Founded nearly a decade ago, FRANKiE 4 Footwear has established itself as one of our most beloved Brisbane brands, known for providing women with a healthier option for fashion footwear. They’ve been around the block, expanding across the country (and the globe!) and are constantly developing their styles to bring out the best of orthopaedic shoes. With a vibrant and dedicated customer base, the brand has become synonymous with all things fashionable and comfortable. In collaboration with Lisa Messenger, the founder of The Collective Hub and all-round girl boss, FRANKiE 4 brings you their new sneaker that not only is incredibly colourful and stylish, but also has some serious support technology and a GIRL POWER attitude. Enter the LiSA M sneaker!
These guys not only look super cute with their red bottom soles and stitched “Yeah Girl” catchphrase, but are also designed to keep your feet happy while you stroll around town. Speaking as a die-hard FRANKiE 4 believer myself, and after giving these beauties a try, it’s safe to say I won’t be going back to those $10 Kmart sneakers ever again! No shade to Kmart, I’ll always love hoarding the candles and buying one of every notebook.
If you’re like me, getting sore feet just became a sad fact of life. I stopped expecting my shoes to be comfy, and I was completely oblivious to the damage poorly made shoes were doing to my body. After working on my feet for (or should I say ‘4’?) years and coming home after shifts in tears of agony, as well as paying for regular reflexology treatments, I consulted a podiatrist. Now, all the footwear brands she recommended to me were quite frankly, ugly. Exactly what you’d expect when you imagine orthopaedic shoes. Chunky and daggy, definitely not something I’d ever want to wear. And the price of getting custom-made insoles nearly flung me off my chair. So, needless to say, it was a bit of a dead-end and I was still no closer to solving my foot problems. A little while later I discovered FRANKiE 4 Footwear, and I’ve been adding them to my cart ever since! A combination of on-trend style and orthopaedic designs, they were exactly what I was looking for. My feet have never felt better when I’m running around all day.
Now don’t feel like you have to take my word on how fab these sneaks are. On their sneakers alone, FRANKiE 4 has received over 3,770 5-star reviews from verified buyers! As the brain-child of a physiotherapist and podiatrists, every shoe is designed with the science of body mechanics in mind. Our bodies weren’t made to walk on hard, flat surfaces which is why suffering from arch and heel pain is so common. The LiSA Ms are the new addition to my growing F4F collection. They’re designed with a Dual Density PU Sole, which means your foot gets two layers of support. A soft layer for cushioning, and a harder layer for durability, all hidden away in this chic design – no clunky-granny shoes here! The sneakers also come with FRANKiE 4’s patented custom fit pack, which gives you an extra selection of foot beds and foot cushions to mould your sneakers to the perfect fit for you. Oh, and you get two sets of laces with each pair, winner!
As the seasons change it doesn’t mean your wardrobe essentials need a switch-up too. Not only is it expensive, but the seasonal wardrobe hauls can be exhausting, right? After all, didn’t we just ‘Marie Kondo’ our lives? Less is more. As we are in the full swing of a Brisbane winter we are often forced to reach for some summer basics for the warmer days, which leads me to my next conundrum: how do I make room for all-season outfits? I’ve got the key, just like DJ Khaled – create a transeasonal wardrobe by following four simple rules. Then, as the trends come and go, add a few fun pieces and you’ll be looking good on all fronts. Read on friends, and trust us.
As much as a good shopping splurge can be soothing to the soul, a wardrobe full of fast fashion will only get you so far. The key to transeasonal dressing is sticking to timeless staples. This way, you can build an ensemble straight from your wardrobe from the ground up. Think of it as Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation. We’re talking white tee’s, quality singlets for layering, flattering jeans and a great statement handbag. But, opt for high quality to see you through and then polish off your basics with statement accessories or easy seasonal trends.
Transitioning your wardrobe into the new season also means a new colour palette. Incorporating low cost items in pops of the season’s hues can be a great way to add a touch of personality to your outfit. But our advice: stick to neutral colours like greys, whites and blacks, which can easily form the base of any great outfit for all seasons. This then also makes way for a few on-trend, bold colour pieces to match. Plus, nude and neutral colours are always flattering for any shape and let accessories do the talking.
When it comes to putting together the perfect transeasonal outfit, layering is essential. Whether it’s a light shirt-dress paired with a leather jacket or a skirt and blazer combo, it is important to dress in pieces you can take off or put on when the temperature changes. Another tip is to bare your ankles for just the right amount of skin. Plus, it’s always flattering on the legs!
Don’t be afraid to mix up your winter and summer staples. Try wearing sneakers with a skirt, some slides or strappy heels with jeans and a knit or a dress with leather boots for a stylish, yet effortless look.
