MBFF Brisbane Arcade Group Show

MBFF Brisbane Arcade Group Show

Designers, celebrities, media and local fashion lovers have descended on the John Reid Pavilion at the Brisbane Showgrounds this week to honour ten years of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival.

The festival coincides with the arrival of the labels’ spring/summer collections in stores, meaning the public can purchase their favourite new looks immediately.

I attended the Brisbane Arcade Group Show on Tuesday night and was truly impressed with everything from the set-up of the venue, professionalism and of course the designs.

Brisbane Arcade Group Fashion Show, MBFF Brisbane

Brisbane Arcade Group Fashion Show, MBFF Brisbane

The show featured some of Queensland’s most celebrated fashion houses, including Irma J Smith House of Fashion, Maiocchi, Pia du Pradal, Tengdahl, Bora and Darb Bridal Couture.

The catwalk was set up in a large U shape, with fantastic views from all rows, and the show opened with an incredible score reminiscent of an old Hollywood film.

As for the collections, there was plenty of gorgeous detailing, a nod to spring racing, with a combination of more structured pieces, muted tones and bright florals, plus bohemian 70’s vibes with earthy tones, in keeping with current trends.

The Irma J Smith House of Fashion created alluring looks through classically silhouetted suits and evening gowns, using vivid colours and faultless workmanship.

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Irma J Smith House of Fashion, Brisbane Arcade Group Fashion Show

Maiocchi twisted nostalgic silhouettes into fresh modern garments with a focus on handmade details, quirky touches and delightful textures.

There were bright happy colours and prints as well as soft pastels and muted neutral tones on show from Pia.

From leisure and corporate wear through to cocktail and evening, Tengdahl’s innovative yet timeless designs reflected confidence and sophistication. With a sense of glamour and adventure, they epitomised Brisbane’s relaxed lifestyle.

The unique and creative garments on show from Bora featured an east meets west story, using traditional oriental jacquard fabrics and organza. With daring silhouettes, pink and black dominated the colour palette.

Darb Bridal Couture, Brisbane Arcade Group Show

Darb Bridal Couture, Brisbane Arcade Group Show

The romantic and sophisticated gowns by Darb Bridal Couture provided the perfect finale for the show. The extravagant, figure highlighting couture was simply awe-inspiring. You would truly feel like a princess, albeit a contemporary and fashion savvy one, wearing the designs.

The state’s leading fashion festival has been delighting audiences since Sunday with an exciting program of runway shows and related events.

If you want to see more from this week or shop any of the looks from above definitely check out the festival website HERE.

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Until next time,

My Eclectic Muse x

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White on White Outfit Envy

White on White Outfit Envy

With spring truly sprung in the Northern Hemisphere it’s no surprise white clothing has made a resurgence at the moment.

White lace in particular is everywhere this season, with dresses, shorts and tops with beading and paneling filling the runways.

Models for Valentino,Chloé and Louis Vuitton were dressed in delicate fabrics that played on the transparency of ethereal white lace with a nod to Romanticism.


Valentino 2015 Spring Ready to Wear via Pinterest.

Although traditionally associated with a spring/summer looks, paired with other fabrics, items with white lace can transition into other seasons (luckily for us Southern Hemisphereans).

While black basics are many women’s wardrobe staple, an all-white ensemble makes for a refreshing statement.

It’s easy to feel intimidated when putting together a monochromatic look, so if you are worrying about being too over the top, try grounding an outfit with pop of pastel or other neutral tones.

Want some serious outfit envy? See below for 10 gorgeous ensembles for some white on white style inspo!

My Eclectic Muse


Image via Pinterest.


Image via Pinterest.


Photo of Kim Kardashian-West via Pinterest.


Photo of Cara Delevinge via Pinterest


Image via Pinterest.


Photo of Kendall Jenner via Pinterest.


Photo of Gigi Hadid via Pinterest.


Photo of Selena Gomez via Pinterest.


Photo of Olivia Palermo via Pinterest.


Image via Buzzfeed.

Off-the-shoulder silhouettes

Off-the-shoulder silhouettes

If you’re carrying the whole world on your shoulders, there’s no reason to carry your sleeves too.

I’m loving the off-the-shoulder look at the moment…well in honesty I’ve been a fan and wearer for a while, but now the look seems to be everywhere. Stores are flooded with varying takes on the silhouette and there have been plenty of recent red carpet appearances by celebrities in elegant shoulder baring styles.

This is one of those trends that seems to make a comeback every decade – think back to old-school Hollywood glamour, the Flashdance legacy of collarless sweatshirts and the ’90s crop top. With everything from the ’90s in vogue at the moment it’s no surprise this trend is back in force.

It’s easy to see why the off-the-shoulder trend keeps making a recurrence as well. The look is relatively easy to pull off (try pairing an off-the-shoulder top with high-waisted trousers or a midi, or opt for a boho chic dress) and flattering for most body types.

With its popularity peaking at various points over the last century, off-the-shoulder silhouettes have transcended all tiers of formality.Whether it be a ball, a cocktail party or daytime event, an off-the-shoulder dress can help secure wow factor.

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1. Marilyn Monroe via Pinterest. 2. Emma Watson via Pinterest. 3. Miroslava Duma via Pinterest.

Interested in trying the off-the-shoulder trend for yourself?

Asos.com have a myriad of cute off-the-shoulder options at the moment.

The below three dresses are some of my favs!


