How to dress like Offspring’s Nina Proudman

Nikki Parkinson Fashion, Nina Proudman 35 Comments

I cannot wait to catch up on Offspring when I fly in tonight. I don’t care if I’m jetlagged and lacking in sleep. I NEED to know what’s been happening.

Today I’m sharing with my interview with one of the members of the wardrobe design team from the show. You get so much intel when you get it from the horse’s mouth – costume director Michael Chisholm.

You’re going to want to bookmark this post.

Has Nina’s style evolved?

Every season with Nina there is always slight changes. This season there are more pants. We’re certainly gone for some new labels and created some new silhouettes. She’s got the wide culottes in some scenes. She’s got jeans culottes. Some of the culottes Nina is wearing we’ve made ourselves.We played around with them and changed fabrics. The tan look is strong too.

A lot of companies say they’ve got pieces that are Nina but the thing is Nina evolves. We try not to go back. We try to move on. We don’t stay fashionable as such. We try to keep in front of it.

I’m always in shops and people will say, “this is great, this would be so Nina” but people forget that Nina’s evolved. This year people will notice that evolution a bit. 

What brands and labels will we see Nina wearing?

She shops in many shops. She doesn’t just go to one shop and say, “I like that look”. She goes to lots of different shops and and plays. When she’s in a different mood, she likes to have a different style.

We’ve got great labels again. I travel overseas, as I’ve said before. I’ve got some new pieces from different labels and we’ve put a little more retro into the show again. 

Here are just some of the clothing and accessory labels featured:

We love the label Binny. What will we see Nina in?

We’ve got some new Binny bits. You’ll be thrilled. She’s got a new blouse we’re using. She’s got a new signature look that’s a tuck-in neck design so she’s got a dress in that and a blouse. We’ve used the blouse and we’ll be using the dress, maybe in the last block of the year. I like to go out on a Binny, so I’m hoping I can work that. I’m very fond of Binny, she’s a lovely person and I really like her style.

Does Nina wear pieces more than once?

Nina wears pieces again that become her favourite pieces but she never wears them the same way the second time around. Nothing goes back with the same combination.

You always love to give her a signature boot, don’t you?

I know. Part of it is about the comfort level. It’s a long day for Nina (and Asher) and any woman going to work and doing what she does. She wants a boot that really feels comfortable. This season’s boot (vintage Gucci) is like an old favourite. In reality I think that’s what women do, they have their favourites. Spend good money and you’ll get your money’s worth out of those boots.

Any other signature pieces we’ll see?

There is an old 1970s men’s belt, plaited. The great thing is that signature pieces work. They help to combine her look and make it all work as one.

What about Nina’s bag collection? Any new additions?

Nina has about five bags. We’ve got some new bags and some of her original ones too. That’s the thing, we never lose the old Nina, we just find an updated version. Some little bits of old creep back into her wardrobe.

What does Nina’s wardrobe look like?

We’ve actually got a scene on the show this season inside her wardrobe. She has a lot of wardrobe!

What kind of scarves will Nina be wearing?

She’s wearing scarves but they’re a lot bigger this season. They’re beautiful – there is a lot of Scandinavian scarves.

Do you think that you’ve helped to mould fashion trends?

I don’t think we’ve changed the fashion. We’ve just taken aspects of fashion and made it more interesting. Two years on, the boho look Nina championed has continued. I had to get rid of a lot of those old looks to find new looks because otherwise it would feel like everyone’s seen it. Boho is still around a little bit but we had to clean out the wardrobe and find a newer version of it. 

What is it about Nina that keeps us coming back for more?

It comes back to Asher playing a great character Nina. Asher has her own style and doesn’t like to get bored with her pieces. She challenges me and I think that’s why we have a good work relationship. It really is a collaborative thing. I think also we play a little bit and I think that’s what’s so good about it. Even though each outfit looks quite effortless, it’s quite involved. A lot of women can wear the Nina look without a lot of trouble. You can find the cheap version or a very expensive version of it.

