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Brands We Love: One Teaspoon

Jamie Blakey, founder of denim and clothing line One Teaspoon, started the label when she was just 21 and with only $3,000 to her name. Now stocked in 32 countries worldwide, One Teaspoon shows no signs of slowing down. We spoke to Jamie about her favorite denim she's put out over the years, what she's currently wearing, and how we can get our own perfectly distressed denim.

Hi Jamie! What are your favorite One Teaspoon jeans, past or present?
My most favorite jeans of ALL TIME are the Ford King Pins and they're only just about to hit stores! When the sample finally arrived (this sounds lame…), my eyes welled up a little bit! Heavy, I know. Over a pair of jeans. But I couldn't believe them. Everything was perfect and just so me.

Do you have a favorite pair of jeans to wear?
Ford King Pins and the Black Wetlook Runaways.

How long have you had them?
They’re freshies. So only about 2 months.

What's the best thing that happened to you in those jeans?
Heaps of cool shit. Just everyday life is pretty damn great.

What's your favorite outfit currently?
You know what… It’s been the same since I was about 13. Mid-wash indigo baggy jeans with an oversize white tee. The cuts vary from season to season and the styling changes with what shoes and accessories I put with them. But it’s always that. Jeans and a white tee. That’s me.

How many pairs of jeans do you own? How many do you actually wear?
About 50 pairs. I get obsessed with one or two pairs for a month, wear them always and then I get over them and move on. Always have a drop crotch baggy on high rotation, though!

Any tips or tricks for distressing denim?
Just get some scissors and sand paper and rip in. The blunter the scissors the better. A big bottle of cheap bleach is always good to have on hand, too. The cheaper and more shit the better. I like to use the whole bottle with only water. Don’t be shy about it. After that, you just watch them until they reach the color that you’re after. Don’t do stretch denim, though, as you’ll lose all your elastane out of the denim. Once you’ve gone mad cutter and finished sanding and bleaching, put them in the washing machine with a decent scoop of powder and you’re away. Always dry them in the dryer after so they come out nice and soft.

Tips or tricks for making vintage denim wearable?
I only ever wear men's vintage denim. Low waist and baggy. Make a couple of nips and tucks and rips here and there and they’re good to go.

Favorite places to shop for denim?
I don’t have a favorite. For vintage I only ever go to thrift stores because getting them for a bargain is part of the fun. New denim I don’t buy so I wouldn’t know where to go that’s great... other than One Teaspoon and Urban Outfitters, of course!

What's been the best moment of your career so far?
It’s all pretty great. I feel like the best is still yet to come though for some reason?

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Brands We Love: Tallow

Tallow, a women's brand that draws its inspiration from the vitality of female surfing, is based in Byron Bay and no stranger to Australian surf culture. Aimed at bringing the surf community's message of freedom, individuality, and self-expression out of the water and into the world, brand founders Ali Mandalis and Shannon Clynes create clothes that blend their fashion-forward eye with a laid-back attitude. With summer kicking off into high gear, we spoke to Shannon to get the low-down on the store down under.

Interview by Natalie Shukur

What motivated you to start Tallow? 
Ali had been drawing swimwear designs that reflected functional aspects of a suit for surfing and she came to me with the notion to produce them for some local girls in Byron Bay as they were saying it was difficult to find functional feminine swimwear. From there, I joined her in forming a brand based around this one drawing! We had both been discussing for some time doing a business together with a surf flavor and we put our heads together and created Tallow. 

How would you describe the brand's style and vision? 
The style is most definitely art-based swimwear with functional components. Our wetsuits are contemporary but authentic for surfers and apparel is designed under an "apres surf" ethos. 

When did you learn to surf? 
My parents love the beach lifestyle and so they introduced me and taught me about the ocean from the age of two. Surfing and beach culture has been part of my life since day one. 

Tell us about the beautiful community of Byron Bay you're a part of and how that inspires you! 
Byron is one of the global epicenters for women's surfing. Most women in Byron surf and if they don't, they live by and enjoy all our little surf town has to offer. When you paddle out at any given break in Byron you see a handful of girls wearing our suits and that is the most inspiring moment for producing a brand. 

Do you have a motto or philosophy that you live by? 
Community is back and surfing is an all day affair! 

What makes Tallow unique? 
Tallow has creative freedom in our designs and marketing imagery. We stay true to our foundations and stick to what we know best: swimwear and apparel for women who surf or simply enjoy the culture. 