ASOS Bardot Midi Skater Dress, $40.00.*

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ASOS Glamorous Off Shoulder Midi Dress, $59.00.*

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ASOS Fashion Union Off Shoulder Crop Dress In Floral Lace, $55.00.*

Thanks for stopping by to My Eclectic Muse! I hope you enjoyed this week’s Trending Tuesday post and are having a lovely week.

My Eclectic Muse

*Please note that prices in AUD are given in good faith and although correct at time of publication, may change.

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award Nomination

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award Nomination

I’m honoured to be nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, by eclectic feel. Thank you very much for my nomination!

With fun, fascinating posts on everything from style to DIY to home and design, eclectic feel is definitely worth a follow, so make sure you mosey on over and check out the blog.

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award recognises the unique voices of women bloggers around the world. To be included in the list of wonderful sister bloggers on eclectic feel‘s list, is a lovely recognition.


1. Thank and link the blogger who nominated you.

2. Answer the 10 questions your nominator has provided.

3. Nominate ten other bloggers.

4. Create 10 questions for your nominees and notify them of their nomination. sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award Questions from eclectic feel:

1. How long have been blogging for? I only started blogging with My Eclectic Muse this year, but I’m loving it! Full disclosure: I’ve been writing for a while though, in the past I’ve been a journo/fashion writer/columnist.

2. Who was your childhood crush? Good question. I can’t even remember haha.

3. If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? That everyone in the world had easy access to safe drinking water.

4. What’s your favourite type of blog post to read? One of the great things I’m finding about blogging, is that I’m reading so many eclectically diverse blog posts. I lean towards loving style posts the most, but I’m also a huge fan of quick and healthy recipe posts and in-depth beauty product reviews.

5. If you had to leave right now this second for a week away, what 3 beauty items would you pack? Mascara, moisturiser & hair conditioner.

6. Juices with kale or other veg in – yay! or Bleurgh? Depending on the combo really. I don’t mind juiced carrot, but I’m not on the “yay” scale of enthusiasm for veg juices.

7. Are you involved with any charities? Sadly no, not at the moment. I am keeping my eye out for events to volunteer at though, the last few I’ve looked at have unfortunately clashed with my working hours.

8. What’s your top tip for chilling out when you feel stressed? Focus on whether there is anything you can actually do about the situation that you’re stressed about. If there is, write a to do list on the tasks that need to be done and start actioning them. Otherwise, when I’m just wanting to completely escape, and can’t dive under the water in the ocean or a pool, I love reading a good book or watching a TV series.

9. Blazer or kimono? Blazer

10. What’s next for your blog? I’ve been enjoying blogging so far, so hopefully just more. More OOTD posts. More travel and beauty insights. More eclectic ramblings. More joy from blogging itself and spending more time reading other blogs.

My nominees:

In no particular order, my nominees are listed below.

Sorry awesome bloggers if you’ve already been awarded this one. If you have, just take the kudos for having a blog that’s appreciated and feel free to have a think about your answers to the questions anyway. Thank you for enriching my blogging journey to date!

Also, please don’t feel pressure to answer the questions for this award if you don’t want to. If you choose to participate the questions are below. I’d love to read your answers 🙂

The Beautified Blogger

the simple beginner

Danni Vee Beauty

stash matters

Doves and Roses


Fierce Villain

Tatum Writes

Dresses and Travels

Jessica Davis Make-Up

Questions for my nominees:

1. Using three words, how would you describe yourself?

2. What is your favourite time of day, and why?

3. What was the thing that made you the happiest in the last few weeks?

4. Where would you travel to if money was no object?

5. What advice would you give to new bloggers?

6. What is your favourite dessert?

7. What was the last book you read and would you recommend it?

8. What song/s or musician are you currently loving?

9. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

10. Do you prefer coffee, hot chocolate or tea?

Thank you for reading. For those who take up answering the questions – have fun!

My Eclectic Muse

’90s Style Revival

’90s Style Revival

History tends to repeat itself— this saying definitely holds true in the fashion world.

What prompted this Trending Tuesday post were two totally different ’90s flashback looks worn by my friends.

One outfit was an appropriately eclectic ’90s ensemble for a themed party (think butterfly clips – amaze!) and the other was a chic evening look that encompassed an old school trend that has made a resurgence of late.

There are so many ’90s trends that are making a comeback at the moment.

While there are some trends from that era that are wiggity-wiggity-wiggity-whack, others are definitely wearable when modernised and styled right (in my opinion anyway).

So here we go…

The ’90s beauty trend worth giving another go is deep berry lips. While this shade may have been a hit in the ’90s it is also being spotted frequently on today’s red carpet. The trick is to find a shade that suits you and pair with subtle eye makeup.


Image: Model Chrissy Teigen.

Jewellery wise, it’s all about the choker. This piece has come a long way since the ’90s. Remember the tattoo-style version? The look still lives on, as shown on recent catwalks, but in a more sophisticated style.

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Image: Christian Dior via Pinterest.

As for the clothes themselves, nineties grunge is back in a big way, albeit more polished. Think flannel shirts, crop tops and everything denim, in particular denim jackets.

Leighten Meester

Crop top? Check. Dark berry lip? Check. Grunge vibe? Checkity check. Actress Leighton Meester’s outfit epitomises the modernised ’90s look. Image via Pinterest.

Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you enjoyed this short post, which was one of my weekly Trending Tuesday segments.

My Eclectic Muse