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…
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.
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.
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.
I flew down to Melbourne last week to attend the Myer Contemporary Brands Launch during VAMFF which was held in St Kilda at a gorgeous space called the George Ballroom at The George Hotel. The iconic building was the perfect location to officially launch the Autumn ’16 collections of designers such as Georgia Alice (who I was wearing), Aje, Daniel Avakian, White Suede, búl, Skin & Threads and Acler. Myer’s brand ambassadors were there including Jodi Anasta, Rachael Finch and of course, Jennifer Hawkins to help showcase the range and we were treated to a gorgeous lunch. The models walked around during the lunch to show the various looks from the designers featured and provided a great fashion moment. Keep an eye out for the new looks in store.
With Brooke Testoni (middle) and Kaity Ham
Me with Jodi Anasta
The amazing table at the lunch
The gorgeous floral centrepieces
The brands on show
The beautiful place settings
Snapping away with Rachael Finch
Taking a snap of the gorgeous table
Me with Zoe Foster Blake (left) and Melissa Singer
Me with Adrian Norris
Myer ambassadors Jodi Anasta, Jennifer Hawkins and Rachael Finch
Television presenter, model and former professional athlete Kris Smith is originally from Manchester, England, but hung up the football boots to move to Australia in 2008 with then-partner Dannii Minogue. The power couple had a son, Ethan, in 2010 but split almost two years later. Smith is the co-host of Channel 7’s national afternoon program The Daily Edition and a Myer ambassador alongside Jennifer Hawkins. I caught up with Smith, 35, to chat about his career, fatherhood and those engagement rumours with girlfriend Maddy King.
Last week Myer showcased its Autumn/Winter fashion in Melbourne, where industry elite were treated to a preview of the new season stock including labels like Sass and Bide, Balmain, Ellery, Maticevski, Cue, Christopher Kane and Yeojin Bae. Myer ambassadors Jennifer Hawkins, Kris Smith and Kate Peck all hit the runway and showed off this Winter’s trends that include monochrome, peplums, ultra mini’s and calf-length hemlines. Check out some of my favourite looks from the catwalk…
The career of model and MTV personality Kate Peck continues to expand. Recently appointed as Myer’s national youth ambassador, Peck hit the catwalk this week alongside Jennifer Hawkins as part of the Myer Autumn/Winter 2014 fashion launch. This year, Peck will present and co-produce a new TV series called A Model’s Adventure, to be aired on the National Geographic channel. I caught up with the 26-year-old to chat about taking the leap from modelling to TV presenting, her love of motorbikes and her awkward moment with Daniel Craig.
Myer Ambassadors Jennifer Hawkins and Kris Smith hit the runway for the Myer Spring Summer 2014 Collections on Thursday night. 500 VIP guests view the spectacular parade that showcased 62 models and over 200 new season looks by Myer’s stable of leading Australian designers. Staged at the enormous Stage 7 at Fox Studios, the 48 metre long catwalk was flanked by 100 metres of low lying abstract ravines elegantly inlayed with 1 tonne of richly coloured dust and glitter creating a setscape as far as the eye could see. Jennifer Hawkins made a stunning entrance in Manning Cartell to open the show. Jennifer took to the catwalk five more times through the show wearing designs from YB J”AIME, Leona Edmiston, Aurelio Costarella, Cozi by Jennifer Hawkins and Maticevski to close the show.
Model Jennifer Hawkins already has a busy schedule as the face of Myer department stores and designing her Cozi swimwear and JLH shoe range. Now she’s taken on another role, as host of the coming season of Australia’s Next Top Model on Foxtel. The 29-year-old and I spoke about the challenge of filling Sarah Murdoch’s shoes in one of the most coveted gigs on entertainment television, her wedding this June to long-time partner Jake Wall and their baby plans.
Do you feel pressure as the new host of Australia’s Next Top Model?
No, I think the best thing to do is give yourself goals on what you want to achieve throughout the series, and if you achieve those goals, that is all you can do. Because some people will really like [the change], but some will really hate it and that’s cool.
Have there been any fights on the show?
There will definitely be some TV drama. It’s nice that [fellow judges Alex Perry and Charlotte Dawson] have an open and honest opinion. It has made me do that as well – maybe not as aggressive [laughs], but I’m definitely honest.
You’re seen as Australia’s golden girl. Is it hard to maintain that image?
No I’m not and I don’t try to be! I’m not perfect all the time and I don’t try to portray that, either. I’m just living life.
What is the best part of your job?
That it’s always different. I’m never bored with it.
What is the worst?
The hours. Sometimes I’m like, ”Come on”, and then I think, ”I’m in a good position. Just suck it up.”
Is it frustrating when people pry into your personal life?
It’s not frustrating. I think the thing you have to keep telling yourself is that you have put yourself in this position. I remember my dad saying, ”You’re either in it or you are out of it,” and it’s so true, so you can’t whinge.
Can you reveal any details about the wedding?
We are trying to keep it as private as possible, just because you want to spend that time with family and friends and not have the craziness [of media] around … It’s definitely glamorous but it’s intimate. Deciding the guest list was the hardest thing; it took us weeks. I was like, ”I’m going to cry, I want everyone to come!”
Is Jake involved in the preparations?
We go to the [planning] meetings together. Obviously, he is not really into all the decorating and stuff but he has an input, and acts like he is interested, so that’s good [laughs].
What’s happening for your hens’ night?
I don’t know yet. We are tossing between things, but I really want it to be crazy. I don’t want it to be tame at all, I want to let loose.
Any honeymoon plans?
We are going overseas, to Europe, and then we will go to an island somewhere. I’ve never had three weeks off. I might go insane but I’m very excited. The most important part of our honeymoon is the island, where we will have seven days of sipping cocktails and doing nothing. I’ll probably come back and people will say, ”Wow, Jen’s pregnant,” because I would have put on weight [laughs] but I don’t care.
Do you plan to have children in the near future?
It’s pretty much down the track. We are not looking at that at all … I’m not ready yet, it’s just a busy time. I think there will be a time when you go, ”Yep, I’m ready.”
If you weren’t doing what you are now, what would you do?
I love designing my shoe and Cozi range so much, I would do it even if they didn’t have the price tag. Otherwise, I would want to be a personal trainer and work out all the time. That would make me do it!
WE WENT TO Sake Restaurant & Bar, Southbank, Melbourne.
WE ATE Edamame; kingfish sashimi; sashimi tacos; and a selection of sushi.