Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Blonde and the Beautiful

It’s a little like the film Virgin Suicides while photographing Lucy Hinckfuss, Arabella Ramsay and Lucy Folk in Melbourne last week. They are the 3 B’s; best friends, blonde and beautiful. All in fashion, these chicks own their own style and rub off a little on each other morphing into a sort of hippy-prairie innocence.

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From left: Lucy Hinkfuss, Lucy Folk and Arabella Ramsay and yes they all are as sweet as they look.

Arabella’s wardrobe, so refreshingly not all black!

The bunny at Arabella’s home, listening to us girls chattering away.

Arabella’s home

Arabella wears Arabella Ramsay jacket and shorts & vintage top from recent trip to Palm Springs.

A recent addition, Arabella’s gorgeous daughter Marlo, lets hope she’s blonde!

Arabella’s eclectic mix of shoes.

Fashion designer Lucy Hinckfuss.

Lucy Hinckfuss wears vintage T-shirt, Lee Jeans, Balenciaga coatdress.

Lucy Hinckfuss (standing) wears vintage tank and Lilith jumpsuit with Lucy Folk at her home wearing a vintage dress.

Lucy Folk jewellery designer wears Acne Tshirt and Isabel Marant skirt and all her own Lucy Folk jewellery.

Lucy recently opened her 1st store in Melbourne, congratulations honey!

The Compound Crew

Everyone is talking about The Compound.  The warehouse wedged between White Rabbit Gallery and Serial Space in Chippendale is the love child of Trent Power and his fiancée Jessica French.  It’s a refuge for inner city creatives and bustling with activity.   Previously Power & French’s residence, which opened once a year for the most incredible parties! The Compound has been transformed into a creative hub with Film maker Gracie Otto and teepee designer, Povel Torudd amongst a host of talented others.

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Trent Power, Publicist and fiancée Jessica French- founders of The Compound.

Writer/Psychology Student/Yogini, Jessica French.

From left: Jovita Lee, Cassandra Scott-Finn, Mathew Mytka, Brian Le, Trent Power, Yorkie, Jessica French, Byron Spencer, Becca Gilmartin, Carina Brezeanu, Povel Torudd, Thom Kerr and Gracie Otto.

Trend Forecaster, Brian Le.

Filmmaker, Gracie Otto.

Producer/Make-up Artist, Jovita Lee, Photographer, Thom Kerr and Stylist, Cassandra Scott-Finn.

Founder Tepee Life, Povel Torudd.

Communications Consultant, Mathew Mytka.

From left, Stylist, Bex Sheers Body & Make-up artist, Becca Gilmartin, Event & Interiors Stylist, Carina Brezeanu and Photographer Byron Spencer.

The Wild West!

Whilst keeping clear of the water on the West Coast, I did have time on my hands to discover some pioneering new friends in Perth!

LOVE the works of Perth Artist, Matt Doust. Matt was well received for having painted Gemma Ward for the Archibald Prize! This painting ‘The Movement’, hangs in newly made friend and “Perth know all” the gorgeous Elana Rosa, who is also one of the buyers at the store Dilettante.

The Dilettante store

The kinetic butterfly sculpture, a work by Tane Andrews another young talented artist who exhibited eariler this year Venn Gallery, Perth. Now that’s a great gallery.

A fashion find at Perth’s Fashion Festival designers One Fell Swoop. Thank you my friend Miss Jacqui Brown, you’re a hostess with the mostess!

Next Stop Perth with Kym ELLERY

If Kym Ellery, of ELLERY fame, ever got bored of Fashion Designing I think she’d make an unbelievable tour guide! We cruised her hometown Perth during it’s Fashion Festival and here’s what we got up to…

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Kym Ellery wears ELLERY throughout and YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick.

Kym’s uses the camera on her iPad to capture obscene graffiti misspelt on the walls.

Kym and I looking at potential store spaces in Perth, it’s a dream of Kym’s to have a store in her hometown.

Telling stories back at the hotel, Parmelia Hilton.

Kym wearing ELLERY and Givenchy cuff.

Leaving to go to Perth Fashion Festival

Kym’s Perth Map
Riccarda on Hay street Subiaco for something adult and eloquent.  Pop is for a hit of Margeila or Missoni; two very important “M’s”.
Dilettante is fabulous when feeling like a directional injection into one’s wardrobe.  Vivienne Westwood masterpieces hung alongside quirky Tsumori Chisato items.  So much fun.
My absolute favourite place to eat breakfast in Perth is at Greenhouse on St. Georges Terrace, Perth City.  Eco friendly and with decor that is evidently recycled, I can’t get enough of the pork and potato dish complete with poached eggs.  I am officially addicted.
Balthazar on The Esplanade in Perth City is the ultimate in fine dining for WA.
My favourite thing to do is run on the hard sand from Trigg beach to Scarborough.  Going against the fierce Fremantle doctor winds certainly makes for a good way to clear your mind; exponentially.
Art is something that thrives in Western Australia.  I was raised in what felt like a permanent exhibition opening.  From the Fremantle Art Centre, to PICA to the Art Gallery of Western Australia there are so many creative environments to absorb.  I recommend them all.

Hit List: Melbourne

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Ok – so you only have 24 hours to shop up a storm in fair Melbourne town. Here are StyleMeRomy’s hot spots.

Begin in the city at Marais, Alpha 60, Willow and Miss Louise, picking up a caffeine hit at Cumulus Inc. Next up, head to South Yarra, for the home of Le Lourve (it has the most fab interior) and Green with Envy. Onto High Street Armadale where you will find the newly opened camilla and marc store, acne, and Melbourne based designer Arabella Ramsay. Finish your day in Fitzroy at Assin and Fat and with a much needed glass of red at Enoteca to calm your spending nerves!


