There are few venues that deliver the kind chic industrial vibes that Chii Town had on offer at the Future Women x THE OUTNET Style with Substance event.
60 guests descended on the sleek grey concrete space with pink neon signs in Surry Hills for an evening of fashion, style and thoughtful conversation.
Bathed in the pink afterglow of the neon signage, guests were handed a glass of Veuve Clicquot bubbly and delectable canapes from Chin Chin, before being ushered into a room where they would be personally styled by THE OUTNET, and have their makeup retouched by a team of Sephora makeup artists.
Then came the fun stuff.
Assisted by the vivacious Paula Joye of lifestyle website The Joye, each guest was given a personalised photoshoot to take the perfect professional headshot; whether they were a financial executive or a radio DJ, every woman left with a headshot that encapsulated their personality, professionalism and style.
After the first group finished with their headshots, it was time to sit back, relax, and take in a panel discussion moderated by the incredible Sylvia Jeffreys on the shifting paradigms of fashion and style in the workforce.
The discussion took place amongst an inspiring female panel including Paula Joye, THE OUTNET Managing Director Emma Mortimer and Future Women Editor, Emily Brooks. Each of the women shared their varying perspectives on the role and importance of style in the workforce, and considered the ways in which female workwear has evolved since the late twentieth century.
After a round of rapid-fire fashion questions, including ‘what is your ‘desert island’ style must-have?’ and ‘what do you believe is the stylish woman’s best friend in the office?’, audience members were given a clear message: the tailored blazer has made a serious comeback (if it ever went out of style?), and the chunky sneaker may have simply been a flash in the pan of 2019’s best-loved looks.
As the panel discussion ended, half of the guests had the opportunity to mingle and network with other professional women over another sneaky glass of Veuve Clicquot, as the other half rolled up their (effortlessly stylish) sleeves and had their headshots taken.
Thank you to our supporters Veuve Clicquot, Sephora and Chii Town, and a huge thank you to THE OUTNET for partnering with us to make this incredible event possible. To the outstanding women on the panel, we thank you for being the professional style gurus that we all need in our lives, and for giving us that final push we needed to invest in that perfect blazer for the office.