Fashion for a Good Cause

Shop the latest trends for a good cause this winter with boutique, The Style Capsule raising funds for charity this season. 

The popular Rundle Street store is hosting a fashion runway fundraiser for the Butterfly Foundation, showcasing the latest Valente The Label launch in-store on July 1. 

Having just relocated, The Style Capsule is taking the opportunity to welcome guests to an intimate event while supporting the charity close to their hearts. The event will be hosted by stylist Lauren Dilena, with only 50 tickets available for the exclusive catwalk. 

“The Butterfly Foundation is an important charity to me, and any chance to raise money for them is a great opportunity,” says Valente The Label owner, Lisa Ranieri. 

“Valente The Label has been around since 2019, but wanting to celebrate diversity in fashion never dies.”

Valente the Label collections focus on empowerment through power dressing, using block colours and bold cuts to create a look that embodies confidence. The brand was born from Lisa’s desire to represent a wide range of sizes, with every collection stocked from sizes 4 to 18.

The Butterfly Foundation supports individuals who struggle with body image and eating disorders, addressing issues that affect over 1 million Australians.

Gold tickets are priced at $30, including a front-row seat, welcome drive and a gift bag. 

All funds from tickets sold for the fundraiser fashion parade will go to the Butterfly Foundation alongside proceeds from various raffle draws. Currently, $5 from every Valente the Label purchase will be donated to the charity.

Further fashion walking the catwalk include Misha, SNDYS, Madison, Lexi and Style State. The July event is the perfect chance to find your favourite winter ‘fit for a good cause. 

Find The Style Capsule at 254 Rundle Street, Adelaide. The Fashion Fundraiser begins at 7pm, July 1. Buy your tickets here.

Wardrobe Refresh: Winter Trends

Fashion is putting its best foot forward this season. We caught up with Burnside Village stylist Cimon Vozzo at the recent Burnside Village X Corryton Burge runway event to chat through the season’s latest trends.

Trench Coats

With the weather cooling down, finding the perfect mid-season jacket that will take you from day to night is essential. Introducing the trench coat, your new best friend. The light wardrobe staple will keep you warm on a night out without cramping your style. Rug up with a chunky scarf or slip on a pair of kitten heels and LBD for Friday night drinks. In classic hues or beige and black, a trench coat is a must-have item this season.

Statement Sweaters

The predicted colour trends for A/W 2022 will see tinges of olive green, burnt orange and deep purple peppered throughout your wardrobe. But one way to stand out amongst the darker shades is to add a statement sweater to your closet. Whether this is a chunky cardigan in bold colours, a brightly-coloured knit or a funky embossed jumper, you’ll be cosy yet fashion fresh this season. Pair with a maxi skirt and Alias Mae boots for an AW take on boho chic that cuts through the cold weather drab. 

Wool Coats

It’ll make you look like you strut the streets of Paris and it’ll keep you snug as a bug. Wool coats are a needed addition to beat La Nina’s frosty feelings, cold temperatures and wet weather this winter. Being toasty trumps being trendy – but who said you had to sacrifice style for comfort? Wool coats are the perfect antidote to the cooler climate, letting you dress to impress while avoiding the nippy air. The long length of these coats helps elongate your winter outfit. Pair with knee-high boots or tights and a mini skirt. 

Looking for more AW inspiration? South Australian model Olivia Rogers and new husband Justin McKeone are the faces of Burnside Village’s AW Series. You can see the stunning shoot with all the latest trends on Burnside Village’s Instagram

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Fringe Fashion

The Adelaide Fringe brings out the best in our city. From closed laneways to street sideshows and the glittery Garden of Unearthly Delights and Gluttony duo in the East End – the CBD is electric. 

Alongside the eccentricities and festivities, you can’t help notice something brewing in Adelaide’s fashion scene. The vibrancy from performers and Fringe pop-ups infiltrates its way through Adelaidian’s subconscious, down to the tips of their toes. 

The license to do as you wish, fashion wise, grants closeted extroverts the chance to slip into the sparkly gem that’s been hiding at the back of their cupboard. Loud prints and bold colours usually make for a clothing clash. But during the Adelaide Fringe, anything goes. 

Hoping to catch a glimpse of the Fringe fashion moving through Adelaide’s CBD, South Australian Style headed to Gluttony. La Niña’s storm clouds and cold nights weren’t enough to keep the colourful outfits at bay.  

