Classic curves, modern appeal

Hair full of rollers, a cigarette being lit between full lips. These words paint a picture of a woman amidst the ritual of beautification, but also one of another era. With curves amplified by hourglass silhouettes – a soft lace Simone Perele bodysuit, a high waisted skirt and crop top – model Mercy is part way between the retro nostalgia of a 1950s roadhouse motel and the understated glamour of the modern world. In this space she occupies, a varsity jacket or oversized tee are just as sexy as leather and lace.

Mercy by Kelly Defina

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Mercy by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Mercy by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Mercy by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Mercy by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Mercy by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Mercy by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Mercy by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Mercy by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Mercy by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Mercy by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Mercy by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com

Photographer Kelly Defina (kellydefina.com) was inspired by the classic curves of Mercy, her model and muse (represented by plus size agency Bella Models), and the idea that a shapely figure is the perfect canvas for styling the season’s retro-inspired trends. Leonie Karagiannis (leoniekaragiannis.com.au) complimented the looks with the rolled hair giving way to sexy tousled waves, and darkly smokey eyemakeup with a slightly graphic, ’60s edge.

You can view all of Kelly Defina’s shoot for Fashionising.com by clicking on the thumbnails and perusing the gallery.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.