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Date with Kate: Megan Gale

9th August, 2015
Catching up with Megan Gale. Photo: Brendon Thorne.

Catching up with Megan Gale. Photo: Brendon Thorne.

Megan Gale has launched a homewares range with Target. I caught up with the model and mum to chat about the range’s “perfect” timing, why she parted ways with David Jones, working on Mad Max: Fury Road and itching to be a Bond girl.

How did your homewares range come about? 

It came about back in 2013. Doing homewares and doing a collection was something that had come up a couple of times in the past but the timing was never right. But when this opportunity came about, the timing was perfect – I’d just fallen pregnant and I really wanted to busy myself through my pregnancy and do something creative.

Were you hands-on in the design process? 

Yes, very much so. I think you have to be if you’re lending your name and your reputation to something. I can’t obviously craft it by hand myself but I had a very clear idea on the directions I wanted to go with it. I wanted to take all that inspiration from the travels I’ve done over the years and try and translate that into the form of homewares from different cities that I’ve visited and different locations and memories that I’ve got.

You are no longer associated with David Jones. Was it hard to step away after 14 years? 

Not really, I think we had a really long relationship. That was almost 15 years. I think I did everything that I could have possibly done there and it was kind of evolving and winding down on its own. I think I had reached a point where I could stay but obviously if you’re an ambassador you have to be exclusive and locked in, which is again not necessarily a bad thing but it is limiting in terms of how much further you can expand yourself, your brand and your business. And that, to me, is where I’m wanting to be going, as opposed to being an ambassador for a store. I want to build my business outside of that. So I felt like we had our good time together and it was time to move on. And they were very supportive of that, which was lovely.

Congratulations on the success of Mad Max. It must have been amazing to work with director George Miller. What was the best advice he gave you? 

I think just to really remember your intention as your character and what story you’re telling and what your message is and just to be really present with it. It just allows you to really just get really right down to the bare basics of what your character is and to really focus on that.

What did you learn from working alongside Charlize Theron?

I tried to learn as much as possible. She has just got such an incredible ability to access the emotional side of herself in a split second. There’s this scene where my character and her character reunite after being apart for many years. We did quite a few takes and every time we did a take, she would cry one tear from the same eye every time at the same time during a line of dialogue. Then there will be a cut and she’ll start mucking around … I’m just standing there going, “How are you doing this?” In my head I’m just thinking, “Here I am just working my arse off, and she is just like ‘Bang!'” So, just to study her body language and how she would just get into that and then slip out of it. It was almost like this automatic switch to become someone else. It was really interesting to observe that.

If you could play any role, what would it be? 

It’s nothing that would ever get you necessarily critical acclaim but I’ve always been obsessed with Bond films. I love Bond girls. I just love those films.

As a new mum and a successful businesswoman, what is your secret to juggling it all? 

Hard work. Good support from your partner. It is a juggling act. River [her son] is my priority and everything else falls in like a jigsaw puzzle around that. I feel like I’m managing it OK but it’s constant work. Hopefully it’s worth it in the end.

What do you enjoy most about motherhood? 

I just marvel all the time and I say to Shaun [Hampson, her partner], “Can you believe we created him?” It is really such a miracle. And they’re just a blend of the two of you. I think they’re just such joys in your life. He really helps me put things into perspective. Even if you’re having a bit of an average day, you just get a cuddle from him and everything is wonderful.

Is Shaun a hands-on dad?

He is. He is unreal. We’re both working parents. I’m really proud of us. I’m really proud at how we’ve gone through that early stage of, “We’re new parents, we don’t know what we’re doing, we’re not sleeping, how do we cope?” To getting through that and our relationship has survived beautifully through it. I know it’s challenging not just as parents but also as a couple. From day one, we’ve been great in communicating, and then how we manage to be as hands-on parents as we are and balance work and still make time for us as a couple. It’s not easy and it’s constant work. But I’m really proud of how we’ve done it.

Do you think River will follow in yours or Shaun’s footsteps? 

