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AUTUMN/WINTER 14 BEGINS WITH STYLE AND THE CITY

28 March 2014, by Forrest Chase

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Nailed it

21 February 2014, by Rachael Ciccarelli

2014 Nailed it

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More than just a little shield of armour to protect the squishy bit on the end of your finger or something to bite when you’re nervous, nails are a fashion statement. An oft-overlooked opportunity to accessorise. The crucial bit of polish on a carefully constructed outfit. Manicures, pedicures and all things nail-art have been enjoying their time in the spotlight for the last few years, but like any trend, it’s one that is constantly evolving – and because the medium of nails is paint, the possibilities are endless. So, let’s get inspired and have a look at what 2014 has to offer us in the world of nails:

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  1. Chrome:
    As always, metallics rule the roost – shades of silver in particular. You can’t go wrong with a good bit of chrome on your nails: you can get away with a few scratches and chips and it will tone in with anything you wear.
  2. Fresh takes on the French mani:
    Fashion loves taking the known and turning it upside down – this is no different. Take one classic nail, invert it, turn it upside down or any-which-way you please.
  3. The halo effect:
    This is sort of like an inverted French manicure to the next level: on a black or white background, carefully apply a pool of colour leaving a pencil thin glow around the edge. This one is best left to a pro.
  4. Stiletto nails:
    I love this shape – it elongates the finger and reminds me of those dream “lady nails” I used to fantasise about as a young girl. You knew you had made it to womanhood if you couldn’t peel an orange or open a yoghurt lid without assistance. Wear them sharp and pointed or soft and almond shaped, either way; you’ve got a lot of growing to do.
  5. Retro airbrushed nail art:
    I sense the return of slightly cheesy airbrush nail art might be in our midst – it’s a great one to try out in summer and a wonderful counter to a more serious outfit. Airbrushed nail art also has a very heavy west coast hip hop vibe, which is right on trend for everything in street wear at present.
  6. All things leopard:
    If you’re going to do any nail art at all, you can’t go wrong with leopard: fashion’s official mascot. Make it bright like the rainbow, paint spots on a nude background or go for classic tan shades.

As always, some things (like the halo effect or leopard, or airbrushed stencils) are only really achievable with someone who knows nails like the back of their hand – the folks at Foxy Nails and Professionail on level one at Forrest Chase know what they’re doing and the prices are low enough to keep you coming back for something fresh. But even without tricky nail art, it’s still nice to get your nails done by a pro – the mani always lasts longer and looks smoother.

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The look of love

06 February 2014, by Rachael Ciccarelli

2014 The look of love

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Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is officially upon us and numerous cupids and things shaped like hearts will be in and around your grill in approximately 10 days. Personally? I’m excited. I snap up any excuse to dress to theme and February 14 is no exception. There’s something brilliant about turning a global day of love/ cards with cats holding boxes of chocolates on them into a private personal celebration centring around a really fantastic outfit. It’s something you can high five yourself about or share with your significant other if you’ve got one: either way, you’re making the world a better, more visually appealing place with your excellent look and your super confident strut – and if that isn’t true love on a global scale, then I don’t want to know what is.

Date Night Valentine


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Image sources: Cameo Overload dress, $172.45, from Pigeonhole; YB J’amie Love Silk Meghan dress, $270, from Myer; Lioness Liana maxi, $80, from Live.

I hate to be predictable, but if we’re talking serious Valentine attire, it’s got to be a) a shade of red, b) lace or c) covered in some sort of adorable thematic print. When else is a YB J’amie (That’s Yeojin Bae’s label) heart print dress going to look more appropriate than on the official day of heart motifs? Whether you sway toward sexy or cute, all three of these dresses are going to work some serious Valentine’s magic on your public.

Corporate Valentine


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Image sources: Sleeveless bib shirt, $89.95, from Witchery; Geometric jacquard pencil skirt, $195, from Cue; Summer Fun necklace, $19.95, from Sportsgirl.

To bring a little romance into the workplace (the sort that won’t raise the attention of HR), go for classic monochrome with a splash of red – don’t be afraid to pucker up and put on some red lipstick as well.


Casual Valentine

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Image sources: Mini shell top, $49.95, distressed jeans, $89.95 and Flatform creeper sneaker, $39.95, all from Sportsgirl

You don’t have to dress to the nines to look chic – it might be my inner sloth talking, but I think relaxed jeans and a sweet top is just as sexy as a barely-there lace dress: there’s something about the ease of casual clothes that is incredibly appealing and telegraphs comfort in your own skin. Plus, you know, hearts.

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Dressed for success

30 January 2014, by Rachael Ciccarelli

2014 Dressed Success

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With public holidays out of the way for the next month, it’s time to stop procrastinating and get to work… work wardrobe, that is. You know I’d never force you to work without encouraging a good hard look inside your closet first. How is it in there? Odds are that work-wear section is looking a little tired, and fair enough. Black fades fast, and when you’re washing the same pieces week after week, even more so – so let’s go shopping, shall we?


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Image sources: Zip front print tank, $89.95, Sateen crop pant, $89.95, and Phillipa loafer, $149.95, all from Witchery.

If you’ve been reading the Forrest Chase blog for a while, you might remember how I feel about dressing well for work: ie, DO IT. Odds are you’ll spend more hours in office attire than in anything else, so you should look and feel good in what you wear. Choosing quality pieces for work as carefully as you do for play will leave you feeling more confident and that will translate to your performance, how you’re perceived by your superiors, and most importantly: that mirror reflection clutching on to her 7am coffee.

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Image sources: Square panel shirt, $105 and Tweed asymmetric wrap skirt, $229, both from Cue; Magadore shoes, $139.95, from Nine West.

So, once again: consider your proportions and what looks good on you. If there’s a cut you know will flatter you, buy it. If there’s a colour that makes your eyes sparkle or your skin attain a Beyonce-like halo, wear it. Don’t be afraid of a little print or bold accessories – as long as you’re in tailored garments and covering up everything that needs to be covered, do not be afraid to depart from your coworker norm and try something a little interesting.

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