“I’m here for the Fringe, dressed for the Fringe,” says Gluttony-goer Huffy. “When I think of the Fringe, this is the outfit that came to my mind.”

Dressed in a metallic pink jacket and acid wash jeans, Huffy’s vivid 70s-inspired outfit cut through the bodies of people hurrying to performances. A pop of neon yellow was fastened in her hair, contrasting with her bright blue crocodile handbag from Kate Spade. 

By the bustling food vendors and the Alpha Box and Dice vintage pop-up bar (and online store) Sometimes Always, a flash of neon green moved past. In a matching skirt suit, paired with a white tank, Reeboks and Prada handbag, Fringe-goer Georgia says the time of year inspired her to whip out her brightest ensemble. 

“I decided to put together an outfit that’s really colourful for the Fringe,” she says. “It’s a fun time of year. People are creative and that makes you want to be creative with your outfits.” 

Keeping within the vibrant colour theme, Gluttony-goer Chloe sported a black Michael Kors bag stamped with the designer’s name in neon yellow ink. Styled with leather pants and an orange tank top, she looked effortlessly cool while capitalising on the Mad March vibe. 

“I picked my outfit based upon wanting a pop of colour,” Chloe says. “The neon orange bounces off the colour of the bag and makes two statement pieces, while the white pants tone it down a bit.” 

Searching to score a new piece to add to your Fringe fashion collection? Head to the Found Market at this year’s Garden of Unearthly Delights. 

Nestled beside the iconic Pineapple Brothers bar, the row of decked out vintage stores, bespoke jewellery makers and the quirky Dulcie’s Vintage Bus means you’ll find a piece to continue your Fringe fashion long after Mad March wraps up.  

Words Zara Richards

SA Style’s VDay Gift Guide

Need some gift inspiration for Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you covered. Here are some full-proof ideas for what to grab your loved one this VDay.

For Her

For Him

Getting down to (Fashion) Business

TAFE SA’s fashion business courses are putting our state on the runway.

South Australian’s are in a unique position to achieve the dream of pursuing a flourishing fashion career.

We’re the birthplace and home of some of Australia’s most beloved designers, from Acler to Paolo Sebastian. Toss in the fact that now you can access a top-notch local higher education qualification in fashion, and you’ve got a pattern for success. That’s what Kelly Docking learned when she decided a career change was in the air and enrolled at TAFE SA. After stints in a business degree at university, and as a qualified hairdresser, Kelly is now pursuing a career in fashion.

“Recently, I decided that moving into the fashion business world was the next step for me in my career,” Kelly explained. “The [TAFE SA Fashion Styling Short Course] allowed me to have some insight into what skills are required to work in the fashion industry and sparked an interest in me that this was the direction I wanted to work in next.”

The short course was enough for Kelly to know that she wanted to pursue fashion as a career and presented her with the skills and networking opportunities needed to succeed. Kelly has already jumped at her next TAFE SA opportunity and enrolled in the new Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (Fashion Business) (MST60119).

Sonia Fragnito’s journey in fashion took her from retail to a coveted position at one of South Australia’s best-known fashion brands, Acler. Beginning a Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology (MST30819) at TAFE SA Sonia quickly decided fashion was her future. When the pathway to a Flinders University degree in Creative Arts (Fashion) became available she jumped at it.

“The TAFE SA course [provides] what students need to learn to be successful in the industry and adapt to how the industry is constantly changing,” Sonia noted while discussing the collaborative nature of her studies. “Studying at TAFE SA gave me the skills and confidence I needed to apply for internships and jobs. The course I studied was broad and we were challenged to motivate ourselves to hone in on what we love.”

To find out more, visit tafesa.edu.au/fashion or email busarts@tafesa.edu.au

Words Grace Marryat     
Photography Jaz Anderson and Juan Van Staden

Microtrends

The fleeting footwear trends to get on board with this season. 

funky mules
Done By Matea Puffy Heel

The 17th century iconic slipper choice of the French has well and truly made its way back into the shoe collections of people everywhere, but now with a new purpose. While mules have been on trend for quite a few seasons, bright, colourful and unique mules are what is dominating fashion right now.

