FIONA SCHOFIELD,

Country Style - - FASHION -

MILLINER AND CRE­ATIVE DIREC­TOR, 46 Fiona lives with her hus­band, Max, 46, and their three boys in Or­ange, NSW. What do love about liv­ing in the coun­try? I love the land­scape, the four dis­tinct sea­sons, the space, pace and sense of com­mu­nity. How would you de­scribe your style? Clas­sic, ca­sual, el­e­gant, time­less and func­tional. What are your wardrobe es­sen­tials? Slim-leg dark jeans, white cot­ton or linen shirts, tees, dresses and smocks, light­weight woollen scarves and cardi­gans, and a well-cut blazer. What do you al­ways pack when trav­el­ling? A hat — our Ital­ian Mar­ket Day, Ur­ban Luxe and Gar­den Glory have big brims, and in win­ter it’s our Pom Pom cap. Plus a mid-weight scarf, a note­book and a pen­cil. Any favourite cloth­ing la­bels? Coun­try Road has been a life­long stop-off for wardrobe sta­ples. Last sum­mer I added a great dress and top to my se­lec­tion from Mah­hon, and I love the frayed de­tails on Vale Denim. Your favourite ac­ces­sories? I worked for Di­nosaur De­signs — I love their jew­ellery. What are your hair and beauty es­sen­tials? I use a mois­turiser with an SPF and Thalgo sun pow­der for my face. I like Ur­ban Rituelle vanilla or­ganic hand cream and L’oc­c­i­tane shea but­ter for my lips. I sleep with a laven­der eye pil­low to block out all the pe­riph­ery light. What do you never leave home without? SPF on my face and hands, and my phone. Who and what are your style in­flu­ences? Good qual­ity nat­u­ral fab­rics, neu­tral colours, qual­ity de­sign and func­tion­al­ity. Menswear tai­lor­ing is heav­enly and I love Katherine Hep­burn’s in­de­pen­dence and con­fi­dence. What are you read­ing/lis­ten­ing to? I like My Open Kitchen and Con­ver­sa­tions pod­casts. There are al­ways nov­els by Isabelle Al­lende or Tim Win­ton and recipe books next to the bed. What in­spires you? Every­day sur­round­ings, re­gional or ur­ban, for colour, tex­ture and tone. I en­joy other peo­ple’s sto­ries; we all have one and by shar­ing them we get to grow a lit­tle. What’s the best style ad­vice you’ve re­ceived? Al­ways be the best ver­sion of you that you can be, and style al­ways wins over fashion. How do you bal­ance work and life? I write to-do lists con­stantly, and I talk hon­estly with friends and col­leagues about the good and bad. It’s a con­stant work in progress. Fol­low @fion­a_schofield_ millinery on In­sta­gram.

CLOCK­WISE, FROM LEFT Hats lined up in Fiona’s work­shop; la­bels and ma­te­ri­als; Fiona is a tra­di­tion­ally trained milliner.

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