Who, what and where do you look to for inspiration? 
Foreign cultures, small surf towns that aren't on the radar, undiscovered artists and people who are true to their destinies. 

What's a typical day in the world of Tallow? 
Every day is different! Running a business along with the constant creative train, we do our very best to make the most of every opportunity we can find. No one thing defines our day as it's an ever changing pace in fashion. We always make sure there's a positive flow in all parts of the business and creative process. 

Do you listen to music in the Tallow studio? If so, what's currently playing?
Mylee and the Milkshakes

Who are the women that you feel best embody the Tallow lifestyle? 
There's no barrier here on who best embodies it, but a woman who can throw together an outfit of something completely mismatched and pull it off rules! 

What are you working on / looking forward to next? 
We're about to release our Spring/Summer 15 lines and both Ali and I are very proud of how it's turned out. We feel its fabrication, prints and function has everything in a collection we ever wanted to produce! The collection is called Rapture which represents a euphoric feeling that you get whilst surfing or simply those good moments in life.

Brands We Love: ZANEROBE

What's it like running a fashion label with your BFF for ten years? We spoke with Leith Testoni and Jonathon Yeo, founders of menswear brand Zanerobe, to find out.
Interview by Katie Gregory

Tell us a little bit about yourselves.
Jonathon: Born in New Zealand, reside in Sydney, turning 40 this year, love the challenges of running an international brand, and hugely proud of our ZANEROBE team and design direction. I’m in my dream job and addicted to staying fit. My guilty pleasure is drinking Jamesons after a big ski day.
Leith: ZANEROBE has been around for almost 12 years now. It started from a general lack of interest in the menswear market and quest to do something different. Lots of people, particularly in the US, believe that we have only been around for a few years but this is more due to the recent popularity of the jogger silhouette. Our mantra still holds true and we are trying to do things new and interesting in the menswear market. We are very much entrenched in the Australia/New Zealand street surf scene, which drives many global trends.

How did you form ZANEROBE?
J: Very casually – I was having a beer with my old mate Leith Testoni (aka The Big Bear) and we decided to start a small project on the side of our "real" corporate jobs. Leith always had a very savvy eye for fashion so I exploited his mad skills and put him to work.

How has your personal and/or brand aesthetic changed over time?
J: We’re a trend-based brand so what we designed 10 years ago is completely different to what we’re producing now. ZANEROBE started as an Australian-based premium sport offering and we’re now a significant contributor to contemporary men’s fashion globally. We're immensely proud of the brand’s development progression.
L: Like any brand, it matures with age. We are more focused with subtle detailing and fabrications than overt and obvious garments to gain attention. This comes with time and confidence. We have reduced the reliance on bold prints and look more to exciting fabrication developments, trims and denim washes.

You guys have been working together for ten years. Is it hard balancing a friendship and a business?
J: Not if you don’t sweat the small stuff and have incredible mind-control abilities. We’re extremely fortunate to have a friendship and common interests outside of business hours.
L: We are very different people and the balance works well. We both don’t come from fashion backgrounds and we approach everything logically and without ego.

Is there a particular piece from your line that you’re super excited about?
J: I love it all but I’m gravitating to all the clean, monochromatic styles currently: classic white button-down, solid black elongated tee, Dynamo jogger-chino with knit cuff.
L: I'm excited about every piece in our collection, that’s why we do it. I still get a thrill when new samples arrive and I get to talk it through with our sales guys. It's great when you finish a showing and people are speechless – it’s a nice feeling.

Who are some of your fashion icons?
J: Leith Testoni, Tom Ford. In that order.
L: I don’t really have any to be honest, so I'm not going to make any up. I get inspired by regular people putting together great looks no matter who they are. I'll often say "great look" to people I don’t know on the street.

What have you been wearing a lot of lately?
J: Dog hair. I have a five-month-old puppy, a White Swiss Shepherd, so all my clothes are covered in white puppy hair. My wardrobe will dramatically change to a colour palette of white, off-white, bone, cream, beige and taupe.
L: Grey Marle and denim. I like the simplicity and feel of grey marles and how they look against denims, particularly washed and blown-out denims, whether they be cuffed or uncuffed.

Although it's not summer down under, what are some of your favorite things to do/places to go in the summer?
J: Manly Beach for a cheeky run/swim combo. Chill on the beach for the rest of the day and hit Papi Chulo’s for dinner.
L: You can't really beat Australia in Summer. We have Christmas during summer and we usually head down the south coast of New South Wales during this time to a small beach house one of my friends own. We get back to basic living: surfing, paddleboarding, fishing, spear fishing, prawning, cooking on open fires. I find it’s the best way to unwind.

