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Story & photos Eve Jeffery
Designer Lisa Wright makes beautiful clothing and it seems they are fit for royalty as Balinese princess Lindy Klim has made much of the Lisa’s Closet range part of her wardrobe staple.
How the women met was out of the ordinary as a chance photo set the ball in motion. ‘We met through Instagram actually’, says Lindy. ‘I bought one of Lisa’s kimonos in Bali. I was at a day spa and I fell in love with the kimonos and I put a photo on Instagram. I didn’t know her at all.’
Lisa contacted Lindy through Instagram and they kept in touch and became friends in Bali and Lindy has continued to be a fan of the label, so much so that Lindy travelled with Lisa to Byron Bay and will be featured modelling the next range in the Lisa’s Closet collection.
Preparing for the launch of her ‘White of the Night’ winter fashions, we caught up with Lisa and Lindy in Byron as the girls got together to shoot the Lisa’s Closet lookbook of amazing pieces.
The Lisa’s Closet label was born in Bangalow and Lisa thinks of the Byron area as her home, though she currently lives in Bali where the production of her garments is underway.
‘I consider this my home’, says Lisa. ‘When I move back to Australia I don’t see myself living anywhere else, but at the moment I need to be in Bali for production. It’s still just me. I am still a really small independent label. So I really need to be there.’
Wright says she is a single mum and when it came down to the wire it was make or break. ‘I just thought my son and I would go and live there and have a bit of an adventure and give it a go. I had that thing where I either give up the label or I go over there and give it my best shot and see how it goes. And I’ve had a really nice adventure with my boy too hanging out over there. It’s been amazing.’
Lindy says that she wears more than just Lisa’s kimonos. ’I just love everything about it. Her aesthetics are the same as what I think I have as well. I definitely have a ‘city’ side to me whenever I am back in Australia, but in Bali I am a completely different person. I have two personalities almost.
‘I love everything from the collections. I am always rocking’ one of these t-shirt dresses. I love everything, in fact there’s nothing that I don’t like, it’s really hard to choose.’
Lindy says that apart from the clothes also likes her friend’s business style. ’I like that she’s a small brand. I like that she’s growing. I admire her, everything she’s done to go out there. To do something like this, it takes courage.’
Klim says she wears Lisa’s clothes a lot and not just for casual wear. ’I wear my kimonos out a lot’, says Lindy. ’So I don’t just wear them around the house. I go to restaurants or pubs in them and my friends have just hooked onto them and have been buying them as well.
The garments are certainly flowing and freeing and Lisa says the shoot for the new collection hopes to create an otherworld feel and take women into a different realm.’ I guess what I like to do is have an emotional aspect to the brand when I design’, says Wright. ‘I have a quite a strong spiritual side, I guess you’d call it, so I kind of feel like that’s how I get that connection. For me, I felt a lack of that growing up in the western world, and so that ability to have bohemian pieces that you can wear in the western world, and when you shoot it, you play on that ethereal or goddess and just elevate a woman to feeling like that.’
The kimono in particular are made for goddess size women, they are one size fits all. ‘The kimono really are for everybody. One of the reasons why I love kimonos and made them was that when I had a baby, I was dealing with body issues. You end up going from this woman into a mother. I had this two year period when I felt like I wasn’t even seen and didn’t feel very good about myself. With the kimonos, you can have on a pair of denim shorts, a pair of boots and a t-shirt, you pop one of the kimonos on and you can transform yourself. It’s still casual but you can feel luxurious and I think that’s really important for women.
‘I am not really interested designing for younger women. I am interested in designing for woman 30 up. It’s not about competing with other brands or anything like that. I want to design clothes for women, especially mums, where they can kind of go out and feel like it uplifts them for the day.’
Lisa says that living in Indonesia has influenced some of her work and she designed the winter collection with Lindy in mind.
‘This current collection, I had in mind because Lindy had mentioned that she would do a shoot for me. I contacted her and was like,”Really? Can I lock you in?” She was so positive about it. So then I had the collection in mind and I knew it would suit Lindy, and then because I love Bali so much and Lindy is a Balinese princess, I wanted to make this collection that western side of Lindy, so I did the skull and those designs.
‘Some of the prints I have done are traditional hand painted Balinese style batiking I wanted to make sure that some of the soft feminine pieces had that “tribal bohemian” that I see Lindy as and then I did some really intricate fine Balinese flowers mixed in with the tribal design to represent Lindy.’
The White of the Night collection will be launched early May. Too keep up with what’s happening with Lisa’s Closet, follow the label on Instagram – LisasClosetByronBay or visit the website: www.lisascloset.com.au.
Story & photos Eve Jeffery
Fashion and modelling go hand in hand, one pretty much relies on the other for its exposure on the world stage and every year while designers in their dozens toil away at the drawing board and sewing machine, a plethora of young hopeful models arrive on the doorstep or inboxes of agencies looking for their big break.
