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My favourite Date with Kates in 2016

27th December, 2016

I’m lucky enough to spend time with a lot of really interesting people throughout the year due to my Date with Kate column and 2016 has been no exception. I’ve had plenty of great “dates” this year but these in particular have been my favourites…

Elle Macpherson

Elle Macpherson has always been such an icon of Australian fashion and beauty and I’ve been lucky enough to meet her a few times and interviewed her once before so it was great to be able to catch up with her again. We caught up soon after I had Grace and she’s such an interesting woman that she was definitely one that I wanted to make the effort to see and interview.

Hailey Baldwin

Hailey Baldwin is definitely one of the it girls of the moment and one that I follow on social media so I was curious to see what she was like in person. We actually caught up at her 20th birthday party at Mrs Sippy in Sydney’s Double Bay whilst she was in Australia launching her collaboration with Modelco and had a great time chatting about all things beauty.

Emma Watkins and Lachlan Gillespie

My daughter, Sophia is a huge fan of The Wiggles and watches their show all the time so it was great to be able to hang out with Emma and Lachie. I’ve actually been to so many Wiggles concerts that I’ve now become good friends with the pair. Just to speak with them and how successful they’ve become was quite fascinating.

Zoë Foster Blake

I think Zoë’s fantastic. She’s so talented and incredibly funny and I think an inspiration to women with how much she has achieved in her career from launching her own beauty line to writing several books (with one, The Wrong Girl, being turned into a TV show this year). We had a really lovely time catching up and it was intriguing to hear about all the different projects she is up to.

Bec Judd

I had a great time co-hosting the Australian Marks & Spencer launch with Bec this year and it was nice to be able to do a Date with Kate together just as she had announced she was expecting twin boys. We have a lot in common as we both have young kids and it’s always really interesting hearing about how another mum manages to juggle everything in her work and personal life.

Kristin Davis

I have of course watched Sex and the City numerous times so it was great to be able to meet Kristin Davis during her visit to Australia as part of her work with the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees. We caught up at Flying Fish restaurant in Sydney’s Pyrmont and spoke about everything from playing Charlotte York to why she’s so passionate about campaigning for human rights.

Miranda Kerr

High tea with Miranda Kerr has got to be one of the highlights of the year as far as doing Date with Kates go. She’s always so lovely to speak to and we had a really lovely time discussing being a working mum, her relationship with Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel and how she likes to entertain family and friends.

Sigrid Thornton

Sigrid Thornton has long been one of Australia’s most celebrated actresses and we caught up to chat about her role in the production of Fiddler in the Roof. It was fascinating hearing about her 40-year career in film, television and the theatre.

Miranda Tapsell

Miranda Tapsell is one of the most warm and engaging people you’ll ever meet. We had a great time chatting about what it’s like being an indigenous actress and her career highlights to date.

The Veronicas

I enjoyed a really tasty vegan feast with The Veronicas’ Lisa and Jess Origliasso as we spoke about launching their new single and what it’s like dealing with “body shamers” who claim their weight is unhealthy. Having watched their career since 2005 it was great to be able to chat to the twins about how far their career has come.

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Steal her style: Gigi Hadid

2nd December, 2016

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This party season why not try an after dark look a la Gigi Hadid. Whilst Hadid’s Roberto Cavalli coat might not be quite right for a warm Australian summer you can do your own take on it with a lightweight duster coat. A little black slip dress teamed with a flowing coat adds a touch of drama to an otherwise simple look. Add a pair of strappy stilettos and you have yourself a sexy evening ensemble that will help you stand out from the crowd.

Duster coat

A neutral coat can be worn in the evening however you can also take it down a notch into daywear by teaming it with a pair of jeans or a dress and sneakers.

Slip dress

The slip dress is the ultimate nod to the ’90s trend. Consider it a key addition to your summer wardrobe – it’s sleek, simple and so versatile.

Heels

A pair of black strappy stilettos will keep you party ready this festive season. They’re an easy go-to when you want to make a statement without overpowering the rest of your outfit.

Top handle bag

Hadid has kept her bag quite practical however if you wanted to swap it out for a simple clutch you could easily transform the look into something spot on for the evening.

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Steal her style: Blake Lively

18th November, 2016

A photo posted by Blake Lively (@blakelively) on

Blake Lively has always been one to watch as far as style crushes go. Ever since her role as the fashion-forward Serena van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl, she has made her mark on the red carpet and beyond with her penchant for feminine silhouettes with just the right injection of sexiness to give the look some edge. Lively has also always earned major sartorial points for her on-trend pregnancy style. Whether she was promoting a movie or making an appearance at an event with husband Ryan Reynolds, her maternity fashion was always the kind that almost defied what a woman dressing with a bump could do. Her other specialty? Her off duty looks. Pretty dresses, relaxed sweaters and denim are all part of the Lively playbook, and whatever the look, each is always worked back with interesting accessories. Time to take note, ladies!

