Fashion Quarterly - - Career Women -

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.


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”

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