Favorite songs to blast in the summer?
J: This mix is on repeat.

What trend do you love for summer? Hate?
J: Can’t go past a fresh light-weight-cotton "white" longer-length tee. I’m done with any look that includes Havaianas.
L: I'm really enjoying the elongated and boxier silhouettes, particularly in shorting. It's such a convergence of form, function and fashion and makes sense in summer. I like it when they collide.

How do you feel about socks and sandals?
J: If it was the name of a rad pop-up store selling ETQ black mid-tops, I’d rather enjoy it.

What’s one thing you’re looking forward to?
J: Always "next season's collection" dropping into stores.
L: I'm looking forward to brands giving up on claiming ownership of the jogger silhouette. I find it really quite humorous. Although the European and then later the Australian and New Zealand fashion community played an instrumental role in its development and evolution, I would never be so ignorant or arrogant to claim to have invented it. The “Jogger’ has been around in various forms for over three decades. Long before all the brands that are claiming to have invented them. Fashion is an evolution and a re-evolution and reinterpretation. I'm looking forward to what's next and playing a role in that evolution.

Share one cool thing you’ve seen on the internet recently.
J: I was recently overseas and Skype’d with my puppy back in Sydney. It was a quick conversation but she assured me everything was fine – "You two kids should go and enjoy yourselves." I also like this. And this is an all-time favourite.
L: I'm still pretty astounded by google image search. It's great that you can find the origin of an image when it could have been blogged so many times.


From Australia With Love: Somedays Lovin

One of our favorite labels is Somedays Lovin, an Australian brand that perfectly epitomizes all that's cool about Australia. Inspired by the ocean and the warmth of the sun, Sydney-based Somedays Lovin combines surf vibes, beach babes, and a vintage sensibility, with just the right amount of free-spirited rebelliousness. The result is a collection that appeals to beach bums and rocker girls alike.

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Spell & The Gypsy Collective

If you're dusting off your boots from Coachella or, like me, you've trawled through enough festival fashion photos while sipping on coconut water that you can vicariously feel Tame Impala still ringing in your ears, you will likely have come across an outfit or two from Spell & the Gypsy Collective

Sisters Elizabeth and Isabella "Spell" Briedis make the kind of clothes destined for desert frolicking, sunset swaying, and boy-in-the-band finagling—all cheeky shorts, fringed vests, crochet dresses, breezy jumpsuits and exotic kimonos. But, as their Instagram feed can attest, they don't just dream the gyspy life, they live it, soaking up the flower-child vibes of Byron Bay, the Australian coastal town they call HQ. Here they mix business and the beach, bedecked in shredded band tees, Stevie Nicks-worthy silks and stacks of Native American-influenced jewelry. 

"Spell and I both grew up in the suburban sprawl of Melbourne, but always had a yearning to jump in a car and fly up the coast highway to a warmer, tropical fairyland," Elizabeth says. "Whether you live in a city or a beachside town, we all get wound up in our own busy routines and how we dress and accessorize can help us channel that wild-child-of-the-'60s alter-ego that usually only comes out at a festival, or on holiday…. I think that Spell taps into that sense of freedom we all crave now and then." For Spring 2013, the duo explored "lots of textures—tasseled knits, lace, velvet and animal print. Our jewellery range is about to get very bold with chunky carved bone tusks and animal claws that we've cast in brass and silver. It's all very wild this season." To celebrate the recent opening of their flagship store in Byron Bay, which they have kitted-out with vintage antler lamps, cane chairs, cowhides and distressed leather couches, Elizabeth gives us a peek into their new boutique and shares some of Spell's hippie wisdom and local favorites. 

