Essie Chinchilly

The Fashion Week outfits 2013: Day 3

Nikki ParkinsonBeauty, Everyday Style, Fashion 20 Comments

You know that thing when you decide on a new car model you’d like to buy? The thing where you start seeing that very same make and model EVERYWHERE?

Well, it’s happening with me and leather.

I mentioned it yesterday but today it happened again. Fashion week outfits based around a leather garment dominated.

Everywhere I turned at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week* today, I saw leather (real and fake).

Leather skirts, leather trimmed or fronted pants, full-leather pants, leather frocks, leather skirts, leather shorts …  on the runway and off it, it seems too much leather is nowhere near enough.

If it were a little bit cooler, I suspect we’d be seeing a lot of jackets as well.

What’s the appeal?

It’s part rock-chic, part classic and the new way to wear leather is to work it back with something very much in textural contrast.

Think leather skirt with a t-shirt; leather pants with a silk shirt.

It’s this contrast and the use that immediately lifts the outfit up a few notches from where it would be without the inclusion of leather.

I was back on the bandwagon again today, once again wearing Luxe Deluxe ponte pants. This time with the leather just in a thin strip down each side of the leg.

It makes for a different look from the leather front pants of yesterday. I think those ones are still the front runners for a post-fashion week purchase.

Oh, and I stepped out of the boots for the day and into some very comfortable and eco-friendly plastic platforms from Mel. A bit of fun to pop my “uniform” with a bit of colour.

MBFWA outfit Day 3 | Luxe Deluxe shirt and pants; Mel platforms; Red Phoenix Emporium necklace

** Luxe Deluxe silk shirt @ Zambezee Boutique | Luxe Deluxe leather side-strip pants @ Zambezee Boutique | Red Phoenix Emporium necklace (from upcoming autumn-winter collection) | Mel Australia Toffee Apple Platforms | Uberkate earrings

Beauty note

Today’s limited edition We Are Handsome Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivids lipstick of choice was Vivid Rose.

Think fuchsia with hot neon undertones. Once on the lips it blends with my natural lip colour to be even deeper. Love.

Maybelline NY has collaborated with designers We Are Handsome to release three limited edition lipsticks (available at Woolworths and Coles until June, 2013 $16.95).

Now, I have to show you my nails too.

The lovely Amy from the Essie Australia team whipped them back into line between shows and finished them with a gorgeous grey/brown neutral, Chinchilly.

Essie Chinchilly


**These items have been loaned or gifted to me for editorial consideration in accordance with my disclosure policy.

* Maybelline NY has engaged me as its official blogger for MBFWA 2013.

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Comments 20

  1. You look great Nikki! I love the leather trend especially when mixed with the softer tops/shirts. I am going to stretch my budget to buy something real leather this season (obviously shoes & bags excluded). Very excited!! I also love that nail colour – just the colour you need when you are not sure what colour to go with.

  2. I love this outfit on you and the pop of colour in your shoes,Lovely Nikki,you must purchase that silk shirt if you haven’t already done so,love it,and you could layer it as well.I have long been a fan of that nail colour not that exact brand but OPI over the taupe and I recently bought a gel colour in the same hue,it goes with everything and looks chic as well,winning colour me thinks!

      1. Will do. Love the outfit but spending close to $600 is not within my means. Any recommendations for a chain store copy (especially the pants) would be great.

  3. I recently bought a pair of black leggings with leather down the side and totally love them. They are the comfiest thing ever and look amazing on.

    Love that nail colour too by the way.

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