IN THE SUN: spring looks in­spired by the 1960s

Erika Hey­natz is soak­ing up the sun this sea­son in retro spring hues and time­less de­signs in­spired by the 1960s.

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Contents - •STYLING by RE­BECCA RAC PHO­TOG­RA­PHY by ALAN A LANDS BERRY

Stretched out on the deck­ing be­side a shim­mer­ing aqua­ma­rine pool, Erika Hey­natz, 43, ef­fort­lessly evokes the wealthy sub­jects of high-so­ci­ety pho­tog­ra­pher of the 1960s Slim Aarons, who in­spired The Weekly’s spring fash­ion shoot on lo­ca­tion in Syd­ney. The soft, sor­bet-tones re­call the pho­tog­ra­pher’s iconic por­traits of Amer­ica’s rich and fa­mous and they suit Erika, who stud­ied him at univer­sity, to a T. “That idyl­lic Slim Aarons glam­orous life­style and at­ti­tude of long sum­mer days loung­ing pool­side, sun tanned and bikini-clad, sum­mer cock­tails and end­less en­ter­tain­ing and fun re­ally ap­peal to me,” she says. “They are my sum­mer goals.”

A chameleon who con­quered the worlds of mod­el­ling, theatre and tele­vi­sion, Erika is rel­ish­ing her lat­est role as mother to Charlie, now two. She and her hus­band An­drew Kingston re­cently bought their rst home, and the fam­ily is en­joy­ing the set­tled life.

“Af­ter years of liv­ing a very tran­sient life in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, it’s been a beau­ti­ful shift in my per­sonal life to start a fam­ily and cre­ate a per­ma­nent base, dec­o­rate a home and im­merse my­self in the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” Erika says.

But set­tling down and slow­ing down are not the same thing. Erika went back to work when Charlie was just three months old, tour­ing with the cast of Sin­gin’ In The Rain, in which she played the shrill star­let Lina La­mont.

The char­ac­ters she plays of­ten in uence her style, she says. “My style is pretty hap­haz­ard and hur­ried these days,” she says. “I try to nd pieces with great de­sign de­tails, cut, and de­sign.”

Whether she’s on set or en­joy­ing a ca­sual meal at her new home, ba­sic denim, crisp white T-shirts and linen blaz­ers are her go-to out ts of choice. Of course, dress­ing up is a perk of the job, par­tic­u­larly when it in­volves recre­at­ing the care­free pool par­ties of a by­gone era.

“Leg­end has it that the orig­i­nal owner won the lot­tery in the ’50s and built the big­gest pool in the neigh­bour­hood which made it the des­ti­na­tion for ev­ery­one to swim and so­cialise,” she says. “While our house and pool have since been mod­ernised, I hope that the spirit of its orig­i­nal hos­pi­tal­ity breathes through us. There’s big palms, a huge frangi­pani tree and plush green grass un­der­foot.”

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