'Each corner has a story': Inside the wardrobe of three Australian fashion favourites – The Sydney Morning Herald

The way you gown speaks volumes about you. Three excessive-profile fashionistas give us a peek inside their wardrobes.


At 41, kaftan queen Camilla Franks is anticipating her first little one and has by no means felt higher. "It is the fittest I've ever been, because it's a compelled detox, darling," she tells Sunday Life.

We're sitting cross-legged on the ground of her wardrobe, ingesting coconut water and patting her canines, Beau and Gypsy, amid vibrant textiles, classic kimonos and extra clothes racks than most small boutiques. Her wardrobe takes up a whole room of the Woollahra dwelling in Sydney she shares along with her accomplice, artist J.P. Jones. Her subsequent job is to child-proof the home earlier than welcoming their new addition in January.

What does this area means to you?

It is my sacred place. It is acquired to encourage me. Each corner has a story, a reminiscence or an inspiration that displays my private journey. I really like having textiles round me, whether or not classic kimonos or lovely vintage tribal-warrior jackets.

Is there one factor on this wardrobe you can not discard?

My first kaftan. It isn't the prettiest factor. It is about 14 years outdated, vivid crimson, with a hood and gold embroidery, made of off-cuts from classic kimonos or saris. I would not get any awards for it, nevertheless it represents the inception of my model.

Which outfit has the greatest story connected to it? I jumped out of a chopper in Kenya about three years in the past in my Flight of the Arch spherical-neck kaftan. We have been flying over this wonderful large lake and I used to be hanging out of the helicopter photographing every part round me. The pilot turned to me and stated: "You've got acquired one minute to make your thoughts up. You possibly can soar out of the chopper now and have the most wonderful expertise of your life, or without end maintain your peace." So I jumped out with out a parachute however in a kaftan, into a croc-infested lake.

Is there any merchandise you significantly remorse including to your wardrobe?

A black Dolce & Gabbana swimsuit I purchased in LA as a result of a pal insisted that I ought to put on extra fits and fewer kaftans. I've by no means worn it. It is gathering mud at the again of my wardrobe.

What's the one factor you would not be caught lifeless carrying?

A copycat Camilla. I might go to Burning Man and burn it.

What's the one factor each girl ought to have in her wardrobe?

One thing that connects her to household or upbringing or that has a sentimental attachment. I've a hand-knitted poncho my mum purchased in London in the 1960s.

What's the oldest merchandise right here?

My 300-year-outdated ivory Tibetan prayer beads. I acquired them exterior one of the oldest monasteries in the world. I put on them on daily basis, once I practise my mantras and once I'm working with my Buddhist trainer.

What do you put on the most?

My Nike excessive-tops. I simply love them. Once I'm on one of my inspiration journeys, to France or Japan, I might be on my ft for greater than 12 hours a day, so I often journey with three or 4 pairs in several colors. I've acquired crimson, white, yellow, black and orange however I need extra.

What do you in the future hope so as to add to your wardrobe?

A marriage gown – however one I can put on once more. I will design it so it will not be white, or seem like a pavlova. However child garments can be the subsequent factor. This little child can be lined in color.

What's the factor right here that makes you're feeling most lovely?

My engagement ring. It is actually lovely, valuable and sacred for me. It isn't simply an engagement ring. J.P. and me, our journey is lengthy. We met 20 years in the past. We liked one another, damage one another, learnt a lot and now we have come again collectively. It is the proper time for us to reconnect and create a household. The diamond was given to him by his dad, Jack, who's handed away and whom I used to be very near. It is engraved with tribal symbols which can be very particular to us.

What's the one factor you placed on to cheer your self up?

A jumper with my face knitted on it. It was given to me by one of my lovely knitwear distributors in India.

And is there an article of clothes with a superstition connected to it?

My women – I've about 120 ladies who work for me – held a shock child bathe they usually made me a crimson attraction bracelet. Each single woman in my workplace now has one. It represents a blessing for the child, a want for the child and a dream for the child they hope to come back true. All of us put on them on daily basis, like a tribe.

What's the most extravagant merchandise in your wardrobe?

A hand-painted Valentino leather-based jacket [which can retail for more than $10,000, pictured above]. Each 5 years I purchase myself one thing actually particular to pat myself on the again.

And the most costly?

Costly for me is not about the worth. I are inclined to resonate with one thing that has sentimental worth.


