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Best Dressed Wedding Guest: Gabriele Hackworthy

65,000 followers on Instagram. Hundreds of likes per #Hauteworthy post. Instagram Stories storyteller extraordinaire. That’s today, but let’s start at the beginning, back in Sydney, Australia, when a three-year-old  Gabriele Hackworthy was ‘never seen without dragging one of my mother’s handbags behind me’. Splashing out on clothes as soon as her mum gave her pocket money, she made things on Granny’s sewing machine. (We need photos). 

Gabriele at Lismore Castle, Ireland (very cold, even in June)

 

Those magazines are housed in a library at home, magazines she considers to be ‘part of her fashion education’

Italian Vogue in 90s became Hackworthy’s fashion bible; as soon as the air-freight copies arrived in OZ, wrapped in plastic at her local newsagent, she’d hand over an entire month’s worth of pocket money and run home to read them. Those magazines are housed in a library at home, magazines she considers to be ‘part of her fashion education’. And no wonder, given the legendary Fabien Baron was the art director at the time and Steven Meisel was, in her words, God! 

Gabriele at the Belmond Villa, San Michele, Tuscany

 

Interning for free at various magazines, she went on to study a degree in fashion design before landing a fashion-assistant position at Marie Claire magazine in her final year. From there, she quickly worked her way up the ranks, eventually becoming Vogue Australia’s fashion director. Three years later, the young Hackworthy ‘fell in love with a man who lived in New York’, so off she went, to the Big Apple. Not a terrible move, considering she was appointed Japanese Vogue’s fashion-director-at-large soon after…

Gabriele at the Belmond Villa, San Michele, Tuscany

 

I first met Gabriele, when she was the fashion director of UK Harper’s Bazaar several years ago. I’ll never forget her strolling into the Hearst offices, wearing a Givenchy cheetah-print coat and a pair of straight-legged black trousers. ‘Who the hell is that?’ I thought, hiding behind my oversized  Céline tote in the reception area, desperately trying not to be noticed (I’d just had a baby and had lost my fashion mojo). Years later, we eventually ended up working together at Net-A-Porter’s PORTER magazine, where she was the founding international fashion director and I was covering a maternity position.

During my 10-month stint at PORTER, Hackworthy went zipping off to the most glamorous wedding I’ve ever seen on Instagram. The outfits were pitch perfect, her hair just ‘so’, shoes were off the chart and let’s not forget the sunglasses! Still remembering that Tuscan wedding (and the one she attended in Ireland that the same summer), I decided to ask Gabriele to spill the style beans – to give us her What To Wear To A Fashionable Wedding style tips. And she did.

A low-key Gabriele in Tuscany (see style tips for details!)

 

Weddings According to Gabriele…

Always over-pack…

Don’t be afraid to over-pack. A girl needs options and you may change your mind about your outfit once you arrive at the venue.

Carry a large tote to travel, and make it Saint Laurent…

When travelling, I always wear flat shoes, dark glasses, DVT socks and pack a cashmere wrap in my Saint Laurent tote.

Go. all. out…

The difference between a non-fashion wedding and a fashion wedding is actually not that much, these days. I went to a non-fashion wedding in Sweden, where the guests wore more Gucci and Valentino than the front row at fashion week. Weddings are a really great opportunity for girls to celebrate – so go all out.

God bless the LBD…

At the drinks the night before the wedding, I usually wear a little black dress.

Don’t forget to accessorise…

When it comes to accessories, I always pack statement earrings and a minaudière bag.

Major dress hair…

If I have a major dress on, I usually wear my hair pulled back off my face.

It’s ok to wear black…

My style tip for wearing black to a wedding would be to always accessorise with a pair of colourful shoes and bag.   

Stay off your phone…

The best wedding I’ve ever been to was the wedding of my friend Alicia Vikander. It was a small wedding in Ibiza, with only close family and friends sharing genuine love and affection, and lots of singing and dancing and tequila shots! It was the first wedding I’ve ever been to where no one looked at their phones, everyone was completely present and in the moment, and friendships were formed through conversation and getting to know each other, not over selfies. I wore a lace Philosophy dress and flat Valentino sandals.

No white dresses on the big day…

Apart from a white dress, when it comes to what to wear to a wedding I wouldn’t rule anything out.

Know when to go ‘low-key’…

When a wedding occurs over an entire weekend, consider what to wear during those in-between moments, like the arrival, departure and breakfast. As for a Sunday brunch or lunch or barbecue the following day, keep things relaxed – it’s not the time to make a big fashion statement.

Personalise a gift…

When it comes to gifts, I like to make candid videos of the event, then send it to the couple a few months afterwards.

Gabriele in Tuscany.

Wedding Style, Gabriele Style

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