Or­a­cle Fox founder and artist based on the Sun­shine Coast, Queens­land

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Or­a­cle Fox founder Amanda Shad­forth.

I feel so lucky to be part of an in­dus­try in which get­ting dressed is about feel­ing good about your­self

as a woman. Some days I feel like putting a lit­tle more ef­fort in and try­ing new sil­hou­ettes. I find that most of my styling ideas for shoots come from my day-to-day out­fits, and if I get it wrong it’s usu­ally only my team who see. Ac­ces­sories have al­ways played a huge role when it comes to styling my per­sonal aes­thetic. I’ve just pur­chased the Calvin Klein [205W39NYC] sil­ver-capped Tex Chiara an­kle boots. I love a good pair of black boots when I’m work­ing on a shoot or run­ning around dur­ing a busy week.when it comes to hand­bags, I’m ex­cited by so many new ac­ces­sory de­sign­ers cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful bags in in­ter­est­ing shapes, such as Build­ing Block, Mlouye, Staud and Gabriela Hearst. I al­ways thought I was more of a ’60s girl, but lately I’m drawn to more of a ’50s sil­hou­ette: a fuller skirt and a blouse tucked into a high-waisted pant. I find that due to the na­ture of my job, I spend a lot of the time in tran­sit, ei­ther fly­ing or on lo­ca­tion be­hind the lens for brands, so when my out­fit is more prac­ti­cal I think jew­ellery be­comes the ac­cent. I al­ways wear at least one or two small gold neck­laces, a classic gold watch and my vin­tage signet ring I pur­chased from a lit­tle store in the Eastvil­lage [in Man­hat­tan]. I re­cently pur­chased the Cé­line Al­pha­bet pen­dant neck­lace — I seem to have an ob­ses­sion with mono­grammed jew­ellery; I also have a beau­ti­ful ear­ring with my ini­tial ‘A’ from Ellery. I think Catherine O’hara’s wardrobe as the mother in Home Alone was kind of fab­u­lous: ’80s

struc­tured blaz­ers, gold ear­rings, turtle­necks and wrap coats — what an en­sem­ble. One of my favourite col­lec­tions for pre-fall 2018 was The Row.

I just loved the sim­plic­ity of the pieces, the pal­ette was a di­vine mix­ture of caramels, nudes and smoky hues, and I loved the tex­tured coats. Com­ing from a back­ground as an art gallery owner and fine artist, I’ve al­ways had a strong af­fil­i­a­tion with the art world. Over the years, our au­di­ence has grown a strong con­nec­tion with my back­ground as an artist and we’ve had so many re­quests, from the in­dus­try and our fol­low­ers alike, to pro­vide a way to pur­chase my art­work. I felt an ex­cel­lent op­tion would be to cre­ate a beau­ti­fully fit­ted, 100 per cent Aus­tralian-made or­ganic cot­ton T-shirt fea­tur­ing my art­work,‘the lux­ury of wear­able art’ be­ing our ethos. I was pre­vi­ously work­ing as a sign-writer and was feel­ing a lit­tle cre­atively

un­ful­filled. In my spare time I would paint large can­vases, and one day I en­tered my work in an art show and won.that was the be­gin­ning of my ca­reer as a fine artist. There is some di­ver­sity to the way I work. I think, like many artists, I love to sketch, so many of my sim­ple il­lus­tra­tions are more in the line-draw­ing genre, but I also love to paint in oils as well. I col­lect art books, so it’s re­ally hard to pick a favourite one, but I do love the post­mod­ernist era. Some of my favourite artists are Jean Arp, Alexan­der Calder, Pablo Pi­casso and Joan Miró. I’m very much a tomboy, so I like to keep my beauty rou­tine sim­ple and ef­fec­tive. For a long time, I’ve used Aliangé, by a good friend of mine, Dr Ali­son Jamieson.the qual­ity of her prod­ucts is next level, and it’s one of the only lines I’ve used on my skin and seen change with. I also love SK-II Fa­cial Treatment Essence, Gior­gio Ar­mani Lu­mi­nous Silk Foun­da­tion and Chanel eye­liner and eye shad­ows.

Amanda Shad­forth wear­ing Ellery in Paris. Cé­line neck­lace, $195, and pen­dants, $690 each, ce­ Gabriela Hearst bag, $1995, Shad­forth paint­ing in her stu­dio. Shad­forth at the in­au­gu­ral MAAS Ball in Syd­ney.

The Row pre-fall 2018. Chanel Les 4 Om­bres Multi-ef­fect Quadra Eye­shadow in Éclat Énig­ma­tique, $100.

OF by Amanda Shad­forth T-shirt, $150, of­bya­man­dashad­ The Row shirt, $1725, Calvin Klein 205W39NYC boots, $2096, match­es­fash­

Gior­gio Ar­mani Lu­mi­nous Silk Foun­da­tion, $99. SK-II Fa­cial Treatment Essence, $210.

Calvin Klein 205W39NYC skirt, $2900,

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