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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Kings of Cool

From This

Proenza Schouler FW 13

Proenza Schouler FW 13

To This…
The Proenza Schouler boys remind us why they are the Kings of Cool…

Proenza Schouler SS 13/14

Proenza Schouler SS 13/14

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Cool Summer

Today celebrates the First Birthday of ModaMaison!
Swim maven’s- here’s some of the sexiest new swimsuits around for the Summer season. Get your beach on.
Shanna3Jets by Jessika Allen swimsuit Shanna6Christie’s swimsuit from I.M Boutique
Missoni Home towel from MyerShanna4Eres swimsuit from Sylvia Rhodes LingerieShanna1La Perla swimsuit from I.M Boutique 
Shanna2Eres swimsuit from Sylvia Rhodes Lingerie
Missoni Home towel from Myer

Shanna5Eres swimsuit from Sylvia Rhodes Lingerie

Jets by Jessika Allen (
I.M Boutique (
Sylvia Rhodes Lingerie (
Myer (

Photographer: Michael Naumoff
Stylist: Sarah Bonett
Hair and Make-up: Gavin Anesbury
Model: Shanna Jackway/ IMG

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Maticevski’s Moment

In between designing for the Sydney Dance company’s production of Les Illuminations and featuring his beautiful pieces in International Exhibitions, Toni Maticevski has found the time to head back to Paris for the Resort collections, following a memorable show at Mercedes Benz Australian Fashion Week and interest from International buyers. In my mind, contrary to many ‘fad’ Australian labels, Maticevski is an all-round designer with true skill, who’s  nurtured his brand and career for longevity and similarly to that of a luxury international fashion house, starting on Couture bespoke pieces for clients, trying his hand at menswear and participating in licensed deals with big brands. Now with the Spring Summer collection (shot exclusively for ModaMaison below) dropping into stores, the launch of an online store, and the success of some new international accounts, it’s so exciting to see which adventure Maticevski will take next.
maticevski1Maticevski Universal Oversize Coat, Superior Leather Skirt in White Snake, Double Wrap Belt
Robert Clergerie shoes from Myermaticevski6Maticevski Aumont crocodile stamped leather jacket,
Eiffel Y wrap belt harness, Superior leather skirt in White Snake
Nina Ricci clutch from Myer maticevski2Maticevski Debut Trapeze Dress, Eiffel Y wrap belt harness
Robert Clergerie shoes from Myer
maticevski3  Maticevski Inception Zipper Dress, Double Wrap Belt
maticevski4Maticevski Captivation Leather Top
maticevski5Maticevski Thief Racer top, Ruby Neo-Prene Skirt
Robert Clergerie shoes from Myer


Photographer: Michael Naumoff
Stylist: Sarah Bonett
Hair and Make-up: Gavin Anesbury
Model: Leah/ London Management

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Great Scot! it’s CHANEL

The heavy tweeds and luxurious knits shown in the CHANEL pre-Fall 2013 collection was all in ode to Scotland and the land of the green, and it came with all it’s opulence. The androgynous feel that makes up CHANEL’s signature came from Scotland originally when Coco had spent some time there with her lover the Duke of Westminster.

Th show took place at Linlithgow, where Mary Queen of Scots- the inspiration for Lagerfeld’s collection, was born almost seven centuries ago. Below are some images of the collection, shot exclusively for ModaMaison.
07-965resizeCHANEL Tweed jacket, jeans, metallic boots, shirt with detachable bow and tartan brooch
08-1034resizeCHANEL long dress, tartan cuff and flap bag. Stylist’s own throw09-1136resizeCHANEL ‘Sporran’ tassle handbag

All items available at the CHANEL boutique (
Images shot exclusively for ModaMaison

Photographer: Michael Naumoff
Stylist: Sarah Bonett
Hair: Gavin Anesbury
Make-up: Nadine Monley for Chanel
Model: Stephanie/Chic Management


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Regal Rubik

This morning I stumbled across possibly the coolest shoot in the world. EVER. And trust it to come from style bible, Vogue Paris.
This is what fashion is supposed to be about; using pretty clothes as a tool to portray humour, substance and creativity.
The Queen of England gets a punk makeover by stylist Emmanuel Alt in Inez and Vinoodh’s pictures, where Anja Rubik wears Dior, McQueen and Saint Laurent to name a few. Anja_Queen1Click below to watch Anja dance, smoke a dart and flip the birdy!
Images by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for Paris Vogue August 2013

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Cartier’s Paris Nouvelle Vague

Cartier is a brand that certainly needs no introductions. Although I’m not into the house’s emblematic ‘Panther’ pieces, I’ve long been a fan of the Love bangles and the Juste en Clou nail jewellery line. The Collection Paris Nouvelle Vague by Cartier is to be launched this evening and it’s so disappointing that I’ll miss it because I’m interstate. Taking cues from 1930′s architecture, one of my favourite era’s where art-deco reigned supreme, the collection is inspired by the moods of a Parisian woman, and has looks named after a line-up of different character traits like ‘voluptuous’, ‘emancipated’, ‘mischievous’ and ‘sparkling’.
Watch this space to hear more about the Paris Nouvelle Vague collection.


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