Get The Look: OPI at Fashion Week

Get the inside word on Rosemount Australian Fashion Week and the hottest nails from OPI


Anyone for tennis? It was a case of game set and match at the showing of White Suede. The show featured an assortment of modern, white crisp suits, leather shorts, jumpsuits, beautiful pale grey pleated and gathered dresses, front zipped and high waisted, wide legged trousers, boxed halter-necked dresses, sneaky back reveals and lace back tops, beautifully gathered dresses with cross over lines, high waisted pants in graphic grid format print. Most of the collection was in a monotone white, peach, grey, lilac, hot pink, sorbet and orange, there was a set of pants, skirt and dress in the most amazing reverse floral shiny patterned material.

Trogon-headed models came out wearing clear perspex face visors and angular clear bangles. Their hair, not unlike gladiators was swept up and curved under on the top of their heads like a decorative helmet. The make-up was natural and nude, no lips – more finessed sporty. The shoes from Top Shop are worth mentioning, a two toned strappy piece with peach and aqua straps. OPI complemented the look by providing pointed caramel coloured nails in San Tan Tonio


Making her highly anticipated debut appearance at Australian Fashion Week, Yeojin Bae’s show was not to be missed. This French themed show offered an assortment of finely pleated dresses, watermelon coloured shirts, midnight blue silk a-line and playful floral dresses, big front split skirts, and fitted shirt dresses in midnight blue with pleats and accentuated shoulders. The colour palette consisted of blushed coral, hot pink, midnight blue, and sorbet peach.

Bae's dress where less flowing and more loosely fitted yet softly shaped and pleated in all the right areas of the body. Soft and feminine designs, yet sexy and playful, with sneaky peak-a-boo vibrantly colours bras revealed underneath open silk shirts. The models wore a natural foundation with a punchy orange-red lipstick, whilst the hair was swept up into a loose ponytail.

The nails for the show were designed to be a work of art; using Coney Island Cotton Candy as the base, a thin whisper line (almost drawn on with a pencil) of OPI’s Big Apple Red. Originally the nails were to be a reverse moon, a popular trend during Fashion Week 2011.


The sun continued to shine for WA swimwear designer KOOEY, with boxing champion Antony Mundine in the audience – random!
Even though Ellery had Jennifer Hawkins modelling their cloths, KOOEY had their own pageant queen with Miss Universe Jesinta Campbell joining the models on the catwalk.

The KOOEY show featured white and black and swimwear accessorised with black, thigh-high boots. Using the landscape of the Australian desert as the inspiration for the collection, KOOEY’s range of swimwear featured high-waisted bikinis, tankini’s skimpy triangle-styles followed in stunning burnt orange, burgundy, cobalt and black – all very sexy, and all very wearable.
Models donned sexy bobbed wigs in red, and sex bomb make-up. OPI’s opaque white lacquer Alpine Snow popped on the sun kissed models.


Another design label debuting at RAFW 2011 was Melbourne based label Limedrop. Best known for their prints, their show embraced all things tropical and vibrant including bright watermelon and aqua shorts, bomber jackets, matched with soft feminine draping and preppy tailoring. Model not only walked down the catwalk in OPI’s Samoan Sand, they were also carrying baby Bengal tiger.

At the group Ready to Wear show, the designers collectively chose a creamy nude with a white hue, OPI’s new So Many Clowns So Little Time


Designer Stolen Girlfriend Club made their debut showing at this year’s Rosemont Australian Fashion Week. Offering a landscape of easy to wear loose fitting dresses and individual pieces, some interesting floral patterns within the material.

Models wore loose fitted ponytails, pale minimal make-up application apart of the pop red lips. OPI’s new creamy white nude was used for the parade, So Many Clowns So Little Time


Josh Goot’s return to Rosemount Australian Fashion Week was a futuristic masterpiece. An amazing line of celebrities in attendance, Goot offered an assortment of interesting pieces, one shouldered and strapless dresses, electric blue pant suits, bold emerald green pieces, computer graphic prints and gorgeous material that look as if they should have been on a canvas.

The models wore their hair in a simple slick back free flowing casual style, muted eyes and burgundy rich lips. OPI’s oyster toned Skull & Glossbone nail lacquer was used on the models. A special mention goes to the amazing pale blue boot shoes at Josh Goot.


The last day of the 2011 Rosemount Australian Fashion Week has arrived as we all indulged in second cups of coffee this morning in anticipation of Toni Maticevski collection after his long absence, followed by an entertaining parade hosted by Lisa Maree, complete with enslaved half naked buffed men (thank you Lisa Maree!).

OPI appeared on the catwalk in the Ms Couture show, when designer Juilee Chione-Tullio took lingerie to a whole new dimension with her assortment of sorbet coloured outfits including handcrafted bras, high waisted briefs, bodysuits, teddies, nightgowns and capelettes in iced baby blue, lemon sorbet, mint green, pale pink and lilac.

In their debut lingerie showing at RAFW, Ms Couture’s Angel by day, Vixen by Night show had us all licking our lips in delight. The fabrics used in the show were as soft as fairy floss, corsets structured like harden chocolate topping with lace-up backs, sex kitten gowns with fur trim lining, lace and ribbon detail so fine and delectable you would think they had been crafted by old world Venetian artisans.

The hair and make-up was very heavenly goddess, with plaited headbands and flowing hair and angel faces. There were two styles of make-up depending on the sorbet shade each model was wearing; those in the pink, lilac and white wore baby pink lips, pink rouge and pale pink lips, complemented by OPI’s Panda-monium Pink. Whilst those models who wore mint green, blue and lemon sorbet pieces carried off golden lips, pale green and lemon eyes and pink rouge, complemented by OPI’s new Mermaid Tears.

As can be expected with a lingerie collection, there was plenty of sheer, but it was executed so well, through floor length night gowns and 80s high cut bodysuits with diamante, lace and fringe detailing. The stand out pieces from the collection include a pink floor length nightgown with wrap-around tasseled fringe detail and the Tuxedo inspired nightgown; both of which will surely make an appearance on an episode of Desperate Housewives in the near future.

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