Body Of Evidence

Centuries of sex appeal through tiny pieces of lace and silk covering our bodies have led to some pretty amazing looking lingerie designs. For me, the best lingerie is classic, sophisticated and European. Not what you’d see in your  typical Victoria’s Secret show. The merit’s of wearing a good bra or bodysuit are unbeatable in my point of view.  Here are some of the best from I.M boutique’s beautiful brands.lingerie5Argentovivo ‘3’bra, bikini and suspenders
Faberge ‘Les Rocaille’ pendant in Aragonite Rose
Tiffany & Co. 1837 circle charm bracelet in Rubedo and silver
lingerie6Christie’s ‘Franca’ bodysuit
Tiffany & Co. RTT mini 2 heart pendant in sterling silver
Tiffany & Co. diamond horse shoe pendant in rose gold
Jan Logan 9k yellow, rose and white gold Gatsby ‘Bundeena’ diamond bangle

lingerie1Argentovivo ‘Moire’ bra in ivory
Aimee champagne half slip with narrow lace
Jan Logan 18k yellow gold ‘Sundance’ necklace with south sea pearls
Tiffany & Co. heart lock ring in rose gold
Bvlgari ‘Intarsio’ pink gold ring with mother of pearl and pavè diamonds
lingerie2La Perla Studio ‘Happiness’ bodysuit
Boucheron ‘Chocolate Edition’ drop-style pendant
Boucheron ‘White Edition’ wide ring with diamonds
Bvlgari pink gold flip ring with mother of pearl and onyx
Bvlgari B.zero1 yellow gold pendant earrings
Tiffany & Co. oval link bracelet in sterling silver with 175th anniversary charm in Rubedo

lingerie3La Perla ‘Dis II’ soft bra in apricot and ‘Dis 36’ french knickers
Boucheron ‘Chocolate Edition’ sautoir
Jan Logan 9k yellow gold star on fine chain necklace
Boucheron ‘Deliah’ ring in yellow gold with diamonds
Tiffany & Co. Peretti 5 open heart bracelet in yellow gold
lingerie4Christie’s ‘Celine’ wire bra and bikini
Bvlgari pink gold pendant chain with mother of pearl, onyx and pavè diamonds
Bvlgari B.zero1 yellow gold pendant earrings
Tiffany & Co. Picasso ‘Crown of Hearts’ ring in gold
Boucheron ‘White Edition’ Follies ring in yellow and white gold with diamonds

All lingerie available at I.M Boutique (

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

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Gary Bigeni X Matthew Johnson

Presenting a new collaboration by my good friend/ college buddy/fellow Malteser Gary Bigeni and Melbourne-based artist Matthew Johnson.
Both avid lovers of colour, the collection displays the pixelated effect of colours juxtaposed together, reflecting the digitalisation of the world we live in today. In line with Gary’s signature fluid silhouettes and clean lines, the collection is one of the freshest out there.

Some images of the new collection, worn by ModaMaison fave Marthe Wiggers.

GaryBigeniXMatthewJohnsonHere is ModaMaison’s exclusive chat with the quirkiest (and most colouful) guy in town, Gary Bigeni:

1. How did you first get a foot in the door?
After i finished the Advanced Diploma of Fashion Design at East Sydney in 2002 I was selected to be one of the students to show in a group show at Fashion Week in 2003. I had a small amount of interest from local and international stores and it kind of went from there!

2. What do you love about what you do?
I love that I’m able to be myself and create want and have always wanted to do .You have to do what feel right for you to make things happen.

3. How would you describe your labels’ aesthetic to the uninitiated?
Clean elements with interesting detailing that doesn’t need to scream out.

4. City you love most in the world, and why?
The city I love most is Paris . I love to roam the streets listening to music and people-watching.

5. Philosophy you live your life by?
There’s two: ‘Every day is a new day’ and  ‘Just shut up and do it!’

6. Do you see your label expanding beyond apparel in the future?
Maybe in to shoes and accessories is next. I would love to do that.

7. Teach us two things about prints we perhaps didn’t know
Prints don’t need to match together when wearing a look. Don’t be governed by the ‘rules’-  Enjoy colour and enjoy prints.

