On the Fourth day of Christmas

As an avid ‘coffee table book’ collector, I can attest to their ornamental beauty. To be admired on Saturday mornings with a cuppa, they are also a brilliant conversation starter when entertaining. Some of the latest I’m lusting over for Christmas are below.
BooksThe Art of the Interior: Timeless Designs by the Master Decorators, by Barbara Stoeltie (Published 29th October 2013)
Peter Lindbergh: Images of Women, by Martin Harrison (Published 30th May 2013)
The Great Fashion Designers at Home, by Ivan Terestchenko (Published 11th Nov 2013)
Tom Ford, by Bridget Foley and Tom Ford (Published 4th November 2008)
Obsessive Creative by Collette Dinnigan (Published 23rd October 2013)

Available through www.bookdepository.com

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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

Available at collettedinnigan.com

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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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