The accessory trends you have to try for Autumn 2016

White winter outfit

Style queen Rachel Zoe has been quoted saying "I see bold accessories as a woman's armour".

The team at Fashion Weekly live by that motto; an outfit is never complete without a statement accessory! Accessorising is the perfect way to ensure even the most basic outfit looks stylish.

Each season brings new trends and it can be tricky to figure out which pieces will suit your style and personality.

To simplify the trends and ensure you don't miss out on a style that is totally you, we have curated a collection of the top accessories for the season ahead.

Here you will find everything from clutches, footwear, jewellery and more, curated just for you!


The 90s Throwback Choker Trend

This 90s necklace is back with a modern twist. Rather than the cringe-worthy velvet materials we rocked years ago, this season the choker can be found in metallic materials. Choose from the minimalistic and dainty styles or make a statement in bold chokers with a tribal influence.

Style this piece with a low-cut neckline for a dramatic look.

1. Mimco, Exploricious Choker $99
2. Amber Sceats, Tie The Knot Choker $229

Shoulder Grazing Statement Earrings

When it comes to earrings, forget about last season's dainty styles. For 2016 it is ‘go big or go home’ when it comes to this accessory. Shoulder grazing tassels and statement-gems are the ultimate way to add interest to a basic outfit.

[RELATED: The Australian summer trends to rock in 2016]

Style the earrings with an off-the-shoulder blouse to accentuate your décolletage, the bold earrings will perfectly compliment your bare shoulders.

Shoulder grazing earrings

Knotted Belts

When it comes to accentuating your waist, a belt is the perfect addition. This season opt for fine and intricate knotted belts. Despite its delicate width, the detail will draw attention to the smallest part of your waist.

The 70s Inspired Fringe

The 70s trend has been popular for a few seasons now and fringe-detailing remains a winning addition to your outfit. When it comes to footwear, handbags and clutches, textured fringing adds a touch of interest.

This season, expect to be seeing footwear with textured tassels gracing the heel and ankle straps, clutches with western inspired leather or suede fringing and bohemian-style fringed tote bags.

Reflective Eyewear Lenses & The Modern Cat-Eye

Reflective Eyewear Lenses & The Modern Cat-Eye

For us in the fashion industry, sunglasses are more of a style essential than a functional object. Opt for statement styles that are attention grabbing and compliments your facial features.

This season, dark shaded or reflective lenses are prominent. The cat-eye shape is also making a comeback with a modern twist, as the tapered point sits higher on the face. 

Steal His Time

This may seem out of the ordinary but we can assure that adding a mens watch to your outfit has become a luxe statement. Pair the watch with dainty and intricate jewellery that will complement the structure of the timepiece.

Chic Skinny Scarves

Chic Skinny Scarves

This accessory adds interest to any outfit from corporate wear to a little black dress, and is a piece that will certainly complete your look.

Opt for a statement black skinny scarf to ensure versatility. Stylish and on-trend, this subtle addition is a staple for 2016.

Words: Frances van Eeden

The naughty Valentine's Day gift guide for you and your lover

Ensure that you and your lover make this Valentine's Day one to remember!

Model couple kiss

If you're looking for something a little saucy, sexy and spontaneous - then you've found the right place. The Fashion Weekly team has discovered a few naughty gift ideas which are sure to have quite the enjoyable ending...

Lubed Up

Uberlube Luxury Lubricant

Shop: Uberlube Luxury Lubricant 100ml, $39

Whip It

Leather and Chrome Crop

Shop: Leather and Chrome Crop, $82.50

Sexy Sense

Intima Silk Blindfold

Shop: Intima Silk Blindfold by LELO, $99.95

Cuff Me

Fur Hand Cuff

Shop: Fur Hand Cuffs, $27.50

Feel the Heat

LELO Massage Candle

Shop: LELO Massage Candle, $40

Dare to Play

Nookii Adult Game for Couples

Shop: Nookii Adult Game for Couples, $60.50

Sweet Spot

Sensuous Deluxe Body Chocolate

Shop: Sensuous Deluxe Body Chocolate, $24.99

Patience and Pleasure

Kama Sutra Treasure Trove

Shop: Kama Sutra Treasure Trove - Raspberry Kiss, $55

Lustfull Lengths

Silver Droplet Vibrator Necklace

Shop: Silver Droplet Vibrator Necklace by Crave, $120

Sparkly Sips

Veuve Clicquot Brut

Shop: Veuve Clicquot Brut, $79.99

Why shopping smart is the new sexy this Valentine's Day

Miley Cyrus with lots of Chanel bags

Ladies, the month of LOVE is finally here. It's a bitter sweet moment, some are able to indulge in the holiday while others tend to be hit with those single blues. Though Valentine's Day seems exhausted and many are against this man-made celebration, there is room for a toe curling experience and it doesn't involve a lover.

