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Noosa has grown into a mecca for producers of fine fashion and food. Our Autumn spread is a nod to the region’s finest Slow Food leaders and slow fashion artists who work by hand to deliver unique garments made with love and care.

Craftwork is king in 2019! Hand made, ethical and sustainable are the new black. Embellishments like fringing, feathers, beads and sequins are being used in clothing and accessories – especially shoes! Get yourself some fancy feathered flats.

This year we welcome back those trippie hippie vibes with tie-dye and crochet spotted on international catwalks. This trend is a little more luxurious than the free spirited styles from the seventies with more structured garments being created using tie-dyed fabrics. Tie dye DIY or shop some of the local handcrafted labels that have been offering us these garments since, like, before it was even fashionable.

Bow down to the bow – it’s bows on bags, in your hair and on your clothing. The scrunchie revival of 2018 has been updated and now includes the hair bow. The headwear must haves are hair wraps, scarves, wide brim and oversized hats.

Nautical, sea-inspired accessories continue to shine with seashells, pearls, net and rope popular. Coral coloured shoes keep this theme alive and swimming.

Sneakers are on the radar too but seek out those totally OTT styles that scream LOOK AT MY FEET!

Don’t stress if you’re a minimalist – the basic white sneaker is cool but this year it needs a super chunky sole. While we are exploring sneakers I should also tell you that velcro is back and ‘ugly sneakers’ are a thing – think the bulky hiking style shoe (note: not all trends are good ones).

In fact, this year we see velcro sandals on the feet of many a fashionista (never say never)!

A pleated midi or maxi skirt remains hot property and you’ll notice the black and white check pop up in your favourite styles – not so much the gingham we have been seeing lots of but more checkered flag race-in-and-make-a-statement kinda checks.

And remember the return of the bike short – not fully phased out – it’s still a thing but the new knee length tailoured short or Bermuda short is bringing some class to the game. Tailored shorts, pants and jackets will always say style.

Fashion is trend, style lives within a person so if the trends do not reflect you or bring you a sense of fun in fashion – back away from it.

And if all this fashion trend talk has you seeing red, well my job is done RED IS HOT and bang on trend!

Shop local, you’ll love it!

Carlie x

Warm desert and sunset hues are favoured as we head into Autumn and we love a little vintage floral. It’s a big tick to add a raffia bag and platform sneaker. Dress & shoes by Travelling Kimono; Bag by BAE – Before Anyone Else; earrings by That’s Darling Location: Noosa Reds.

pictured above Judy Copley Couture tie dyed play suit, That’s Darling Jewels and nude heels from Myer, Sunshine Plaza. 

Hollywood Glamour meets handcrafted art – adorn the body with beautiful pieces with stories to tell Location: Bamboo Australia. Mille wears Laloom kaftan, wired head wrap by Madame Melanie and earrings by Lovisa, Noosa Civic.

Prairie Moon dress and earrings by That’s Darling.

Number 22 by Cinzia Calarco skirt and top, Lovisa earrings from Noosa Civic, Frankie4 shoes from Feet First Footwear Noosa.

Jimindi Noosa tie dyed dress, Maggie and Me earrings and bracelets. Location: Noosa Earth Mushrooms.

It’s All About Me dress, Dolly Did It jewellery and shoes from Ma Petite Boutique Location: Bamboo Australia.

Boom Shankar top and skirt, That’s Darling earrings and Frankie4 slides from Feet First Footwear Noosa. Location: Noosa Reds.

Wyse Yasmin dress, jewels from Isabellas and metallic mesh clutch from Smolder Bags Location: Fiona’s Fancies.

Mille wears Boom Shankar dress, Lovisa earrings from Noosa Civic, Frankie4 shoes from Feet First Footwear Noosa, bag from That’s Darling. Roxy the dog wears headscarf by That’s Darling. Upcycled timber lounge by Revive Timber Designs. Location: Revive Timber Designs.


CREATIVE DIRECTOR Carlie Wacker @worldofwacker  HAIR Lexi Surrender Dorothy MAKEUP Danielle @danielleruskomakeup for @photo_finish_makeup  MODEL Mille @milleravnstoevring PHOTOGRAPHY Paul Fletcher @fletcher_photography_aus

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Carlie Wacker has worked in the media entertainment industry for over 20 years. From television to stage and radio she has been lucky enough to work her way around the whole country. Over the last 10 years she has styled and choreographed innovative fashion parades and talent shows and brings her love for fashion and entertainment as our Fashion Editor and Editor for Hello Sunshine Magazine. She is also an MC, voice-over artist and radio announcer.

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