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Vintage denim and a clear mind is what you need for some road trippin’ through Nevada. Soak the skin in Kai body spray, massage the hair with Moroccon Oil and let the sun set in…


Clockwise from top left:
1. Vintage denim shirt
2. Aesop Resurresction Aromatique hand balm 500ml
1. Vintage throws
2. Missoni Home stripe towel
1. Louis Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunks book
4. Geodesis tuberose candle
9. Giorgio Armani lipstick in 401
3. Balenciaga Paris 50ml EDP
6. Kai by Gaye Straza body glow 118ml spray
7. Moroccan Oil 25ml hair treatment
8. L’Occitane 30ml hand cream
Photography and styling by Sarah Bonett

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Collette Dinnigan’s incredible darkness…

Collette Dinnigan is at the top of her game. As her Fall 2013 collection drops into stores, ModaMaison wanted to get close and personal with the garments and explore their darker side, in our first ever editorial shoot for this blog!

No other Australian designer could claim showing on the Paris schedule for the past eighteen years. This geographical catwalk  location has  influenced the collections over time, and the Fall 2013 collection ‘The Incredible Darkness of Being’  sheds a new light on the usually feminine collections. This one is a combination of the beautiful thick wools and textured French laces which make up the ‘Collette’ signature, but there’s now a rare new addition of leather details.
As her influence has grown, Collette Dinnigan has a number of accolades that again, no other Australian designer could claim to have achieved, including the opening of multiple international stores, being appointed as advisor on the South Australian Wool board or as a chairperson for the NSW Small Business Development Corporation, the birth  children’s collection, a stamp issued by Australia Post, the launch of a successful bridal line, collaborative lingerie collections with Marks & Spencer and with Target, a diffusion collection which is stocked in Net-A-Porter as well as 100 stores globally, a collaboration with the Australian Ballet to design a range of tutu’s, and the honour of receiving the 5th Australian Fashion Laureate Award- recognising outstanding creative and intellectual achievement in the Australian Fashion industry. Phew!


14-1302_smallerColletteDinnigan312-1237_smaller ColletteDinnigan5Photographer: Michael Naumoff
Stylist: Sarah Bonett
Hair: Gavin Anesbury
Make-up: Nadine Monley
Model: Stephanie/Chic Management

1. Collette Dinnigan Italian stretch brocade and leather fitted dress

2. Collette Dinnigan noir lace and wool coat and Italian stretch brocade high waist pants with Akubra ‘Capote’ style wide-brim hat from Strandhatters

3. Collette Dinnigan ‘Gilt Rose’ high neck top with leather and Japanese cotton croc pencil skirt

4. Collette Dinnigan noir lace and beads trim dress with crepe bow belt (worn around neck)

5. Collette Dinnigan lace high neck fitted dress with Akubra ‘Capote’ style wide-brim hat from Strandhatters

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A confident elegance

el·e·gance  (noun.)
a. Refinement, grace, and beauty in movement, appearance, or manners.
b. Tasteful opulence in form, decoration, or presentation.

Clockwise from top left:
1. Missoni Home towel
2. Fornasetti Profumi 300g scented candle
3. Essie nail varnish in ‘One of a Kind’
4. Paco Rabanne Lady Million 300ml body cream
5. Paris Vogue covers 1920-2009 by Thames & Hudson
6. Tom Ford ‘Slander’ lipstick
7. Jac & Jack white shirt
8.The Aromatherapy Company no.2 Juniper berry & cassis reed 500ml diffusion set
9. Valley ‘Genius Child’ sunglasses

Photography and styling by Sarah Bonett


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Bottled couture- Ivoire by Balmain

In June of 2009 in San Francisco’s Union Square, I was aimlessly browsing the fragrance section of Barney’s when I stumbled upon an elegantly bottled Ambre Gris by Balmain. And i fell in love.
It was so intoxicating and musky, not a typical daytime pleasure for me, but at that instant I loved it.

Under the direction of Christophe Decarnin in 2006, and then Olivier Rousteing in 2011, the evolution of Balmain has been a spectacle to watch.In all its Sex and Rock n Roll,  each season spectacular workmanship and finishes, and structured fine tailoring storm down the runway from Balmain. To put it mildly, its couture to be worn daily. And with the price tag to match! But ever-faithful to the legacy of Pierre Balmain, Rousteing has a firm grip on who he’s designing for… his ‘Balmain woman’.

“She’s definitely a Parisian, but one who moves around, who loves to travel and borrow fashion ideas from capitals around the world. A true woman, with a hint of masculinity, who tends to harbor a certain idea of nostalgia while remaining firmly focused on the present day.”

