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April 16th, 2012

Dress Diaries…Lisa Wilkinson Edition.

Dress Diaries…Lisa Wilkinson Edition.

Isn’t Lisa just getting better and better with age? Seriously.

She’s the poster girl for how it should be done – elegant, effortless, classic.  A mother of three, she gets up at 3am everyday and still manages to look like this good. I’ve known Lisa for almost two decades and I’ve never seen her enjoy fashion more than she is right now. She’s absolutely found her groove.

Here, she shares some of her before-carpet snaps from this year’s Logies and in true LW style it was low maintenance with a flawless end result.

Q: How did you choose your dress? Did you leave it to a stylist?
I did the whole things myself this year. I saw a dress from the same designer (Elie Saab) in a magazine and just fell in love with the colour but not the cut..sadly it was meant for a six foot tall runway model – not me.

I had a look online…with my fingers crossed… and found the perfect dress in the same dreamy green. I knew would suit my shape. That kind of kismet rarely happens! I got on the phone…straight away.

Q: To Paris? The designer Elie Saab store is on the other side of the world.
Well I am up at the right time of day to make those transatlantic calls. I absolutely adore the designer – always have – but this dress was a little bit risky because it hadn’t actually arrived in store at the time I placed the order (it drops a month after the Logies). This meant there was no going back once I gave them my credit card – I had to hope like crazy that the sizing was right and it would fit.

Q: The dress looks like it was made for you. It’s one of THOSE dresses. How does it make you feel when you wear it?
The dress makes me feel really happy. It’s a colour that people are drawn too I think? A true feel-good shade. I fell in love with Kelly green watching Samantha Stephens in Bewitched when I was growing up. She wore lots of colour but particularly that beautiful, perfect green.

Q: What about your accessories? How did you choose the orange?
The Logies is traditionally about diamonds, pearls and serious jewels. I love a pop of colour and orange is my weakness. I knew that’s what I wanted – a bright splash of pop orange. The earrings I chose are from Lovisa. Only $20. I’m mad about the Grecian style drop and they also helped with the budget.

My other option (below) was a pair I purchased in London last year while covering the Royal Wedding. I was going for that effortless late 1960′s patio look – the kind you see poolside in those wonderful Slim Aarons photos – so my other accessories had a similar vibe: a Peter Lang gold cuff, small gold clutch and fabulous floral print shoes.

lisa wilkinson logies dress

Q: You have to wear full make-up everyday and I know that off-duty you prefer super-natural:  how do you choose what look to do for the red carpet?
I’m lucky to have an army of very talented people who work at Channel Nine to help with this part of the process – makes it much easier. I didn’t want to go too over the top because I prefer to look like myself.

We chose a grey, smoky eye, soft lips and this year I kept it very low-key with a messy ponytail. When your hair is up you can forget about it for the whole night. Here I am getting ready with (from left): Jo, Deb Knight, (Lisa) and Taryn.

Q: Do you have a special beauty ritual for getting ready before a big event? Facials? Massages?
I wish…but I never seem to have the time. Between the kids and work it just doesn’t happen. I really love The Logies - it’s a great night – so  I’m always in a good mood. Somehow that seems to be my best beauty trick – a smile and good times with my friends and colleagues in the industry. (Below) With Karl inside the ballroom.

lisa wilkison logies dress

  • http://twitter.com/kellyexeter Kelly Exeter

    I loooooooooved Lisa’s dress. It was so unique and it was absolute perfection on her!

  • http://catep36.blogspot.com/ Cate P

    Lisa totally rocked that colour and style. Nice to see someone stand out.

  • Lanie

    I love this dress and love that she did it all herself.
    So refreshing.
    Lanie

  • Leeanne

    Wow what a brave choice Lisa – choosing that dress from that picture and trusting that the designer could make it work for you. You pulled it off beautifully. You look Amazing!!!

  • Peg

    Gosh this woman never ages! She is ridiculously sexy for someone with three kids and who gets up at 3 am! And I looooove how she wore $20 earrings and was like, totally cool about it. She is adorabubble!

  • Anonymous

    All true and the icing is that she is smart, kind and funny too.
    PJxx

  • Stefanie

    Very glamorous and stylish, love that a designer dress is paired with $20 earrings. Shows that you can be stylish on a budget, thanks for the interview Paula & Lisa.

  • SM

    What talent, what grace, what style.. I LOVE Lisa.  I think she stole the night.

  • Gin & Tonic

    I feel like I have grown up with Lisa.  She became the editor of Dolly when I started reading it (back in her yellow jumper and Marcia Brady long hair days) and then I followed her on to Cleo.  She is the best role model for looking fabulous and ageing with style and grace.  Thanks Paula.

  • Gin & Tonic

    I feel like I have grown up with Lisa.  She became the editor of Dolly when I started reading it (back in her yellow jumper and Marcia Brady long hair days) and then I followed her on to Cleo.  She is the best role model for looking fabulous and ageing with style and grace.  Thanks Paula.

  • http://girl--world.blogspot.com.au/ Katherine

    She looked amazing. So classy and gorgeous. Loved the earrings with that dress.

  • Phoodietweets

    My FAVE Aussie lady in the public eye. Class and style galore.

  • Phoodietweets

    My FAVE Aussie lady in the public eye. Class and style galore.

  • Sarah B

    I just ADORE Lisa Wilkinson, she keeps it real, always elegant, a timeless beauty. She has the most amazing smile and her inner beauty radiates and gives her that glow that no facial or beauty treatment can give. She is humble, intellignet, witty and i just love her style.
    So thank you Paula for this great insight into just how “real” Lisa is.

  • Sarah B

    I just ADORE Lisa Wilkinson, she keeps it real, always elegant, a timeless beauty. She has the most amazing smile and her inner beauty radiates and gives her that glow that no facial or beauty treatment can give. She is humble, intellignet, witty and i just love her style.
    So thank you Paula for this great insight into just how “real” Lisa is.

  • Dianne

    Wow! Lisa looks amazing! Actually I’ve never really seen her look otherwise. Do you have any idea what makeup she uses or what the Channel Nine makeup artists use? The women always look flawless, but still naturally glowy, which we’d all love to achieve.
    Thanks for featuring Lisa, she’s an inspiration.

  • http://www.styleformula.com/ Megan

    Lisa always looks beautiful. I love that she is such a strong, independent and fearless female. A true role model for all girls no matter your age or life stage. “Designer and Dime Store” (as the American’s say) resulted in such a perfect, complete and stylish Logies package for Lisa. Thanks for sharing this with us Paula and Lisa. xo 

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