A little retail therapy is sure have your stomach flutter with excitement. But if you're like us, smart shopping is the new black. 2016 is all about refining your shopping habits so you can have the Carrie Bradshaw-esk wardrobe!

Don't let seduction get the better of you.
Whether it's the colour, print or style of the season, not every trend looks good on every body shape. It's worth being honest with yourself and not being seduced into buying something that was only made for a runway model.

This is how to make Maths sexy.
That's right! The value of the 'investment' piece should be decided on how often you wear it and not on the whole price. For example, a sale item with a 30% discount that is only worn once is not a bargain, whereas an item you purchase for $500 and wear 250 times is only $2 per wear. So obviously, that's 100% justifiable.

Is it here for a long time or a good time?
With the likes of Zara, H&M and UNIQLO producing on-trend, disposable fashion at ridiculous prices, it's almost hard to control ourselves not buy the one-wash-only, t-shirt. Though the facts are, invest in one quality t-shirt and you'll have it for a lifetime

Are you lusting or needing?
Floral prints, wide leg pants, the 70s trend, fringing, lace and midi skirts are everywhere! There's no escaping the world-wide wave but there's only so many on-trend pieces that we need before it's simply overkill. That's why it's encouraged to buy wisely and opt for 3-4 key styles each season. Not only will your bank account thank you but so will your wardrobe in about 2 months when those pants are no longer in fashion.

Set the boundaries.
Would you agree that setting a budget sounds so adult-like? Having been inspired by the iconic Carrie Bradshaw who somehow convinced women worldwide that a shoe addiction over food in the fridge was acceptable, has left it almost unfashionable to set a budget. But in all honesty - that's absolutely ridiculous. Everyone needs to budget. So before your next shopping spree, why not put aside a certain amount each week into a splurge bank account. You'll be surprised in a few weeks, how much you could have accumulated.

Image source: Miley Cyrus / Twitter

Is a fashion job's paycheck all that glamorous?

Miranda Preistly in the Devil Wears Prada

Have you ever dreamt of heading to the Big Apple to pursue your fashion career? Many Australian style lovers are intrigued by the prospect of packing up their life and moving to the US; a cutting edge destination that appears to hold endless opportunities.

Now, in the case that you are contemplating booking your flights, you may want to be informed about America's not-so-impressive paycheck. This may change your mind on what appears to be a glamorous position.

A study conducted by Fashionista for the third annual survey received over 4,500 participants’ feedback to offer guidance to this controversial matter, complimented with expert insight from the likes of Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren and Condé Nast.

The results were organised under each and every fashion industry job description from Design to Editorial to Social Media and those alike.

There is no surprise that the senior and director positions offer staggering salaries. Though you may be stunned at how low the average pay checks are for the entry-level and assisting roles.

Given the relevance to the design industry, it is only fitting to delve into this domain. Assisting and Associate Technical Designers earn between $36,000 to $44,000 and the packages to continue to sky-rocket with Creative Designers and Design Directors earning nearly quadruple the amount.

What does not appear on the survey is internship work, which is an extremely common occurrence within the fashion industry. Many emerging designers, fashion lovers, creatives and those alike started behind the scenes with minimum experience and have now worked up the ladder to hold management positions at the most renowned fashion hubs.

Ultimately, everyone has to start somewhere. Those coffee runs are not in-vain lovelies, as they are leading you down the path of that well deserved pay-check!

The good news is that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. There are infinite opportunities, so go chase your dreams and make them become a reality!

Words: Claudine Blondeau

The latest fashion news you have to know about!

Models pose in group

It’s an exciting time of year for the fashion industry, as designers showcase their Autumn Winter Collections at Fashion Week's across the world. With New York fashion week starting next week, we have a lot to look forward to.

Here’s what’s currently trending in the world of fashion.

You can now shop Tiffany & Co. on the go at Sydney airport

Luxury jeweller Tiffany & Co. has announced its store opening in Sydney Airport’s new T1 International luxury precinct. The jeweller will join a premium collection of 13 luxury designer brands at the airport, which is soon to be one of Sydney’s leading fashion destinations. 

