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.

Off to the Races with Kate Freebairn

With the races approaching faster than the horses set to race, the time crunch to find that perfect outfit is becoming realer by the minute. To provide some much need inspiration, South Australian Style spoke to Network 10’s Races Fashion and Entertainment Co-Host, Kate Freebairn.

What are the biggest trends that you’re expecting to see this racing season?

Coming out of COVID restrictions, this year’s Carnival is a big celebration and I expect the fashion to reflect that. We’ll be seeing lots of bold, bright, block colours and balloon sleeves. I’m a big fan for tailored suits and I think they’ll be big this year.

When it comes to headwear – a classic hat is always beautiful but this year headbands are the new fascinators. They’re fresh and fun and so easy to wear.

What are the fashion faux pas of the races?

Elegant is always best for a day at the races. Don’t go too short with your dress, too low with your neckline, or show too much skin. This season, cut-outs are everywhere but they’re on the banned list at the races in Sydney and Melbourne. Although Adelaide’s race days are generally a little more casual, it might be best to err on the side of caution.

This goes without saying – the ultimate faux pas is taking off your shoes. You’ll have big regrets the next day!

With that being said, what’s a full-proof races outfit?

For me, it’s a tailored suit with a classic wide brimmed hat. It’s classy, flattering and comfortable to wear all day. Add a statement pair of shoes and a bag and you’re set.

So…what will you be wearing?

I’m hosting the TV coverage on all four days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, so I’ve mixed it up. I’m usually a minimalist but we’ve pushed the boundaries for Cup Day! I’ve teamed up with an incredible designer, who is creating something amazing for me. It’s bright, bold and will be a lot of fun to wear.

In terms of entertainment, what’s on offer this season?

You can catch the broadcast of the Melbourne Cup Carnival on Network 10 and we’ve got plenty in store for people watching at home or on the big screens at events across the country.

I’m teaming with up with Rob Mills to host the fashion and entertainment and as part of that we’re featuring the best dressed racegoers from across the country for Myer’s Fashions on Your Front Lawn. There were some great entries from SA too, so I’m looking forward to chatting to some of the entrants and seeing how our locals go.

Now, I hear you have some exciting news to share…

I’m having a baby! It’s a little girl and my partner, Nick and I couldn’t be happier. I’m almost halfway, so pregnancy has made dressing for the Carnival a little more challenging this year but it will be nice to see the bump on the screen! I’m due at the end of March and can’t wait.

Be sure to catch all the racing coverage on Network 10 this racing season.

Melbourne Cup at Morphettville

There is no better place to enjoy the race that stops the nation than at Adelaide’s premier racecourse, Morphettville. The Melbourne Cup is hosted this year by the South Australian Jockey Club on Tuesday, 2 November with gates opening up at 10am.

On the day, Morphettville Racecourse will be hosting amazing on-course racing, available to view, and also presenting the prestigious Melbourne Cup live from Flemington on their big screens.

With a range of hospitality packages to choose from, you can get down to the races with corporate guests, friends or family and feel taken care of appropriately.

Date: Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Gates Open: 10am

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

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

VIC Derby and Golden Eagle Day

With racing season just around the corner, it’s time to get your tickets to race day and find the perfect outfit. The South Australian Jockey Club is presenting the VIC Derby and Golden Eagle Day at Morphettville Racecourse and they invite you to dress up in your best black and white outfits and enjoy a day of racing.

This event is not only a must-attend for all racing enthusiasts, but also anyone in search of an entertaining day on the backdrop of fashion, racing and hospitality.

You can watch premium local racing on the track or be captivated by the big screens playing Sydney’s Golden Eagle and Victoria’s Derby.

Date: Saturday, 30 October 2021

Gates Open: 11am

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

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

Calèche: A South Australian Story

After migrating from France to Australia in 1973, Colette Foubert’s flair for fashion and Olivier Foubert’s business acumen led to the founding of Calèche. Offering bespoke European-inspired evening wear and bridal gowns, Calèche by Colette Foubert began stocking in boutiques across Europe. The years to follow would see Calèche grace the catwalk at the 1985 New York Fashion Week and be the only South Australian label to be invited to show at Paris Fashion Week.

In 1992 a London-based designer Liz applied for a job to work under Colette. Little did she know then, but this would lead to a romance between Liz and Colette’s youngest son Herve. Liz continued to work under Colette, taking over the helm of head designer in 2003, with a style and flair notably similar to her late mentor.

Almost 50 years later and Calèche has survived the rapid decline of the Australian manufacturing industry, competing heavily with offshore labels. 

“We try to keep up with the new European trends and styles” says Liz, “however, where we have been able to stand out is that we have focused on providing an exclusive and individualised made-to-measure experience to our Adelaide brides”. 

Recently moving away from wholesale manufacturing for Australia-wide stockists, Calèche decided to concentrate on providing exclusive couture gowns for Adelaide brides. Today, brides fly interstate from all over Australia to have the Calèche team create their very own bespoke gown. 

Now, Calèche is a second-generation family business with sons Eric and Herve taking over the management, Liz as head designer and Herve and Liz’s daughter Jess recently joining the team. Still proudly family owned and operated, Calèche will soon enter its 50th year of business, making it one of the longest enduring South Australian style icons. Designer Liz attributes the success of Calèche to their talented and carefully chosen team.

“Everyone is passionate about creating the best quality workmanship for the brand. When you think of Calèche we want you to think of exclusivity, quality and individuality,” says Liz, “this is what our team has worked so hard to achieve”. 

caleche.com.au

La Dolce Vita: Lauren Dilena

Ahead of her December wedding to fiancé Sam Willis, Adelaide darling Lauren Dilena plays dress-ups in a selection of stunning gowns from some of the beautiful bridal stores along Payneham Road, The Parade and across the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters.

Photographer Simon Cerere
Photographer’s Assistant Alessia Lunetta
Creative Director Chris Kontos
Creative Director’s Assistant Laura Ursino
HMUA Kelly Allison