Third time’s a charm right? Here at Style, we love showcasing Brisbane’s up-and-coming names in the fashion blogging world. So far we have shined the light on Brisbane’s best bloggers twice, and this year we have returned with the newest and hottest names to keep an eye out for!
Someone who’s been in the blogging biz since 2014 is Prudence Kate, formerly known as “A Broke Girl’s Blog”. The Brisbane-based styler created her blog to showcase affordable fashion while she was studying her Journalism and Communications degree. Tired of following bloggers who only shared expensive and luxurious brands, Prudence placed her focus on promoting stylish-yet-inexpensive trends. Four years later with her degree complete and working 9 to 5, “A Broke Girl’s Blog” retired and although her love for bargains remains the same, she now places more focus on current trends and inspiring the modern woman’s wardrobe under the handle of @prudencekate.
With an Instagram feed featuring Brisbane street style and straight-up elegance, Izi Angus is someone we, at Style, have been stalking on the ‘Gram, on the ‘reg. With supermodel looks and outfits from the hottest brands, Izi has taken her social media platform to new heights racking up an astounding 46.1K followers. If you’re looking for some minimalistic outfit inspiration or an update on the latest trends, check out her feed!
Named one of the pioneering style bloggers of Australia, Sara Crampton is someone you’ve definitely heard about or have at least seen all over your Insta feed. Launching her blog Harper & Harley in 2008, Sara has had the opportunity to work alongside global brands such as Estée Lauder, Jaguar, YSL and Gucci. This Brissy icon has become the poster girl for elevated minimalism with her philosophy being ‘less is more’ when it comes to fashion, beauty and lifestyle. In 2016, Sara reached another milestone in her successful career with the launch of The UNDONE, an online shopping destination for the effortless minimalist.
Brisbane-born fashion student and influencer Maral Uysal is a key fashion-player to keep an eye on and you’ve heard it here first. With style inspiration derived from traditional Turkish culture and classic 70s trends, we can’t get enough of her amazing Instagram feed and timeless street style. Although her fashion journey has only just begun, her regular jet-setting and Fashion Week attendances tell us she is definitely on the right track to an incredible career. Our obsession with Maral and her edgy style has grown more and more in 2019, and we can’t wait to see how she dominates the fashion world even more!
Hattie Nixon, known for her eccentric style and print pairing, is another Brisbane born and bred fashion student who we’ve had our eye on for a while now. Her Insta feed is a rainbow of fluff, patterns and op-shop finds, and is definitely one you have to check out! Dabbling in both fashion and makeup, her talent and creativity is something you can’t miss as her vibrant style is beyond eye-catching. With an electric flare that differentiates her from other fashion bloggers, Hattie is challenging the norms of fashion and killin’ it.
The streets may be getting colder, but dressing warm doesn’t mean sacrifice on style! Winter fashion has crawled out of the closet and is now fully out and about in Brisbane, which means fabulous coats, cute sweaters and layers, layers, layers. We braved the cold to wander the streets, and let these Brisbanites show us how it’s done!
The skater girl chic look
Natasha couldn’t decide whether she prefers baggy or tight, and it shows in her gorgeous skater girl chic look! Her comfy oversized jacket balances out perfectly with the fitted jeans, and finishing it off with Old Skool Vans has her ready to hit the streets (while looking mighty fine). She keeps her dark look light with a touch of nude pink in her sweater that she says she could wear all day, every day – and we most definitely agree!
Casual and cool
We spotted Ric’s harmonious look standing out on the street as he went about his day, so we had to snag a pic! He’s mastered the art of rocking the correct grey hue, and his speckled jumper expertly walks the line between casual and cool. Ric’s style destination is Milan and, with this fit, we think he’d be right at home!
The groovy retro look
It’s a blast from the past with Elizabeth’s groovy retro look. The block of red in her top paired with the flared stripy pants is eye catching while stealing stylish hearts. The classic vibe is nicely pulled together with her very trendy bum bag. Whoever declared we shouldn’t mix patterns needs to have a word with Elizabeth, because she’s killing the game!
The “I’ve got shi*t to do” look
Although Yasahiro is usually in an army uniform, he clearly knows how to pull together the ultimate, ‘laxed off-duty look. His plaid shirt and the chain detail on his cuffed cargo pants add a touch of grunge, while the over-the-shoulder pack is practical and flattering. His sneakers might not be uniform, but they certainly rank to be one of the funkiest shoes we have ever seen. We totally salute this fit!
The effortlessly classy look
Kirra couldn’t live without Sheike and we can see why – she looks like an absolute babe in this effortlessly classy kit! Her look is all seamless lines and pristine cuts, as her navy blazer and leather bag beautifully compliment her frilled floral dress. Her tan sock boots are super on trend and are the perfectly tied bow on top of a flawless outfit we adore. Speaking of trends, check-out our latest trend alert!