Our Perfect Byron Bay day: Early to rise, coffee and pastry at our fave café with girlfriends and their kids, then spend the day at a quiet beach with our boys. Or, if we're lucky, it's the first sunday of the month and we'll head to the Byron Markets for an organic donut. Muses: Stevie Nicks, Kate Moss and Sienna Miller in her boho heyday. Words to live by: Inspire and be inspired. Also, my mum gave me the Desiderata in a birthday card when I turned 12, and every year I read it on my birthday and use it as a compass. Favorite scent: Vanessa Megan Essential Blend. Current obsession: Vintage rocker tees and bells. Favorite foods: Oysters, or all seafood, really. Byron Bay has an epic fish co-op. Our idea of fun: Designing a new range with Spelly, Fleetwood Mac playing in the background. Our take on style: Style is only style if it's your own style. For me, I dress down and over-accessorize. On our stereo right now, you'll find: Storms by Fleetwood Mac—I'm learning it on guitar. —Natalie 

Daft Punk Helmet Evolution

Daft Punk's new album Random Access Memories will hit U.S. shelves (or iTunes accounts) on May 21, after its live debut at a random agricultural expo in Australia. In anticipation of the drop, my homies at Third Looks have put together a visual history of the duo's aesthetic, including this awesome poster chronicling the evolution of the band's signature space helmets. Check it out for the hi-res version and a more thorough breakdown of Daft Punk's ever changing visual identity. Angelo

Romance Was Born Spring/Summer '13-'14

Currently happening in the southern hemisphere is MBFWA, aka Sydney fashion week. Of the collections that have been shown so far, Romance Was Born's Spring/Summer '13-'14 collection is my favorite. Designers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales are known for the spectacles they create each season for the Australian fashion scene, but this season it was even crazier. The pair created a collection that was a girly, psychedelic, and glittery dream. Each look was unique, with silhouettes reminiscent of the 1960s and '70s that the designers managed to update and fit into their wild and crazy alien runway world. Yes, some girls even had antennae attached to their colorful bowl-cut wigs. Plus, the set looked like it was made out of neon melting ice cream. Too cool for words! (Photos via OysterMag and Vogue Australia). Maddie

What I'm Taking To Coachella: Jodie

Name: Jodie Mckenzie
Location: Sydney
Occupation: Minkpink designer

Have you been to Coachella before? If so, what's the best memory you have?
No, I have never been before but I've heard some amazing stories from friends and I'm really looking forward to going.

What are you most looking forward to about this year's festival?
Seeing Dropkick Murphys, Grimes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Social Distortion, Gas Light Anthem, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. And the people watching! I love festival fashion as people really experiment and it's full of color and fun and crazy inspiration!

What are you packing and why?
I like to be comfortable at a festival so I tend to go with loose layers that are easy to run amok in. I like to wear a lot of black with print and texture clashes all topped off with lashings of heavy silver jewelry. I always wear boots to a festival; they are essential to stomping around in the dirt and keeping my toes protected in the pit. A pair of statement shades and a fun tote to carry my phone, sunscreen and water are the finishing touch.

Outfit One (above)
Mania Mania and Pamela Love necklaces, rings and assorted chunky silver bracelets; Vintage Metallica tee; MINKPINK "Chevron" A-line mini skirt; Vintage hologram platform boots; Karen Walker sunglasses; Di$count tote bag; Ksubi denim vest

Outfit Two
Bona Drag tie-dye cape; MINKPINK "Fair Game" dress; Evil Twin tote bag; Mania Mania necklace; Pamela Love and eBay rings; Acne Boots; Cast Eyewear sunglasses.

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What I'm Taking To Coachella: Kara

Name: Kara
Location: Sydney
Occupation: Minkpink designer

Have you been to Coachella before? If so, what's the best memory you have?
No, first time going! Can't wait!

What are you most looking forward to about this year's festival?
The awesome line-up!

What are you packing and why?
Vintage patched & customized denim jacket, leopard creepers that I always wear and can dance in for hours, my Spice Girls polaroid camera to capture every minute of it (!), sunnies from UO, holographic backpack from UO, Minkpink 'In The Grass' shorts because they're a great fit and super cheeky, a '90s tattoo choker necklace and finally a vintage Harley Davidson beat-up tee!

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Isla Collective

The chill vibes of Byron Bay, the iconic Australian beach town that Isla Collective designers Katie Burmester and Ayla Caughey call home, inspires their collection of hand-printed basics made from 100 percent cotton and other natural materials. "It will bring out the tomboy in you," say the girls of their casually-cut muscle tees and stripy trapeze tanks. This season the duo adds chunky knits, slouchy pants and long-sleeve T-shirt dresses into the mix, giving more options for those of us who don't have the luxury of walking around town barefoot or going for a cheeky surf on our lunch hour. Here, Isla Collective gives us a preview of their southern hemisphere winter 2013 collection, photographed by Hannah Leser on a lazy afternoon in the tropical splendor of their local surrounds. Natalie