Any final words?

I hope we haven’t disappointed our audience. They’ll see their Nina but a new version of her.

How to dress like Nina Proudman | Offspring Series 6 Ep 2 | Photo Channel Ten

Top: Isabel Marant (vintage)  | Pants: Haikure  | Boots: vintage Gucci

How to dress like Nina Proudman | Offspring Series 6 Ep 2 | Photo Channel Ten

How to dress like Nina Proudman | Offspring Series 6 Ep 2 | Photo Channel Ten

How to dress like Nina Proudman | Offspring Series 6 Ep 2 | Photo Channel Ten

Dress: Shakuhachi

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. Head on over to last week’s post for details on how you can enter. There’s still one week to go to get your entry together. Nina wore the earrings (number 3) in last night’s episode.

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1. Johnny Was scarf $189 @ Zambezee Boutique

2. Nicole Fendel Seize The Moment bar bracelet $79 

3. Nicole Fendel Maya teardrop earrings $69

4. Nicole Fendel Sofia long pendant blue agate $109

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

8. Noosa Amsterdam grey Nivkh shopper bag $420

9. A Beautiful Story silver/lapiz lazuli James bangle $86.95 (available soon)

10. A Beautiful Story silver/lapiz lazuli Syl necklace $79.95 (available soon)

11. Noosa Amsterdam natural Divali printed belt $165

The de-brief (spoiler alert)

How to dress like Nina Proudman | Offspring Series 6 Ep 2 | Photo Channel Ten

Cashmere Jumper: Mademoiselle

I’m on my way back from my Hawaiian juice cleanse, which was very much 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 next week … more about that very soon.

… So this week we got to find out what on earth happened between Leo and Nina. We also got to see those awesome Marc Jacobs striped pants again. I’m wearing a grey knit with wide-legged pants ASAP. Anyway, back to Leo and Nina. The big question is whether Nina has gotten any better with romantic relationships over the past two years. And we were left hanging on that one for a while.

While Jimmy and Billie go through Darcy’s things, we learn that Jimmy is in significant debt to the estate. So I guess that answers another burning question about how Jimmy’s business is going.

Over at the hospital the typically blunt Zara innocently compliment/insults Nina by asking how Nina manages to “switch off” the sex. As if Zara could ever turn off the sex! Apparently the new doctor Angus (who does nothing for me) flirts with everyone. Even Elvis. Even the vending machine (I’ve seen him sex a Kit Kat out of a vending machine without putting any money in, it just fell out). Just not Nina.

Will gets a comprehensive introduction to the dysfunctional Proudman clan and strangely still wants in. Even after Billie’s constant interrogations and witnessing Nina’s bumbling mediation attempts. Is it that he just wants to get know his Dad and siblings, or is something else going on? Billie beautifully explains that their family is like a loyal, loving tinder box — but catch them on a windy day and they go off. Darcy was the cool change that brought relief and perspective. Or as Jimmy less eloquently put it “We’re all pretty f*ed without him.”  For a short moment it seems like Will might take the role of cool-change guy but then he makes Jimmy an offer that Darcy never ever would. And I’m thinking Offspring could probably do with a bad guy.

Onto the juicy stuff.

Leo is leaving because he can’t be around Nina. He is clearly still in love and not cool with the close friends play (guys never are). The mutual agreement to end the relationship was not as mutual as Nina thought. An argument escalates and Leo makes some excellent points about Nina not living in the real world. Then he says Patrick is lucky he died because he has become an unassailable deity in Nina’s mind. Too far, Leo, way too far.

They (sort of) make up with Leo wishing Nina to be happy. In the real world. Hmmm, are we sensing a theme here?  I think so and it’s driven home by Billie. When Nina asks whether she was happy with Patrick, Billie replies “As happy as you can be.” Nina wonders — did she mean as happy as you can be?  Ah Nina, maybe this season your perspective will evolve along with your style and you really will learn to love the real world. As long as you keep playing in the fantasy one.