How to wear

Whether you’re wearing your go-to LBD or your classic monochrome get-up, pairing some lime green or fluro pink mules to that outfit will make you stand out in the best way possible. If you’re going all bright this summer, colour block your shoes to your outfit.

Why you need a pair

If mules meet at the intersection of practicality and professionalism, then this mule microtrend runs straight through the red-light. This season, bright colours are in and your shoes are no exception. Take advantage of this trend and experiment with your shoe choice. Get creative, get funky and step out of your comfort zone.

Our pick

Done by Matea is an Australia-based artisan shoemaker who has your funky mule covered. 
For a bright mule moment, try the Puffy Heels, or if you’re looking for a conversation starter shoe, the Not Paper Heels are our top pick. All Done by Matea shoes are handmade to order, which not only makes each shoe unique, but means they are sustainable too.

If you’re ready to jump into bright mules but not willing to go totally out there, By Far’s Beliz Venus Gloss Grained Leather is a great pick, or perhaps the Nelson Made Ione Mule in Butter if you are in need of a neutral shoe.

(Top to bottom) Nelson Made Ione Mule Butter, $399, nelsonmade.com.au; Done by Matea Not Paper Heels, $759, donebymatea.com; By Far Beliz Venus Gloss Grained Leather, $680, byfar.com; Done by Matea Puffy Heels, $590, donebymatea.com

ballet flats
Essen Foundation Flat White Ballet Flat

Early 2000s fashion is dominating fashion runways and our Instagram feeds. Dior’s Spring/Summer 2021 runway confirmed the resurgence of the ballet flat with their stunning netted black flat. 

How to wear

Slip on a pair of ballet flats with a maxi dress or skirt, or even a pair of tailored trousers or shorts. Honestly, any outfit could call for a ballet flat, they are that versatile.

Why you need a pair

It’s best to work smarter not harder, and this is especially the case with fashion. Ballet flats are not only comfortable and practical, but also versatile and can work with almost anything. If you’re building a capsule wardrobe, a pair of neutral ballet flats is a necessity. You’ll be thanking us when these shoes become your go-to for style and comfort.

Our pick

We can’t go past Country Road Claudia Ballet Flats, or a pair of Carvela Kurt Geiger comfort flats for an elevated look.

(Top to bottom) Country Road Claudia Ballet Flat, $99.95, countryroad.com.au;

Carvela Kurt Geiger Comfort, 175, davidjones.com; Essen Foundation Flat White, $286, essenthelabel.com; Essen Foundation Flat Silver, $286, essenthelabel.com

Words Evangeline Polymeneas

SA Road Trip with Laura Sharrad

No one quite knows their way around the McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills epicurean regions like SA Style and Solitaire Volkswagen Ambassador Laura Sharrad.

Adelaide restaurateur and chef, Laura Sharrad, started her career in the famed wine region of McLaren Vale before cooking her way to runner-up on MasterChef season six (and also on season twelve). Not content with becoming a household name, Laura now owns and runs two popular Adelaide restaurants, Nido Bar and Pasta and lauded newcomer, Fugazzi.

On a beautiful summer day, SA Style had the honour of joining Laura on a luxury road trip through the regions.

“I love taking the Volkswagen Tiguan through the hills, there is plenty of space in the boot for all the fresh produce and wine purchases I make along the way,” says Laura. “The navigation system has cool features like voice and gesture control, and I also love to get the tunes going when I am driving through regional SA, so the Apple CarPlay® comes in handy!”

The Edible Garden

Laura’s first stop was McMillan & Drew’s edible garden at Penny’s Hill Winery in the McLaren Vale. It’s a memorable stop given that Laura’s first job was actually at Penny’s Hill.

“I started working at Penny’s back in the summer of 2012/2013 when I moved to South Australia from Melbourne,” Laura says. “We used to hold the most magical weddings on the weekends, and I think that’s where I fell in love with hospitality. I was there for the year before I applied for MasterChef.” 

This road trip is the first time Laura has returned to Penny’s Hill in years. “To see the property as beautiful as ever is just so special, as well as all the familiar faces that are still around the place. It will always hold a special place in my heart.” 

Penny’s Hill Winery is also home to McMillan & Drew, a specialist garden filled with edible flowers, rare herbs and natives that are supplied to some of the state’s most awarded restaurants.