Floral dress

A floral dress is the perfect option for a fresh spring outfit and with a split a la Lively’s it gives a flirty touch to an otherwise demure look.

Converse sneakers

The classic Converse Chuck Taylor has always been a go-to sneaker and in white it’s the ideal shoe to give bold blooms a sporty touch.

Cream bag

To give this look a polished touch team it with a cream shoulder bag that will perfectly offset the relaxed vibe of the rest of the outfit.

Lifestyle

Profile: Douglas Kirkland, photographer

2nd November, 2016

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Photographer Douglas Kirkland is proof that one image can change everything. In 1961, at the age of 27 he was hired as a photographer for LOOK magazine and would go on to shoot the image that would establish his career. The photograph in question was Marilyn Monroe wrapped up in bedsheets and wearing nothing else [below]. The image has become iconic and started Kirkland on the path to shooting some of Hollywood’s biggest and most renowned stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot. An exhibition of Kirkland’s work is currently taking place at There Is, a gallery in Perth’s Northbridge so I decided to speak to the man himself. Here we speak about the most memorable shoot he’s been on, the key to a good photograph and whose portrait he’d most like to take…

Your shoot with Marilyn Monroe… did you ever expect how big an impact it would have on your career?

Of course I didn’t. It was just another, albeit great, assignment in between others. The impact of the Marilyn Monroe session came much later. At the time no one paid that much attention to it. It was not used that well in the magazine. After she died, the interest got bigger and has not stopped growing since. 

Marilyn Monroe – the image that started it all

You’ve shot so many famous faces. Who has been the most interesting to shoot and why?

This is a difficult question to answer. There have been so many wonderful and interesting people and the next shoot is always the most important in my mind. But I would say Audrey Hepburn. It was in the Fall of 1965 in Paris …Audrey was lovely of course but the bonus was that this was when I met my wife Francoise. We fell in love, got married and here we are 50 years later as if it was the first night.

What has been the most challenging shoot you’ve ever been on?

Every assignment is a challenge, If you don’t feel challenged you are asleep and you will not get satisfying results.

What’s your artistic process like for shooting portraits?

It is instinctive. It is a process, you assess the situation, you care about your subject, It is a dance, you cajole, you whisper, you shout, you make love to your subject with your camera.

Portraits are so personal. How do you develop that rapport with the person you’re shooting so you can take the best and most engaging photo of them possible?

In the 60s and 70s you had days and sometimes weeks to develop a rapport with your subject, now if you are lucky you have a day or at least a few hours, but sometimes only a very very short time. And you just need to get a feeling, connect with the person and tread carefully to keep your subject happy, engaged and comfortable.

The beautiful Brigitte Bardot

Whose portrait would you absolutely love to shoot?

Absolutely Michelle and Barack Obama.

These days it seems anyone with a smartphone and access to a filter thinks they can take a good photo. Do you think this has helped to evolve the craft or has it taken away from the skill required to be a photographer?

I don’t think it really has done either, tools do not take the pictures, they are just an accessory and whatever tool you choose you the photographer still has to do an exceptional job that will stand out.

What can people expect from your exhibit?

They will get a glimpses into people’s lives they don’t know, and hopefully they will go home feeling good, moved and enriched by the images.

Elizabeth Taylor

You’ve worked as a photographer on some iconic films. What did you find the most enjoyable about doing motion picture photography?

Being on a film set is like an addiction. It is both thrilling and unnerving.

There is a lot of waiting around and yet a great sense of urgency. In the best of circumstances as it always is on a Baz Luhrmann set, you feel you are part of a wonderful creative process, you are part of a collective effort to accomplish something special and you feel privileged to be part of the caravan.

What’s the key to a beautiful photograph?

This is completely subjective. What I find beautiful is not necessarily what others do. So a successful image depends a lot on the beholder.

Audrey Hepburn in Paris in 1965

For amateur photographers out there, what are your top tips for taking photos?.

Know your equipment and don’t spend time fumbling with it. The most important thing is to connect with your subjects.

Who or what inspires you?

The fantasy of photography and what you can find and explore with it and how you can speak with it. And of course my wife and muse Francoise.

Douglas Kirkland’s Icons and Idols exhibition is on until 13 November at There Is, 49 Stuart Street, Northbridg, WA.

