It’s been almost two years between Offspring de-brief posts here on Styling You.
If you’re new to these parts, I’ve been writing “how to dress like Nina Proudman” post since Series 1 (the back catalogue is here).
What started as one post where I thought I’d see if anyone else out there was as crazy a fan of Nina’s style as I am, grew and grew and grew until that moment two years ago when we thought it might be all over.
But dear readers, I never gave up hope.
Yes, I’m a glass half full kind of girl but I still felt it deep down in my waters that that wouldn’t be the last we saw of Neens and the Proudmans.
Many of us are still reeling from Patrick’s death. I know, I know. It makes me sad too. And then I remember these people are not real, they are TV CHARACTERS.
We’re already being teased about new love interests for Nina in Series 6 of Offspring but I’d like to see Leo given a good run. This new doctor character showing up on the trailers – Angus (Daniel Wyllie) – is all very confusing for me.
See, I’ve been following Asher Keddie’s rising star since Love My Way (2005-2007) and Asher’s already been “married” to Daniel. That didn’t work out so well then, did it? (BTW how good was Love My Way? Do yourself a favour if you’ve never seen it).
I do not know what this series will offer up but I do know that the writers have a collective super power of being able to take us on a rollercoaster of emotions with every episode.
Also possessing super powers are the costume designers behind the show – Michael Chisholm and Zed Dragojlovich. Each season they just nail it with Nina Proudman’s style – and all the other characters for that matter.
It is Nina that you all ask the most questions about so it’s Nina who I asked most about when I got to recently chat with Michael.
I’ll share the full interview next week on the blog but there is some intel below on this week’s pieces worn by Nina in episode 1.
The key message I got from Michael was that Nina knows her style but she always likes to keep it fresh, to play and change it up. Michael and Zed work closely with Asher in determining what Nina wear.
Other key points:
- Every season there are always slight changes
- The new silhouette will see Nina wearing more pants – wide culottes
- There will be new labels included in both clothing and accessories
- We’ll see more retro/vintage pieces
- We’ll see pieces from international labels that Michael and Zed find on their travels
- There will be less floral pieces on the bottoms and more pattern on top
- We’ll see Nina in more stripes
- Scarves are back but they are bigger pieces
As with previous de-briefs, even if something is new (and not retro), it will probably not be available in store now. It might be coming next summer or simply be long gone.
For future episodes, I’ll do my best to find similar options to what Nina wears but I will need the fashion seasons to change into early spring as most clothes available now are high-winter pieces.
Read on for details about how you could rock a Nina look this spring-summer. One lucky Styling You reader will win a $2000 11-piece Nina-inspired mini wardrobe.
Boots: vintage Gucci | Dress: Zimmerman from a few years ago | Jacket: Zara suede waterfall jacket
Jacket: Ted Baker | Dress: Shakuhachi
Top: Zara white embroidered voile shirt
WIN a $2000 11-piece Nina Proudman inspired wardrobe
Get excited Nina Proudman style fans. This is the competition your wardrobe has been waiting for.
I keep in regular contact with some of the designers and the stores that stock clothes Nina has previously worn and it’s been exciting for us all to re-connect for series 6.
They didn’t hesitate in donating the below pieces for this beyond awesome prize.
A number pieces in this prize are pieces that the Offspring costume design team have called in for possible featuring on Nina during this series. The Nicole Fendel earrings (number 3 below) have already been seen on publicity trailers for the series. Others are from labels which Nina has worn in the past.
You know you want to win this haul! Or at least want to do a little Neens-inspired shopping.
1. Johnny Was scarf $189 @ Zambezee Boutique
5. Johnny Was bell sleeve tunic $499 @ Zambezee Boutique
6. Binny Lake Alexandria maxi skirt $275 (from the upcoming Binny spring-summer 2015 collection)
7. HabaAustralia scarf $59.95
9. A Beautiful Story silver/lapis lazuli James bangle $86.95 (available soon)
10. A Beautiful Story silver/lapis lazuli Syl necklace $79.95 (available soon)
How to enter: we’re looking for ONE special winner who will rock these pieces in a way that would make every Nina Proudman fan proud. Follow these two steps to have your entry qualify.