At just 15 years of age, north coast year 10 student Hilary is determined to have a career in modelling and she has a lot of what it takes to achieve that.
Hilary is naturally slender without the need to modify her diet to achieve her body shape and she has striking good looks. Hilary realises both of these model must haves are due to the genetic lottery. She also knows that it’s not just the prettiest girls or the slimmest girls who gets the work, but often the smartest or best managed.
Hilary spends a lot of time studying the industry and she is only half starry-eyed. She knows some of the pitfalls that come with the job and she hopes to pick her way through the minefield to be a success.
Recently, like a scene from a movie, Hilary was literally spotted on the streets of Sydney by one of the country’s top modelling agencies and within 24 hours they had done a test shoot – now her head shots grace the pages of their website. And so it begins.
Last week Echonetdaily spoke to Hilary about her chosen career and what her plans are.
What it is about modelling that appeals to you?
The fashion, travelling and meeting new people. Working in the industry just seems like a great experience.
There are a lot of pressures in being a model, one of them is to stay thin – what is your take on that ?
Personally, it isn’t a major problem for me so I don’t feel the pressure, but the fact that it is such a big deal, can be harmful for some people.
What is your planned career path into the modelling world?
At the moment, I haven’t figured out exactly what I want or a plan, but hopefully just to get as many jobs as I can until I build up a good name for myself.
Do you have any other aspirations apart from being a model?
Anything in the fashion or modelling industry would be perfect, like a job at fashion magazine, or as a designer or stylist. Being a fashion editor at a mag sounds amazing. All I can do at the moment is as much reading and research about the industry and what you need to get into it as I can.
What path will you take in your formal education to help your career along?
I intend to do a tertiary qualification in business because I can apply that to anything I do, and possibly design as well.
Do you have a personal style that you follow or a favourite designer or fashion house?
I don’t think I have a set style I think I just see things I like and get ideas, but I love Alexander Wang and all his designs.
What subjects are you studying now ?
At the moment my elective subjects are drama and art
What do you see as the benefits of being a fashion model?
Really just being around all the interesting people and I just think it would open a lot of doors and opportunities.
What do you see as the down side or negative aspects of the modelling industry?
The aggressive competition and pressure to be the best.
Are there any of the currents trends that you particularly like or dislike?
Not particularly but I have seen people thinking socks and sandals look good recently, which I think is terrible.
What would be your dream modelling job?
To be on the cover of Vogue or to become a Victoria’s Secret model because both of them could make your career.
Jack the Snipper styling creme and limited edition comb set giveaway
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Paul has developed a great range of grooming products for men including the Original Styling Creme which is 100 per cent Australian made and paraben- and sulphate-free.
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Story & photos Eve Jeffery
A Happy Flamingo has flown to the Byron Arts and Industry Estate, and now the girls at Karly Sunshine have just about anything you could imagine wearing and a few things you haven’t – think plush-velvet rainbow lollipops with a dash of vodka and a shot of awesome and you’ll be half way to getting the idea.
Echonetdaily visited Karly Sunshine last week and we were blown away by both the variety and vibe. Karly Baker is the owner of the business, she was co-owner of Happy Flamingoes on Fletcher Street for five years until February last year. Karly had a six month break from retail fashion but her love for the trade brought her back, venturing out in a solo business with her own name – Karly Sunshine – and taking employee Eloise Corlett along for the magical mystery ride.
From the bottom of its black Capezio tap shoes to the top of the spectacular mural on the back wall, Karly Sunshine is an absolutely unique boutique specialising in vintage, retro and designer fashion and the key to the shop’s success is the wonderful quality of everything they stock.
Karly says that the new shop is a bit different from the one they had in town. ‘It’s got more interesting pieces and it’s a bigger space. We really don’t have that many more clothes but we are just fine tuning the quality and the cuts and people are coming for costumes, that’s the focus: it’s more quality.’
The girls say that visitors to the new location long for the vibe and the stock. ‘Over Christmas and New Year, people were coming in and saying it’s like an old-style Byron shop. You know, like old school. They keep coming in and going, “This is how all the shops used to be, you know.” I think that’s it as well. It’s all different and it’s always different, it’s never the same one week after the next and it’s also not a franchise.’
Something else that is great about the shop is that if they don’t have what you want, they can quite often find it for you – Karly has a great memory for the items and style people want. ‘I have this little list in my head when I go shopping, “Ok Jan wanted that and Peter wanted that.” I always have me eyes open.’
The shop caters for all ages but the selection for kids is still in the early stages as it’s hard to find vintage items in those sizes. Adult sizes range from 8 to 16 with a few larger sized pieces and hopefully more on the way. ‘What we’d like to do is find some really cool outfits for women who are bigger, so we can start finding patterns that women really love. Finding vintage of the goddess sizes is really challenging. So that’s why I keep asking ladies what are their favourite dresses and what they would like to see in here. I’ve got a friend who’s just started to make stuff for us.