All of the limited edition signed prints are available for purchase. Enquiries: info@there-is.com

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Steal her style: Jennifer Hawkins

21st October, 2016

She’s a Myer ambassador, entrepreneur, a judge on Australia’s Next Top Model and one of the country’s most successful models. It’s no wonder that Jennifer Hawkins’ style is one that incites major wardrobe envy. She moves from sexy and sultry bodycon dresses and sky statements heels one minute to relaxed beachy looks the next, but each is guaranteed to be injected with her quintessential Aussie girl next door vibe. Here’s how to make this summery look all your own…

White shirt

A simple white shirt is a versatile summer staple. Find one in a lightweight fabric such as cotton or linen and you can pop it on over a skirt, shorts or use it as a chic cover up at the beach.

Peach shorts

Pastel pieces are always a pretty option in spring/summer and when teamed with white it really ensures the colour pops. It’s a great feminine look for a balmy evening.

White sneakers

They’re ubiquitous yes, but there’s no denying the appeal of a pair of crisp white sneakers. I own the same Adidas Superstars as Hawkins and can attest to the fact they are ridiculously versatile. Dresses, jeans, skirts, shorts, you name it they can be paired back with it.

Check out others in the Steal her Style series:

Selena Gomez

Kristin Cavallari

Miroslava Duma

Olivia Palermo

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Steal her style: Olivia Palermo

16th September, 2016

Only Olivia Palermo could make dog walking look oh-so chic. The perennial street style fave rocks a perfect outfit for the trans-seasonal weather with a puffy-sleeved off the shoulder top, distressed denim and simple metallic loafers.

Off the shoulder top

The off the shoulder top has seen many incarnations from tie sleeves to bell sleeves but the puffed sleeve is particularly cute. Just remember that with this much volume up top it’s important to keep whatever you’re wearing at the bottom quite streamlined.

Distressed jeans

Miss Palermo demonstrates how you can rock distressed denim and still make it look quite polished. Ensure that you get your jeans cropped to the right length to avoid fabric pooling at your ankles – there’s so much going on with the jeans already you don’t want to overwhelm.

Metallic loafers

Metallic shoes are a bit of a statement making piece but surprisingly versatile too. These add a bit of interest to the outfit without completely detracting from everything else which make them that elusive shoe that can work in myriad ways.

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Steal her style: Karlie Kloss

2nd September, 2016

A photo posted by Karlie Kloss (@karliekloss) on

She’s a super successful model, has frequently covered the world’s biggest fashion magazines (Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W and Glamour just to name a few) is a regular member of Taylor Swift’s #squad and does cool model off duty style like a pro. Now Karlie Kloss is giving major outfit inspiration. This week, we officially welcomed the start of spring, which means it’s time to start thinking of light, breezy outfits a la Kloss. The monochrome palette, the wide-legged pants, the sneakers… it all culminates in a relaxed outfit with just the right amount of polish.

Black crop top

Not all of us have supermodel abs so if you’re uncomfortable with a crop top this outfit will work just as well with a normal racerback tee. A simple black top with cut-outs give this outfit some edge, but if you’re after something more classic simply forego the peek-a-boo detailing.

White pants

Wide-legged pants can look daunting but are so easy to pull off. The key is to always make sure that you pair it with a fitted top to provide some balance to the volume of the pants. Plus nothing screams spring/summer like a pair of crisp white pants. Be sure to add a belt to break up the outfit and accentuate your waist.

White sneakers

If you haven’t yet added a pair of white sneakers to your wardrobe you don’t know the outfit possibilities you’re missing out on. They’re easily paired with everything from jeans to pants and dresses and are a no-brainer to style as white goes with virtually everything. I promise you’ll wear them to death!

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Celeb look of the week: Miranda Kerr

3rd June, 2016

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When done well a la Miranda Kerr rocking denim on denim can look decidedly chic. However to keep the look modern rather than something straight out of a bad ’80s movie make sure to keep each piece quite streamlined (no embellishments!) as teaming two denim pieces makes enough of an impact. Topping it with a navy coat helps pull the look together by adding a bit of polish to the outfit. Try some of my favourite picks below to recreate the look yourself.

The denim shirt 

For a classic denim shirt in just the right shade this ASOS  Denim Boyfriend Shirt in Mid-Wash Blue is a perfect steal. If you want something a bit more feminine, opt for the this ASOS denim shirt with oversized trim. A shirt in a darker wash such as this piece from ASOS is also great if you want a bit more contrast between your top and bottoms. If you are able to splurge a little you can’t go past this one from M.I.H jeans. You can wear it as a standalone piece or throw it on over a white shirt.

The jeans

To copy Miranda’s skinny jeans look try these Levi’s jeans or these if you prefer darker denim. If you’re looking to invest in a pair of jeans that will last you season after season this pair by Rag & Bone are just the ideal shade to work back with a variety of different pieces in your wardrobe. A classic cut is a must but if you’re looking for an edgier pair of blues these Camilla and Marc  drop crotch jeans are a great fit, not to mention ridiculously comfortable too.

