Mistakes, we all make them, you, what’s your most fashion mistakes?
Shoes that don’t fit me properly. I love shoes and will buy them because of the way they look, regardless of heel height or comfort. I once fell in love with a pair of glitter-finished Marc Jacobs heels but the boutique only had one pair left, in a half size smaller than I normally wear. I bought them anyway. Needless to say they haven’t been worn much as I can’t walk in them for more than half an hour at a time!
What's your relationship with your wardrobe?
Although my style has remained the same, my wardrobe has evolved over time. When I was in my twenties and a fashion stylist and writer in Sydney and London, my wardrobe consisted mainly of statement dresses, mini skirts, silk blouses and (very) high heels. It was a reflection of my life; I used to be out most nights and often at events for work. However when I turned 30 and became a mother for the first time, I suddenly realised I had nothing practical in my wardrobe for my new life. You can’t exactly wear a tiered silk chiffon skirt or stilettos looking after a newborn! I made a conscious decision to start investing in more relaxed pieces. Now I am a mother of two and going out is a special occasion rather than the norm, my wardrobe consists mainly of jumpsuits, midi dresses, oversized knits and pleated skirts. I also own more flats than heels. While I love shopping I actually don’t buy that much. When I started working in fashion I quickly learnt that the best way to navigate the continual cycle of trends on a limited budget was investing in timeless, beautifully-made pieces that looked chic whatever the season. I have to really love something before I add it to my wardrobe as I tend to hold onto things and wear them for years. I have packed up a lot of my designer pieces from my stylist days to give to my girls when they are older. However I still have many pieces in my closet that I have had for years that I often wear today. I love the empowering, transformative power of clothes and the way a dress or pair of shoes can evoke memories. My wardrobe has always been hugely important in my life.
Make us dream…what’s your ultimate desired piece?
I used to write the reports for the couture collections and was always amazed by the beauty of the designs and the work that went into each piece. A couture dress would be my dream piece, in particular a vintage design by Valentino.
Best excuse for bank/partner to justify what just bought?
I never really tell my husband when I buy something! Also I have a separate account so he never really knows until he sees me wearing something and by then it is too late, ha!
Your shopping regret, the one you can’t stop thinking about?
A pair of vintage Chanel earrings from a little jewellery store in Sydney I spotted when sourcing pieces for a shoot ten years ago and immediately fell in love with. I didn’t buy them as I thought they were overpriced, and to be honest, they probably were for the time, but in hindsight I wish I had purchased them. They were they were gold, oversized logo clip ons - so cool and classic and I know I would still be wearing them today if I had bought them.