Ros and I met in the late 80’s, Mode magazine sent us to do a story on the newly minted super bantamweight champion of the world, Geoff Fenech.
It wasn’t an assignment without drama. I had locked my keys in the car. Ros directed all her charm and false eyelashes on a – clueless – Geoff and convinced him to break into the car and retrieve the keys.
Last week we spent a delightful afternoon at Ros’s apartment…..I checked the fridge….you just can’t take the social out of this girl… mineral water and French champagne……only
WHO ARE THE DESIGNERS YOU LIKE
I love Dolce and Gabbana because they create grown up party frocks. I have one that I only pull out on special occasions but I want more. I have my eye on an hydrangea print and I’m waiting for it to go on sale.
My other faves are Carla Zampatti, Zimmerman and Trellis Cooper
WHAT SORT OF CLOTHES APPEAL TO YOU ?
Grown up party frocks with embellishments, gypsy style clothes (Zimmerman) and sleek, well cut clothes (Zampatti), where I can be sure all those curves, lumps and bumps can be sufficiently covered. I also have some no frills clothes that I can wear when I need to feel relaxed and not too dressed up and for that I favour American designers.
DO YOU HAVE ANY STYLE ICONS ?
My icons – Carine Roitfeld, former French Vogue editor because she looks pretty wild and has her own style. MAC dedicated a makeup collection to her several years ago and the smokey eye was a signature ;
Anna Dello Russo who wears everything brilliantly with the body of a 30 year old, Meryl Streep, who wears interesting clothes and her style is quite natural and – no judgement please, Kris Jenner. Yes Kim’s mum is a Dolce & Gabbana fan like me.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT GETTING OLDER?
It’s tough because in my head, I’m still 30 and I think I can keep dancing, be a free spirit and a bit of a hippie. The plus side is that I am happy in my own skin, I do have a lot of wisdom and little time for fake people. It’s also about what Meryl Streep said when she quoted a speech by José Micard Teixeira.
“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise…”
Yep it’s about ageing…
DO MAGAZINES OR AD CAMPAIGNS TALK TO YOUR GENERATION?
Funny, American magazines do -I still love Vanity Fair, also English and American Vogue whose editors celebrate mature women
HOW DO YOU APPROACH FASHION COMPARED TO YOUR MOTHERS GENERATION?
I think my mother’s generation had rules. The only rule we have is that you need confidence to pull anything off.
WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN YOUR LIFE AS YOU GET OLDER?
At present I’m a freelance journalist and I have just completed my fourth novel. I’m now thinking seriously about penning my memoir, which would include my time as a music writer in the UK, then the SMH in the 80s to my 20 year career as a scary gossip columnist. It’s been a great life, filled with humour and I’ve pretty much made it up as I went along.
I’m also attached to Silver Fox Management as a model and influencer.
I love the idea of doing this because it helps me not to feel invisible and perhaps also because I have much to say as an influencer.
After attending every single Sydney Fashion Week since it started as a journalist, I would love the chance to be on the runway but I’d probably be laughing and waving to everyone before I even did one turn. It actually makes me smile thinking about it because it’s the last thing I ever expected would happen at this age.
THE CLOTHES IN THE SHOTS ARE
Brown lace skirt bought at Zara,Monaco, four years ago, black cashmere sweater from Bloomingdales about the same number of years ago and Gucci sneakers, I love. I used to save them for best, now I wear them every day and I’m looking for another pair from Gucci.
Dark blue velvet dress is by Amanda Garrett and orange fur from Carla Zampatti, shoes by Bionda Castana (Cosmo shoes Double Bay)
Orange printed dress off the rack from Attica department store in Athens with gold Valentino shoes
Black trousers by Thurley and blouse from Michael Kors, black strappy shoes by Stephane Kelian
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