We’re both really hoping that he doesn’t necessarily go into football. I don’t know if I could handle watching him get potentially injured every week. I’ve seen what Shaun goes through when they get injured and it would affect me on a cellular level if it were happening to River… I think the mental side of sports as well, it can be ruthless. Emotionally and mentally it can take their toll on their bodies. But that said, if it was something that he just had an absolute knack for and he had a deep passion for it, I would find it very hard to say, “No, you’re not doing that.” Because I do believe you have to encourage what their natural abilities are and help them realise their dreams as well.

What’s next in the pipeline? 

I am starting to look at now auditioning a bit more, now that bub is a bit settled I’m sort of back into work mode and, especially, after Mad Max coming out, it’s a great time to kind of start putting yourself out there for acting roles. That film has really reignited that passion I have for doing films.

Megan Gale’s homewares collection, MG Australia, will be in Target stores from ​September 10.

BITE SIZE

WE WENT TO A private home, Tamarama beach.

WE ATE A selection of canapés.

WE DRANK Herbal tea.

MEGAN WORETarget blazer and Roksanda top.

I WORE a NUAN cashmere coat and Kate Waterhouse for Skin and Threads top and jeans.

 

 

Fashion

Collette Dinnigan for The Australian Ballet

11th December, 2014

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I have recently fallen in love with the Collette Dinnigan for the Australian Ballet collection. The range is currently available at Target and is every little ballerina’s dream! It’s tutus and sequins and tulle aplenty and is absolutely gorgeous. If you have a little girl you must check it out. I know I can’t wait to get Sophia into some of the pieces. I recently spoke to designer Collette Dinnigan about creating such a dreamy collection…

How did you get involved with designing a collection for the Australian Ballet?
My friend Sarah Murdoch (who is on the board of directors of the Australian Ballet) asked if I had any ideas on ways to take the ballet to a wider, younger audience while raising money to fund an education program.

What’s the design process like for a collaboration such as this?
My designing process is the same but it is fun to have the interaction with others and be able to talk about ideas and make them happen as part of a team.

You were inspired by the Nutcracker for this collection – what’s your favourite ballet?
I love the Nutcracker as I think it’s such a universal ballet that appeals to all. I just saw La Bayadere and was blown away by the beauty of the design and costumes as well as the dancers.

Collette's favourite piece in the collection

Collette’s favourite piece in the collection

What’s your fave piece in the collection? 
The little sequin tutu as I think it’s every little girl’s dream to wear sequins and tulle.

What is currently inspiring you as a designer?
My summer garden filled with blossoms in all shades of pinks and hues of lilac, the light in the country and the sun as it is rising against the horizon. I guess everything to do with nature. It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful the country is.

What’s your favourite part of the design process?
The very beginning when I have time just to imagine.

What’s the most challenging part?
Keeping focused and making sure my edit is right and the direction is maintained.

What are some things you do at the start of designing each new collection?
Housekeeping – reorganising the office, updating my contacts, filing, it’s all a distraction as once I am immersed it’s a creative journey that I can’t stop and evolves and changes by the minute (or so it feels).

Who would you love to see wearing one of your designs and why?
Alexa Chung. I love her edgy, girly fashion confidence.

What are some of your favourite daily rituals?
Lemon and honey when I wake, then always a hot bath before I need to organise the family for school. A good coffee – I don’t care how far I have to go. And at the end of the day a good glass of burgundy!

If you could collaborate with anyone on a collection, who would it be and why?
I would love the opportunity to work with Tim Burton in his fantasy filled world. I think he is a genius in capturing a world we dream of as children but with an adult’s humour and sense of escapism.

What do you think of Collette Dinnigan’s collection for Target?

Photography: Target

Date with Kate

Date with Kate: Dannii Minogue

10th August, 2014
Lunch with Dannii Minogue

Lunch with Dannii Minogue

Dannii Minogue has teamed with Target for her latest collaboration: a clothing line catering for petite women. I caught up with the singer-songwriter and X Factor Australia judge to chat about the new fashion range, her mentoring advice to her sister, Kylie, and getting back into the recording studio.

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Fashion, Social

Target Rocks The Runway

31st March, 2014

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One of the highlights of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival was the Target Rocks the Runway show. Collections from Target Essentials, Hot Options and Free Fusion were all showcased on the runway as well as, Dannii Minogue Petites for Target, which made its debut on the catwalk.

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