If you’re a regular around here you’ll know that I’ve been talking up the Queensland label, Hunt + Kelly, since it started a little more than two years ago.
I actually just has to check that. YES. The label, which is the brainchild of fashion designer Paul Hunt and fashion editor/stylist Kellie Alderman, is not quite two years old.
I remember going to its first pop-up store and buying a black and white top, a black tube skirt and a black off-the-shoulder dress. It was love at first sight and try for me and they’ve kept on delivering.
What Hunt + Kelly do really well is create garments that bring a sense of occasion to our everyday style – versatile garments that can be dressed up or down. These are the type of garments I like my wardrobe to be mostly filled with – pieces that just work.
In the Hunt + Kelly spring-summer 2017 collection, you’ll find a mix of patterned, printed and detailed pieces that work back effortlessly with your exisiting wardrobe or the label’s core collection of best-selling staples. The collection was showcased at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane and most recently at Brisbane Fashion Month.
Excitingly this season, Hunt + Kelly has also collaborated with two artists – Holly Neilson for this magical leaf print I wore to Brisbane Fashion Month last week and Kate Barry for the print on these stunning scarves.
The dress I’m featuring in this post is also one that grabbed my attention at both runway events.
See those three gorgeous models above? All three are wearing the EXACT SAME DRESS. This is a free-size garment and each of the models (and me) was photographed in the same dress.
It’s just a shape that works on so many different bodies. Now, if you’re a fitted, structured, frock-loving girl, then is probably not for you. It will work on your body but you might not feel confident in it as a style for YOU.
Me? I don’t mind a little structure now and then but give me a well-shaped and beautifully draped boho piece and I’m excited to flow and flounce around on any occasion.
Where the design gets numerous big ticks from me is in its v-neckline, billowed sleeves, tiered skirt and the high-low hem. This combination works to give hints of your own body’s shape without it being fitted.
The super-soft rayon fabric contributes to the draping ability of this dress. It’s semi-sheer but because of the way the dress gathers, I didn’t need to wear a slip underneath.
Then there is the detailing – hand-beading around the neckline and beaded detail on the lower sleeve. It’s subtle but it’s there, taking this piece next level.
I’ve worn it with heels (more on those below) but I’d equally wear it with wedges, flat sandals, or slides. Simple add a statement earring and you’re good to go all summer.
So tell me, do you love a boho-style dress that can take you from the beach to out to dinner? Would I find a Hunt + Kelly piece or two in your wardrobe?
THE SHOES! It’s a little more than 12 months since the first FRANKiE4 Footwear NiKKis (my namesake) landed in store and on our our feet. Those black and latte heels have been re-stocked a couple of times and just this week, two more colours have been added to the NiKKi stable. I’m wearing one of them here, the tan punched. I love the perforated detail for a lighter summer look. If you have the “full” tan NiKKis, the leather in those is slightly darker. Also just released is the NiKKi in blush. If you have more pink undertones to your skin, this will work for you better than the latte. Me? I love them both.
* These pieces were gifted to me for editorial consideration. Full disclosure policy here.
GIDDY UP: Join me for Melbourne Cup Day
Join me at The New Inchcolm Hotel, Spring Hill, Brisbane, for a stylish Melbourne Cup Day. I’m MCing the afternoon and presenting a parade of summer styles by Brisbane label, Sacha Drake. You’ll also enjoy a three-course gourmet experience created by head chef Anthony Hales.
Begin the festivities with a glass of Moet & Chandon on arrival followed by a free- flowing beverage package of sparkling, white and red wine and Australian beers. Cost is $169 per person or $159 per person for a table of 10.
You could win this spectacular lucky door prize pictured on my arm – a Dior watch. Reservations are essential, phone 07 3226 8888 or email [email protected]
More information HERE.