Monday, February 22, 2010

What I Wore - My Fashion Uniform

When I want to look simple and chic I always rely on classic black. As a stylist I am often meeting clients, designers and photographers during the day and first impressions count so its important that I dress to impress. As such I have come up with what I call my "fashion uniform" which entails a few key pieces in black that I can easily pair together and look great in. The black deconstructed blazer is on-trend right now and a wardrobe must have for those trans-seasonal Summer days and this city chic one is perfect as I have been looking for something like it for a while.My leggings are a constant of my daily wear, as are my black wedges. I teamed my "uniform" with another deconstructed piece, the grey stripe dress from city chic, which tied the look together along with my favourite statement necklace by local designers Lola & Bailey. What is your fashion Uniform?

Night Flower - Dolce & Gabbana SS Runway Inspired Night Look

The perfect party look for the party season. Floral is hot right now so why not take it to that next level and add a giant flower necklace as seen on the pages pf Vogue and front row at the D&G show on fellow fashion blogger and personal friend Bryan Boy (who was sitting 1 seat away from infamous Vogue USA Editor Anna Wintour). Flower Power!

Digital Prints - Bold Digital Prints equal LOVE

[ Left ] Alpha60 [ Middle ] Christopher Kane [ Right ] Friedrich Gray

Digital prints are huge at the moment with everyone from Christopher Kane to Alpha60 using them in their SS10 collections. As this is a 1990's trend you can have fun and play with some vintage styling (yes the 1990's are officially vintage now!) How 90's is a full length skirt teamed with some round sunnies? You can modernise the look with some hot bootie wedges and voila your in digital print heaven.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

V Mag Size Issue - Plus size fashion on a newsstand near you

[Left] Gabourey Sidibe star of film Precious [Right] Nicola Formichetti's styled "Curves Ahead" shoot

Innovative American magazine has dedicated its whole February issue to plus size models and fashion. The spreads are truly inspirational.

With Lady GaGa's stylist Nicola Formichetti, Chanel's designer and general fashion maestro Karl Lagerfield and not to mention renowned fashion photographer Terry Richardson working on the shoots for the issue, it truly is a ground breaking momentous occasion, to get fashion bigwigs like Karl Lagerfield to work on this project is no mean feat in itself. He famously is opposed to plus size models and once said "No one wants to see curvy women, you've got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television and saying that thin models are ugly".

This issue will hopefully mark a turning point in the fashion industry where plus size fashion is accepted and seen as high fashion. Why do we have to miss out while everyone else gets to have all the fun? For me as a stylist it's even more exciting as I have always wanted to portray plus size fashion the way I see it, that it's beautiful and just as creative.

Regular model Jacquelyn Jablonski and plus size model Crystal Renn by Terry Richardson

[Left] "Coco a Go-Go" by Karl Lagerfield [Right] "V Love U The Way U R" by Terry Tsiolis

Denim & Black - Alexander Wang SS Inspired look

Alexander Wang SS

Alexander Wang is the biggest name in fashion right now. His take on the grunge/rock look has taken the fash pack by storm and you too can dress the part with a few key pieces and some killer heels.

City Chic introduces Hayley Hughes

City Chic's new blogger and stylist

Hi, my name is Hayley Hughes, otherwise known as Fashion Hayley. I'm a blogger, stylist and street style photographer who just so happens to be plus size. I'm really excited to join City chic as their resident blogger and stylist as I really am passionate about looking great at any size. Fashion is for everyone and I hope that with this blog you too will feel confident in what you wear.

As far as introductions go I figured I better tell you a little bit about myself. I live in Melbourne, with my husband and our pet dog. I have a personal fashion blog, where I document everything that I'm doing in terms of my fashion career as a stylist, street style photographer and sometime fashion writer. I used to live in Tokyo and I try to get back there as much as I can, the fashion is just so different to here, it's a constant source of inspiration.

Today Tonight channel 7 interview about being plus size and working in the fashion industry

The highlights of my fashion styling career would be assisting in the WHO magazine "Sexiest people of 2009" shoot with supermodels Miranda Kerr, Megan Gale and 7PM Project host Ruby Rose, which was a very surreal day to say the least. As a photographer I have attended fashion weeks both here in Australia and in Japan and have been featured in magazines all over the world, most recently the February issue of Cleo. My blog has given me exposure, which in turn lead to being interviewed on Channel 7's Today Tonight about working in the fashion industry and the discrimination I face as a plus size woman. Which is why I am so excited about this opportunity with City Chic. I want to prove that plus size is fashionable and that you can dress well regardless of your size.

Assistant Stylist on WHO magazines Sexiest People shoot with Miranda Kerr, Ruby Rose and Megan Gale

Cleo magazine Feb 2010 interview about my street fashion photography

Freelance fashion styling for publications

As part of this blog I am going to answer your styling questions so please send them to my email.