Paolo Sebastian creator Paul Vasileff ends Adelaide Fashion Festival with Disney collaboration

It’s farewell to the Adelaide Fashion Festival and welcome to the wonderful world of Disney as seen through they eyes of Paolo Sebastian creator Paul Vasileff.

An audience of 1000 looked on in awe as the Young Australian of the Year brought to life his boyhood dream of collaborating with and creating couture inspired by the cinema legend for the festival’s finale at the Torrens Parade Ground.

Paolo Sebastian with models Juliet Searle and Madison Stubbington, ahead of his Disney-inspired show for Adelaide Fashion Week at the Torrens Parade Ground. Picture: Tom Huntley

Paolo Sebastian with models Juliet Searle and Madison Stubbington, ahead of his Disney-inspired show for Adelaide Fashion Week at the Torrens Parade Ground. Picture: Tom HuntleySource:News Corp Australia

Model Akiima walks the runway at the Paolo Sebastian show for the Adelaide Fashion Festival. Picture: Tom Huntley

Model Akiima walks the runway at the Paolo Sebastian show for the Adelaide Fashion Festival. Picture: Tom HuntleySource:News Corp Australia

Vasileff set the scene with an enchanted forest for a runway and an evocative medley of timeless tunes from Walt’s vault as the soundtrack for his Spring/Summer 2018 collection titled Once Upon A Dream.

But it was the couture that truly cast the magic spell — a mesmerising mix of fairytale ball gowns, dresses, capes and a jumpsuit, many adorned with embroidered motifs — such as the poison apple, bluebirds and a clock face to represent the stroke of midnight — and song lyrics.

The Paolo Sebastian show was the finale for the Adelaide Fashion Festival. Picture: Tom Huntley

The Paolo Sebastian show was the finale for the Adelaide Fashion Festival. Picture: Tom HuntleySource:News Corp Australia

The show, starring the face of the festival Akiima and Adelaide supermodel Madison Stubbington, was also streamed live on Facebook where it was watched by Paolo Sebastian fans around the globe including Mary Costa who was the voice of Princess Aurora in the 1959 Disney classic Sleeping Beauty.

A model during the Paolo Sebastian show at the Adelaide Fashion Festival. Picture: Tom Huntley

A model during the Paolo Sebastian show at the Adelaide Fashion Festival. Picture: Tom HuntleySource:News Corp Australia

The American opera singer and actor played fairy godmother for Vasileff — the two becoming friends after he wrote to her early on in his career — when she introduced him to the folk at The Walt Disney Company Australia.

This opened the door to the collaboration and Vasileff being given access to the archives in Los Angeles.

The Disney-inspired Paolo Sebastian show was the Adelaide Fashion Festival finale. Picture: Tom Huntley

The Disney-inspired Paolo Sebastian show was the Adelaide Fashion Festival finale. Picture: Tom HuntleySource:News Corp Australia

Among the VIP guests were Disney bigwigs and Vogue Australia deputy editor Sophie Tedmanson and fashion director Christine Centenera, who were both born in Adelaide, the latter also being personal stylist to Kim Kardashian.

Angelina Jolie Wore Naked Shoes in the Chicest Possible Way

Angelina Jolie has long been considered Hollywood royalty, but now she has something in common with actual royalty: her shoe closet. Stepping out in New York City, where she is currently promoting her new movie First They Killed My Father, Jolie wore the same naked shoe style that royal women love. She smartly paired it with head-to-toe nude pieces, including a bodysuit, skirt, and pumps by Ryan Roche. The result is a monochrome look that’s undeniably chic.

Kate Middleton, Queen Letizia, and Princess Victoria of Sweden are just a few of the royals who also swear by nude leather pointy-toe pumps, which will make your legs look miles long when you choose a pair that perfectly matches your skin tone.

Scroll down to see Angelina Jolie’s full outfit and shop similar pieces. 

Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell Just Had the Chicest Reunion at Burberry

Ask any editor about her most memorable London Fashion Week moments, and Burberry will definitely be mentioned more than few times. The quintessential British brand always puts on a good show during LFW, this season was no different. The front row was nothing short of amazing: For starters, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell had a ridiculously stylish reunion. Plus, with the addition of Cara Delevingne, they formed the chicest trio in all of London.

