Winter Style Essential: Mode & Affaire

Jul 13 2016 by Nicole

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Bev and Nic in the Rayder Fur hooded vests, $575.

It’s no secret that Nic loves a lip gloss or 500… so when she met stunning Perth designer (and fellow glossy addict) Sarah of Mode & Affaire… she knew they would be lip-gloss-besties…

Growing up in Freo, Sarah fell in love with fur-fashion dressing up in her Grandmother’s glamorous fur coats. She was fascinated with her notion that a simple fur coat lifted her style-stakes to high-glamour no matter how she was feeling or what she paired it with.

So began her path to create fur and feather collections that make every woman feel like a rock star… and stay super warm on these epically cold Perth days!!

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Because fabulous furs should be paired with a WA Gin and tonic…Image: @thewestwindsgin

TST sat down with Sarah and some The West Winds gin and tonics (a fave of Sarah’s and Nic’s!!) to chat about all things Mode & Affaire, or loosely translated from the super stylish Frenchies, her style love affair…

TST: What inspires your designs?

M&A: All women inspire us and are the sole reason we exist. We like to think our designs are created to fit into every woman’s lifestyle. We love to create pieces that are versatile and can be worn by women in any situation.

TST: Do you have a fave M&A piece?

M&A: How can I answer this?  I love them all!! But there are definitely pieces I wear more than others – the Exotique Jacket and the Olympia Stole are both on high rotation at the moment.

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The ever-so stylish Sarah in her Exotique jacket, $994 and Olympia stole, $430… street style luxe at its best!

TST: What are the most popular M&A pieces?

M&A: Our Collier Vest ($374) and Infiniti Scarves ($264) are the winners. They’re so versatile and you can literally can wear both every single day and easily dress them up or down as I have below…

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TST: What trend do you love this season?

M&A: I’m obsessed with the colour Mulberry. I can’t get enough of it and am totally crushing over anything in this colour.

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TST:  What should we get excited about in the next M&A collection?

M&A: We’re currently working on a Summer Collection that we will be launching later this year. Expect to see some leather, silks, bags, accessories and a maybe a few unexpected surprises.

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Some of the funky new Mode & Affaire accessories now available…the Camille Bag $440 and Shoe Pom Poms $45.

TST: What beauty product can’t you live without?

M&A: My eyebrow pencil …. I believe I would experience a mini-Memphis-meltdown if I went a day without this in my life.

TST: What would you wear on an EPIC girls night out?

M&A: Some sequins, a big fur and my dancing shoes!

TST: Seriously… you’re a girl after our own hearts.


You can get your chilly hands on a Mode & Affaire fur by heading to their website:


All TST Mode & Affaire images of Nic and Bev taken by the amazing @shotbythom

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TST P-Town Fast Five…

1. Besides M&A (of course!), who is your fave WA designer?

M&A: Harper’s Emporium have recently released a collection of stunning luxe shirts made from the finest Italian and French fabrics which I’m currently obsessing over and I’m told their next collection is going to be even better than the last.

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Image: @harpersemporium

2. Best place for Brunch in Perth?

M&A: Ootong and Lincoln in South Fremantle for the best brunch in Perth! It is definitely my go-to-breakfast venue and it never fails to disappoint.

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Images: @ootongandlincoln

3. Fave spot for afternoon cocktails?

At the moment I think it would be hard to beat Odyssea in City Beach and their Aperol Spritz.

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Images: @odyssea_beachcafe

4. Can you share a little known secret on Perth that you love?

It is no secret, but Perth has some of the most incredible boutique fashion stores in Australia. We are spoilt with a plethora of boutique stores that have an amazing collection of local, national and international fashion labels. I love this about Perth and often it isn’t until you travel around the country and the world that you realise just how lucky we are here. We must continue to support our local retailers and shop local!

5. Which is your fave Perth beach?

Port Beach is by far the best beach in Perth, I love how secluded and protected it is… Plus you don’t have to walk too far if you feel like a cocktail!

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Image: @detailmc

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Nicole is a rare mix of glitz and pragmatism. She loves redefining her style and has an unhealthy obsession with lipgloss, Rag & Bone and champagne. She makes party planning look effortless and when she's not blogging or researching something she's spending time with two rather rambunctious redheads, Max & Charlie.