The Style Files: Best looks for the party season ahead

Florals in trousers and jackets are a fab way to update your wardrobe
Florals in trousers and jackets are a fab way to update your wardrobe

The weather is sunny and flowers are in bloom, so it’s a perfect time give yourself a bright wardrobe refresh! Check out the SS17 Runway Reveal at Chatswood Chase that takes its inspiration from the rich floral hues of spring. Personal Stylist Shannon Johnson from Living for Style went along to check out what’s in (and what’s out!) for the new season of style. 

In true stylish form, Chatswood Chase exceeded all expectations for their SS17 Runway Reveal at Chatswood Chase  with a decadent pre-show cocktail party on Level One outside Sass & Bide, which featured delicious canapés and tequila for all the VIP guests! Not only did the celebration get the event off to an elegant start, but the scene was set with an incredible centrepiece- a stunning, 2-metre tall high heel shoes draped with yellow roses. A fabulous representation on what was to come on the catwalk!

Brands With Spring Style We Love:

  • Camilla
  • Karen Millen
  • Sandro
  • Maje
  • Sass & Bide
  • Country Road
  • Calibre
  • David Jones
  • RM Williams
  • Carla Zampati
  • Sportscraft
  • Declic
  • Alannah Hill
  • Basler
  • Gerry Weber
  • Brooks Brothers
  • Gorman
  • Trenery
  • Sambags
  • Aqua Selection
  • Kookai
  • Rodeo Show

The catwalk was hosted by renowned fashion designer and TV presenter, Claudia Chan Shaw. You may know Claudia from her internationally acclaimed Australian knitwear and jewellery label, Vivian Chan Shaw, which shows as a permanent collection in the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. Claudia was also presenter on the ABC TV’s popular program, “Collectors” and is currently the co-host of “The Dialogue” on 89.7fm Eastside Radio.

The runway reveal gave inspiration for three separate fashion occasions:

  • Style Edit 9-5
  • Lunch girl
  • Cocktail

Look One: The Style Edit 9-5

The Style Edit 9-5 featured ‘smart work’ attire with bold prints on men’s shirting and for women, styles featuring smart classic tailored garments.


The Style Edit 9-5 of ‘smart work’ attire with bold prints

Look Two: The Lunch Girl

The Lunch Girl style was a mix of smart/casual styles and included classic bold bright colours  for spring,  and showed ways to wear the biggest trend right now- floral prints.


The French Brand Sandro featured denim and lace

Florals in trousers and jackets are a fab way to update your wardrobe

Floral trousers and jackets are a fab wardrobe update


Look Three: Cocktail

The more glamorous occasion wear for the Cocktail look was sleeker and had a different colour palette


Maje showcased flowing velvet and dresses


Carla Zampatti’s lace and bell sleeve design


Floral prints give a pop of fresh colours

If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to pack away all your winter woollies and get shopping for the new season, especially party season! And if you find shopping overwhelming, then make sure you book in for a personal shopping experience with a professional personal stylist like Shannon.


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