UNIQLO is bringing International fashion to the Gold Coast

In exciting news for the Gold Coast community, UNIQLO will soon be opening a store in the newly redeveloped Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. The International retailer boasts an extensive range of products for the whole family with affordability, functionality and quality at its core.

Bella Hadid is taking on the fashion world without her big sis in new Topshop campaign

This week Topshop launched its global Spring Summer 2016 Denim campaign, which celebrates the new generation of supermodels. Fronting the campaign is not Kendall Jenner nor Gigi Hadid as you might expect, but Gigi’s little sis Bella Hadid.

Bella has also appeared in Marc Jacob’s Spring Summer 2016 campaign. Up to this point, Bella has shared her fashion victories – like her first couture show and high fashion campaign - with her sister, Gigi, but it seems 2016 is the year Bella is branching out on her own.


A photo posted by Marc Jacobs (@themarcjacobs) on

Words: Frances van Eeden

Let lingerie be your date this Valentine's Day!

Valentines Day Lingerie

The taboo topic of lingerie and how it reflects your personality has us all in a fluster here at Fashion Weekly. It's often forgotten how your choice of lingerie can emulate the type of person you are, both in and out of the bedroom. Our guide will help you figure out which styles best suit your personality this Valentine's Day!

Classic Cuts

Calvin Klein Undies

Some of us wouldn't read much into it when it comes to underwear, you just wear what's practical and comfortable, right?

But hey, that leads us to our first personality; 'the classic'. You are the type of woman that doesn't care much about 'trends' and fitting into a feminine stereotype. You don't need lace or frills to show off your natural beauty. You work with what you have and you love it! You can feel sexy without having to step out of your comfort zone. 

Shop this look: Calvin Klein, Magnetic Force Bikini $29.95

Fitted and Fabulous

Valentine's Day Lingerie

The 'fetishist' plays on 'the classic' personality by still incorporating practical styles while indulging in life's finest pleasures. Without getting all 50 Shades of Grey up in here, the 'fetishist' personality plays on your provocative and dominant side. This kind of 'gal dares to push the boundaries a little while still being extremely sexy, therefore lace bodysuits are for you!

Shop this look: Stylestalker, Confidential Bodysuit $149.00

Sweet and Sultry

Valentine's Day Lingerie

None of these personalities sound quite like you? Do you prefer the finer things in life?

Keeping that sexy yet innocent mindset in check, you're a lover of all things elegant and beautiful. Garters, delicate lace, pretty patterns and sugary sweet pastel tones are for you. It leaves the illusion to your that there is certainly more to come. Thus, resulting in you being the 'sweet & sultry' kind.

Shop this look: Heidi Klum Intimates, Cle D'amour Underwire Bra $69.95

Flirt Fantasy

Valentine's Day Lingerie

Another personality much like 'the sweet & sultry' is the good old fashioned 'flirt'. The woman with an outgoing personality, an indulger of games both in and out of the bedroom. She encapsulates every essence of a good mystery. You're never shy and afraid to show off exactly what you've got. For you, it's a corset, g-string, sky-high stilettos and a whip so you can show off your fantasy side.

Shop this look: Pleasure State, White Label Ava Delilah Corset Was $159.95

So, whether you're alone or not this Valentines Day, feel empowered by the sexy undergarments you choose to wear ... that's if it even stays on for long.

Words: Isla Perrett

Witchery A/W 16 runway recap & key styles for the season

While the warm weather is still very much upon us, the fashion industry is making its transition into the autumn and winter styles.

Witchery Runway A/W 2016 Set

Australian label Witchery, debuted its Autumn Winter '16 collection on January 28 at Sydney’s Carriageworks.

The runway showcased 80 looks from Witchery Woman, Witchery Balance, Witchery First Edition and Witchery Man.

Trends which were evident on the catwalk include the minimalistic look with a contemporary nod to ‘70s details, romantic styles created through texture and shape contrasted with dark colours, retro and geometric patterns.

This season, camel and tan shades will be replaced as winter’s go-to neutral by a smoky pink, reminiscent of Pantone’s Rose Quartz.

With an A-list guest attendance of media and style influencers like Margaret Zhang, Samantha Harris, Nikki Phillips and Samantha Frost to name a few, the Witchery Autumn Winter '16 runway show was a spectacular start to the fashion season ahead.

Scroll down to see the exclusive snaps from the Witchery runway show. 