OnStone is a printing company based out of Melbourne, Australia, who instead of printing on what we think of as usual materials (you know, like thin paper, thick paper, shiny paper, matte paper, big paper, small paper, weird shaped paper and papered paper), puts your photos, artwork and other ideas onto pieces of stone. That's right, stone! Each print is handmade with UV-cured ink, framed with reclaimed timber and backed with polystyrene, which makes your order not only sustainable and scratch resistant but completely one of a kind. Learn more about OnStone on their Facebook page!—Ally

Kite Design

All the colorful brooches, earrings and hair clips in the Kite Design Etsy shop are k i l l i n g me. The little cameras and little cassette tapes and little ice cream cones are the perfect accessories for easy, breezy, beautiful summer outfits, especially with their bright and exciting colors. I never knew how strongly I could want an ice cream cone barrette until right now. —Katie


Creative couple Bec Parsons and Bartolomeo Celestino founded LOVE WANT in 2005 to keep the magazine dream alive. "It's a reaction to the overwhelming gravity of putting images online," says Celestino. "It would be sad to think someone will never handle a magazine one day. It's a very personal journey when you self-publish, but one that's very satisfying when you see who it touches." The petite publication, which just debuted its sixth issue, also gives the photographers a chance to express themselves beyond the confines of their commercial work, while encouraging the same from their peers such as Pierre Toussaint, Gen Kay, Derek Henderson, Valerie Phillips and Ben Sullivan. As it has evolved, LOVE WANT's focus has strayed from fashion to embrace "beautiful images that convey a sense of place and time," says Parsons. "We decided that issue six would be an intensely personal conversation between its contributors. When we commission someone to shoot for us, the only thing we ask them to achieve is that their images won't date." 

"Shooting Staz in Los Angeles was special for me because I was pregnant, and the temperature was extreme, but she has such a special character," says Parsons, whose pictures have appeared in RUSSH, Oyster and Harper's Bazaar Australia. "It was difficult to jump fences to get those shots, but it was worth it. I also love Valerie's pictures of Arivida; the whole concept is wonderful--a photographer photographing another photographer with such freedom that you can't help but be enthralled."

"The cover with Bambi is special," says Celestino. "One because she's wearing Lover, who we greatly admire for their ethics and craft, and then the sense of excitement and happiness that comes through that image. I also think Gen Kay's images of Codie Young are absolutely amazing."

"Raw and direct" is how the Sydney-based pair sum-up LOVE WANT, issue six of which was designed and art directed by Monster Children's Campbell Milligan, and introduces the work of burgeoning Australian photographers Axel Moline and Jack Salkid. "Jack gave us a beautiful story of Rachel Rutt he shot in Japan, that is beyond wonderful," says Celestino. "So many young photographers are more concerned with fame, money or status in social media, whereas Jack is the complete opposite. He creates images you can fall in love with and that's all that concerns him." What else would they advise the next generation of young fashion snappers? "Often, mistakes are the best answers," says Parsons. Adds Celestino: "If you travel a long distance to take a picture, make sure there's film in the camera."—Natalie

Girl Crush: Elise Pioch Balzac

We first met the delightful Elise Pioch Balzac in Sydney when she was the head buyer for the Belinda boutiques. Her French girl coolitude (to borrow a phrase from another Gallic style crush Garance Doré, who took the above picture of Elise) had us at bonjour. Elise has a way of dressing that exudes both classic and quirk in equal measure and, aesthetics aside, it's her joie de vivre that really shines through. These are all qualities the South-of-France born, Sydney-based creative has channeled into Maison Balzac, her new line of natural scented candles, which she founded last year after leaving Belinda. Here, we ask her about starting a passion project, being a Frenchie in Australia, and why the South of France is the most beautiful smelling place on earth. —Natalie

Hi Elise! How did Maison Balzac come to life?
After eight years living in Australia I started to seriously miss my homeland so I decided to collect my best childhood memories and translate them into perfumed candles. The place [in the South of France]  where I grew up is so enchanting and so fragrant that it deserved to be captured in soy wax. 

What are some of your favorite scent memories?
Each candle captures one of my favorite scents. "Le Sud": Thyme and lavender; "La Rose": Garden roses; "Le Bois": Cedar and pine wood; "Le Soleil": Orange and tuberose; and "Le Eglise": Musk and clove buds. The five of them together talk about a typical Sunday at home: I would wake-up and drink a freshly-squeezed orange juice and then take a bath infused with lavender flowers before heading to the local church with my grandmother. Then, after a big lunch, we would walk in the bush—here are the five scents!

