate.

They are stocked in selected boutiques in Queensland and New South Wales but are also available online and at the lable’s flagship store in Paddington (Brisbane).

The dress I’ve chosen to feature here today just “spoke” to me.

The model

Surafina cape dress

Surafina cape dress in Emerald City $269

… and me

Surafina dress | Salita Matthews necklace | Zoe Kratzmann clutch | Nicholas hees

Surafina dress * | Salita Matthews necklace | Zoe Kratzmann clutch | Nicholas heels

I’m going to be Captain Obvious here but as you can see I’m wearing a different colour in this dress. Love, love love both colours but I do love me a fresh cobalt shift just a teeny bit more.

This design is like a hybrid between a kaftan and a structured shift dress. Which is all kinds of smarts and wonderful, in my opinion.

It can be worn sans-tie as above but for once I’m advocating the use of the belt that loops through the dress and the lining underneath.

I felt elegant – and comfortable wearing this to the David Jones AW 2014  last Thursday night. And I didn’t leave home without teaming it with my fave statement neckpiece.

Colour blocked frocks like these are just begging for some accessorising. Sure they’re a bold statement on their own but add something sparkly and you’ll be good to go for any event, occasion or soiree.

No need for nana pants here. Bonus points.

The Model and Me Surafina

Do you love a jewel colour like this or the one on the model? Got an occasion coming up where a dress like this would work?

* This garment was sent to me for editorial consideration

  • Gorgeous dress and Kirsten is right – it would suit most body shapes. I know that the price might put some people off but for an Australian designed and manufactured product in a quality fabric, the reality is its going to be expensive. If you think of it as investment and roughly calculate how many times you would wear it in just one year – “cost per wear”, it will pay for itself in no time!! Jo xx

    • Definitely an investment and a style that could be re-worked with different accessories, Jo.

  • LOVE this! Such a gorgeous dress. That style is so flattering on so many different body shapes and sizes. Cobolt is my fave colour atm…might need to pull out the credit card and check this one out 😉

  • I love cobalt blue I have wedges and clothes in this colour as I love bright colours and people compliment me in this colour. I like the style of this dress but it doesn’t look like it’s worth over $200 in my opinion. If I had a lot of people what the heck why not.

    • Everyone has different budgets Chantelle but for lined silk that is designed and made locally I think it’s a really good price. Just my opinion.

  • michelle george

    Hi nikki,

    Can you tell me what size you tried the dress in? Do you think you would need to go up or down a size in this dress? I’m usually a 12 to 14 but am thinking probably a 12 in this style. Your advice would be appreciated!

    • Yes, you’d be able to do a 12 – I’m a 14-16 and the L is good for me!

  • shoppegirls

    I absolutely love this dress on you. Amazing!!

  • The Plumbette

    Just stunning. My fave posts of the week. 🙂

  • Ah. Maze. Ing! Absolutely love this dress and the way you’ve styled it. I think something like this could totally work from the office to dinner and drinks. Fabulous!

    • Oh so easily Sonia – and be a wardrobe staple for that for years to come.

  • Nic

    Nikki you look fabulous! On the model it’s not as flattering.

  • Love this dress and agree the Cobalt is all sorts of fabulous on you!

  • Kathryn

    Once again, this dress looks great on you. They really need a different model, it is not flattering at all on her. Why do they persist in putting skinny models in garments designed for fuller figures?

    • Nic

      I agree, and it would be good to see the outfit ‘styled’. As the garments are shown they are very unappealing – probably better to see them in a shop. Not in my state though… The other issue I have is with the sizing – many clothes were ‘M/L’ etc, but the sizing chart only references 12, 14, 16 etc, so it’s hard to tell what size to get.

      • Good feedback for them re the sizing. Most of the designs are purposely flowy in fitting with the label’s aesthetic.

    • The garments aren’t designed for fuller figures Kathryn but part of my campaign has always been for designers to show their garments on different sizes and shapes.

  • I love a structured kaftan cut. Flattering and comfy at the same time!

  • ooh I love this dress Nikki! Was wishing I was back up in Brissy with you on the weekend, looks like you had a ball xx

    • Chrissie, it was amazing. Have to take you and Jim to Stokehouse next time xx

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    That is a truly beautiful dress Nikki I love a hybrid kaftan /shift style it can take you anywhere and I love the cobalt the best I love look stunning another lovely Model and Me post!

  • Petra @daisymaycupcakes

    It truly is a “wow” dress in either colour. The cobalt would suit my “winter” complexion better but I love both. Makes the boobs look good!!! I love the shoes the model is wearing too.

  • Wendygai

    Cobalt is made for you Nikki… Perfect style as always

    • It is a colour I’ve got a bit of in my wardrobe – particularly special frocks!

  • PrincessEatsPeaSoup

    I do like jewel colours but I am a bit scarred by cobalt in the the eighties and I’m not yet ready to face it again. But I love the colour the model is wearing 😉

  • BabyMacBlogBeth

    I wish I’d known this was in your wardrobe on the weekend…would have stolen it! I love it. Thanks again for such a wonderful weekend – what a great host you are x

    • It can go to Croatia with my shoes and the Camilla. And THANK-YOU … was so wonderful having you here xx