For these girls it is all about passion for the product. They both love the style, cut and fabric as well as the huge eclectic mix of shoes, bags, jewellery, scarves and other wonderful accessories that retro and vintage apparel is all about.
The atmosphere in the shop is amazing, it’s like clothes wonderland and the layout is very relaxed. This is just the way the girls want it. ‘We like that we can come in here and be ourselves, and it’s also really lovely because all the customers are the same, they feel comfortable here and I think that’s what we’ve noticed with a lot of retail shops now, it’s becoming more impersonal and it often seems like the shop assistants don’t care so much, but we really do.’
With heaps of cool shirts and clothes for guys and amazing costumes that festival goers will adore, Karly Sunshine will be open over the Easter weekend for Bluesfest locals and visitors to find something extraordinary to wear out to Tyagarah. ‘I’ve noticed, with a lot of festivals you end up seeing the same kind of costumes a lot. We’ve got some handmade costumes from the 1890s, and new amazing costumes about to come out, so for Bluesfest you can come in and find an interesting costume and you know no one else is going to be wearing it. We just try and keep it all different.’
The girls say their mission is simple. ‘We want to make you look and feel fabulous. But don’t just take our word for it. Pop in and check out our new stock. We’d love to see you!’
Karly Sunshine is on Bayshore Drive, just 80 metres down from Ozigo on the left (you can’t miss it). Go in and treat yourself to something extraordinary.
Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition – Competition
Old Government House, Parramatta
1st March until 1st June 2014
The popular Australian ABC TV series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is coming to Sydney with a major new exhibition featuring some of the sumptuous costumes previously on show at Rippon Lea Estate in Melbourne, plus a swathe of additional ensembles that have never before been on display.
The exhibition will showcase more than 40 outfits worn by Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) and her cohorts – including Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) and Aunt Prudence (Miriam Margolyes) – in Series 1 and 2 and the recently screened Christmas Special.
Visitors will be taken on a journey into the creation of the stylish world of Miss Fisher – from the pages of the Phryne Fisher mystery series of books by Kerry Greenwood, through commentary offered by the producers of the series, Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox – and of course share the wonderful insights of Marion Boyce, winner of this year’s AACTA Award for Best Costume Design on Television. The costumes have been generously made available by Marion Boyce and Every Cloud Productions.
Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition at Old Government House, Parramatta, is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am–4pm.
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Story & photos Eve Jeffery
Kaidee Peel is no stranger to north coast culture. Born and raised around the Coffs Harbour area, Kaidee and her own growing family have been living on the far north coast for five years.
Kaidee, who studied fashion after she left school, previously had a self-titled label in Coffs but when she met husband, Bulan in the Byron area, they joined romantic and creative forces and with baby Inca, Kultcha Collective was born.
‘We just had so many ideas together that we started working on creating pieces together, I taught him the basics of sewing and then he got right into it as well and we were constantly brainstorming. We’d be waking up in the morning and having a cup of tea and then, “Oh! You know what we could do? We could try this,” or whatever. He’s really fun to take fabric shopping too, which is quite a surprise. He won’t come clothes shopping but when it comes to fabric shopping we are definitely on the same page.’
Kultcha Collective is a women’s clothing and jewellery label which draws its inspiration from cultures globally. Kaidee and Bulan use hand-carved beads and unique fabric dying and printing techniques along with new embellishments and manufacturing techniques from around the world.
Kultcha Collective has been enjoying success at the local markets, including Byron Bay, Bangalow, The Channon and Burleigh Heads, along with festivals like Splendour In The Grass, Island Vibe and Woodford. Kaidee says there are also some retail outlets for the collection. ‘We have some smaller boutiques stocking the range including Braurbirds in Bangalow, Nami in Byron Bay, Gypsy Stone in Mooloolaba, E Degrees in Coffs Harbour as well as a couple of stockists in the US and we are really excited because we have just picked up a wholesaler in France.’
Kaidee says the customer favourites change with the seasons but at this point in time the suede shorts are very popular. ‘We have a new collection that we create three times a year and we also have our staple pieces which we carry on through and we are always adding and changing things.
‘We are doing a whole range of jackets for this winter, we have quite a few different designs. We see it as being the star of an outfit and wearing something simple underneath.’
Kultcha Collective has a broad range of jewellery items but does invite bespoke orders and Kaidee says she really enjoys working that way. ‘We have done some special pieces for stage performers. Deya Dova wears a couple of our pieces. I like to collaborate and make something really special for someone. I love to go wild and just make something out there. That’s where my creativity gets a run.’
Kaidee says that next on the Kultcha Collective list is an expansion into accessories which will include shoes and hats.
Kultcha Collective is expanding their online and wholesale market place as the business continues to grow.
To see more of the Kultcha Collective collection, visit the website: