FASHION: Perfecting your winter wardrobe

Ralph Lauren Fall 2012 feather detailed jacket.Winter has always been an exciting time of year for me, and it has nothing at all to do with the cool weather.
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Forget hot chocolates and DVD days snuggled in a warm blanket – winter is when you hit the streets in the sexiest of attire.

Think layered scarves, fur coats, and come-hither booties.

There is nothing mode seductive than that hint of sexy leg through your sheer stockings, for that element of intrigue as your clothing covers the rest up.

Yay for winter!

OK, OK, I am aware that it is not yet winter, but hooray for the first signs of winter weather.

And there is never a better time than now to prepare your winter wardrobe – a mini dress and cashmere sweater will simply not cut it when the cold weather arrives.

First stop to winter fashion paradise: coat and jacket shopping.

These little miracles keep you warm, create a flattering silhouette and add a splash of vibrant colour to your look.

Winter fashion runways have been overflowing with amazing feature pieces in pop colours, gorgeous patterns, colour blocking, sequinned embellishments, fur, feathers, textural tweeds and beautiful waist belts to round them all off.

See the link for a gallery of stunners I have put together, which will get your inspiration flowing.

This winter I encourage you to give black a rest and step into the realm of fashion frivolity.


As you begin to browse the clothing racks keep in mind that (particularly in Tasmania) the weather can be freezing cold one day and mild the next.

This means that you cannot rely on one staple layer, you must own both a coat and jacket to suit the weather.


When shopping it is easy to get carried away with the wonderful and exuberant fabrics, but be mindful of the fact that with extra detail comes extra width to your frame.

We all have small points and large points and points that need balancing out and the below advice will help you to select a coat that flatters your figure.

Keep the heavily coloured, patterned and embellished features to the part of your frame that could use the extra bulk and the neutral solid blocks of colour for the parts that don’t.


Pear shapes, and all similar variations, need to balance out their bottom half by adding bulk to their top half. They also need to do so in a way that still highlights their small waist (or creates one) for the most balanced proportions

– Jackets should feature large and chunky lapels (collar) and a wide-cut neckline which will broaden the shoulders.

Go crazy with colour, pattern and detail.

Pears can wear a feature jacket like no other, showing off their tiny top half and distracting from a bigger bottom half. Have fun!

– Select a coat that is fitted around the top and waist, and double buttons which will create the appearance of a larger bust.

The cut should then flare out below to give a feminine silhouette while covering a larger bottom or thighs.

Make sure the cut ends at the smallest part of your thighs to give the illusion of endless slender legs.

For bright colours, patterns and embellishments keep it to the top half of your jacket and a solid block of darker colour below to draw attention to your smallest parts.


Women with no waist, whether large or small in overall size, can create the illusion of one without adding unnecessary weight to their figures.

– Go for a fitted and cropped jacket with an open V-neck.

Fasten with a tie or belt around the waist which will draw the attention there and let the tie flow down to cover a larger tummy.

Large pockets below this will create the illusion of a small waist.

You can feature a solid block of colour on the jacket, but nothing too bright which will add weight to the frame.

– For coats take a different approach and split up your frame into three sections to avoid featuring a solid block of material.

A duster coat is your best option, which looks like a cardigan that has been fastened with one button at the top and then flares out to show the clothing underneath.

The idea here is to create three blocks of fabric: the left side of the coat, the top you are wearing underneath, and the right side of the coat.

Make sure the coat features a pattern and the clothing underneath should be in a contrasting colour.

This breaks up your figure, encouraging people to look at one of the three sections as opposed to your mid section as a whole.

– Another great and completely different approach is to opt for a coat with an empire waist.

These plunge down to the end of the bust and have a heavily defined waist through an extra piece of material that runs around it, sometimes with buttons, and then from here the coat will flare out slightly creating the illusion of hips while covering your extra weight.


There is a wide variety of shapes even within the hourglass parameters.

All need to show a balanced silhouette of a curvy top half, defined waist, and curvy bottom half.

