Welcome to Sydney!
After a 30 hour flight from Florence I arrived into Sydney and felt like kissing the ground and then crying a little… jet lag city! But then I saw a lovely man holding a sign at the airport with my name on it (that rarely happens!) and I arrived at my hotel with a view to DIE FOR over the Sydney Harbour and Opera House… and I didn’t feel so jet lagged anymore.
I spruced up and went down with the other Sydney Fashion Ambassadors Bryan Boy and Rumi Neely to meet the Deputy Premier of NSW to officially begin the week (see the images here!). And what a beginning it has been! A day of amazing shows. The highlight was Romance Was Born in the morning, which I thought would have a tough time out doing last seasons incredible extravaganza (remember my Fashion Week diary for Vogue UK ) – but they did not disappoint!
Although the stand out for me today was the beautiful girls. SO many amazing outfits, so many cool girls. There must be something in the water.
It’s almost 2am and I am frantically sending images to Vogue.com UK and Vogue.com Australia whom I am covering the fashion week for… but here are two of my favourite beauties from day 1… stay tuned.
Lisa Twomey who was interning for Romance Was Born is a painter and also a designer – she made this jacket – beads, tassels, fabrics, fur and all!
Lisa is wearing: Vintage Skirt, Adidas Crop Tee, Jacket Designed by herself/
The talented Photographer and blogger extraordinaire, Zanita Morgan.
Wearing:Jacket by IRO, Top by Acne, Necklace by Estelle Devee, Bag by Alexander Wang, Jeans from Kmart, Shoes from Topshop
Taylor, Paris Fashion week, Sept 2011, in that perfect J Mendel dress…
Ruby Aldridge after Costume National, Paris, FW 2012 – 13
Ruby Aldridge is bad ass. She is one of the only models who’s style doesn’t really divert from being ” I just picked this up off my boyfriends floor” cool and yet is still always really exciting to shoot. She always wears old denim, rocks a dad belt, wears lots of long chains, and is often sporting an old/ slouchy Tshirt. Also, let’s just discuss that she is reading Stephen King’s The Shinning… AND… last time we met in Paris she was listening to Ween on a WALKMAN… like I said, bad ass.
Paris, SS 12
Get her look here: Maison Michel hat, Denim shorts , Pamela Love necklace
I just had a big Great Gatsby-themed birthday bash on a yacht in Sydney Harbour!
My best friend and my boyfriend somehow managed to organise the entire party from LA and London respectively. Somehow they pulled it off and kept it a surprise.
All I was told was that on December 22, I should wear a Great Gatsby-inspired dress and be ready by 5pm. I have always loved the glamour of the 1920s, having often channelled the era when I worked as a model.
Knowing that I wanted to wear white, I went on a hunt through all the London vintage stores. But after finding nothing but hilarious 80s wedding dresses, I ended up feeling less Daisy Buchanan and more Muriel’s Wedding.
Luckily, Australian designer Willow came to my sartorial rescue with the most gorgeous floor-length, sheer dress which was perfect. My boyfriend, understanding my near obsession with Maison Michel, gave me the most divine headband made of pearls, coral and beads by the designer see here. I wore it with gardenias we picked from the garden – they smelled like heaven.
The evening was filled with my favourite champagne flowing, gorgeous food and cakes, a beautiful sunset and dancing that went well into the early morning. I was surrounded by my favourite people who were dressed to perfection in 1920s threads, with some of the handsome men going so far as to style a perfect moustache for the evening!
It was one of the best evenings of my life and the perfect way to begin the new year.
There is just something about London girls… especially the fashion girls.
It’s the hard exterior edge juxtaposed with the pure ‘English rose’ beauty – something about this balance is perfect and like no where else. When people ask me who I most love to shoot, I always say the young fashion girls in London.
Pandora Lennard, fashion editor of Tank Magazine ,
Wearing:London Vintage jacket, Hermione De Paula dress, Opening Ceremony shoes, Asos bag
Joanie Myburgh, fashion assistant at Love Magazine
Wearing: Vintage dress and coat
Alice Goddard, Stylist
Wearing: Monsterwear egg shirt
Harmony Boucher, Model and Singer in the band VuVuVultures
Wearing: Topman jacket and VuVuVultures jumper.
Laura Chatterton, stylist and writer at GARAGE magazine
Wearing: Bitching and Junkfood headpiece and vintage Leather jacket, customised by Claire Barrow, with the spice girls.
Gorgeous Miroslava Duma gets it right… Every. Single. Time. Something about the ease of it all, like she just threw it all together without a thought and it just happened to work. Perfection.
Mira Duma in New York Fashion Week
wearing: Louboutin shoes (shop here and here), Derek Lam coat, Chloe dress, Iosselliani necklace
It’s enough for me to throw caution to the wind, pull out my animal print and go dancing.