What's your approach to building a brand? 
Maison Balzac is about nature, authenticity, quality and fun. I admire labels like Marni, Christopher Kane and Martin Margiela where a sense of humor and personality are mixed with excellence and eccentricity.

What have you learned about the art of candle-making?
Everything from perfumes to essential oils to working with precious materials like milk glass and the different natures of waxes. 

The name Maison Balzac is so romantic. Where does your last name originate from?
My mother's maiden name is Balzac and apparently she is related to Honoré de Balzac, the French novelist from the 19th century. 

Wow, that is quite the pedigree! How did you decide on the design of the packaging?
I wanted the design to be very clean and French with a touch of quirk. We had to strip back and back until we got to this bare box. The design team (Mine Design in Sydney) thought I went mad, but I feel this simple packaging can allow for a lot of things in the future. 


Speaking of packaging, you are always so beautifully turned out! What are some of your everyday luxuries and style essentials?
I live in the countryside near Sydney and wake up to nature every day. This is definitely my first luxury! In terms of fashion, I think once you own a few pieces from Marni (necklaces, dresses and knits) and Dries Van Noten (shoes, pants, jackets), you are ready to go anywhere. Paired back with some tees and denims by Bassike, you don't need much else!

Being a Frenchie in Australia, how do the two cultures mix?
On a cultural level both countries share the same passion for food and wine, but I would give a little advantage to Australia for being so open-minded and relaxed. 


What's next for you?
There are so many projects and collaborations coming up this year. And our office-slash-laboratory is moving into an 1880s renovated church on the banks of the Colo River

Stonefox Magazine Issue Two

"The reason I like to self-publish is because there are so many rules on magazinesno matter who you work withplus, I like to support the industry," says Australian photographer and publisher Christopher Ferguson, who followed-up his lush and luxuriously visual fashion magazine SUMMERWINTER with STONEFOX, named for his creative studio of the same name. 

"It's exciting meeting new people and the magazine gives [readers] access to talented people—and I can do what the fuck I want." Issue two, featuring the mesmerizing Bambi Northwood-Blyth on its tactile, matte cover, and interviews with Joanna Preiss, Roman Coppola and Haley Bennett is hot off the press. Here, we chat to Ferguson about Australian style, the inconveniences of bad weather, and the beauty of whispering. —Natalie 

How would you describe the spirit of STONEFOX's second issue?
This issue was a nightmare! I have always described my magazines as albums—we don't pump one out every one or two months. The staff is the band and then we have a core line-up of guests to mix things up. This issue went on forever; I can't even look at it, I've seen it so many times. We were supposed to shoot all of it in Europe, but last summer was the worst weather in Europe in 100 years. Second album blues, I call it. So we had to come up with some ideas to make it work. The spirit is always the same, I guess: Shoot interesting people who have something to say or who I want to meet because I'm drawn to their talent. We don't go for fads, we go for people who quietly go about their business and who are brave. The people we feature don't shout, they whisper.

The divine Bambi is on the cover. What is she like to work with?
I have known Bambi from the start. The quiet girl who came into the studio shy with a cute smile. The reason certain models work—especially Australian girls—is because they're cool and laid back, funny and cheeky, they get the joke but they're still professional. I always pick models on personality before looks. Of course I have to be attracted to them, but they have to have charisma and spunk. 

How would you describe Australian style?
I think we have a great style, unique to our climate and way of life. Like anywhere in the world, some people should be shot in site for what they're wearing, but generally we are really cool and understated. 

Who are your favorite Australian models, designers and creatives?
Models: Julia Nobis is an amazing person, I don't think she's changed since I shot her for one of her first tests. Abbey Lee, before she became Abbey Lee, she was always great, she was always going to do well—she just didn't give a shit. Zippora (but she's from New Zealand), she's a free spirit, an amazing woman. 

Designers: I'm not sure on this one yet, they have to have a point of difference but still be Australian, and I find that hard because everybody in Australia wants to be international. I think Australians lead the way in fashion in a different way, it's our style more than our designers. Sass & Bide and Zimmermann always do a great job. Dion Lee is a craftsman and should jump on a plane and leave without passing go and collecting $200. 

Creatives: David Michod who wrote and directed Animal Kingdom is brilliant. I think Andrew Dominic who directed Chopper and recently Killing Them Softly is amazing. There is whole crop of gifted ozzies. Nothing makes me prouder then seeing an Australian do well because I know how hard it was for them to do it. It takes two words: hard work.

