My friend Jeune Pritchard once said to me, if you like my wardrobe you should meet Janne Ryan. It took a while, but I did, and here is the style story we did last week. I’m sure you’ll agree the style is enviable.
Janne Ryan is an ideas curator, founder, and angel investor working across innovation, design and architecture, and start-up philanthropy projects. She is Founder, Arrow Collective, currently in partnership with Sydney Opera House seed-funding cultural projects. She’s developing a slow media design and architecture project called sparkkle. [note spelling sparkkle]. Watch this space.
She works for TED Conferences [NYC-based], and in agriculture [Hunter Valley, NSW], having worked with the ABC, Australian Financial Review, The Australian, Semi Permanent, Remix Sydney.
She is Founding Executive Producer and Founding Curator, TEDxSydney.
WHO ARE THE DESIGNERS YOU LIKE?
Pip Edwards + Claire Tregoning (Co-Founders Melbourne-based PE Nation) Josh Goot and Christine Centenera (Founders and Designers WARDROBE.NYC) Dion Lee (Founder and Creative Director, Dion Lee) Hedi Slimane (Artistic, Creative and Image Director, Celine) Virgil Abloh (Artistic Director Louis Vuitton + Off White) Georgio Armani (Founder and Designer Giorgio Armani)
WHAT SORT OF CLOTHES APPEAL TO YOU?
Casual and relaxed – although I LOVE a tailored jacket (no matter what the cost). I seek out clothes and shoes I can dress up or down in a heartbeat.
DO YOU HAVE ANY STYLE ICONS ?
My friend Jeune Pritchard, my cousin Jo Pretyman, Instagram’s Eva Chen, actress Cate Blanchett.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT GETTING OLDER?
It’s hard to comprehend age and mortality, no matter what age you are. I feel an urgency to take creative chances and most importantly, to make chance happen, to make ground with all friendships old and new, and to look closely at what I can give back, having created or been given many door-opening opportunities that have incrementally changed my life.
DO MAGAZINES OR AD CAMPAIGNS TALK TO YOUR GENERATION?
I love ads and I love magazines, whether they talk to me or not! I have no filter. I love the visuals: the layout, the structure, the narrative, the typography, the messages. I love the random nature of turning the pages and of watching an ad campaign unfold.
HOW DO YOU APPROACH FASHION COMPARED TO YOUR MOTHERS GENERATION?
We have more choice now compared to my mother Jennifer’s generation. The big shift is in expectations about what to wear and where to wear it. My mother was very creative and loved clothes. I’ve inherited her love of clothes, but my approach is more casual and I feel a confidence in the casualness. I love jeans and sneakers. I rarely saw my mother in jeans, and never in sneakers.
WHERE ARE THE CLOTHES IN THE SHOTS FROM?
1) Yohji Yamamoto vintage jacket, Mother jeans, Zara T-shirt, Winston Smith ankle boots. 2) Georgia Alice dress, Ganni boots, one single Tiffany earring, family necklace. 3) PE Nation pants, Zara t-shirt, Converse sneakers. 4) Zimmerman dress, Chloe sneakers.
WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT ARE MOST IMPORTANT IN YOUR LIFE AS YOU GET OLDER?
Being part of communities, sharing ideas, sharing goals, being strong and fit, and being actively engaged with – and part of – the world as it undergoes a massive transformation.
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