Witchery Runway A/W 2016 Set

Witchery Runway A/W 2016 models

Sam from the Bachelor at Witchery Runway A/W 2016 show

Tom Dericks at Witchery Runway A/W 2016 show

 Witchery A/W 2016 Show guests

Witchery A/W 2016 Show guests

Witchery A/W 2016 Show model

Witchery A/W 2016 Show model

Witchery A/W 2016 Show model

Witchery A/W 2016 Show model

Witchery A/W 2016 Show male model

Witchery A/W 2016 Show models in finale

Witchery A/W 2016 Show beauty

Words: Frances van Eeden

New Metre Market to switch up Brisbane's fashion culture

Rack of clothes at Metre Market

The hunt to find a market in Brisbane that has a clothing focus has sent us down Struggle Street quite a number of times. If you're anything like us than you'd know that shopping for unique and vintage fashion pieces can be an ordeal and a half.

But fear not! The hunt for pre-loved designer and vintage clothing is now within reach for all Brisbane gals.

Metre Market, a new boutique market, is the answer to all of our prayers! Finally, there is a collective, affordable and fuss free platform for fashionistas to clear out their wardrobes and make some extra cash along with providing an opportunity for up-and-coming designers to showcase and sell their 'never before seen' work.

Metre Market shoes

Embodying the essence of positive vibes, Metre Markets will also have on offer gourmet food trucks, coffee vans, live local music, art installations, henna tents, fresh market blooms and much more.

Ladies, make sure you clear your diaries and grab your girlfriends for a fab day of cardio, well shopping cardio! Head along and support some great local talent and creatives at Morningside School of Arts (Cnr Wynnum Rd & Ison St) on Sunday 7th February form 9am-2pm.

For more information please visit

Words: Isla Perrett

7 Ways to make getting dressed in the morning easier

Pastel clothes rack

So you spend your mornings hitting snooze more times than you can count only to jump out of bed and into the shower merely minutes before you have to leave for work? It is likely then that as stylish as you might consider yourself, you cringe at the thought of putting an outfit together when your brain is still pre-coffee foggy and you literally only have seconds!

These wardrobe hacks will guide you to a more streamlined closet that will make getting dressed and looking great easier than ever before.

1. Ensure you have quality basics

There should be a balance between trendy items and quality basics in your wardrobe. No matter what your personal style, there are staple items that every woman needs.

- A sleek black blazer that can pass as casual or dressy.
- Quality cotton tees in white, black and grey.
- The perfect fitting black skinny jeans.
- Classic pumps that you can walk in.
- A leather jacket.
- A well-fitting and comfortable LBD.

Monochromatic clothes rack

2. Organise your wardrobe

Living with a messy and cluttered wardrobe will make getting dressed hard! Organise your closet into categories to ensure you know exactly what you have to work with.

3. Refresh your wardrobe once a week

Spend your Sunday afternoon going through your wardrobe and, thinking about the week ahead, pull some pieces that you would like to wear and place it on a separate clothing rail. Every Sunday, place all the items back into your closet and re-fresh your weekly picks.

Ensure all the items in your wardrobe are clean, free of stains and creasing and aren’t damaged.

4. Look stylish through layering

The simplest of outfits - like jeans and a tee - can be dressed up by adding layering pieces like a sleeveless vest or accessories. The key to layering without looking frumpy is to work with pieces that are varied in length.

Outfit ideas

5. Preparation is key

We are all constantly glued to our smartphones so why not make the most of fashion and style apps?

Keep track of what’s in your closet and which items would look good styled together with these apps:

Closet+ FREE (In-app purchases)
Closet+ allows you to snap images of your clothes and add items together to create an outfit. The app integrates with your smartphone calendar for streamlined outfit planning.

Stylebook $3.99
Stylebook allows you to take photos of the items in your closet, edit the background and put together potential outfits. Other features include packing and shopping lists, wardrobe planning and outfit inspiration.

6. Use texture and patterns to add interest to an outfit

Outfit ideas

Add a stylish edge to your outfit while ensuring your clothing pieces can be worn in many ways by choosing items with unique textures and prints.

On-trend textures: Faux fur, leather, fringing, metallic and lace details.
On-trend prints: Safari chic, romantic and abstract florals, stripes in all sizes and thickness and bold gingham prints.

7. Have one go-to handbag

As tempting as it is to match your purse to your outfit, keep things simple and avoid having to transfer your daily essentials by sticking with one bag during the week. Look for styles that are big enough to carry your essentials but not too big that you will gather unnecessary items and monochrome colours to match your daily style.

