On the Tenth day of Christmas…

Isn’t it the most beautiful thing in the world!? Bottega Veneta’s ‘The Knot’ clutch bag is beyond regal in snakeskin, and has the price tag to match. This one behind has a limited edition porcelain medallion. Posh.
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On the Eleventh day of Christmas…

There may be dozens of replica’s out there, but nothing beats the real deal.  Jason Miller’s antler light’s have been ripped off repeatedly by the big retailers, and more recently his Modo chandeliers are also being reincarnated in cheaper materials. Genuine Jason Miller lighting designs are available to order through Roll & Hill at Space Furniture.
JasonMillerModopendantJason Miller ‘Modo’ chandelier available at

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On the Twelfth day of Christmas…

Art and fashion fuse together perfectly. Especially in the case of Sydney label Eager and Vane. The label’s director Sarah Vane Howell exclusively designs each print and there’s a style for everyone. You have to see their website to believe me. It’s a mush up of digital graphic madness but it’s beautiful to look at. Whether you like yours pirate style around the head, prim and proper at the neck or loose and in-line with your jacket lapel, all the shapes are available.
They’re the perfect gift for a friend for Christmas, as they come sitting pretty in a ribbon-tied black box complete with a signed authenticity certificate.

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Lone Star

It’s not Dallas. It’s not Texas. It’s wherever you want it to be, and there’s no doubt there’s West on the mind…
Western elements have recently been popping up in unexpected ways both on the catwalk and off, and at the recent shows there was the Urban Cowboy trend rising up on the street in Western boots, embroidered shirts and low-slung belts. Keep the look relaxed and effortless in slouchy denims, print tees, leather jackets and boots. For a sexier interpretation of the trend, layer Western elements with femme fatale ones like sparkles, fitted leather or satin.West_8
Forte_Forte jacket from Belinda, Marni tee from The Corner Shop, R.M.Williams hat, House of Harlow earrings from jacket, 3.1 Philip Lim tee from, Joe’s jeans, Paige splatter denim shirt (around waist), R.M.Williams snake tan belt, Barman hat from Strandhatters, Karen Walker star earrings studs and necklace, Alex Fraga tourquoise ring from Pierre Winter Fine Jewels, Mania Mania crystal ringWest_7 Gucci jumpsuit, WILLOW skirt, Mania Mania earrings and ring, Rachel Zoe knot ring from Pierre Winter Fine Jewels, Akubra hat from StrandhattersWest_2Forte_Forte jacket from Belinda, Marni tee from The Corner Shop, Bassike leather shorts, R.M.Williams hat, Raven Kauffman Couture clutch with cuff from Pierre Winter Fine Jewels, Strandhatters belt, House of Harlow moon earringsWest_4Wrangler denim vest, Helmut Lang top from The Corner Shop, Zambesi sheer shirt, Isabel Marant leather pants from Belinda, Jerome Dreyfuss bag, Elke necklace, Brixton belt from Strandhatters, Mania Mania earrings
West_5 Burberry Brit denim shirt from, Kate Sylvester jacket, Joe’s Jeans, stylists own scarf, Isabel Marant sequin belt from The Corner Shop, Alex Fraga sting ray cuff from Pierre Winter Fine Jewels, Mania Mania ringWest_3Dries Van Noten top from Belinda, WILLOW skirt, Mania Mania necklace, leather tie from Strandhatters.West_6WILLOW dress, Gucci clutch and boots, leather tie from Strandhatters, R.M.Williams hat, Fleur Wood sweater, Alex Fraga ‘Carnelian Tusk’ necklace from Pierre Winter Fine Jewels

Photography: Nick Scott
Styling: Sarah Bonett
Hair: Kimberley Forbes
Make-Up: Naomi McFadden
Model: Megan H/ Priscilla’s

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The new Lydia

It was a cold morning on Melbourne Cup day on one of  Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and the rain and wind were undecided about their direction and strength- but it was also 15 year old Lydia’s first EVER photo shoot, and she wasn’t about to let the weather get her down.
She moves like someone who’s been modelling for years, it was hard to believe that Lydia had never sat for a photo session before. Ever…! The crew and I put it down to her Tahitian dance experience. Lydia is part Russian and part Cook Islander. It’s the make-up for her exotic features and strong build, and so it won’t be long until Victoria’s Secret casting director John Pfeiffer gets wind of her. Discovered by her hairstylist together with IMG Australia’s Danielle Ragenard, Lydia is destined for stardom. So fresh is Lydia to the modelling scene, she isn’t even currently on the IMG website as her images are still being developed. The future looks bright for her though,  it’s onwards and upwards from here.
Lydia1  Ginga swimsuit, Sue Sensi bead bracelet, Mania Mania bangles, stylist’s own necklaceLydia5  Sunseeker bikini, Code Love bead bracelet, Vita link cuff, Sue Sensi bead bracelet, stylists own necklaces
Lydia2  Sunseeker bikini, stylists own necklaces, Code Love wrap bracelet, LaWish bead bracelet
Lydia4  Jets by Jessika Allen swimsuit, stylists own necklace, Code Love wrap bracelet, Sue Sensi bead bracelets, Peter Lang silver mesh cuff
Lydia3  Sunseeker bikini, Code Love bead bracelet, Vita link cuff, Sue Sensi bead bracelet, stylists own necklaces

Photography: She Is Frank
Styling: Sarah Bonett
Hair and Make-up: Felicia Yong
Model: Lydia/ IMG

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Marino, the Great

PeterMarinoAll clad in buckled leather pants, biker boots, and harnessed up with bondage straps across his torso, Peter Marino doesn’t appear to be your typical architect. The lines between fashion, interiors and art continue to blur as time goes by, and so it’s no surprise that one of the architectural industry’s most recognised and influential figures would have success in conceptualising some of the world’s most notable high fashion retail spectacles. He’s also worked on a number of hotel penthouses/ presidential suites and numerous private residential projects worldwide. Most retail spaces are viewed by brands as an opportunity to market the ‘experience’ of what the label is about- a bonus in having a stand-alone boutique with a visible shop-front. So extreme has retail design become, that many stores are now a tourist destination. I remember visiting the Prada store on Rodeo Drive back in 2007, and being completely overwhelmed by it’s brilliance. It was so vast, so balanced, so fresh in it’s layout and design that it felt like I was encountering something new- it seemed no expense had been spared, and I was sold on the Prada experience. 

The number of awards he’s won and his level of prestige contributes to the success of an architect like Peter Marino. Each label that he and his staff of 160 work with, some examples which include  premium luxury fashion houses like CHANEL, Louis Vuitton, Zegna and Loewe, get the complete Marino treatment; a stunning fashion statement through beautiful design, a fresh approach to use of modern materials fixtures and fittings, an experience true to the brands’ heritage and an impressively high bar set for architectural retail space standards. Think grand curved staircases surrounding a gigantic pendant of clustered lights representing a pearl necklace, the fusion of raw finishes like wood or rattan flanked by traditional stonework, a reflective metallic wall feature spanning the full height of a four story staircase, floor to ceiling shelving, or LED screens displaying the work of upcoming artists.

The Melbourne Chanel boutique in Flinders Lane had its alterations entrusted to Peter Marino, and two days ago the new store was opened with an additional floor and the creation of a roof top garden. To celebrate the opening of the boutique, a limited edition Boy CHANEL handbag has been specifically designed by Karl Lagerfeld for the occasion with the Melbourne customer in mind.