The best part of the show? The full collection is entirely shoppable right now. From the cozy sweater Kaia Gerber wore on the runway to the amazing plaid shoes, we’ve rounded up our favorite looks below.

Scroll down to see the front row at Burberry’s show and keep reading to shop straight from the runway.

Reese Witherspoon Wore a Blazer as a Dress on the Emmys Red Carpet

This year’s Emmys red carpet did not disappoint. From Millie Bobby Brown’s stunning ballerina-inspired gown to Zoë Kravitz’s rainbow-colored dress, see all the best red carpet looks here. Among the all-star cast of Big Little Lies, it was Reese Witherspoon’s look that had us all nodding in approval as she arrived at the award show. She broke with the unofficial tradition of wearing a floor-length gown during award show appearances (especially when appearing as the nominee of the most highly nominated show this year) and instead wore a sharp Stella McCartney blazer as a dress. The actress’s navy satin jacket was impeccably tailored and complemented her straight platinum locks, and Reese made us forget about every other ball gown we saw tonight when she paired the blazer with matching stilettos.

Scroll down to see Reese Witherspoon’s unconventional red carpet look at the 2017 Emmy Awards.

Reese WItherspoon Wore A Blazer as a Dress on the Emmys Red Carpet
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On Reese Witherspoon: Stella McCartney Bespoke Prussian Blue Duchess Silk Double Breasted Tuxedo Dress and David Webb jewelry.

Here’s the New Version of the Boots Every Celeb Wore Last Year

Whenever there’s a trend sweeping the celebrity style world, we take note so we can report the most noteworthy sightings back to you. And over the past few months, we’ve noticed a particular shoe that has won the hearts of some of Hollywood’s most fashionable.

The versatile Spirit boots by British luxury footwear brand Dear Frances have been spotted (more than once) on models Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid and street style stars Selena Gomez and Emma Roberts, so you know they must be a worthwhile investment.

But just today, the celeb-approved brand released a new style, and we predict this will be the next shoe to take the celebrity street style world by storm. Borrowing the same sleek elements and versatility of the popular Spirit boot, the footwear brand has designed a standout, knee-high version—the Elle boot. And we have a feeling you’ll be quite a fan of them. 

The knee-high Elle boot, which features the same block heel of the Spirit boot, is available in various materials—patent denim (yes, seriously!), supple leathers, and rich suede. Jane Frances, the designer behind the beloved shoe brand, said she, “focused on using premium quality leathers and suedes—all ethically sourced—to achieve a perfect slim fit while keeping versatility and detail at the heart of the design.”

The boot ranges anywhere from $725 to $795, depending on the material. And with fall right around the corner, we suggest you invest in a pair of these boots ASAP. Who knows, maybe you’ll even wear them before your celebrity style crush.

Scroll down to see the new boot style and to shop a few our favorites.

Dear Frances Elle Boot

Dear Frances Elle Boot

23 Celebs Wore These Shoes on the Emmys Red Carpet

Did you catch our Emmys red carpet coverage last night? (Of course you did.) While you definitely noticed all of the stunning gowns, you might have missed a recurring theme: scores of celebrities wore Stuart Weitzman heels on the red carpet. In fact, a press release cited an impressive 23 stars wearing the brand’s shoes.

One of the most popular choices was the Nudist Sandals, which Jessica Biel, Issa Rae, Leslie Jones, and Ellie Kemper, among others, all donned. Sarah Paulson, on the other hand, went for a pair of Stuart Weitzman’s Curvia pumps (custom dyed to match her gown, of course).

Scroll down to see a sampling of the celebrities wearing Stuart Weitzman shoes to the Emmys. 

This Confirms It: Women Are Still Into the Princess Bride Look

Take a moment to picture the adventure of a lifetime. And now imagine that adventure as the inspiration behind your destination wedding. That’s exactly what David’s Bridal did for its recent campaign. The retailer took a trip down to Joshua Tree National Park to shoot its spring 2018 Galina collection. And Dan Rentillo, VP of Design and Product Development at David’s Bridal, shared with us a bit about the inspiration behind the newest Galina line, the story behind the campaign, and the bridal gown trends that we’ll be seeing everywhere next season (and those we won’t be seeing much of anymore).

Speaking of the collection’s narrative and inspiration, Dan explains it was, “inspired by a couple that is seeking adventure, experience, and travel.” He adds, “they believe that all of these factors are signifiers of their love and wanted to incorporate [them] into their wedding.” So it was only fitting then that this collection was photographed in a location widely known for drawing in adventure-seekers from all around the world.

While this specific collection of bridal gowns features flowy, Bohemian shapes, there is another style that’s making a comeback. According to Dan, trending in the wedding world is the return of the princess bride—big celebrations with an equally as big gown. There is a slight difference, though. Dan explains, “unlike princess brides of the past with the beautifully embellished gown and voluminous skirt, we are seeing a more polished dress, cleaner in silhouette and construction.” Other trends he notes are big in the bridal world include tiaras (serious princess status!), black accents, and a more vintage, boho-inspired look.

So now that you know what’s trending in terms of bridal gowns, we also thought it was worth asking this expert about the dress styles that are on their way out. “It seems that there is less demand for a big cupcake ball gown skirt—too fluffy and overdone for our Galina Bride,” he shared with us. “We are seeing ball gowns; however, the trend is towards full skirts with a clean waist.” So there you have it brides—which dress will you say yes to?

Scroll down to see some of the stunning campaign images.

Next up, read about the new boot style that every celeb will wear this fall.

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Why corduroy-loving geography teachers are right on trend

Every season, the fashion press decide en masse, and with a touch of irony, that one unlikely profession is the archetype to which we should all aspire. In spring/summer 2016, the Gucci geek-chic look of Alessandro Michelewas so often described as “librarian chic” by fashion journalists that librarians themselves started rolling their eyes. This season, all points of the fashion compass lead to geography teachers as the height of style. And specifically to their penchant for corduroy: the fusty, stiff fabric, often the colour of damp leaves.

For autumn/winter 2017, Prada sent a model down the catwalk wearing a corduroy blazer and trousers, their spaghetti-thin ridges the colour of butterscotch Angel Delight. The too-long trousers were rumpled at the bottom, asking to be caked in field-trip mud; a sign of someone who spends too long thinking about plate tectonics to have time to turn up their trews. The trend has spread like lava and can be spotted everywhere from Mulberry to Mango. It is a textile with a whiff of academia, crystallised by popular culture – from Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poets Society to the thinking man’s Britpop star Jarvis Cocker. It also feels very now, much-loved by Jeremy Corbyn – surely the most geography-teacher-esque of all politicians?

But do real, ordnance survey-loving geography teachers actually wear it? Martyn Reah, of Eggar’s school in Hampshire, last wore corduroy in the late 80s. Why not since? Because “C&A closed,” he says. Ginny Light, who taught geography at St Paul’s school until she recently went on maternity leave, last wore cord in the 90s – a pair of much-loved white flares. Now, says Light, she is more likely to wear a silk blouse and a big necklace, while Reah is into woollen and tweed tailoring. This, presumably, when they are not wearing fieldtrip-ready waterproof trousers.

Reah is happy that the profession is “at last, bang on trend”. Light also loves being on the fashion agenda. Even more so, she says, because it gives geography one over on history teachers: “We have always had this light animosity; at some schools, children have to make a choice between the subjects.”

Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society, 1989.
 Cord inspo … Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society, 1989. Photograph: Touchston/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock

Will they go meta and try the geography teacher look? Reah says yes: “I will buy some today.” Its sturdiness: “will help combat the day-to-day challenges faced in the modern classroom”. He would also “happily try some Prada samples out”. Light wouldn’t go “the whole hog – I guess no one ever wears the whole catwalk look. I’m more of a fashion follower than an innovator but I can imagine wearing it, “in moderation”. And will any of their colleagues take offence when they learn that their profession has become an ironic source of fashion inspiration? Light doesn’t think so. “On the whole, geography teachers have a good sense of humour,” she says. “Given all the jokes they face about colouring in maps for a living, they have to.”

