Style Stalker: Erin

By Jemma Mrdak

WOW! was the word that came straight to mind when we spotted the stunning and immaculately dressed Erin out shopping this weekend. We just had to stop and ask her a few details about her stylish outfit.

The mid-length maxi dress instantly caught our eye. It was the perfect fit and looked great. Dressed head-to-toe in vibrant blues, purples and black, Erin is a true representation of what we should expect to see from Canberra women this season: more colour and mid-length dresses!

The weather is too beautiful for one not to wear bright colours, which Erin styled with sleek black accessories. We love that she was able to mix a beautiful dress with precisely-chosen accessories that weren't over the top!

As this very hot Summer rolls on, why don't you try mixing it up a bit? Swap those T-shirts and shorts for a free flowing mid-length maxi dress that will not only keep you cool, but simply make you look and feel beautiful!

Dress: Op Shop

Belt: Cue

Shoes: Diana Ferrari

Bag: Mollini

Sunglasses: Bill Bass

Trend Report: Pastels

If there is one trend that suits all four seasons and looks great on anyone, it’s pastel. This is one of the few trends able to be worn head-to-toe creating an overall lady-like look, which can easily be taken from day to night.

Pastels are most popular during Spring - popping up at outdoor events such as the polo or the races and picnics - but they’re also great colours for the office, Friday afternoon cocktails and weekend activities.

So how can you implement the pastel trend into your wardrobe? Again, don’t be afraid to brave head-to-toe colour in pastel shades. Think lady-like stilettoes with pointed toes, knee-length hemlines, dainty florals, hats, sunglasses, jewelry and classic purses.

Try pairing crop jackets and flowing dresses for day wear, skirts and soft blouses for the office, and structured pants with a floral-print bustier for the evening. Experiment with the rainbow of colours, fabric textures, soft feathers, and even lace for a classic take on the trend.

This style is all about being daring with feminine beauty and it’s a good excuse to be overly chic! Plus, it’s light and fresh and is a great complimenting colour palette for every skin tone.

Image: Paloma Faith (who even has pastel locks - we love it!)

Style Stalker: Rachel

Today as the temperature rises, most Canberran's would want to stay inside. Not Rachel! This stylish girl was found enjoying a lovely lunch in Manuka on this boiling Summer's day - and didn't she look hot!

Rachel has managed to stay cool in her cotton maxi skirt, looking every bit a fashionista that screams effortless style. Paired with a black shirt which gives the outfit a nice contrast with the bright pop of colour from the handbag (her favourite item!). Rachel has struck the perfect balance for the strong black-and-white monochrome.

We are also loving her Ombre hairstyle for Summer!

We know it's hot ladies, but you can still pull off a a stylish look wearing a maxi skirt in this weather! Just make sure you wear the right fabrics, colours and styles that suit you best.

Top: Target

Skirt: Cotton On

Bag: Colette

Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Designer Profile: Alex Perry

Alex Perry is an Australian Fashion Designer, Judge on Australia's Next Top Model and one of the Designer Mentors on Project Runway Australia.

A graduate of the prestigious East Sydney Fashion Design Studio, Alex and his label from very early on have carried a unique trademark signature: beautifully cut hand-crafted pieces with quality finishes in the most luxurious fabrics. Launching his eponymous women's label in the early 1990s, Alex’s gowns were instantly acclaimed by leading Australian Magazines and Australian celebrities such as Megan Gale, Sarah Murdoch and Miranda Kerr. Many other A-List celebrities have also worn Perry's designs, one being Sandra Bullock who recently wore a gown from his Cruise 14 collection to the Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala.

In 2011, Alex was awarded the title of ‘Designer of the Year’ at the Prix De Marie Claire Awards which again cemented Alex’s credibility as a designer. Apart from being busy designing, hosting televisions shows, producing runway shows, attending many events, and having a very successful collaboration with optical giant Specsavers, Perry also makes sure his style is top-notch! Always stepping out looking fabulous, make no mistake this man knows a thing or two.

Follow @AlexPerry007 on both Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date with his stunning designs and projects. We also know that Alex makes a few visit's to Canberra every so often to hang out with some of his family who live here, so keep your eyes peeled next time you're OutInCanberra!

Style Stalker: Parhyse

By Jemma Mrdak

This weekend Canberrans welcomed the second Hustle&Scout Twilight Market at the award-winning Nishi Building in NewActon. This time around, the market was bigger and better then ever featuring lots more designer stalls and great entertainment!

At the Hustle&Scout Twilight Market, OutInCanberra spotted a variety of fashionable Canberrans who definitely know how to dress for this type of event (or fashionista heaven as we like to call it). One particular favourite was Parhyse, who stood out with her print and colour contrasting outfit.

Parhyse was dressed for an evening of shopping and fashion-hunting in her comfortable (yet still on-trend) and very stylish outfit. We love the risk Parhyse has taken with pairing two different types of prints, and we think its safe to say that she has pulled it off with perfect matching colour tones. Adding black and gold accessories to a predominantly blue outfit was a great mix.

Casual and cool, Parhyses favourite part of her outfit was her zigzag patterned skirt, not only because it provided a fresh look, but because she bought it from a Sydney designer. Parhyse is all about supporting Australian talent - fitting for a night at the Hustle&Scout Twilight Market.

Be bold and be brave, fashion lovers. Combine prints for that stand out effect - it's easier then you think!

Top: Minkpink

Skirt: Lolitta- Sydney designer

Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Wallet: Witchery

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