I love this shot of Clare, it’s always a happy surprise when I manage to capture a moment of raw emotion amongst all of the more composed shots! I don’t know how she does it, but Clare’s hair is always so immaculate. As a blonde I always find my hair is incredibly fly-away and out of control, so the fact her platinum locks stay in place seems like a miracle to me. You can only see a hint of it under her blazer, but I love her blue Gary Bigeni dress, which is from the same collection as my red one and such a rare colour. It’s the perfect match with her stallion blazer; such an unexpected, yet striking combination!
I’ve never owned a red dress – or any other colour for that matter – until this Gary Bigeni number made it’s way into my life. The deep red shade and soft brushed silk caught my eye early on in the season, more because it’s a masterpiece of draped perfection than because it was my sort of thing. It seemed a little too elegant (and let’s face it, colourful) for my simplistic taste. Then, like all good retail success stories, I found it so heavily discounted it was practically free (in my mind anyway). Turns out, red dresses have this incredible magnetism that even my monochrome wardrobe could not ignore. It may not be an everyday sort of dress; better suited for chic parties, fine restaurants and pretty places with tiny canapes. But I prefer it that way. Like a colourful surprise that only comes out to play on special occasions.
It’s started off with one bag and a few friendship bracelets. Next thing we know folk inspired accessories are dangling from every second arm. I’m definitely sucked in, I love the tasseled details and the bold clashes of colour that speak a language of their own. Aubrey’s bag is pretty much the real deal – purchased at the markets in Thailand and brought back to Sydney with love. Which only makes me regret not buying one myself when I was in Thailand late last year. But you know when you assimilate into a new (less fortunate) culture and you start to consider anything more than $30 a bit expensive. Which makes sense when$4 buys you dinner. Long story short, no bag was purchased. Then I arrived back home and saw the same bag at a store in Sydney (I won’t name names) for $320. That’s life I guess. Maybe I’ll get lucky and find one at a fair trade shop.