THE GLAM SQUAD
As editor-in-chief of three Bauer Media magazines (Your Home and
Garden, Nadia and Taste), 37-year-old Shelley Ferguson was on home turf at our photo shoot, but everyone brought their connections to the table. From MAC communications manager Tatum Savage, 36, who rallied a team of MAC makeup artists to get everyone looking their best, to Kathryn Wilson, 37, who arrived with bags of new-season heels by her eponymous footwear label. Rounding out the squad were PR mavens Mihi Blake, 37, from boutique agency Grace; and Gemma Ross, 35, co-founder and director of Hustle & Bustle, whose client Partridge Jewellers supplied a selection of sensational fine jewellery. For this group, it’s all about utilising the resources you have.
that many of them are my good friends, which makes choosing what to wear in the mornings very special. My signature pieces would be my fur jacket from Harman Grubiša, my leather Stolen Girlfriends Club pants, a sheer top and corset by Georgia Alice or one of my countless tops from Zambesi, some of which are 10 to 15 years old, because Zambesi will be forever timeless. And shoes are an addiction of mine.
GEMMA: When one of your besties is a shoe designer, it’s fair to say we’re all pretty obsessed with shoes.
TATUM: I love a good black Givenchy boot or a sky-high Valentino or Louboutin heel. My favourite local shoe designers are La Tribe and, of course, Kathryn Wilson.
KATH: I’m all about girl-boss suits from Juliette Hogan, worn with sneakers.
GEMMA: I’d say our shared life philosophy is: Go harder, faster, sooner. We’re all making the most out of life and making it count. We also appreciate that life gets busy and we’re not needy of each other’s time. There’s an unspoken support system and when we do come together we cut the bullshit and go straight to the stuff that matters.
KATH: Work hard, play hard. And always have champagne in the fridge. We all celebrate each other and our careers and families.
SHELLEY: Friends are family.
TATUM: Our friendship is based on a huge amount of love, support and respect for each other’s business ventures, individual careers and family lives.
WORK x PLAY
SHELLEY: We embrace and encourage [mixing work and play]. Working in complementary industries means we get to see each other more because of meetings and events, and it also means we’re a professional support system to each other. It’s great to be able to bounce work ideas around and get advice and feedback from clever and creative women who also know you on a personal level. Everyone’s very passionate about their careers, which I think has given our friendship another dimension.
GEMMA: We love it. How lucky are we to have the opportunity to support each other in friendship and in business?
KATH: It’s great because work events often overlap as social time.
TATUM: I really appreciate everyone’s smarts and professional prowess. These are girls with beauty and brains, and this is evident in each one’s ambition and success.
“We’re all making the most out of life and making it count. When we do come together,
we go straight to the stuff that matters”