It’s been a while since I have embraced pattern and mixed block colour, but I’m slowly gravitating towards them both.
Maybe it’s been a long cold winter and I’m ready to bust out of my fashion cocoon!
For Spring, I can see them being fresh and vibrant with a mix of the usual dark hues.
I’ve been checking out some of our home grown labels and seeing what direction they are taking, and I must say I like what I’m seeing.
Just recently I invested in a cute top from one of my favourite Australian labels Cue.
Cue has been around for decades, and over the past couple of years has found its fashion feet again.
What impresses me most about this label is the quality of fabrics that they use.
Cue was established in 1968 and is industry awarded, ethically accredited and predominately Australian made.
Known for their signature statement prints, luxe fabrics and sharp tailoring, this label has something for everyone.
In fact, this year 2015 they won at the “Prixe de Marie Claire Awards”.
The were winners of “Best Australian Fashion Brand (readers choice)”.
I think it’s great to be lauded by your peers, but to garner the peoples choice says a lot about staying on the pulse of your clientele.
I’m also very impressed by their staff.
Whenever I visit my local boutiques either North Sydney or Sydney city CBD, the girls are always super helpful without being pushy.
It’s a fine line to walk in retail and they seem to get it right.
My latest acquisition is so versatile.
The check double weave peplum top in blue and black is something I’ll wear in so many combinations.
It will be cool with skinny leg blue denim, pointy toe flats and cross body bag.
Or maybe with a black pencil skirt, black patent pumps and a fun clutch purse.
Then again I might wear it like a vest, adding a fresh white collared shirt underneath and black cigarette pants, a wedge heel and a basket style handbag.
Or then again I might grab the matching skirt and wear it as a set.
Then there’s the black and white check pants that have been on my mind like nobody’s business.
These are the kind of pants that make your tush look amazing without even trying.
With angled front zips and and a panelled yolk, these could go from a day at the office to after hours drinks in a flash.
I can see these with the cool pair of copper stacked heel brogues I picked up in Barcelona, simple black shell top and a small leather clutch in black.
For cooler days, just add the Slit Sleeve jacket and it’s all set to go.
Oh, don’t forget the statement earrings!
Speaking of pants, they have some fab flares on offer.
They are a great cut and not too wide.
It’s a great way to introduce next seasons hottest trend.
The black and white two tone pants are THE best optical illusion ever.
Talk about instantly losing 5 kilos without even trying.
Perfect with the slit sleeve jacket too.
The tech stretch A-line coat is a great investment.
It’s a cross between a classic trench shape and a pea coat.
It’s fully lined too, which impresses me greatly.
So many jackets these days are not lined, it’s a bit of a bug bear with me.
So when I find pieces that are it’s a pleasant surprise.
My favourite dress is the Italian marble jacquard flare hem piece.
It’s a gorgeous shape and I adore the detail at the hemline.
So why not pop into Cue when out and about on your next shopping adventure.
Their pieces are well constructed, have an excellent fit and are incredibly versatile.
Isn’t that what we all want from our wardrobe.
That’s why I love fashion, you’re only limited by imagination!
Jo Bayley, Fashion Editor, The Culture Concept Circle, 2015