- Leave a comment below telling us why Nina’s style is your style.
- Upload a photo to the comment showing us how you rock a Nina Proudman look and make it your own (the landscape icon in the comment box is what you click to upload your photo)
Entries open Thursday, June 30 at 5am (AEST) and close Thursday, July 14 at 5pm (AEST). Australian entries only, sorry. The winner will be judged on originality and creativity (photos can be included and uploaded with the comment). The winner will be emailed and their name will be published here. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. All photos included in the entries below may be used in future blog or social media posts. If you do not want your photo to be used elsewhere, please email [email protected]. The total prize value is $2031.85. The one winner will receive each of the 11 items but they will be posted separately to them from each supplier. The Binny maxi skirt will not be available until September. Full terms and conditions here.
The de-brief (spoiler alert)
I’m in Hawaii doing a juice cleanse which is indeed code for drinking as many Mai Tais as humanly possible so I’ve got fellow Offspring fan Robyna to de-brief here for us. Robyna is also going to be part of the Styling You team from mid July … more about that when I return.
… Thanks Nikki. I’m so glad I’m here because clearly, we NEED to talk. How much happened in the first episode of the season?
Within moments we had an insight into Leo and Nina’s strained relationship. And reassurance that Nina’s style is still firmly luxe boho. Then the bombshell hits that Darcy has had a fatal heart attack. What? Five minutes in and we are dealing with the loss of a major character? I thought Game of Thrones was over.
Billie deals with the news in true Billie style. With internet research and deep, sister-connecting breathing. As she imparts her somewhat rehearsed but supportive messages to each of the clan, the line of the night goes to Cherie: “Have you been on the internet?” To which the calm and collected Billie replies softly, “Yes, thanks for noticing.”
When Billie sees Zoe, grown into a gorgeous little girl, she says what we are all thinking: “You’ve grown up so much“. Seriously, how cute all are the little Proudman kids?
We meet Lawrence again, with even better hair and a partner who is days away from giving birth. Melbourne must only have one obstetrician as they have picked Nina and her ‘soothing’ voice. A fact that slightly goes to Nina’s head.
Nina and Billie go to see Darcy’s estate lawyer, hilariously called Will. Although no-one makes the obvious joke until Jimmy at the funeral, where it all goes down in true Proudman family style. “I’m telling her,” hisses Clegg as it unravels that Will is actually Darcy’s son and long lost half-brother to Billie and Jimmy. And who-knows-what to Nina. But I’m not cool with the ‘vibing’. I was very cool with Geraldine’s snide attack on Phil D’Arabont’s presence at Darcy’s funeral: “Here to make sure he’s really dead?”
I hope the ever-so-slightly stoned Geraldine didn’t ruin that gorgeous green top as she hurled tacos at her old friend, Will’s mother and apparently her late husband’s paramour.
After delivering good-hair Lawrence and Maddie’s baby, some excellent study advice (complete with YMCA-style actions) to Zara and a shoulder for Cherie to cry on, Nina joins her (original) siblings in the park. As the little ones sleep in a make-shift tent, the older Proudmans say a quiet goodbye to their dad and perhaps it all finally hits Nina. I wonder whether Darcy will re-visit Nina’s thoughts in much the same way Patrick did. I gather from his absence from the credits that the delectable Matthew Le Nevez has most definitely moved on (sob).
Despite all the sadness in this episode, the Proudmans still deliver plenty of laughs. For me, the most poignant moment was the message Nina sneakily discovers in Billie’s wish jar. Let’s hope that Billie gets ‘a life of her own’ this season. With a really lovely wardrobe for us to drool over.
So, it’s now over to you. This is seriously one of the most fun parts of our weekly Offspring de-brief. Tell us your thoughts about last night’s episode. Favourite outfit? (you can still leave a comment separately to your entry in the competition)
Photo credit: all Offspring images are courtesy of Channel Ten