After returning from a month of gallivanting around Europe and the UK (not bragging, I promise), there was one very apparent style trend slithering into sight in each city: snakeskin.
From the UK high-street to Barcelona’s designer stores, snakeskin is set to be the next leopard-print and you’ve heard it here first. The jungle cats have handed over the fashion throne to their prey and we’re not mad about it.
Like most great things (ie. wine, food and fashion), Europe tends to lead the way and snakeskin was everywhere to be seen, shedding its skin from city to city. From bangin’ boots to flouncy blouses, the print is taking over. As the Euro summer is in full swing, snakeskin swimwear was the most prominent form of the trend, so get ready to see some water snakes on our shores.
As Australia is native to some of the most poisonous snakes, it only seems fair for us to flaunt the best of the style trend, so slither on in and be ahead of the game this season by taking the first bite. Australian retailers such as Sheike, Witchery, Cue and Tony Bianco are already hitting the mark with a range of coloured snakeskin patterns showcasing their scales in wintery reds, browns and greens.
Need some further inspo? Check-out some of our top snakeskin must-haves. Also note: no snakes were harmed in the creation of this article!
Fur has always been a key trend making waves in the fashion industry, but often for all the wrong reasons. We are huge supporters in bidding farewell to the foul-play of fur-based garments, so we have explored ways to nail the trend without harming our furry friends. Introducing Unreal Fur, a Melbourne based, tight-knit team pushing fur-friendly frocks internationally since 2012. Yes, faux fur is well established, yet many miss the mark on quality. That’s why we sat down with Unreal Fur’s Creative Director, Gilat Shani to understand how they are implementing and influencing change in the rag trade for all the right reasons, without compromising on quality and flare.
How and where is your fashion produced, homegrown or overseas? Over the years we have spent much of our time researching and developing what we believe is faux fur of the best possible quality yarns from Japan and Korea. We design in Melbourne and work with ethical suppliers in China to make the magic happen on a global scale.
I look for inspiration in everyone involved in making Unreal Fur happen. Our best work happens when creativity meets hard work on behalf of everyone involved in our production chain.
What’s your Fur-losophy?
Fashion can be luxe, desirable and cruelty-free at the same time. We use technology and cruelty-free fashion culture to drive our designs towards a more ethical and sustainable fashion future.
We design with the best quality faux fur one can find, but we are most proud of initiating and leading what we call the Fauxvolution of ethical fashion in Australia and beyond.
What’s your favourite piece of the latest collection?
The Long Mac Coat is the piece that brings me and the rest of the team the most pride. For so long much of the world has seen longer coats, especially fur coats as dated or antique. Today, it’s a pleasure to see young people and fashionistas leaping to invest in a more sophisticated and bolder piece like a body length Unreal Fur coat.
What are some of your favourite Aussie labels other than your own?
Rowie is a label that I admire for their homegrown beginnings. Byron Bay is such a cultural treasure of Australia so it’s hardly a surprise that some of our best fashion labels are born there.
Any exciting plans for your brand in the near future?
We are working to expand into the development of sustainable fibres. Technology is always popping up with new ways to manufacture textiles and materials for fashion and we are aware that the fashion industry can do more to shape the future of our planet positively. So, it’s all about looking into ways that we can dress the world in faux fur that is also sustainable.
Someone that you’d most love to see wear your brand?
The queen of real fur herself: Anna Wintour. The more industry leaders we see wearing faux, the more respected it will be as a viable and desirable alternative to the cruelty and excess of the fur trade business. When it comes to ridding the industry of fur manufacturing, I believe it is a top-down process.
We visited Brisbane Interior Designer, Anna Spiro, at her beautiful beach house at Point Lookout on Stradbroke Island where she spends her weekends to escape the city. Exploding with colour and quirky textiles, her bright living room is where she enjoys relaxing the most inside her island abode. Some of Anna’s commercial projects include Mr Percivals, ARC Dining, Halcyon House and The Oxlade Apartment by The Seymour Group.
What do you love so much about Straddie?
I have been going to Straddie with my family since I was a little girl. It actually feels more like home to me than any other place. I love the simplicity of life there and the raw, natural beauty of the landscape. I do a lot of walking on the beach and swimming in the beautiful crystal-clear ocean year-round. It’s my absolute favourite place to be.
Why is this room your favourite room in your house?
It’s the central hub of our little beach cottage and when I am there with my boys we all lounge around on the sofas together chatting etc. It’s a bright and happy room and it’s very comfortable, laid-back and relaxing.
What inspiration went into the styling in this room?
I wanted the room to feel relaxed and colourful, layered, interesting and fun. It was really just a collection of a lot of pieces I already had. The sofa, which is covered in one of my own Anna Spiro Textiles fabrics, is one of my favourite things in the room and it is the piece that joins the dots with all the crazy colours in the art, cushions, upholstery, etc.
