Summer with Lizzie Macpherson

This summer Vibe Hotels have created the Summer Vibe campaign, an accommodation package that includes the hot new Summer Vibe Towel.

We took this opportunity to ask Lizzie Macpherson, the stylist for the Summer Vibe Towel photo shoot, some questions.

What style tips can you offer our readers this summer?


Brights and prints are in this summer along with a mix of natural hues such as khaki and tan continuing on from winter.

Shorts, harem pants, maxi skirts, baby doll vintage dresses, summer blazers and cropped denim jackets are just a few of the styles we will be seeing around. Mix these pieces with earth toned vintage belts, stone coloured or tan flat ankle boots or heeled sandals and wedges.

As far as bags go, try a neutral or tanned coloured tote which will go perfectly with everything or a large bohemian hippy bag for the beach.

I am personally loving crochet pieces thrown over outfits such as maxi dresses and singlets, the perfect way to re-vamp last year’s maxi (alternatively this can take your outfit from day to night with ease) or add a touch of detail to a simple outfit.

Ripped boyfriend jeans and a singlet worn with a summer blazer is another favorite of mine, team this outfit with a pair of cute flats for day or a wedges for evening.

Lastly, but certainly not least, is the harem pant which is a must have for the warm months ahead. The fashion-forward look works for a night out (dress them up with heels) or a day around town (flats and a cropped jean jacket or a soft jacket).

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(Behind the scenes at the Summer Vibe fashion shoot)

What is the one essential item everyone style conscious needs to have with them wherever they go this summer?

A killer bag!

What has been the most inspiring place you have ever worked?

There have been so many, almost every job I do is inspiring in one way or another.

What has been the highlight of your career to this point?

I did a shoot this year in the desert here in Australia and for me personally it was a highlight as it was a truly incredible experience.

The energy was fantastic, everyone worked together beautifully, the scenery was just breathtaking and the photos we shot were stunning- the perfect shoot.

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(Behind the scenes at the Summer Vibe fashion shoot)

What is your favourite part of your job?

My favorite part would definitely be working with people or brands with a vision, and bringing it to life. I love collaborating with like minded and passionate people, especially those with totally ‘out there’ ideas and perspectives.

I constantly find myself learning and viewing things from different angles – each day is totally different and there is rarely a dull moment.

How did you come to be working with Vibe?

I was approached by the brand. Vibe Hotels are young, fresh and have loads of personality – so I jumped at the chance to work with them. Working with the Vibe Hotels Team and Renee Bargh was awesome.

What made you decide to do the Vibe photo shoot the way you did?

It was very much a summer theme and we wanted to keep the shots fairly simple and uncluttered, yet still current and on trend. I chose pieces that ‘popped’ in the photos giving it a clean, fresh and chic summer feel.

We all worked together to produce shots which are a great reflection of Vibe Hotels. We wanted the shots to really show what hanging out poolside at Vibe is like. If only I could spend everyday basking in the sunshine at the Vibe Rushcutters roof top pool!

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(Renee Bargh styled by Lizzie Macpherson)

How do you feel the Summer Vibe Towel encapsulates the Vibe personality and experience?

The Summer Vibe Towel is chic, trendy and also very functional which I believe encapsulates Vibe’s personality to a tee. To be honest, it is my new absolutely favorite – it’s the perfect size for a beach towel (I hate the little towels as I end up totally covered in sand) and I have always been a sucker for stripes.

What does the Australian summer mean to you?

Holidays, chilling out poolside, beaches, sand, sun, Christmas, family and friends. It’s my favorite time of year!

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