A new Brisbane fashion event scheduled will round out the city’s fashion calendar, hats in the spotlight and shift dresses from Prince of Etiquette.

National Fashion Design Awards: 

A new Brisbane fashion event scheduled for August aims to round out the city’s fashion calendar and gain further recognition for Queensland designers on the national stage. The National Fashion Design Awards, to be staged as a gala evening on 9 August, is the initiative of bridal retail franchise Hills on Hollywood owners’ Lisa Kajar and Gayle Clark. August also plays host to the Ekka Cotton and Wool Parades and the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival annually, with the new awards set to add to the month’s fashion festivities. The National Fashion Design Awards will include categories such as business attire, avant garde, bridal and racewear and are set to fill the gap formerly held by the RAQ Fashion Design Awards which folded in 2009. “Australian designers deserve recognition for their hard work,” says Kajar. “We need these awards to help consumers buy local, and for up and coming designers to showcase their talents.” For more information, visit our event guide.

Designer Spotlight: Hatmaker

If accessories are the finishing touch, nothing beats a straw hat for a summery style statement. Jonathan Howard’s Hatmaker summer collection is ahead of the rest for panamas, all of which are hand-blocked, hand-sewn and hand-dyed using natural straws from around the globe. “I love everything about creating every-day casual hats,” says Howard. “Of all the collections created each year, summer straws is definitely my favourite – they become an instant favourite fashion accessory.” And sun protective to boot! Hatmaker Fonthill hat (pictured) $440.

Designer Spotlight: Prince of Etiquette

The concept of trans-seasonal fashion gets bandied about and is one that’s often hard to translate in Queensland, but get it right and those inbetween seasonal pieces are a cost-per-wear holy grail. Sydney label Prince of Etiquette has it nailed with their focus on shift dresses (wear them now with sandals, later with a jacket, tights and ankle boots), high quality tees and layering pieces.

Dear Laura

Q: I’m 5’3″ and I’m wondering how can I look taller than I am. What skirt length should I be wearing?

A: Considering skirt length is a good start – a knee-length skirt is not onlyflattering on any shape, but more elongating than a shorter skirt. Other tricks include wearing nude heels, as they lengthen the line of your leg. Defining your waist with a waist belt can help, particularly if you’re long-waisted, as it will redefine your proportions and give the appearance your legs start higher than they do – effectively making them look longer, and you taller. Finally, wear shades of the one colour head-to-toe. This gives one long, lean silhouette.

Q: I bought a lot of white over summer, can I still wear this into winter?

A: Absolutely, in fact white will continue to be a strong trend this winter so if you have a white dress you can pair it with a white coat and some metallic jewellery for a head-to-toe look that’s very chic. White also looks fantastic with leopard print which is making its seasonal return – leopard print never goes out of style in my book, so I’m particularly excited for this coming winter.