DRESSES FOR HERSELF: Natashya Manfield has been named in the top 10 Best Dressed list with (below from left) Amanda Rootsey, Grant Smith and Johanna Jensen.
DRESSES FOR HERSELF: Natashya Manfield has been named in the top 10 Best Dressed list with (below from left) Amanda Rootsey, Grant Smith and Johanna Jensen. Patrick Woods

Is this the Coast's most stylish woman?

WHEN Natashya Manfield styles her outfit each morning, she thinks only of herself.

"It's about how I feel, what I'm doing that day, what is inspiring me," she said.

The fashion designer is one of 10 locals selected by a national industry panel for the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival's Best Dressed list.

Organiser Jacinta Richmond said: "There is incredible individual style on the Sunshine Coast. Those who have made the list this year have consistently been well dressed with a touch of personal flair.'

Fellow list member Amanda Rootsey has a penchant for eco-friendly, cruelty-free, local and sustainable designers.

Johanna Jensen
Johanna Jensen

"Just like the food we eat, I think it's so important to consider where our clothes come from, who made them, whether chemicals have been sprayed on them and whether an animal was harmed in the process," she said.

Bronte Bateup loves to have fun with fashion, finding a balance between mini

malism, elegance and a bohemian edge.

Cate Young, a self-confessed "dag at heart", was surprised to make the list.

"I feel a bit of pressure now. Note to self to think more about what I throw on before I head out the door," she said with a laugh.

The only man to make the list, Grant Smith, describes his look as resort wear. He loves loafers and tailored shorts.

"My favourite item of clothing would be my white Louis Vuitton loafers," he said.

Amanda Rootsey
Amanda Rootsey

After making the list, Johanna Jensen quipped that her shopping addiction had been justified.

"My favourite item of clothing is anything denim - boyfriend jeans, denim shirts and shorts are my go-to on weekends," she said.

"And I can't go past stripes. I'm completely addicted."

Nikki Stacey opts for pieces with a classic, creative and city edge.

Grant Smith
Grant Smith

"I don't accessorise a lot. The clothes are the focal point," she said.

The Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival is on October 25 at Palmer Coolum Resort. For more information, visit http://www.internationalfashionweek.com.au

BEST DRESSED

  • Amanda Rootsey
  • Bronte Bateup
  • Cate Young
  • Grant Smith
  • Johanna Jensen
  • Natashya Manfield
  • Nikki Stacey
  • Rosanna Natoli
  • Tara King
  • Trena-Jane Rowlands


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