It’s was hot to shop at Green with Envy in Melbourne, launching the latest exclusive pieces from JOSH GOOT’s RAFW pre-11 collection. A live installation of key looks were modelled in the window whilst champagne bottles popped and everybody shopped!!!

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Josh Goot outside Green With Envy, Chapel Street store, Melbourne.

Harper’s Bazaar, Christine Centenera, just back from Paris with boyfriend Josh Goot.

Diary of a StreetSnaper

We asked Bridget Fleming to send us a visual roundup and commentary from her street snapping days at the fashion show circuit this SS12 season…

” Freja. In this case, her long legs were striding forward, her hands gesturing, “hurry up and take the shot. Press the button. Click. Come on.”  I think she thought I was someone else, maybe I was wearing heels that day.  I’m not sure.  But she was really nice the following day and I am becoming much better at walking backwards to get a shot, quickly, especially in heels! ” BF

Abby Lee leaving Gucci.

Caroline Issa of Tank Magazine being papped.

Photo lesson 101. Try to get Arizona Muse in focus. Most magazines want images of her. Tick.

Backstage at Dries Van Noten.

Front row at the Sass and Bide show London.  I love going to this show for so many reasons. It’s like the Vegemite of fashion for an Expat.


Model leaving Stella McCartney show.

After so many shows, in so many cities, you know almost everyone by face, name and or personally.  Smile.

A sea of guests and models always outside a show, on cell (err mobile) phones, desperately trying to locate their drivers.

Navigating your way to your next casting.

There is just something about the light after a sun shower. Even in London.


More madness from Hanne.

Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl outside Chanel.

Pure Vogue.

‘It’ girl Poppy Delevigne flags our cab.

I don’t know what it is about the Dazed and Confused team, but after coming home to crunch through my images, I realized that I had a fixation, albeit unconscious, on chasing Jefferson’s team for a shot.  Maybe it has something to do with the fact that their Fashion Editor Katie Shillingford is almost always impossible to catch, she seems to calculate her entry at each show, cleverly managing to avoid most of the photographers on almost every occasion.  I love the image of her, heels in hand, after leaving a show at the Tuileries.


Bridget Fleming an Expat from Oz, now living in New York has the fab blog, downtownfrombehind. A photographic series capturing subjects riding their bike from behind on streets, avenues and lanes in downtown NYC.

“Twice yearly I join a manic thirty plus day schedule of photography and fashion in New York, London, Milan and Paris.  The first few days your body aches, the next week you find a groove and finally editing some 1600 images each evening just feels like any other day.  There are always shows you can depend upon to be an absolute highlight, shows or designers that are an unexpected surprise and at the very least, good coffee by the time you land in Milan.  My images pop up on the pages of the Marie Claire to Harpers Bazaar, Vogue to Telegraph amongst others.  Each client wants or will run something a little different.  Last season it was colour blocking, this season it was clashing patterns and dip dyed hair.  And in between shooting to brief, I always try to shoot something for me. The moments between moments that keep it interesting. My images are not on a blog, maybe they should be, maybe next year!” Bridget

Clashing patterns, prints, sparkles, sequins.  That is what Vogue will show you next month.


(One) of the best reasons to have your boyfriend join you in Paris… he’ll (happily?) line up for your ice-cream at the Tuileries while you shoot.  Best boyfriend ever!

Getting Dressed for Bill

Fashion photographer and pioneer of street style, Bill Cunningham, a quirky man who isn’t interested in the celebrities he shoots just the clothes they wear!

Things you chat about whilst waiting for a model to get on set. Well, Photographer, Stephen Ward & I at the Dion Lee shoot last week were discussing where we could see the Bill Cunningham New York film. Found out… Frid 14th Oct there’s a special screening at The Sydney Opera House 7:00PM part of the Bicycle Film Festival. Opening in Australia November.

Damn Fine Cisco

Model and Jewellery Designer, Cisco is quite annoying! This hippy chic from Munich has the most peaceful temperament, great style, insane body, incredible Bondi pad that she shares with gorgeous (of course) husband George Gorrow (ksubi). Oh no there’s more, she’s enlightening in her studies of Aura-Sumo and wait for it… she made me the most incredible lunch!

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Cisco at home lounging in the first samples of  her new jewellery line F. DeValle launching soon.

Gardening on her cliff in Nth Bondi wearing vintage T-shirt and ksubi denim shorts.

Her backyard, really, in ksubi denim shorts, rope necklace a gift from George’s travels to Morocco, ring F. DeValle.

Zara shirt and F. DeValle jewellery. Postcards cover the wall of their dinning room from everywhere they’ve been, with little messages on them all.

Vintage shirt and ksubi jeans

Tigerlily bikini, scarf from a great shop in Bali, Kalyan Seminyak and F. DeValle jewellery.

In her bedroom in shirt from a market in Thailand, Pleasure State knickers, hat Jane Lambert and all jewellery F. DeValle.

Cisco wearing vintage shirt stolen from her sister in Berlin.

Kimono from Topshop jewellery collected from travel to Burma, Tibet, Thailand and India. The cat cuff Georges latest jewellery sample

We had a lovely Bondi Saturday, Cisco in her very favourite vintage Tshirt and ksubi jeans.

Cisco and her 3 sisters in turbans, a photo taken by her mum after a trip to India. Her jewellery collection from her extensive travels.

Kimono picked up at Kirribilli Market and Aura-Sumo pendant, something Cisco is quite passionate about.

Cisco’s tattoo is the arabic name of the author Kahlil Gibran who wrote her favourite book, Love Letters in the Sand.

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Hair and Makeup: Claire Thomson