CHANEL Melbourne Flinders Lane Boutique, designed by Peter Marino

CHANEL Melbourne Flinders Lane Boutique, designed by Peter Marino

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Destination Nowhere

Channeling Marianne Faithfull from the 1968 film Girl on a Motorcycle, the wild angel in all of us comes with the season’s retro inspired fashion. Just add chopper.RETRO_1Kenzo jacket from The Corner Shop, Karl Capp leather skirt, Zimmermann heels
RETRO_5Kenzo tee from Tuchuzy, Oscar De La Renta earrings from Pierre Winter Fine JewelsRETRO_3BLK Dnm leather jacket from The Corner Shop,
Zimmermann black lace bra top and floral bandeau, Erdem lace skirt from Belinda, Gucci heels, Fallon earrings from OffTheRunway.comRETRO_4Kenzo tee from Tuchuzy, Oscar De La Renta earrings from Pierre Winter Fine JewelsRETRO_2Erdem lace dress from Belinda, Zimmermann leopard heels, Fallon earrings from

Photography: Nick Scott
Styling: Sarah Bonett
Hair: Kimberley Forbes

Make-Up: Naomi McFadden
Model: Megan H/ Priscilla’s

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Spring 14 Collection round-up

With another show season over, and most of the previews and presentations done, I thought it was time to do a quick review of what to expect for the Spring Summer 2014 season ahead. Some of the stand-outs for me are below.

There was black, there was white, there was sheer. There were  the rounded shoulders at many collections, and flashes of the prettiest pinks and pastels. Architecture and clean lines as always was present in New York. I particularly loved Proenza Schouler, Prabal Gurung and Alexander Wang.  Spring14_NewYorkFrom Left:  Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, Alexander Wang, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Helmut Lang, Prabal Gurung, Alexander Wang

London designers always push the wearability boundaries so when putting together this show round-up, I kept thinking- “Would I actually wear this?”. Burberry Prorsum were incredibly wearable, as was Richard Nicholl. I loved the texture at Erdem, and the prints at Mary Katrantzou, who played with extreme proportions and silhouette. Christopher Kane was beautiful as usual, and Roksanda Ilincic showed a very tight, pulled together collection.
Spring14_LondonFrom Left: Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, Burberry Prorsum, Erdem, Tom Ford, Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane, Richard Nicholl

One of my favourite citie’s for design- Milan pushes the boundaries in fashion and interiors/furniture. Although it doesn’t quite have the level of  historical ateliers that Paris does, the craftmanship and quality of Prada and Marni were beautiful. Fendi was a favourite and I’d kill to touch and feel that collection up close. I also loved the consistency of Dolce & Gabbana- a label true to my heart since Fashion College. I’ve read reviews since Milan Fashion Week claiming that the season was ‘sombre’ and ‘boring’ and that Milan needs to ‘step it up’ as a city, but I completely disagree. I think it was beautiful.
Spring14_MilanFrom Left: Bottega Veneta, Prada, Fendi, Marni, Etro, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Fendi, Marni, Dolce & Gabbana

Ahhh… Paris! What’s not to love? From Karl’s blank canvas for colour at Chanel, to the lace and embroidery at Valentino… There was heavy metal and shine, especially at Lanvin. We also saw a return back to nature with tribal huntresses at McQueen- a display of textural genius.  I also loved the Spring florals at Dior, the bold print at Celine (who really knows their customer) and I again loved the colour and print at Kenzo this season (but thankfully no logo sweater in sight!)
There was so much beauty from the Paris season that it was hard to do a tight edit, so I’ll have to elaborate more as the season drops into stores. Definitely an exciting season for the French designers. I haven’t mentioned Louis Vuitton here (or the fact that it was Marc Jacob’s last show) because although extremely beautiful, I don’t feel it represented what the season was about as a whole… but I may touch on that another time.
Spring14_Paris From left:  Alexander McQueen, Hermes, Chanel, Valentino, Chloe, Christian Dior, Celine, Kenzo, Alexander McQueen

Compiled by Sarah Bonett
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Becker Minty X Kelly Wearstler