Words: Frances van Eeden

Sex takes centre stage on the runway once again

Penis shaped necklace

The 'sex sells' motto has clearly taken to the high fashion runway.

While we believe fashion is a form of art and expression, we are so over seeing sex and genitals on the runway instead of well crafted fashion pieces.

Vivienne Westwood is the latest designer to combine sex and fashion on the runway as she debuted penis shaped pendants within her menswear collection in Milan last week.

Designers are no longer keeping their ‘nod’ to sex and genitals on the runway subtle. The large metal pendants being the clear point of focus on these looks.

Penis shaped necklace

Penis shaped necklace

Penis shaped necklace

Last year, Rick Owens had male models walking down the runway with exposed genitals on display for his Fall/Winter 15/16 collection and draped women on women as accessories for his Spring/Summer ’16 runway.

We all know that fashion can be a pretty out there, especially when it comes to high fashion but are these designers taking it too far? Should there be a more definite line between art and consumer fashion?

Image: Source

Words: Frances van Eeden

Style tips on how to always have an outfit for every occasion

Rack of clothes

There is a seemingly endless cycle in fashion and it's not just the way things seem to come back in style every few seasons. We're talking about how there only ever seems to be two styles represented in our wardrobe - day and evening - when really there are a whole host of differences in these categories and nuances between a thousand daytime and night looks. For example, is your day spent on the beach or in the office? Are your nights spent at a casual restaurant or the hottest club in town? 'Daywear' and 'Evening Wear' doesn't really say a whole lot about an ensemble after all!

Do you have an outfit for every occasion? It's important to stock up, just in case...

A night at the casino
Whether you and the girls have managed to save enough to get all the way to Las Vegas, or you're just hoping for a night that is fabulous, then a night at the casino would call you to go all out in the style stakes. It's a time to finally wear all the glitz and glam that can often look tacky and overdone for an ordinary night out. It's the one night that you can go big on sequins!

Spilling glitter

"love in glitter" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Shanna Mae

Of course, it's all about putting on a confident face to fit in, too. So if you don't have a clue about any kind of gambling, no fear. You can prep online these days, and have a go at the pokies and all kinds of other options from the comfort of your very own home - simply click on a pokie game and start playing! You'll look like you fit in in no time!

A day at the beach
Okay, here in Australia, it's pretty simple - if you're coastal, you've got beachwear, it's a given. It's not just about selecting a bikini, though. There's everything else that comes along with that. Shoes-wise, it's sandals. And you'll need a kaftan or sarong. Don't ever let yourself down with the bag, either - you'll need it for summer necessity, sunscreen (you don't want the consequences!). Finally, sunglasses are a major deal. It's easy to look stylish with so many different shade options.

Ocean"Burleigh Heads" (CC BY 2.0) by stevepaustin

A night at a gig
When it comes to a gig, you want to look good (especially if it's a date!), but you don't want to be completely out of place. It's a great compromise to shop and find something stylish but practical. You can't go wrong with a pair of form-fitting black skinnies, and perhaps some knee high boots. Why not opt for a cotton shirt and some statement jewellery - this look is casual but yes still dressy. Keep your hair simple and tied up, with make-up being smokey and dramatic, and hey presto! You're good to go.

Alexander McQueen’s story is coming to the big screen

Alexander McQueen

The fashion savvy will be excited to know the truly inspirational story of Alexander McQueen is to be captured on film, from his remarkable success in the fashion industry to his tragic fall.

The biopic will be directed by Andrew Haigh, who won the Best British Film award at the 2015 Edinburgh Film Festival with his film 45 Years, which tells the story of an aging couple and their faltering relationship.

Deadline reports that the film will be written by Chris Urch and produced by Damian Jones and Pathe. The film will not be based solely on McQueen’s biography Blood Beneath The Skin, but rather draw from a range of research.

Cat his show

The production will tell the story of Lee Alexander McQueen, raised in London where he apprenticed on Savile Row and learnt the art of tailoring before attending Central Saint Martins.

Right after graduating from Central Saint Martins, McQueen launched his label which quickly became a success, known for its dramatic constructed pieces, combining elements of British tailoring with French couture. McQueen also served as head designer at Givenchy during the late 90s.

Following the death of his mother, McQueen committed suicide at his London home in 2010.

Production on the film is expected to begin at the end of the year, stay tuned for more details on the biopic.