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Spring (fashion) has sprung

Debby Harrington

The sun is coming out, the temperature will rise and we’ll start to farewell a lot of black and white, welcoming in bright colours and plenty of floral.

A new season lends itself to fashion experimentation and that’s the theme of the annual Spring fashion show presented by Your Canberra Clubs being held this month. This year the event is set to raise money for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, to help local families.


It’s all about ‘Breaking the Mould’ and My Fashion Empire director and all round fashionable lady Sarah Kelly will be on hand to showcase the Spring trends and offer style advice. As a taster for the event, mother Denise and daughter Emma were dressed by Sarah with pieces from Momento Dezigns showing just how you can dress for your age but be a little daring.

“The theme of the parade is ‘breaking the mould’ so I want women to think outside the box a little bit,” explains Sarah. “When women are thinking about a new season, whether you’re as young as the daughter or the age of the mother, remember there are a lot of trends this season with the floral, with the sleeves and it’s very romantic, that they actually transcend age.”

Sarah Kelly selecting the clothes at Momento Dezigns

Sarah Kelly selecting the clothes at Momento Dezigns

“I think a lot of women feel that as they get older they have to dress a certain way but I really want to make the point that she can take a chance and wear something else that maybe doesn’t look as conventional as what you’re used to.”

The Spring fashion show is on Saturday, 17 September and Sarah says what she’ll be showcasing isn’t just what’s on trend.


“I think we’ll definitely be working with different textures and different cuts with a little bit of floral thrown in but we don’t want to overdo that part of it,” she says. “I always want to embrace something that’s different, that we haven’t seen or if there is a trend that keeps appearing and transcending through all the seasons – which is obviously the off the shoulder look – I love to embrace that because it’s such a flattering look and suits so many people.”

The fashion show will also allow those attending to peek inside the fashion mind of Sarah and get some styling tips.

“Because we’re focusing on the mothers and the daughters, I’m very much wanting to educate the women to consider something they may not think they could look great in,” Sarah says. “Then obviously with the younger girls, I want to show them they can choose perhaps a more elegant look they may think is a bit more conservative but looks fantastic on them.

“It’ll be bringing the two age groups together and you realise you can wear something that’s similar, but we’re still nailing the age appropriate.”


As for what will be in style for Spring, Sarah offers the following insight; “Lots of cut out details, cut out parts on the arms with bows, we’re still seeing the exaggerated sleeve, culottes are definitely having a moment I think and flared pants,” she says.

“It’s probably a little bit more relaxed but as far as fabrics, we’re seeing a lot of the see-through fabric with lining underneath but fabrics that are a lot busier and involve colour.”



For your chance to win a Breaking the Mould fashion pack worth more than $400 including a $200 Christine Waring millinery voucher, $150 Momento Dezigns voucher, a floral bouquet from GG’s Flowers and a hair care pack, all delivered to your home (in the ACT), tell us in 25 words or less what comes first, the hat or the dress and why? Click here to be in the running.

There are also 49 hair care packs to give away to those who enter.

the essentials 

What: Breaking The Mould fashion event
Where: Canberra Southern Cross Club, Corinna Street, Phillip
When: 1.30pm for a 2pm start until 5pm on Saturday 17 September
Tickets: Purchase tickets and find more information here:


Debby Harrington

Debby is a journalist by trade who grew up in Perth before making her way to Canberra. As long as she can remember, her mother has always followed a beauty routine methodically, morning and night, which is where Debby developed her taste for the world of beauty. Debby loves trying new products and can’t live without lip balm, sunscreen and concealer. She also has her own blog featuring all things fashionable and beautiful so check out More about the Author

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