“I feel like edible flowers are such a beautiful way to add colour and visuals to any dish – from canapés to salads to sweets,” she says. “They are perfect over a summer pavlova or a little lemon tart – and of course can spruce up a cheese platter, which are all the rage at the moment, and so they should be. I have picked up some supplies for a cheese platter from Burnside Village and I will be using these flowers on this platter this evening.”

Laura suggests featuring a mild flower on cheeseboards like Borage or Valerian to complement the star of the platter – cheese.

A Long Lunch

Cruising towards the Adelaide Hills region in a Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line, Laura’s next stop was the award-winning Longview Vineyard. 

It’s just a short half-hour between McLaren Vale and Macclesfield, which Laura says is one of the things she loves most about holidaying in South Australia. “Everything in SA is so close and super easy to get to. The best part is each region is so different and offers so much that there’s no need to leave our beautiful state.”

The cellar door at Longview Vineyard was constructed to highlight the stunning vistas surrounding it. Being featured in Gourmet Traveller WINE 2021 Australia’s Best Cellar Door Awards shows that its charm hasn’t been lost on Australia.

“The grounds and the views are just incredible and showcase the best of the [Adelaide] Hills,” remarks Laura.

Longview’s cellar door is celebrated for its food and wine experiences. Weekend guests can sit back with estate-grown wines passionately paired with a seasonal, globally-inspired, shared set menu.

The stellar menu at Longview kicks off with a tempting antipasto plate. “The food and wine are at such a high standard,” says Laura. “You just can’t go wrong with an antipasto plate – all house-made pickles, the quality of the cured meats and some fresh cheeses are always the best way to start any meal,” says Laura. “I’m very good at over-ordering!” 

The Fettuccine Primavera is the star dish currently on the menu. With a green pea pesto, fresh vegetables and topped off with a fior di latte. “The freshness of the Fettuccine Primavera screams summer.”

Not to be outshone, the Pasta del Giorno (pasta of the day) was gnocchi. “The gnocchi with brown butter and pumpkin was to die for,” says Laura.

Finishing with the Tagliata Di Manzo was an excellent choice. The pan-seared beef pairs perfectly with the vincotto and the freshness of the rocket and parmesan.

Unfortunately, after trying all the mains, dessert was too much. “But that is what next time is for!” Laura laughs.

Longview is the perfect place to indulge in food, wine and scenery. Lunch is only available on Saturday and Sunday, however, weekday visitors can still get a taste of what Longview has to offer with seated wine tastings, cheese boards and antipasto.

A Relaxing Retreat

Everyone knows that after a big day and a big lunch it’s time for a relaxing evening retreat.

“Boutique and luxury accommodation is the way to go – I’m not a camper, so anything with a bathtub and exceptional views, I am there,” Laura says.

She’s giving the Tiguan a break and settling in for the night at The Vineyard Retreat McLaren Vale. After a quick change – she’s swapped her two-piece broderie skirt and top from Seed at Burnside Village with a retro-inspired floral mini dress from Oroton (also from Burnside) – it’s onto the cheese platter.

She’s come prepared with gourmet fare from the extensive selection at Burnside Village, ready to share some tips for the perfect board.

The cheeses are the absolute highlight of a good cheese board, Laura tells us. “You have to nail them. It’s always important to get a mix of cheeses, all really good quality.”

Tonight’s gourmet board features some MasterChef-worthy South Australian cheeses; Derry-O Organic Blue, Adelaide Select Matured Cheddar and Divine Dairy Organic Camembert.

Laura’s biggest tip for the most decadent cheese board is a gooey soft brie – “Always a brie! It’s the showstopper of any party!” she says.

A cheese board for supper, and maybe a sip or two of some stellar local wines among vines, and you’ve got the recipe for the perfect South Australian road trip. 

Laura drove a Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line in Dolphin Grey from Solitaire Volkswagen during her SA escape and was dressed by Burnside Village. Food produce was also supplied by Burnside Village.

Dressed by Burnside Village
Words Grace Marryat     
Photography Gretl Watson-Blazewicz     
Styling Cimon Vozzo     
Stylist Assistant Jess Rogers     
HMUA Crystal Terreu     
Clothing and produce Burnside Village     
Transport Volkswagen Tiguan R-line in Dolphin Grey from Solitaire Volkswagen     
Shot on location at McMillan & Drew, Longview Vineyard and The Vineyard Retreat

Is it OK to Regift?