New Site Frilly Makes Customizable Made-To-Order Fashion With Just A Few Clicks

Jeni Ni had her lightbulb moment while perusing the racks. “When I go shopping, there were many times that I would pick something off the rack and I would look at it, thinking it was so cute, but then I would turn it around and hate this zipper or embroidery, and wondered what if you just took that away?” she says. “If you had the option to customize that detail or to add something that you wanted, then you could create own your design. Who doesn’t want that?” That’s why she co-founded Frilly, a new made-to-order women’s clothing site that lets shoppers customize each garment. “We wanted to give that personal experience back to the customer and give them a hand in their own designs. I am not a designer, so if I try to design something, it would not look the way that I envision it, but to have a seasoned team of designers already there thinking out everything ahead, then you have all the options. If you don’t like a low hemline you can raise it, or if you don’t like a certain flare of pant you can have it tapered instead. Those little details can change something and then once you find your fit you can order it in multiple different ways and just change a little something.”

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A customizable look from Frilly

Frilly is actually the first fashion online platform that delivers true customization. If a dress catches your eye, you can choose the color, the hem length, the neckline—think Peter Pan collar, turtleneck, or V— the sleeve style, and fabric. Depending on the style, you can add details like a scalloped hem or a belt, creating a design that no one else owns. Their proprietary 3D rendering software, which took three years to ace, shows customers each option as they build their garment. “The customizations are shown on models, so you can see where everything hits,” says Ni, who has a background in fashion and marketing and serves as Frilly’s Chief Marketing Officer. “You want to know if a crop top is going to hit at your waist or higher.”

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A customizable look from Frilly

Essentially a virtual atelier, Frilly aims to bring made-to-measure luxury to the masses, making it accessible, with prices ranging from $58 to $2,000. And that’s not its only do-good aim. The company also values sustainability. Their cut-to-order model cuts down on waste, and if fabric is left over from a collection, they transfer it to different garments for the next line. All of the pieces are chemical-free, and in- house wear and cleaning tests are on done on a one-garment basis.

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A customizable look from Frilly

An in-house designed team with an impressive pedigree—the creative director comes from Marc Jacobs and the senior designer hails from Calvin Klein—creates all of the options on the site. There are four in-house brands, each with a unique aesthetic. “They make all the design decisions and have to really think about how each variable will pair with each other so there’s never a customization that comes out looking bad,” explains Ni says. “They have to think ahead so that no matter who is on the site, even if they know nothing about fashion, they can’t ever customize anything that won’t be flattering. They sketch out each detail.”

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A customizable look from Frilly

But don’t think that craftsmanship is sacrificed for tech savviness. Frilly’s tech designer is from Monique Lhuillier, so all of the pieces are made with couture construction, while the highest quality fabrics are sourced from mills in Italy, Japan, and France. “You’re getting something really beautifully made by someone who knows what they’re doing and also really loves what they’re doing,” Ni says. “After you place your order, everything is made by one tailor from start to finish. There’s no line production; it’s not mass produced. We’re taking the Old World atelier experience and bringing it to you in a digital way. When you would pick your fabric and work with the tailor to choose your neckline and price, you can just do it all online now and then you get this beautifully handcrafted end result, which I think is exciting.”

We tried some of the most popular fitness classes in NYC. Here’s what we found

Millennials are ditching big-box gyms and signing up for smaller boutique fitness classes that promise a toned body and a fun experience.

In an effort to learn more about this growing trend, CNBC tried out a variety of classes in New York City, including boxing at Rumble, high-intensity interval training at F45 Training and the Fhitting Room, yoga at Y7 Studio, and balancing it all out at Pure Barre.

Most of these classes are occupied by millennial women

According to IHRSA, customers of fitness “studios” tend to be between 18 and 25 years old, while traditional fitness facility members skew higher, into the 35-54 age range.