One would not count on that rising up in Ballarat would put together somebody for the quick-paced, demanding world of fashion, however for main designer Rebecca Vallance, it entrenched in her a robust work ethic, a sprint of "hustle" and spectacular Janome abilities learnt at the hem of her grandmother.

"I generally used to push boundaries that didn’t must be pushed." Picture: Nic Walker

The former fashion publicist's eponymous label has gone from power to power since launching in 2012. Halle Berry and Victoria's Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo have been early adopters, and now practically each main retailer round the world desires a piece of her tailor-made, refined collections. Harvey Nichols, MyTheresa and Harrods all inventory Rebecca Vallance, as does the international e-tailer Web-A-Porter.

She will be able to barely sustain – not which you could inform. "I used to be in a becoming assembly with Sylvia Jeffreys for her marriage ceremony gown 4 days after I had my second child," she says nonchalantly as we sip natural tea. We're sitting in the solar-drenched wardrobe of the dwelling in Sydney's Vaucluse she shares along with her husband, David Gasan, and their two youngsters.

Inform me what this area means to you.

I like every part to be fairly clear and organised. I'm very time-poor, so every part has its place: footwear in a single space, purses in one other…

What's the most sentimental merchandise?

My engagement ring is an apparent one, but in addition the classic earrings my motherin-regulation purchased me for the first ever New York Fashion Week presentation I did. They're classic Givenchy, wonderful. She has unbelievable style.

Is there one factor you possibly can't discard?

A six-yr-outdated black blazer from my first assortment.

What's your favorite merchandise?

My Saint Laurent assertion necklace and cuff. They're about eight years outdated.

Is there something you remorse including to your wardrobe?

I generally used to push boundaries that did not must be pushed. Like once I was pregnant and wore excessive-waisted tailor-made pants once I was a bit far gone.

Is there one factor each girl ought to have in her wardrobe?

A wonderfully reduce black blazer and a gown that makes her really feel lovely.

What's at the again of your wardrobe?

An enormous Lanvin purse full of scarves that do not look good folded. I used to put on all of them the time in London however I not often put on them in Sydney.

Is there an merchandise of clothes you would not be caught lifeless carrying?

Drop-crotch pants.

What's the oldest merchandise?

A Scanlan Theodore roll-neck high from 1998 and a classic Chanel clutch.

What do you put on most frequently?

Black Rebecca Vallance swimsuit pants and gold Valentino trainers – my work uniform. I rotate the Valentinos with a pair of Pierre Hardy trainers that are just about equivalent. I prefer to put on swimsuit pants to work on daily basis. I design fits each season, so I all the time put on the newest providing and generally combine it up by carrying a cool flat shoe.

What do you in the future hope so as to add to your wardrobe?

An Hermès Birkin.

What's the one factor in your wardrobe that makes you're feeling lovely?

A night robe, the one Karlie Kloss wore on the runway at the David Jones present earlier this yr. It is my go-to, and it simply retains going and going, so I simply change the color for every assortment and ship it out once more. It is one of these clothes the place it would not matter for those who've had a child, are about to have a child, feeling slim or heavy, it's universally flattering. It is constituted of a crepe cloth that we develop in-home. It simply makes each wearer look so elegant.

What's the one factor you placed on to cheer you up?

My denims. On the weekends once I'm enjoying with my youngsters I really like being in my Residents of Humanity skinny leg stretch denims [which retail from $300]. I like the excessive waisted type at the second, too.

What's one merchandise that has a superstition connected to it?

I'm very superstitious. I can not put hats on beds and there have to be completely no footwear on the desk. I additionally do not write in crimson pen, however I haven't got any arduous guidelines in the case of dressing.

What's one factor you all the time pack when travelling?

I all the time pack a pashmina once I'm travelling internationally. I've a favorite by Louis Vuitton which is about a hundred years outdated. Lately, although, I additionally all the time journey with my Louis Vuitton child bag as my youngsters are often with me. We're all going again to Italy over Christmas to ski, and for my husband's aunt's 60th birthday.

What's the most extravagant merchandise in your wardrobe?

A forest inexperienced Elie Saab night robe off the runway [from about $20,000]. It is all beaded. I have not worn it right here but however I wore it once I was in London. I lived there for 5 years earlier than coming dwelling to Australia. My Maltese husband needed to offer residing in Sydney a go and he loves it. We vacation in Europe all the time, although, in order that makes up for being away from family and friends.