Get It Together: Clean Up Your Act

Being clean. So fresh, so honorable, such a common courtesy for anyone who regularly ventures out in public. But is our version of "clean" really as wholesome as we think? Maybe you eat organic, use energy-saving light bulbs and switch off the faucet in between tooth brushing and spitting, but are you absent-mindedly slathering yourself and your environment with potentially harmful chemicals on a daily basis? Quite possibly. It's cool, we're not here to judge, we're here to help. We're a bit of a hippie and we think about these kinds of things a lot. So, not to go all GOOP on you, but may we suggest four super-simple all-natural, non-toxic, earth-kind everyday product swaps? Okay!Natalie. 

1. Hand Sanitizer 
February is the season of all things beginning with F, namely the flu and Fashion Week. And according to the New York Times, fashion folk and flu season do not mix well. (Nina Garcia, in fact, shields her face with an Hermès cashmere scarf at all times and "avoids breathing in other people's air.") She probably, like Rachel Zoe admits, slathers on the Purell with pure abandon, too. The antibiotic and synthetic ingredients in most drugstore hand sanitizers are not only harsh on your skin but they can also kill the good bacteria your body relies on to fight infection. Most also contain triclosan, a known carcinogen. Try essential oil-based germ killers, like Herban Essentials Lemon Towlettes and Burt's Bees Aloe & Witch Hazel spray, which are packed with natural antimicrobial ingredients that smell lovely and don't contain enough alcohol to make teenagers wind up in newspaper headlines

2. Household Cleaners
This one's pretty obvious, but trust us, the natural alternatives works just as well. Ditch multi-purpose cleaning sprays often loaded with scary things like phalates, neurotoxins, quarternary ammonium compounds and chlorine for readily available natural alternatives like the beautifully packaged, refillable Common Good range. Better yet, make your own detergents: A tablespoon of vinegar and a few drops of tea-tree oil mixed with water in a spray bottle (scented with another essential oil of your choice if you like) works for general wipe-downs, while baking soda is a great scrubbing agent for tougher clean-up jobs. 

3. Eyeshadow
We didn't think too much about the talc, mica, aluminum powder and ethylhexyl paliminate we were plastering onto our precious eyelids until we discovered brands like 100% Pure and realized there was a better way. The New Zealand company's products, like its Pure Party Naked Palette and Pure Gel Eyeliner, are 100% natural, vegan and gluten-free and get their pigment from friendlier stuff like black tea leaves and fruit. Also keeping things clean when it comes to cosmetics is Rose-Marie Swift who, having worked in the fashion industry as a makeup artist for many years with photographers such as Mert & Marcus, Terry Richardson and Patrick Demarchelier, quickly became schooled in the impact of daily exposure to chemicals in beauty products and decided to create RMS Beauty, which uses nourishing, raw ingredients like coconut oil and rosemary extract. 

4. Perfume
Yes, the romantic allure of perfume is hard to resist, like the storied scent of Chanel No.5 or attractively designed Fantastic Man-endorsed indie brands such as By Redo, with their handsome founders and exotic product names like Gypsy Water and Oud Immortel. But do you really want your personal body odor to be branded? And, for that matter, containing ingredients that have been linked to a host of chronic allergies and illnesses? Seek out natural alternatives like Malie Organics' ready-to-roll Perfume Oils and Beridan Naturals Perfume (which boasts its own evocative names like Mysticism and Midnight Nectar). Crafted from hand-blended botanicals, these fragrances react with each individual's body chemistry to create a more unique, subtle scent. If spritzing's your thing, try Spit O' Rose body mist, a refreshing blend of rose distillate, vegetable glycerine and organic aloe by local Philly salon American Mortals

Jagwar Ma

We miss summer. We miss rooftop parties. We muss cute dancing Australia boys. Oh wait—we never had any of those around here to begin with. Buuummmmer. —Kate

Fallen Broken Street

It doesn't matter what side of the equator you're on, right now a felt hat is a desirable object. I've been using mine to protect my head from the strongest of sun rays (that hole in the ozone layer above Australia is no joke), while those braving sub zero temperatures (hey, it's an excuse to drink hot toddies!) could use something to shield from blizzards and combat brain freeze. My favorite new millinery find is Australian label Fallen Broken Street, launched by model David Frim and photographer Justin Crawford, two surfers from Sydney's Northern Beaches. What started in 2011 with knitted beanies has evolved this season to include options like a floppy Carly Simon-worthy style called the Little Hippy; a compact topper named the Cove; an adorable sailor cap dubbed the Slipway; and the Dingo, a modern update on the classic Australian outback hat, minus the dangling corks. Hats off to you, boys! -Natalie

Happy Australia Day!