But petite versions must elongate their waist to achieve this balance.

– For petite frames I would first suggest selecting a jacket or coat with a long lapel that comes down to the waist and fasten it here with a single button.

This will balance the width of bust and will elongate waist with minimal detail.

– For average-sized hourglass frames select a jacket that features double buttons at the waist.

A curved lapel and curved hemline plays up your natural curves.

– Coats with a deep V-neck that continues to the waist will cut the bust in size for balance.

A defined waist and pocket flaps positioned on the hips will play up the curvy shape.

– For all types of hourglass figures, select sleeves as these show off small wrists and thus add extra femininity to look.


– Jackets and coats should feature wider, but not chunky, lapels that stretch all the way across the shoulders which will decrease the appearance of width.

A single button at the waist will keep the focus there.

– Coats should balance you out below: creating the illusion of hips or heightening these.

Select one with large pockets at the hips and a slight flare below.


This is a figure that you can really go to town with, wearing all sorts of fabulous angular elements to create curves while playing up your long, thin legs.

– The lapels, and hemlines on sleeves and bottoms of jackets should all be angular and pointed to create shape.

A defined waist – and single button – will create the illusion of having one.

– Coats that look best flow down to a hemline to show off your lovely legs and feature a belted waist and hip pockets to create curves.


Almost an hourglass but not quite, with a few clever moves you can show off your wonderful bust and create the illusion of a curvy bottom half too.

– A jacket with an open lapel that plunges down to your waist will balance our bust while also showcasing it.

Select one that has a single button which sits at the end of your ribcage (the narrowest part of your mid section) and a rounded bottom, this will create a waist.

– The best coat options should take a similar approach but feature a tulip skirt which is tailored to flare outwards around the hips then inwards just below, which creates curves for those who don’t have them.

Damita Lamont translates the latest fashion trends into workable wardrobes with runway style.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Tassie warned of toxic shellfish

Tasmanians have been warned not to eat wild shellfish from a number of south eastern Tasmanian waters, due to a toxic algal bloom.
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Public Health acting director Dr Kelly Shaw said eating wild shellfish from the affected area may result in paralytic shellfish poisoning.

The public health alert applies to Port Esperance, Hastings Bay (Southport) and the coastline between.

“Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning, or PSP, is caused by eating shellfish containing toxins that are produced by certain algae,” she said.

“These algae occur naturally and are not a health concern at low levels. Algal blooms are regular events in south eastern Tasmania at this time of year and the current increase in numbers is not unexpected.

“With the current favourable weather conditions, we’ve seen the algae rapidly ‘bloom’. This natural process leads to toxins accumulating in the shellfish as they feed on the algae, temporarily making the shellfish dangerous to eat.”

Do not eat the following seafood from the affected area:




•scallops with roe


•the gut of abalone, crab and crayfish.

Cooking does not destroy the toxins.

Scallops eaten without the roe do not pose a risk. Abalone, crab and crayfish are safe to eat, but the gut should be removed before eating.

Symptoms of PSP include tingling in the mouth and extremities, pins and needles, unsteadiness on the feet, weakness of the arms or legs and nausea. Anyone experiencing these symptoms after eating wild seafood from or near the affected area should seek immediate medical attention.

High levels of PSP toxins can be fatal in extreme cases. Children are more susceptible.

Dr Shaw reminded Tasmanians to always buy shellfish from approved retail outlets.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Faker frontman confirmed for Coastal fundraiser

GOOD CAUSE: Nathan Hudson, of the band Faker, performs on stage in Sydney. Hudson will perform a one-off gig as part of efforts to raise funds for three-year-old Charlotte Rataj, who has been diagnosed with leukaemia and is receiving treatment in Hobart.NATHAN Hudson, leader singer of the band Faker, will front a one-off fundraising gig at the Devonport Surf Club on Sunday afternoon.
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The fundraiser will be for Shearwater three-year-old Charlotte Rataj, who has recently been diagnosed with leukaemia and is receiving treatment in Hobart.

