23rd October, 2014

There is something instantly iconic about She with great bangs. Jane Birkin, Bridgette Bardot, Stevie Nicks and Anita Pallenberg all knew the power of a hidden forehead and now we have Cat McNeil, Caroline de Maigret and much of the Spring Summer 15 shows to thank for the sudden urge to pick up the nail scissors. Whether you go heavy handed like Joey Ramone or like them a little more french and wispy a la Jane, be prepared for people to notice. For better or worse, its only really 2 or 3 weeks (and a new hat) between a good and bad haircut so I say take the plunge.

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CLOCKWISE: CATHERINE MCNEIL’S NEW BANGS COURTESY OF GIVENCHY. LAURIE BIRD’S MEGA FRINGE IN ONE OF MY FAVORITE FILMS “TWO LANE BLACK TOP”. PATTI SMITH. THE RAMONES. BACKSTAGE AT MARC JACOBS. NATALIE WESTLING FOR LE MONDE BY LACHLAN BAILEY AND CLARE RICHARDSON.

9th October, 2014

There are few products created in the last century that are as iconic and recognisable as No.5 – by name, number, look and parfum. To coincide with the launch of the new fragrance film directed by Baz Lurhmann and starring Giselle (and her perfect derrière) which is released October 15th, Chanel asked me to interpret their hashtag #theonethatiwant. I have always had such vivid memories of the scent, most notably on my pre-school teacher Mrs Harge, so I wanted to look at the New No.5 girl and what she embodies. She is not fussy, she does not own a hair brush, she wears vintage with luxury and is most comfortable in nothing at all. She wears a tonne of attitude, no make up but always No.5.

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It seemed only fitting to shoot one of my favourite faces and rising star Maddison Brown, having just wrapped Strangerland with Nicole Kidman who serendipitously worked on the first film with Baz for Chanel ten years ago.

WHO OR WHAT IS THE ONE THAT YOU WANT RIGHT NOW?
I don’t think I should say who, but I really want the Chanel trainers

5 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE:
1. Happiness
2. Family
3. Success
4. Travel
5. Dignity

BEAUTY PRODUCTS YOU CANT’T LIVE WITHOUT?
Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment and my Chanel gentle hydrating toner

BEST BEAUTY ADVICE YOU LEARNT FROM YOUR MUM?
Wear sunscreen

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SCENT?
Coffee

Photographed by Darren McDonald. Styling by Ilona Hamer. Maddison Brown with Chic Management.

MADDISON WEARS CHANEL JACKETS, ISABEL MARANT TANK TOP, VINTAGE JEANS AND BELT.

2nd October, 2014

So I have had a bit of thing for polo shirts lately which is a strange thing considering my most prominent memory is of an ill fitting white one paired with a lime green pleated netball skirt while playing Wing Attack every saturday at the local leisure centre. But seriously, polo’s are kind of high on my list of priorities at the moment and I have been crushing hard on tiny navy blue ones from the boy’s department. This H&M striped number set me back $24 (from the men’s floor) and I think does the trick nicely for now but lets be honest Marique would look great in the aforementioned one from the 5th grade (and probably the matching skirt too) *sigh* She also looked killer in a head to velvet tapestry number she wore in the SS15 Vuitton show (no mean feat) so thats just how she rolls.

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Marique Schimmel from Supreme Management photographed by Christopher Ferguson. Hair by Shlomi Mor. Make up by Hiro Yonemoto

30th September, 2014

Hermes is perhaps one of the most well known, iconic French houses still producing under its own roof. Its heritage is as long and strong as some royal family’s and its prestige and quality is second to none. I remember watching the documentary “Hearts and Crafts” some years ago at a screening in Sydney and being moved by the various individuals and families who work for the house, teaching and passing on the incredible skill and natural craftsmanship that is unable to be replicated by machines. Opening today, Hermes is hosting “Les Festival des Metiers” at the MCA in Sydney, a chance to get up close and personal with those who create and craft the scarves, watches, jewellery and of course the Kelly’s, Constance’s and Birkins. To celebrate the festival Hermes asked me to collaborate on a series of images using some of my favourite pieces from the Fall collection. Simple, understated yet screaming of luxury, it was a pleasure to shoot the beautiful Bambi Northwood-Blyth as the modern muse.

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BAMBI WEARS ALL HERMES CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES.

Photographed by Darren McDonald. Styled by Ilona Hamer. Hair by Koh. Make up by Giorgia Skye. Bambi Northwood-Blyth from IMG

“Les Festival des Métiers” by Hermes. October 2nd – 6th. Foundation Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks, Sydney. Open 11am to 7pm daily with free admission

15th September, 2014

I was lucky enough to work with the incredibly talented Yael Stone again earlier this year for a portrait for Oyster’s Australian only issue, on sale now. The last time we met in 2011 she was just about to go to New York to audition for a then little known Netflix project called Orange Is the New Black. 12 Emmy award nominations and 2 seasons later and Yael’s star is most definitely rising fast. Oh and that thick New York/Bronx accent she has in the show? Well the reality is that her Australian accent is about as thick as her fan base, which (if you count being recognized by the local electrician) is spreading like wild fire. Oh and just to really impress you, she came up with it the night before her audition. Yup. She really is that good.

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Photographed by Adrian Mesko. Styled by Ilona Hamer. Hair by Schlomi Morr. Make up by Kanako.

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