I hope you're excited as THIS LADY!

Got It Together: The Fashion Pack

In the December 2012 "Wise Up" issue of i-D MagazineVogue’s creative director Grace Coddington (above, winking on the cover in all her flame-haired glory) commented that designers need "a few things going wrong in their life. I mean, I hate to say it, but it teaches you a hell of a lot, you know." 

Some of the fashion world’s most lauded luminaries have fallen off the horse (and the wagon) and made major pratfalls on their way to becoming the industry icons they are today. "Nicolas [Ghesquière] took forever to get where he was. Marc [Jacobs] got fired ten times before he made it," Coddington added. So, if you’re jobless, scandalized, or just a little down-in-the dumps, take comfort in fashion’s fabulous failures and how they rose from the ashes. -Natalie

[Marc Jacobs, 1992]

Who: Marc Jacobs
Epic Fail: In 1998, Jacobs was plucked from relative obscurity to become Perry Ellis' creative director, a move perhaps doomed from the start as the magnitude of the job caused massive fear in Jacobs, which spiralled into a serious drink and drug habit. His critically acclaimed ‘grunge’ collection of 1992 famously got Jacobs fired, and had his business partner Robert Duffy remortgaging his house to keep the pair afloat.

Back in the Game: Jacobs’ fall from grace was at least a glamorous one, and with supporters like Anna Wintour and Bloomingdale's in his corner, it wasn’t long before Louis Vuitton came calling and the designer cleaned up his act.

[Anna Wintour, 1970]

Who: Anna Wintour
Epic Fail: In 1976, Wintour’s first foray into the New York publishing world ended abruptly when she was fired as junior fashion editor of Harper’s BAZAAR for, as she puts it, “not understanding American fashion.”
Back in the Game: While her edgy appeal proved too much for some, it highlighted her as an innovator to others. In fact, Wintour later cited the incident as one of the best things that could have happened to her career. "I worked for American Harper’s BAZAAR... they fired me. I recommend that you all get fired, it's a great learning experience," she told the young audience at Teen Vogue's Fashion University in 2010.

[Alber Elbaz, 2012]

Who: Alber Elbaz
Epic Fail: After a short stint as creative director of YSL, Tom Ford unceremoniously dismissed Alber Elbaz when Gucci Group (now known as PPR) took over the label in 2001. "At Yves Saint Laurent I felt like the son-in-law, like I was part of the family but not quite," he has said of the events. "When I was fired, I felt like the widow." Adding insult to injury, Elbaz went on to work for Krizia in Italy, but left three months later after an alleged falling-out with the label’s founder.
Back in the Game: Elbaz briefly considered going into medicine, but was hired to resuscitate Lanvin, the world’s oldest running couture house, which he has achieved to overwhelming success. "It was painful and destroying, but it didn't crush me," he said of the YSL incident. "I have never been Alber from Saint Laurent, just like I'm not Alber from Lanvin. I am just Alber, short. And I am very short." LOLZ.

[Kate Moss, 2006]

Who: Kate Moss
Epic Fail: Two words: Cocaine Kate.
Back in the Game: Nothing keeps this good-time girl down. Moss pulled up her bootstraps, worked her butt off, and pouted her way to becoming a more powerful fashion force than before. Fragrance deals, endless billion-dollar campaign contracts, high street collaborations, wedding bells and a coffee table tome promptly followed.

And, let’s not leave out the woman in question…
[Grace Coddington, 1980]

Who: Grace Coddington
Epic Fail: In her recently published Grace: A Memoir, Coddington details her move from British Vogue to Calvin Klein in the late ’80s. Having consulted for the brand and styled its ad campaigns, Coddington was hired as design director when Klein was admitted into rehab. After dismal reviews and a direction that proved "completely wrongheaded and far too grandiose for Calvin’s minimalist aesthetic," in her words, "My efforts showed that I was not good at leading a design team, and certainly not one that worked on the basis of designing from the ground up. Eventually I might even have led the company into deep trouble." Ouch.
Back in the Game: Coddington made nice with Klein by creating the iconic Eternity campaign with Bruce Weber, then promptly jumped ship to American Vogue, where she still presides, decades later, as the über-respected creative director.