Photography: PopSugar

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Date with Kate: Kendall and Kylie Jenner

22nd November, 2015
Lunch with Kendall and Kylie. Photo: Lucas Dawson.

Lunch with Kendall and Kylie. Photo: Lucas Dawson.

Kylie and Kendall Jenner are sisters of the famous Kardashian Empire. The girls constantly appear in the media spotlight as models, designers and television personalities. They’re known as “selfie queens”, and Time magazine named them in the list of Most Influential Teens for the past two years. Kylie and Kendall have also walked down the runway for fashion designers during fashion weeks in New York, Milan and Paris. The pair are visiting Australia for their collaboration with Forever New, where they have created a 19-piece collection of “directional” party looks. I was lucky enough to host the launch and chat to them about their visit, their famous elder sisters and the biggest misconception about them.

Welcome to Sydney. Is this your first time to Australia?

Kendall: Thanks. Yes, I have been here once before with my mum.

Kylie: But this is my first time.

What are you doing while in Australia?

Kylie: Lots of sightseeing. Maybe visit a beach. We enjoy spending time visiting and taking in all of the gorgeous landscapes.

Tell me a bit about the collection. Were you hands on in the design process?

Kendall: This collection is our baby. Next year, fashion will be a major focus for us designing our line. Every step we’re involved, and while we love it – it hasn’t always come easy. We’re both still learning a lot, and we have the best creative team to help guide us and allow us to evolve our skills. Lots of late nights in the design studio, photo shoots, fittings, and lots of trial and error. There are things we’ll see in the sketch phase and love, but once the garment is made, it doesn’t come out how we imagined, so we have to restart. I think simplifying and editing is super important, especially when it comes down to choosing final pieces. It’s hard not to put too many ideas into one look, so to be able to collaborate and get feedback has been the most rewarding part.

How would you describe your style?

Kylie: My own. It’s always changing.

Kendall: Simple and classy.

Did you both always know that you wanted to go into fashion?

Kendall: Growing up with older sisters, we were always encouraged to experiment with fashion. As we started to grow up, it’s been nice being more comfortable with our personal style and being able to express ourselves with what we like. I’ve always dreamt of being a model at a young age, and being able to live out that dream has helped me to really appreciate all of the different roles within the fashion world.

Have your older sisters been an inspiration to you? If so, in what way?

Kylie: Yes, of course. Family is the most important thing to us, and our sisters are our biggest inspirations. Khloe is, of course, the nurturer. She is so loving and patient and that’s such a good example of how we want to live each day. Kim is a hard worker and businesswoman. We’re building our own brands right now and working on so many different projects. Kim is always so good with giving us business advice on what we should be working on and doing next. Kourtney has always taught us a lot about confidence … to be who we are and that being ourselves is what life is about.

You both have millions of followers on Instagram and Twitter. What is off limits when it comes to social media?

Kylie: I think because of social media people feel like they really know every moment of our lives, but really what they see on social are just a few moments in a much bigger picture. We’ve grown up in front of the cameras, but we still try to keep as much privacy as possible. We’ll spend days together as a family, or plan special dinners with each other when the cameras aren’t rolling and none of us are posting on Instagram or Snapchat. It’s important and healthy to keep some moments to yourself.

What is the biggest misconception about you?

Kendall: Probably that we’re not hard workers. Kylie and I work almost every day and are always on really demanding schedules. There’s a lot that goes into building your dream, and thankfully we are surrounded by so much love and support that helps keep us going, on even the hard days. I think when you have a big dream, you always have to put in the work.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

Kylie: Continuing to push our dreams, whatever they may become, and spreading happiness and positivity to our fans. We always want to keep challenging ourselves and discovering new adventures.

BITE SIZE

WE WENT TO Regatta restaurant and bar, Rose Bay

WE ATE Grilled sirloin, roasted kipfler potatoes, bone-marrow sauce; roasted fillet of snapper, vine-ripened roma tomatoes, basil and goat’s feta; rosemary and lemon marinated spatchcock, gem lettuce, baby corn on the grill

WE DRANK Champagne and sparkling mineral water

KYLIE AND KENDALL WORE Items from their Forever New collection

Kendall and Kylie. Photo: Lucas Dawson.

Kendall and Kylie. Photo: Lucas Dawson.

 

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Celeb look of the week: Karlie Kloss

4th September, 2015

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There are times where the simplest outfits are the best – and this is one of them. Karlie Kloss looks effortlessly chic in plain black pants, ballet flats and a grey polo neck. Sometimes you just don’t want to overthink things and step out in something classic and pared back.

Photography: Vogue UK