What are your plans for the house renovation?
I plan to extend the house by building it in underneath to include another bedroom, bathroom, lounge room and laundry. I will also renovate the bathroom upstairs as well as a few other cosmetic changes.
What are some special pieces in the room that you love?
I really love the Anna Spiro Textiles Oahu upholstered sofa, the Miranda Skoczek painting behind the old French drapers table is a favourite. I also love the Japanese large blue and white bowl on my coffee table. I found it in Melbourne when I was sourcing interesting furniture for a project and carried it home in my hand luggage on the plane.
How do you think your style reflects your personality?
I think I am a bit crazy so maybe my bright and colourful, mismatched style reflects that!
What’s your favourite memory?
Christmas morning is always a favourite in this room. I always have a bush Christmas tree and it’s so wonderful to be here with my boys and my family on Christmas morning.
Known as the original creators of the woven mules, the Byron Bay based brand has grown a cult following over the years due to their high quality and unique designs. There’s no doubt they could be described as ‘trailblazers’ in the fashion industry, always thinking outside the box and coming up with timeless and never-seen-before styles using different shapes and textures such as linen, leather and natural fibres. Their earthy, laid-back and relaxed aesthetic represents the landscapes of the small coastal town they call home.
Founded by Lara and Matt Fells back in 2014, the couple fell in love in Lara’s hometown of Tasmania whilst Matt was travelling from the UK, they travelled back and forth between Australia and the UK before finally settling down in Byron where they currently reside with their young son, Jude and cavoodle, Harper.
St. Agni was born in 2014 when the couple decided to begin their own project together having both worked previously in retail. Lara always had a clear vision on what she wanted to create, so one day whilst working full-time elsewhere, she decided to just go for it. Each piece is carefully considered, designed in Byron and manufactured in Indonesia. They’ve always had a strong relationship with the manufacturers and a focus on doing what they can to limit their carbon footprint.
They started the business out of their linen cupboard with a $10,000 limit credit card, which was maxed out very quickly. First starting with footwear, then accessories, before introducing clothing to their ever-growing collection. St. Agni is named after Lara’s grandmother Agni, whom she considers as a saint.
Over the past five years, their team of just two has grown and so has their space in their first store. At the start of June, they opened their second bricks-and-mortar store in the Fortitude Valley’s affluent precinct of James Street.
The Brisbane boutique was fit out by interior design studio We Are Triibe who captured the brand’s earthy, relaxed and minimalistic style thoughtfully with furnishings by local creative including Worn Store and Coe Store. You can find their full collection of apparel, footwear and accessories, including a curated range by local creative including Holly Ryan Jewellery, Two Hills and The Line of Sun.
Get your shopping carts ready! We have intel that Australian denim powerhouse, Ksubi, has teamed up with fashion icon and supermodel Kendall Jenner for their Fall 2019 season. Ksubi and their muse, Kendall Jenner, are coming together to launch their new collection entitled “Sign Of The Times.” This capsule collection campaign is inspired by a shared love of edgy and effortlessly-cool styles that are ‘gram ready for the perfect denim shot, everytime.
Sydney-based denim label, Ksubi are giving us mega early 2000s vibes with a range of versatile pieces suited for every wardrobe and any occasion. With an eight-piece range including jeans, denim jackets, T-shirts, hoodies and shorts, this collection offers the perfect opportunity to experiment with layers and textures.
CEO of Ksubi, Craig King, shares his affection for Kendall, “If you were to look at any of our past seasonal mood boards, you’d find a disproportionate number of shots of Kendall.” King continues, “Her simple off-duty L.A. style is very reflective of Sydney’s street vibes, it’s not often you get to work with your long-distance muse, so when the chance came around, we obviously jumped at it.”
The campaign release aligns perfectly with the chilly Australian winter, where jeans are at the forefront of our wardrobes and hoodies are on a constant rotation. So, whether you’re wanting to flaunt your street-style looks, or just want something comfy to wear around the house, this collection is perfect for you!
Calling all Brisbane fashion lovers and trendsetters: this announcement is for you! One of the world’s leading designer lifestyle brands is coming to the west-side of Brisbane this Thursday. Tommy Hilfiger is launching their store on Level 2 at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre after many months of careful planning and construction. Providing premium styling, quality and value to customers worldwide, Tommy Hilfiger is a hub for the latest trends and celebrity endorsements. Tommy Hilfiger offers a range of collections including men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, denim, accessories, and footwear. As well as this, they sell a range of lifestyle products, including fragrances, eyewear and watches.
Enjoy free coffee and doughnuts and other exciting opening offers from 9am to 12pm. This is a gift with your purchase; however, a minimum spending requirement will be announced in store. So, if you’re a lover of classic American style, or just like to keep up with the latest trends, make your way over to Indooroopilly Shopping Centre today!