In fash­ion

Bianca Spender’s

Belle - - Luxe Files R I Ght Now - Style cred is ev­i­dent.

THE ARTIST WHO HAS BEEN AN EN­DUR­ING IN­FLU­ENCE? There are many. For in­stal­la­tions that take you to an­other world: James Tur­rell, Anish Kapoor [1], Ola­fur Elias­son, Fiona Hall [2], Ta­mara Dean. For form: Elis­a­beth Frink [3], Lu­cian Freud, Anna-wili High­field. For tex­ture: CY Twombly [4], Ger­hard Richter [5], Anselm Kiefer. For ideas: So­phie Calle, Hiroshi Sugi­moto. DO YOU COL­LECT ANY­THING? Anna-wili High­field horse sculp­tures. It was the first piece of art I bought and it has been a love af­fair since. Bugs – I find the form, mark­ings and wings en­tranc­ing. Jars – I have quite a col­lec­tion. FASH­ION MUST-HAVES? Coats. I love long sculp­tural coats, for the way they make you feel as they en­wrap you and the way they hang. FAVOURITE WATCH? My grand­fa­ther’s Patek Philippe watch. My dad gave it to me for my 30th birth­day and I have worn it ever since. FRA­GRANCE OF CHOICE? Laven­der oil. BOOKS – WHAT ARE YOU READ­ING NOW – BOTH FIC­TION AND ART/ DE­SIGN? Haruki Mu­rakami’s Men With­out Women [6] – he al­ways takes me to a mag­i­cal world. Tim Win­ton’s The Boy Be­hind the Cur­tain. Doris Less­ing’s Love, Again. MU­SIC – WHAT’S ON RO­TA­TION AT OF­FICE AND HOME? Blonde Red­head’s Bar­ragán – I started play­ing it on hol­i­day road trips and I can’t stop. Fi­nally We Are No One by Múm – my go-to when I need to feel in­spired. Al­dous Hard­ing – a new dis­cov­ery [7]. FAVOURITE FLOW­ERS? White or­chids and Aus­tralian na­tives – smoke bush, flow­er­ing gum, black kan­ga­roo paw [8]. BEST DOWN­TIME (IF YOU HAVE ANY) PUR­SUIT? Swim­ming in ocean pools. Exploring the Aus­tralian bush and be­ing im­mersed in na­ture with no phone re­cep­tion, no cars, just bush­walks, swims, kayak­ing. DO YOU PRE­FER COF­FEE OR TEA – FAVOURITE BLENDS? I am a tea girl, I gave up cof­fee at 15. I love T2 ‘Very Berry’, Pukka ‘Three Gin­ger’ and Tto­taler ‘French Earl Grey’ [9]. EN­TER­TAIN­ING – AT HOME – AND RESTAU­RANT OF CHOICE? I love din­ner par­ties and en­joy noth­ing more than bring­ing friends to­gether around my big kitchen ta­ble and shar­ing a meal. Berta – the veg­etable Sa­gra din­ners are my favourite [10]. PRE­FERRED TIP­PLE? Aperol Spritz [11] for sum­mer af­ter­noons. Scotch on the rocks for a quiet after-din­ner re­flec­tion. My part­ner Sam’s mar­garita to in­ject some fun. FILMS THAT HAVE IN­SPIRED YOU? Os­car and Lucinda, The Piano, 8½, La Dolce Vita [12], La Grande Bellezza, Le Con­seguenze Dell’amore. SHOPS AND ON­LINE STORES YOU FRE­QUENT? Far­fetch for fash­ion, Abe­books and Strand Book­store for great sec­ond­hand book finds. MAG­A­ZINES YOU READ REG­U­LARLY? Vogue, 10, Love Want, Belle. TRAVEL – FAVOURITE REG­U­LAR HAUNT AND WHERE IS ON YOUR MUST-SEE LIST? Any­where in Aus­tralian na­ture with­out phones. I would love to go to Mexico, Cen­tral and South Amer­ica [13]. OB­JECTS OF DE­SIRE YOU WOULD BUY RIGHT NOW? A new An­naWili High­field sculp­ture. She is hav­ing a show at Olsen Gruin in New York and I have had a sneak peak and love them. WHAT ARE YOU WORK­ING ON NOW? My Re­sort 19 col­lec­tion which will show at Aus­tralian Fash­ion Week in May. bian­

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