This ‘woman’ needed a fragrance, and so a translation of the 1979 original Ivoire by Balmain was born. Without betraying the original scent, modern ingredients were used to revoke the familar smell of the popular eightie’s Ivoire. The first notes are Orange and mandarin essence, then jasmine, rose,ylang-ylang and galbanum. As it develops on the skin, you’ll get vetiver, cedarwood, patchouli and soft vanilla.  All the good stuff together in one solid little modern bottle, its your daily dose of Couture.


Available locally from Myer from September 2013.

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Its the Fendi frenzy

I’m completely obsessed with Fendi Resort 14 and all it’s tailored iconic sportswear glory.
For me, I’ve always loved the cuts and colours that shape Fendi’s signature look, and I’ve tried to replicate this on my chain-store budget many times. Each season, Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi has gone from strength to exquisite strength, building on the craftsmanship they’ve become so known for, along with the splendid display of geometry present in their designs, and an ever-modern colour palette. New hue combinations will be seen here first. Fendi’s colours have always grabbed me because they’re fused in an intelligent way. No clashing primary colours or recognisable combinations here- just fresh and modern mixes.

The thing is, Fendi garments aren’t always as they appear on the catwalk. Up close, they are much more tactile- ironically utilising Mink for fur and textured patchwork python to bring the collection to life. You wouldn’t catch me wearing dead animals, but besides that I want it all!




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The only way is all-in-one

I think I may finally be ready to embrace the jumpsuit of sorts. I’ve seen some goodie’s around now and I think I’m ready.
Season after season, I have looked at others wearing these, and the majority of the time I’ve thought they looked a little try-hard, or much too young for the wearer. But the ‘onesie’ is all grown-up now. It’s been fine-tuned and beautifully tailored and produced in clean-cut shapes and in quality fabrics by designers, rather than the abundance of printed polyester flooding of the chain stores. Amen.

It’s no secret that the jumpsuit has a reputation for being hard to wear. And a downright pain-in-the-ass to tackle when the loo calls. But there’s also no denying that the trend was not just a fad, this one’s sticking around for the long run. It’s surprising how versatile they can be; good for weekend lunch dates, jazzed up for night, weddings etc. We’ve seen them done well loads of times on the red carpet, some with success- (Gwyneth is a fan and wears them really well, as does Anja Rubik. Miley Cyrus likes to give one a whirl regularly) and some with not so much flattering success. My go with the jumpsuit is to keep it minimalist- they just look so much better when there’s little accessorising, and when they’re not too roomy or too tight. A tricky shape like the Gucci Resort combined wrap torso, fastened waist and pyjama pant-style base can prove to be a mess if it’s not on the right height. So take precaution and keep it simple.

I’ve included below some of my favourite’s from Resort 14, plus an admired Giambattista Valli style from Spring 13.
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Wang’s multi-proportional Resort for Balenciaga

Alexander Wang’s Resort 2014 collection for Balenciaga literally speaks volumes, as Wang referenced the signature oversize proportions of the house for the collection. In a typical Wang monotonal palette of blacks and whites, the scribble print was also re-introduced this season, touching on the history of the house of Cristóbal Balenciaga. I found the silhouette to be really grown-up compared to previous collections in Wang’s design, and even so for Nicolas Ghesquière’s collections which were often a bling’ing fantastical confidence of colour and science.  So it seems the brand may be transitioning into another phase as Wang is finding his feet at Balenciaga, we will keep watching this space.

Hit? the shredded plastic bucket hats and heels add texture to a fairly minimalist collection

Miss? Not loving the brief midriffs and up-top proportions… These won’t look good on anyone’s ab’s, not even Kate Upton’s.



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Rosie Tupper for ELLE Vietnam June 2013

This week, ELLE Vietnam released a story that I shot for them back in January this year with photographer Matthew Ryder. I’m so proud of the results we achieved. Sourcing product from the Asian counterparts for the luxury labels and the Australian PR offices across the new year period is not an easy task. I received my brief two days before Christmas and had to action it immediately, maintaining contact as much as possible through the break and into the first days of January.  Our shoot date was scheduled for the 12th Jan. I went back and forth between the Australian contacts and their Asia-Pacific sister offices tracking down specific looks from the Spring 2013 collections.
We were able to mix in a number of Australian labels who have generated a presence overseas, and we worked with Perth beauty Rosie Tupper to give the quintessential Aussie beach vibe. This particular photographic treatment would have to be one of my favourites, where the skin tones are pink and creamy, with soft grain. Hope you love the muted colour palette in the clothes also.


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