Jewelry designer Alina Barlow, 37, is not presupposed to be displaying Sunday Life by way of her elegant, black-lacquered wardrobe, a cavernous area affected by Hermès purses that features a make-up enclave.

“I may always wear
black but I have the most colourful mind.”

“I'll all the time put on black however I've the most vibrant thoughts.” Picture: Nic Walker

However the step-daughter of Sydney FC proprietor David Traktovenko is happy that a likelihood encounter with a cute younger property developer in the early 2000s modified the path of her life and noticed her settle in Australia.

Alina was as a result of return to her native Russia after finishing her finance diploma at Sydney College when she met her future husband, Scott Barlow, who's now the chairman of soccer membership Sydney FC. Sixteen years and two youngsters later, she's on monitor to changing into Australia's subsequent large artistic drive along with her positive-jewelry model, Alinka.

What does this area imply to you?

My dressing area may be very organised, every part is color co-ordinated and clearly laid out, which helps me make fast choices on my outfit for the day. With younger youngsters, I'm all the time time-poor in the mornings, so with the ability to see what I've in my wardrobe at a look makes a enormous distinction.

What's the most sentimental merchandise?

My mom's marriage ceremony band. It is extremely easy, traditional rose gold, however I adore it. It makes me really feel wonderful.

And the one factor you possibly can't discard?

Sadly, too many issues. I'm a hoarder, which might be as a result of my background, the place I had nothing. But when I needed to decide one factor, it could be the skinny black Fendi pants I purchased earlier than I moved right here from Russia.

What's your favorite merchandise?

A traditional black Dior jacket. It goes with every part from T-shirts and denims to a formal robe and has been in my wardrobe for no less than 5 years. I often purchase assertion items which can be investments, then combine and match them with issues from Zara. I really like fashion and varied manufacturers however I do not discriminate. I purchase issues that talk to me and that I've a reference to.

Which of your outfits has the greatest story connected to it?

It is a pair of Collette Dinnigan white shorts and a black Chanel singlet that I wore on my hens' night time in Cannes, and which I nonetheless put on as we speak. The outfit may be very particular to me. I spent my hens' night time with my mum, grandmother, mom-in-regulation and a few shut pals. One of my bridesmaids, Dasha, has since handed away and I've named a piece of my jewelry after her.

Usually, is there something you would not be caught lifeless carrying?

Something that hasn't been ironed. I grew up in communist Russia in an condo the place I shared one room with my mother and father and my grandmother. In spite of this we ironed every part, from mattress linen to socks to underwear.

What's the oldest merchandise?

A pair of Chanel slip-on heels I used to be carrying once I met my husband in January 2001. We met at a bar on my first night time out in Sydney. I used to be nonetheless at college, I did not know anybody, however my girlfriend actually needed to exit. The relaxation is historical past.

What do you put on the most?

Black, or any variation of black, from black denims with cool black T-shirts, designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri [Dior's creative director], to black Dior skirts and jackets. My little woman all the time asks me: "Mummy, why do you put on a lot black?" I inform her, "I'll all the time put on black however I've the most vibrant thoughts." I learn it someplace and it is a quote that actually resonates with me.

What's the one factor each girl ought to have in her wardrobe?

There are two issues: a full-size mirror and a little black gown.

Is there one merchandise of clothes that makes you're feeling significantly lovely?

My black and gold Lucas Hugh yoga bodysuit [from $430]. I really like beginning my day with very early yoga observe.

What cheers you up?

A cashmere Eres gown in dusty pink [from $1000]. I grew up carrying wool, however that was so itchy. These cashmereblended throw-overs are lovely.

Is there an merchandise on this wardrobe that has a superstition connected to it?

My Alinka evil-eye bracelet [from $2195]. I do not take it off my wrist and I consider it protects me from adverse vitality. I rub it for luck.

What's one factor you all the time pack when travelling?

My Hermès black bikini. It is about three years outdated. I really like sport and every time I am travelling I attempt to swim on daily basis.

What's the most extravagant merchandise?

My present obsession is the Jypsiere bag by Hermès [from $6500]; it is cross-physique type and I would like my fingers for my youngsters. I've it in black, navy and beige.

And the most costly?

A Gucci gown by Tom Ford I used to be going to put on as one of my marriage ceremony clothes nevertheless it was most likely a bit informal. Mum purchased it for me. It is timeless.

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'Each corner has a story': Inside the wardrobe of three Australian fashion favourites - The Sydney Morning Herald