My Sun­day

Stylist, fash­ion blog­ger, cre­ative di­rec­tor and so­cial me­dia dar­ling Chloe Hill has lived out of a suit­case for the past 18 months while trav­el­ling the world. Josie Steen­hart speaks to her from Welling­ton, where she’s re­turned home for some chilled-out fa

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I’m from Lower Hutt orig­i­nally, but I’ve lived in Syd­ney for about eight or 10 years, and then for the last year and a half I haven’t had a home. I’ve just been float­ing be­tween Europe, New Zealand and Aus­tralia. It’s been kind of bizarre, but quite cool. [My hus­band and I] spent a bit of time in Lon­don, but we’ve mainly been in Paris. I’ve also been shoot­ing in Athens and I spent a bit of time in Mi­lan, Copen­hagen, Stock­holm – all over.

I split my time be­tween styling, work­ing with a pho­tog­ra­pher and do­ing other con­tent cre­ation, so ev­ery job is dif­fer­ent. I shot a cam­paign for a French shoe brand called Clerg­erie. They did a col­lab­o­ra­tion with [fash­ion la­bel] Self Por­trait. I got to do all the cre­ative – all the pho­tog­ra­phy, and styling and cast­ing. It was com­pletely my idea and I got to ex­e­cute it.

I have quite a de­fined style. It’s very eclec­tic and colour­ful. But there’s also clas­si­cal el­e­ments and fem­i­nine touches.

My mum al­ways dressed me in colour and she al­ways loved colour, so even though ev­ery­one wore black [in Welling­ton], I’ve ac­tu­ally al­ways worn a lot of colour my en­tire life. So it wasn’t a re­ac­tion to be­ing around so much black, it was just what I per­son­ally loved. And then mov­ing to Syd­ney and be­ing some­where where it was so sum­mery, I could play around with lighter lay­ers, which gave me the free­dom to try out printed, sum­mery dresses.

It’s been re­ally good trav­el­ling as it has forced me to use a cap­sule wardrobe. It sounds so cheesy! I have my two favourite pairs of jeans, one that is more fit­ted and one that is more re­laxed. I’ve got my favourite jumpers and a hoodie, and then I’ve got more dressedup pieces – an­kle boots and midi skirts. But they kind of all work to­gether, so I can throw a hoodie on with a midi skirt and boots for a more dressed-up look, or I can just chuck on jeans and sneak­ers and I’m ready to jump on a plane.

I def­i­nitely wasn’t as prac­ti­cal when I had a home and I could have all the other fun things, but now I think through what I pack.

I have things in a stor­age fa­cil­ity in Syd­ney and I stash heaps of stuff at my par­ents’ place in Welling­ton, so I’m able to swap things in and out, which is re­ally handy. Right now I’ve got all my win­tery clothes, but when I go back to Syd­ney be­fore I head over to the shows in Septem­ber, I’ll do a quick trade and grab some san­dals and T-shirts and bits like that.

I do have some pieces I take with me ev­ery­where I go. I’ve got some lit­tle cowrie shell ear­rings from Jas­min Spar­row, I think she’s based in Auck­land. I al­ways have them with me. And I’ve al­ways got other lit­tle things, like Karen Walker sun­nies, some pieces from Wynn Ham­lyn and Kate Sylvester.

Not a lot of peo­ple over­seas know about Kiwi de­sign­ers, and it’s re­ally nice when peo­ple ask me ques­tions and I can ex­plain about the beau­ti­ful merino over here, or about some of the re­ally cool tal­ent com­ing up. It’s nice to tell peo­ple about that in Europe.

I def­i­nitely try to al­ways stick to my roots and have some way of show­ing I’m from New Zealand, and also I just love sup­port­ing any New Zealand brands. I’ll do any­thing I can to sup­port them.

I don’t re­ally have a set week­end look, it just de­pends on what I’m up to and where I am. So right now in Welling­ton I’m pretty ca­sual ev­ery day, but when I’m over­seas, do­ing the shows, on Sun­days I’m of­ten out do­ing work things, so I’m ob­vi­ously more dressed up.

I do prob­a­bly play it a bit more ca­sual on Sun­days, I’m prob­a­bly guilty of wear­ing ac­tivewear the whole day if I go to a Pi­lates class in the morn­ing.

I def­i­nitely try to switch off from tech­nol­ogy a lit­tle bit on week­ends, be­cause dur­ing the week I’m on

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