How to dress like Nina Proudman | Offspring Series 6 Ep 2 | Photo Channel Ten

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?

Photo credit: all Offspring images are courtesy of Channel Ten

Comments 35

  1. Hi Nikki!

    this is about another post but its comments were closed so had to comment here! Did you happen to find the source of that beautiful red/pink jacket when Nina’s on the bench with Patrick and he’s holding the diapers? I can’t figure out which ep that was!

    Also – I’ve been searching for days to find Zara’s beautiful blue patterned jacket in ep 412 (Patrick’s death episode) 🙁

    thank you for any help you could offer me! This blog is EXACTLY what i was looking for, thank you!!
    Sarah

  2. Hello Nikki ,I would love to know what the brand is of the stripy tee shirt top with little red buttons on one shoulder !! i love it . Nina was wearing it in tonights show .

  3. Does anybody know where Ninas cream/white blouse she wore with the flared jeans is from. She wore it in tonights opening scene – when shes telling Cleg about the sex dream – awkward
    . (13/7). It could be from Zara?! Thanks

    1. Looks like they are using scarves from Becksondergaard in Copenhagen The pink check scarf in the first episode and the blue print in episode 3 are both from their range. Lots of lovely scarves to choose from.

  4. Oh I’ve loved everything she’s worn so far, am loving that it’s mainly her fashion that’s discussed here, coz dare I admit that although I’ve followed styling you for a while now, I’d never watched an episode of offspring up until this series! I used to read the debriefs & fashion chats but up till now didn’t think I’d enjoy the show, but bugger it, 2 episodes in & I’m loving it. I need to play desperate catch up!

  5. I loved the tucked-in v-neck jumper, but I can’t warm to the culottes. I’ve never liked them and even Nina can’t change my mind. I think they make anyone’s hips and backside look huge and even tall people look short. I want a pair or those Gucci boots, though. Such a pity they’re vintage!

  6. Also not liking the new Dr Angus can’t believe Nina could consider kissing him yuck. Loved the Isabel Marant top ✔️

      1. Oh that was my fave ever Aus show of all time. Do you remember Dan calling Asher “Princess Julia’? It was hilarious, but very raw and real. And do you remember Dan seemed to always be caught watching porn with his pants off?

  7. Yeah I’m not liking the new doctor Angus and I really hope that he does not become the new love interest. To be honest if that was to happen I might struggle to watch, there is just something about that character that I just do not like.

  8. I love Ninas striped culottes and very practical for work (I always worry about all those floaty clothes, scarves and necklaces getting in the way when she’s dealing with a birth!)
    I also loved the kimono jacket thing Cherie was wearing.
    I’m not sure I like the new writer. Everyone seems to be trying to be their character a little too hard. Hopefully it will start to settle next episode and feel like the old Offspring.
    I’m with you on the new doctor, he does nothing for me and doesn’t seem Ninas type at all. I really hope they don’t get together.

    1. I notice someone on the bus this morning was wearing the extact same scarf and I asked her where she brought the scarf and told me it was none of my business. There goes my chance of ever owning the scarf. LOL however she did tell me it cost $130. So I had a good morning 😛

      1. Scarf is from a Copenhagen label Becksondergaard. They have a website but don’t ship to Australia however if you do a search you’ll be able to find some Australian stockists They have lots of lovely scarves

  9. I’m not a fan of Will, but get your point about needing a bad guy.
    His offer to Jimmy and that comment, “Oh you’re that guy,” said so much about him.

  10. I am still a sucker for Nina’s style in previous seasons, but I am enjoying the evolution as well. I’m now a little anxious to see how the relationships with Will develop.
    I was also wondering, in light of Nina’s new found love of culottes, if you could do a post on wearing them for different body shapes (or even alternative styles)? I am only 5 foot 1 and not sure how I could make them work for me? Thanks for the sharing the interview and show debrief!

  11. Thank you Nikki for sharing this interview it was very interesting,I loved her cashmere jumper and her Isabelle Marant top Xx

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