Charlotte is the daughter of well-know former Coastal basketballer Quentin Rataj and his wife Tanya, who also have a little boy Toby.

Faker is playing in Hobart on Saturday night and then Hudson had planned to travel to the Coast to see his sister and brother-in-law, Ali and Adrian Partridge, who live in Devonport.

”It just fell into place and was a good opportunity, so he’ll do an acoustic gig,” Adrian said yesterday.

Faker is a Sydney-based band whose hit songs

There will also be a raffle with a range of local businesses donating prizes for the day.

Entry will be $20, with all money raised going to the family.

Doors open at 2pm and Nathan Hudson starts performing at 3pm.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Cycleway a ‘win’ for local tourism

Devonport cyclists and walkers can now enjoy a network of paths connecting the southern and northern foreshores via the CBD.
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The Labor Member for Braddon, Brenton Best, has welcomed the completion of the Devonport to Quoiba cycleway.

The Tasmanian Government has provided the Devonport City Council with $498,000 towards the project, from Sport and Recreation Tasmania’s Trails and Bikeways Program.

”I’m sure the new cycleway is going to be really popular with locals. It provides a safe and scenic attraction for both cyclists and walkers,” Mr Best said.

”This project is a win for local tourism and recreation, as well as a great resource for helping locals get fit, active and healthy.”

The cycleway project follows $2 million in State Government funding towards the Formby Road redevelopment – which included a dedicated cycleway between the CBD and Victoria Bridge.

The two projects combined now create a cycling and walking network from Quoiba through to the Devonport CBD, linking to existing paths along the northern foreshore.

The Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey (ERASS) reveals Tasmanians are enthusiastic walkers and cyclists – with participation rates of 38.4% and 11.1% respectively.

The most recent data shows recreational walking in Tasmania has increased by 26%, and cycling by 63%, since 2001.

The 2010 report Value of Sport and Physical Recreation to Tasmania found Tasmanians participation in sport and physical activity saves our health system an average of $60.2 million each year.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Reigning premier short on class

BRIAN Finch headlines a lengthy list of Launceston premiership players who will miss this weekend’s Tasmanian State League grand final rematch with Burnie.
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Last season’s centurion goal kicker was not named in the Blues’ 26-man preliminary squad, after missing last week’s game against South Launceston with soreness.

Other big names missing from the reigning premier’s line-up include last year’s Baldock Medallist Nathan O’Donoghue, Sam O’Keefe, Gary Shipton and midfielder Sam Rundle.

Sonny Whiting, who kicked four goals in last year’s preliminary final, has been named on an extended bench, but also enters the match under an injury cloud.

The absentees don’t have Burnie coach Brent Plant breathing a sigh of relief.

Despite having virtually a full list to choose from, Plant said it would be foolish to write Launceston off.

“They have plenty of depth and I’m sure they will be confident with the team they take onto the park,” Plant said.

Plant could not confirm whether Darren Banham would take part in the game.

The star midfielder has been named in the Dockers’ preliminary squad for the last two weeks, but missed on both occasions with a calf injury.

“He (Banham) didn’t train on Monday night but did take part on Wednesday,” he said.

“We have another training run (today), so we will see how he wakes up and has recovered on Saturday before we make the call.”

One Docker certain to start is former Melbourne forward Russell Robertson.

After an impressive beginning to his five-game stint for Burnie in round one, Robertson will make a very welcome return.

“He had an excellent impact all-round the last time he played,” Plant said.

“Last week we really challenged our guys, because it’s not that often you beat Lauderdale at Lauderdale.

“Russell coming in will help our players maintain their intensity and focus.”

Meanwhile, Devonport will travel south to take on the undefeated Clarence.

Mark Lowe and Matt Damon come out of the Magpies side, while a list of five possible inclusions is headed by Kurt Heazlewood, who missed last week’s 62-point loss to North Launceston through work commitments.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.