Who wears the pants?

To answer the first Mastered brief for 2017 our team decided to explore new ways of seeing gender. For the styling I referenced three moments in fashion history that were significant in interpreting the way we see gender - Christian Dior and the 'New Look' (1947) which was created as a return to femininity post war. The tiny waists and huge spreading skirts epitomized femininity. Helmut Newton for YSL 'Le Smoking' (1975) the iconic image of a woman in a tuxedo – blurring the lines between femininity and masculinity. Calvin Klein's 1994 campaign for CK ONE launching the unisex fragrance trend and the androgyny that epitomized the 90's. The main fashion influences are the 90's and 50's bringing them into today with two key AW17 trends (sheer fabrics and slogans). I teamed some original garments from the 50's with 90's influenced pieces to create a tug a war between the masculine and feminine. Our work explores the blurred lines of gender and seeks to depict the push and pull of that which is considered masculine and that which is considered feminine.

Photography - Matt Briggs Creative direction/Styling - Me Make up - Stevi Hopkins Hair - Candice Thompson Starring - Lillian Baker + Ruby Compton.

Into the Woods

When Renee from beautiful Newcastle based label VOUS started talking to me about the theme of her latest collection 'Into the Woods' I was immediately reminded of a quote from Haruki Murakami "And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person that walked in. That is what the storm is all about" Renee's theme explores the concepts of resilience, perseverance, strength and rejuvenation. In order to visually translate this powerful and poetic theme I created an installation of hand painted branches that floated in mid air creating a metaphorical woods - a place of rejuvenation, a place of transformation and change. Our beautiful model, Ruby, enacts this trans-formative journey expressing moments of vulnerability, resilience, power and strength. I hope you enjoy our story, beautifully captured by Edwina Richards Photography with hair and make up by Stevi Hopkins.

Reflections within

'She liked the sharp salty smell of the air and the vastness of horizons bounded only by a vault of azure sky above' – George R.R Martin

This photo story was inspired by the azure blue of the sea and sky. It is an inward journey of reflection and discovery. It is the story of the blue periods of our lives, the times of loss, of healing, of re inventing our dreams. The moments when we dip a toe into the water and the moments when we dive right in, re surface and become free. 

It was a dream styling this photo story! Beautifully shot by Edwina Richards Photography, stunning fashion by VOUS, gorgeous hair + make up by Steff Matheson and featuring my childhood friend, the beautiful dancer Leigh Murray. I hope you enjoy losing yourself in these dreamy images as we so enjoyed creating them for you!

In Bloom

It has been so wonderful experiencing all the colours, sounds, smells and feelings that only Spring can bring about! Although winters in Newcastle are short and mild there is still relief and excitement as the cold weather ends and the warm weather begins. The smell of jasmine and freesias in the air,  morning light filtering through the bedroom window, lazy days on the beach and weekends spent watching fluffy clouds drift along a bright blue sky. I recently designed, created and installed the Spring displays for The Emporium in Newcastle. The inspiration came from the notion that, in Spring, everything is 'In Bloom'. Flowers blossom and burst forth in a rainbow of colours, bees and butterflies circle them feverishly, the sky blooms in brilliant blue and the sun wraps everything in warmth. The following images depict the inspiration, creation and final result of The Emporium's Spring set up 'In Bloom'.

For the love of couture

Recently I had the pleasure of working on a styled photo shoot featuring a stunning couture gown by VOUS.  The custom fit, luxurious fabric and extraordinary detail of the gown had me swooning. It also reminded me of how much we, in modern society, have lost touch with the power of dressing well! How many of us would raise our hands when posed the question, 'who has left the house in tracksuit pants, ugg boots, hoodies, wet hair and/or thongs?'. I imagine even the most die hard fashionista's in Australia would inevitably raise their hands! Has our more relaxed attitude towards dressing empowered us or has it in fact dis-empowered us? Is the age old adage true, do 'clothes make the man (or woman)'? I will explore this topic in further detail in the coming posts but in the meantime join me in swooning over the hand embellished leather, 1930's hand pressed metal mesh and swirling silk that makes up this stunning couture gown from VOUS. 

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