Kookai are renowned for their runway events – if you manage to score an invite, you always RSVP ‘attending’.
The scene was set this year at The George Ballroom in St Kilda which is one of those magical Melbourne venues which takes you from the run-down-but-still-hopeful Fitzroy Street into a building that oozes a grand, romantic charm. Think Beauty and the Beast castle, but just one room and with a bunch of questionable food joints around it.
As always, those attending were just as interesting to spectate as the show itself. There was a mixed crowd of both fashion bloggers and models and their dress codes were noticeably different. While bloggers opted for casual cool, models chose pretty and pampered looks. The combination of the two created a crowd worth watching.
The runways presented us with what Kookai does best; fitted and fun outfits that you end up owning for six years because you know you will pull out again and again. As expected for a Winter Showcase, there was a lot of black, grey and khaki, but this was interspersed with pretty pops of red, teal and white. Knee high boots turned flouncy dresses into winter staples that you can layer. The standout piece for me was the silky teal slip dress that shimmered down the runway. You’ll find me wearing that with a band tee and leather jacket around Chapel Street shortly.
Nikki Pash is one half of the fashion-blogging powerhouse duo STATES OF STYLE. The brainchild of cousins Nikki and Michelle, the girls have always appreciated the distinctive ways individuals can create a unique outfit that represents their own personality.
Nikki’s style is distinctly Melbourne and recently featured in Harper’s BAZAAR. Whether it’s mixing a graphic tee with a flowing skirt and a chunky necklace, or donning a slinky little black dress – the sky’s the limit when it comes to style for Nikki!