marie claire and the stylish FIAT 500 share a love of ‘vintage meets modern’ design. Here we explore our passion for timeless style and iconic design as we hit the road to uncover some of Australia’s leading creative talents.

The Fashion Files – hosted by Jasmin Howell,
Friend in Fashion.

As one of the country’s most prolific fashion and lifestyle influencers, Jasmin knows iconic design when she sees it. We asked her to take the wheel of the FIAT 500 and discover what drives some of Australia’s leading creative talents.


From the car you drive to that cocktail dress you wear on repeat, your style says volumes about your personality. Jasmin Howell chats with Australia’s eveningwear queen, Rachel Gilbert, on embracing your individuality no matter what the dress code.

“Everyone’s got their own sense of style, which has changed how we think about eveningwear across the globe”
Rachel Gilbert Fashion Designer


Just like the finishing touches on the  Fiat 500 Jasmin drives, Matt Jones, Edwards and Co.’s official cutting and styling educator and director, sees hair as the finishing touch to any outfit. Jasmin talks with Matt on cut and colour trends for the coming summer, and where we’re headed next.

“I don’t think an outfit is complete without healthy, shiny, gorgeous hair.”
Matt Jones Edwards and Co.’s official cutting and styling educator and director


The FIAT 500 has playfulness in its DNA, so Jasmin gears up for fun to meet the Australian queen of party fashion, Alice McCall.

“I wanted a totally bespoke look down the runway, right down to the shoes made in the same jacquard as the outfits.”
Alice McCall


Sleek, bold and elegant is how Jasmin describes the latest collection from Australian designer Rebecca Vallance as she cruises into the studio to meet the brains behind the brand.

“The product always has to be beautiful and on point, pushing the boundaries but staying true to our brand’s DNA.”
Rebecca Vallance


Style is only complete with the perfect accessories, like the Fiat 500 Jasmin drives and the jewellery she wears. Today, they come together as she meets Louise Olsen, co-founder and creative director of Dinosaur Designs.

“Putting an outfit together is like creating an artwork”
Louise Olsen Co-founder and Creative Director of Dinosaur Designs


Quality comes first for fashion designers Alexandra and Genevieve Smart.
The Sydney sisters behind Ginger & Smart talk sustainable style and spring/summer fashion with Jasmin.

“We were inspired by the parallels between art and science – it was a great path for us to explore through print, colour and texture.”
Alexandra and Genevieve Smart


Buckle up, curves ahead. Gary Bigeni has taken the sartorial world by storm with his bold use of colour and sharp silhouettes, and talks vintage icons and influences with Jasmin.

“There’s a lot of colour and print to play with, but the silhouettes are clean"
Gary Bigeni


Jasmin’s on the road to meet a bold, stylish and inspiring woman, our very own marie claire Editor, Nicky Briger, and the creatives who help her bring the magazine to life each month.

“A woman who drives a FIAT 500 is confident, bold and unashamedly stylish”
Jasmin Howell @friendinfashion


The FIAT 500 is all about design, with an iconic shape that’s instantly recognised around the world. Known in Italy as the Cinquecento, it was launched in July 1957 to instant success. It has retained its shape throughout the years, still rocking the signature curves that are reminiscent of its original design.

There are 12 bold and bright colours to choose from for those who want to stand out and be seen. The FIAT 500 is the ultimate lifestyle accessory.

Along with a host of customisable features to suit your personality, the FIAT 500 will also be available in a signature piece: the new FIAT 500 Collezione Special Edition, launching in September 2018.


The enduring charm of the original 1950s’ FIAT 500 design continues to influence its personality today. Designed by the Centro Stile in Torino, Italy, the original Dante Giacosa designed wooden master model for the 1957 FIAT 500 serves as inspiration for today’s FIAT 500 designers. At the forefront of the very latest design trends, they translate modern European trends into the vehicle fabrics, features and luxurious comforts that inject fashion credibility into each and every new model.

Experience the exhilaration of the FIAT 500 for yourself. Book a test drive today.