The cost

Taking a class at Rumble — backed by celebrities Justin Bieber and “Rocky” himself, Sylvester Stallone — will set you back $34 per class.

A pack of 10 classes goes for $320.

At F45 Training Flatiron and at the Fhitting Room the cost of 10 classes jumps to $350.

But these prices aren’t scaring millennials away.

“It is way more fun than a gym. … You have 45 minutes, you’re in and out, and I don’t have to worry if I did everything,” said fitness enthusiast Casey Cohen.

NYC model Talia Richman, who has 67,000 Instagram followers, says her image is her job, so these classes are worth the big bucks.

“Working out is part of my job. My job as a model is my image, my look, my body. Sure, these classes are really expensive. But I find it to be the most motivating for me to do classes. It is a lot harder to work out by yourself,” Richman said.

Data show that high prices aren’t hurting demand.

From 2012-2015, memberships in traditional fitness clubs grew by just 5 percent, while the smaller specialty studios jumped by over 70 percent, according to research from IHRSA.

A highly engaging environment

Dark lighting, blaring music, positive phrases shouted out by the instructors (like “keep your eye on the prize”) and the ability to socialize are appealing to fitness buffs who take specialized workout classes.

Rumble co-founder Noah Neiman explained why his studio offers much more than just punching a bag.

“It’s not just about burning calories, it’s about the experience. You can justify it [the cost] because this is your entertainment dollar and on top of that you’re getting a great workout,” Neiman said.

Experts say it’s this enticing combination of socializing and working out that has driven more young professionals to sign up for classes.

“Instead of going to get a drink, we now work out and do 100 burpees together,” said Cohen.

A Rumble trainer in action.

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A Rumble trainer in action.

Social media has played a powerful role in driving engagement as well, offering a way for these fitness studios to build a community online.

Australia-based F45 training, which has about 800 studios around the world, focuses almost exclusively on online marketing for future growth.

“I don’t think people pay a lot of attention to billboards and TV and radio and things like that anymore as they do to social media — Facebook, Instagram — so that’s been our biggest tool for getting people in the door,” said Luke Catenacci, co-owner of F45 Training Flatiron.

“Social media is an important tool for us as far as building awareness,” said Kari Saitowitz, founder of Fhitting Room. “It’s such an easy way for our current clients who are ambassadors of our brand to share their experience with others.”

But skeptics question whether the strong demand for these boutique classes can continue, arguing that the barrier to entry is relatively low plus millennials have a reputation for being fickle.

However, for now it seems to be working.

“Our retention rate for paying customers is extremely high — probably around 75-80 percent,” said Catenacci.

Saitowitz and Neiman said retention rates are high at their respective studios as well.

But competitors are popping up to meet this thirst for innovative workout regimes. Several millennials CNBC spoke to said Barry’s Bootcamp, Tone House, Peloton Interactive and FlyWheel, among others, are frequented. Rowing (yes, that’s right, like row your boat) has also been getting some buzz, with CityRowe in Union Square.

Fitness pros say sustainability, scale and building a niche brand will be the key challenges for these studios. These long-term risks are not just relevant to new entrants but even companies such as indoor cycling veteran SoulCycle, which was founded in 2006 and is still waiting to go public.

So, how would I, as the target audience of all these offerings, rate my experiences?

While the high price is annoying, the lively energetic atmosphere in these group classes is a great motivator, and makes me want to keep coming back — something many of us have struggled with at traditional gyms.

It may seem corny to some …

… but the team-oriented classes and motivational jargon used by the instructors does help when you’re trying to get through your last set of pushups.

Of the group, Rumble probably does the best at marketing to my demographic. Its long list of star clients and models certainly boosts its “coolness” factor.

But the best workout? Surprisingly, I liked them all. The Pure Barre class, which consists of a workout centered around a ballet barre, reminded me of my days in dance class. It may have lacked the intensity of circuit training, but I could definitely feel the burn afterward.

But everyone has their preferences, and we’re just seemingly at the beginning of this latest fitness craze.

So, for a while longer, you have your options. Just the way a millennial likes it.aaaaa