Sydney homewares dynamo Jason Minty of Becker Minty knows a thing or two about impeccable taste. The Becker Minty attraction  is like a jewel box of wild and wonderful things for those obsessed with home decor and anything aesthetically pleasing really. ModaMaison gets to know Jason Minty, as he prepares to launch Kelly Wearstler jewellery exclusively to BeckerMinty this October.
Jason Minty and ModaMaison have a common link in that we have both long been a fans of the all-round West Coast super-power Kelly Wearstler. Her widely celebrated Modern-Glam style makes her the Dame of Interior Design and a regular on Best Dressed lists. I have no idea how she finds the time, but along with collaborating with some of the design industries biggest names, Wearstler produces a collection of ready-to-wear, jewelry, furniture, wallpapers and trims, home accessories and objects d’art based on the vibrancy of her interiors, which includes residential interiors for the most prominent players in the worlds of art, business and entertainment.

Jason Minty with Kelly Wearstler in Paris.

Jason Minty with Kelly Wearstler in Paris.

MM: Who are you?
JM: I’m Jason Minty, founding partner and co-owner of the Becker Minty stores.

MM: What are two things about Jason Minty we probably wouldn’t know?
JM: I was in Tiananmen Square the night before the massacre in 1989. I had been an AFS exchange student to Malaysia in 1987 and that led to me studying Chinese in Tianjin.I had to get myself out of China very quickly and with no communication – it was a very interesting time.

MM:Tell us why you love what you do.
JM: Sourcing and discovering pieces for the stores, creating the look of  Becker Minty – it makes me smile every day. There is nothing more fulfilling than watching someone pick up one of my discoveries and seeing it resonate with them. I love it when people ‘get’ my aesthetic.

MM: Describe the Becker Minty aesthetic in one sentence.
JM: Maximalist interiors with a touch of the unexpected.

MM: Where in the world do you find most of your style inspiration?
JM: Globally, I love exploring NYC and Paris. I know everyone says that, but it’s only a cliché because its true.

MM: What brought about the introduction of Kelly Wearstler’s products to Becker Minty?
JM: I had long been a fan of her bold, textured colourful style.  I love her books, and I love staying in the hotels she has designed. I’d been to her store and knew there could be a fantastic connection with Becker Minty. When I was in LA earlier this year I went to Kelly’s office to talk about bringing her products to Australia, and was very flattered to learn that Becker Minty was on their target list for Australia, that they had already scoped my store out and knew the brand fit was good. Then, when I was in Paris last month I met up with Kelly which was another delightful and positive experience.

Kelly Wearstler jewellery, available at Becker Minty

MM: Demand is high for the upcoming release of the Kelly’s jewellery line to Becker Minty and you’ve upgraded your web orders. In your opinion, why has Kelly Wearstler developed such a cult following, and what makes her so successful as a designer?
JM: She takes risks and creates spaces/jewellery pieces which are bold and confident. She’s one of the first contemporary interior designers who successfully merges different design periods and she does it so well. She pulls the look together with colour, texture and pattern which is similar to what we do at Becker Minty.  We merchandise looks often based on a colour palette or a design style.  Kelly Wearstler interiors or jewellery pieces are not for the shy, but rather those who like to make a statement.

MM: What can we look forward to in the future?
JM: The Kelly Wearstler jewellery collections will arrive in store this month. Then from next month we’ll be adding her decorative objects and home wares. Including the most amazing Head Trip sculpture – each one unique and signed by Kelly. They’re so special, the first one to arrive I’d kill to keep for myself.  And of course we are also looking ahead to a visit to Australia by Kelly herself.

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Decorate it with deco

Some of the latest deco-themed inspiration to trim your interior. All available to buy now.

Wild Brumbie’s print: ( )Side table: ( )
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Zigzag ‘Orvault’ cushion: Missoni Home from( )
Bejewelled wine stopper: ( )
Arca Collezione horns: (
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‘Hue’ by Kelly Wearstler book: ( )
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Hand-carved skull with bronze eye: ( )
‘Universal’ dhurrie rug: ( )

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