As the gifting season fast approaches, the ethics surrounding regifting unwanted gifts rears its sustainable head.

There is so much stigma surrounding regifting, however, in the current climate where the war on waste is raging, why is it so taboo?

Alexis Todorovski from SCRgroup, Australia’s largest and most innovative company for the recovery of unwanted textiles and household items, is a big supporter of regifting and recommends it as a more sustainable gift buying option.

Alexis offers some words of wisdom on the rules of regifting to ensure your unwanted present ends up with someone who will appreciate it.

1. Never regift within the same circle

An obvious point that needs to be emphasised. It is important to create as much distance as possible between the gift and the giver. This will reduce the risk of anyone finding out and any feelings being hurt as a result.

2. Regift with the recipient in mind

Find a person who you can imagine buying something similar for anyway. The goal is to ensure the gift gets maximum use and appreciation.

3. Don’t forget about donating

If you can’t think of who to regift it to or it’s just not worthy of being passed on to your friends or family, then before you decide to throw it away or store it, consider dropping it off at a charity or SCRgroup collection hub.

4. Assess the condition

If you don’t want anyone to know you’re regifting then it’s important to make sure it’s in the perfect condition and original packaging. You will also need to look out for any labels or personalisation that may have been added to the gift for you. No one wants to be caught regifting a gift that has been engraved with their name!

Every Christmas SCRgroup sees a significant increase in illegal dumping with many people leaving their unwanted gifts outside collection hubs. If you’re looking to get rid of unwanted gifts, considering regifting. There is nothing wrong with finding a new home for an item, especially if you would buy that same gift for that person anyway.


Remove the stigma of regifting and practice being sustainable.

Seasonal Staples

Westfield stylists Jamie Reilly and Damian Porcaro shop for this season’s essentials at Westfield Marion.

“Glassons and Gorman are the newest retailers to join the fashion mix at Westfield Marion,” says stylist Damian Porcaro, and this season both stores are celebrating colour with playful prints and vibrant block colours.

Colour is going to be everywhere and the advice from the Westfield stylists is to have fun with what promises to be the look of the season. “Block coloured matching separates are on the must-have list”, says Damian. “Think linen blazers with a matching wide legged pant, a crop and matching skirt, or even a shirt and matching shorts. These items also work double duty when paired back with other pieces in your wardrobe.”

Jamie agrees, saying to go for “anything with a pop of colour” and to slowly introduce the colour into your wardrobe if you’re unsure. Accessories are a great place to start, so begin by adding a colour-blocked bag before working your way up to a complete colour-blocked outfit by experimenting with different combinations.

Not to be forgotten, coloured shoes will also be a big trend. Damian says to go for a baby blue or emerald green heel, paired back with a neutral outfit.

If you’re unsure of how to make this daring colour trend work for you, why not enlist the help of a Westfield stylist and a personal styling session. Jamie and Damian can help with seasonal staples, or perhaps it’s just a single outfit for an upcoming event. “We can help with anything”, says Jamie, “as well as offering tips and tricks on how to dress for your body shape.”

Stylist’s Top Picks

1. NARS Air Matte Lip Color, $37, Mecca; 2. Chelsea Gingham Blazer, $149.95, Decjuba; 3. Acrylic Matte Ring 2 Pack, $12.99, Glassons; 4. Knot Heel, $199, Gorman; 5. Kaitlin Johnson x Gorman Resonance Canvas Tote, $59, Gorman

Morphettville’s Irish Spring Fling

We will be welcoming the luck of the Irish as the South Australian Jockey Club presents the Irish Spring Fling at Morphettville Racecourse. This race will be closing Morphettville’s Spring Carnival season and is the perfect welcome into summer.

The Irish themed event is a summer celebration to attend. Enjoy the on-track racing while watching the prestigious Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes live on the big screens. Pair your viewing with an exclusive hospitality package or enjoy the Guinness on tap with general admission.

Leaving spring with a bang, the day will conclude with a concert from Vertigo The U2 Experience.

Date: Saturday, 6 November 2021

Gates Open: 11am

Where: South Australian Jockey Club, Morphett Road, Morphettville.

Parking is available at The Junction on Anzac Highway for $10.