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Interviews

Interview with Lisa Crosswhite (Chi Chi Von Tang)

Restaurant: Sky on 57, Marina Bay Sands. Menu: Chef Justin Quek has prepared an assortment of savoury and sweet treats. For the first installment of an ongoing series for Singapore Women’s Weekly (Full Interview Here) that seeks to profile the personalities of Singapore’s fashion scene, Steph Adams sits down with Lisa Crosswhite, founder and designer of Chi …

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ROBYN LAWLEY

We chat with Pantene’s new Ambassador; Robyn Lawley. Best known for her cover of Vogue Italia’s June 2011 issue, and the first plus size model to be shot for Australian Vogue. SA: Tell us about you’re role as an Ambassador for Pantene? Robyn: Pantene has just brought out a new product- the Pantene 3 Minute Miracle …

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Interview: Bahar Etminan

Founder and editor of Rescu.com.au and author of Rescu me! Bahar Etminan SA: What inspired you to write Rescu Me? Bahar: I wanted to flip the idea of how we measure beauty. Having worked in the fashion and beauty industry since my early 20’s I know that the main message women are bombarded with is that …

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Jeff Leatham

Jeff Leatham is not only a Florist to the A-List crowd, but he is also a Creative Director for the Four Seasons George V in Paris and has styled for the likes of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, Oprah Winfrey, Eva Longoria, Kylie Minogue, Dalai Lama, Madonna, Chelsea Clinton and Tina Turner. He has now added new Global Ambassador for Waterford Crystal on to his list. I recently caught up with Jeff to find out how it all came about…

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SA: What was it that first inspired you?
Jeff: I was once modeling in Paris. I went to a little flower market and fell in love with a black rose. Before that I had never noticed the flowers that much.

SA: Where do you spend most of your time?
Jeff: I travel the world constantly working on private and public events, but the majority of my time is spent between Paris and LA.

SA: Some of the most amazing people you have been able to work with?
Jeff: I’ve been fortunate enough to work with and meet incredible people along the way, some who are very well known and some who are not. I’m always so proud of the talent and commitment of my team – we’ve never done the same thing twice in over 15 years. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with Alexander Wang, The Clintons, Oprah, Tina Turner, Eva Longoria, Kylie, Donatella Versace, Tom Ford, Elie Saab, Philip Treacy and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

SA: What’s been one of your greatest challenges?
Jeff:
To keep constantly evolving and doing things differently

SA: What flowers do you prefer to work with?
Jeff: 
1) Hydrangeas – build sculptural arrangements
2) Vanda Orchids – hanging installations
3) Roses – romance
4) I also love working with seasonal flowers, it’s like seeing an old friend again!

SA: One of the most pinch yourself moments that stands out more than any other?
Jeff: From being Creative Director for Four Seasons Georges V and creating these amazing installations to collaborating with leading luxury brands like Waterford Crystal, I’m constantly amazed everyday by the opportunities I have been given and the incredible projects and people I have had the pleasure of working with. Definitely one of the highlights though would have to be from 2009, when I was engaged to design the first major event in the in the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau des Versailles since the time of Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette. It was a gala dinner and was the first time flowers had been allowed inside the Galerie des Glaces

SA: Whilst you’re not working, your favourite place to va-cay?
Jeff: 
That would have to be Anguilla in the Caribbean.

SA: 2 of your favourite restaurants in Paris are…..
Jeff:
1) The bar at the hotel costes
2) Monsieur Bleu (even in Paris I like to find new and exciting Mexican restaurants!)

Beauty Interviews

Bobbi Brown

What’s your connection between beauty and health? Personally, I choose to live a very healthy lifestyle and food plays a huge part in helping me feel my best. I’m a big fan of eating healthy and exercising—wellness in general is a passion of mine, and has been since I started my career. So much of …

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Liberty Watson (Watson x Watson)

Over Mercedes Benz Fashion week we caught up with Liberty Watson, one half of the talented duo behind Sydney-based label Watson x Watson. Founded with her sister, Somer Watson, the label came back stronger than ever this season.

SA: What has inspired your collection for this season?

Liberty: We’ve been inspired by those unexpected nights out that turn into the best nights of your life! We’re both suffering serious disco fever! Combined with a few travel influences, Liberty in Holland and Somer in Mayanmar, we’ve combined blue and white cottage inspired prints, modern day clogs and different textures, all with an amazing statement earring from our collaboration with Fiel Sol.

SA: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Liberty: We draw our inspiration from the items that are missing in our wardrobes. Those pieces you want, yet can’t seem to find anywhere. We both have busy lives, we are well travelled and need our wardrobes to have versatility and quality pieces that will transfer from day to night – items that have a timesless-ness about them.

SA: How did Watson x Watson first come about?

Liberty: I was in Positano with a Campari in hand, I called Somer when she was in London and said ‘are you in?’. She didn’t even have to ask what I was talking about. We figured we could make our passion for high quality fashion a career and here we are four years later, doing our 4th runway show and we know the brand’s DNA better than ever.

SA: What aesthetics do you prefer to work with and where do you source them?

Liberty: We are so proud to make our product here in Australia locally – sometimes only 10kms up the road – something we can keep a very close eye on quality-wise.

SA: What should we expect to see for this collection?

Liberty: Expect a party and everyday luxury.

SA: Your favourite way to unwind?

Liberty: A glass of Laurent Perrier with my husband – we live at North Bondi, so finding a patch of grass to drink, eat and laugh is bliss. I also love to throw on my Nike’s and work out – it’s like hitting the refresh button for me. Somer will indulge in yoga class with her beautiful friend and awesome teacher Pursia Juliette. If she had a full afternoon off, then she’ll stress herself out by cooking for as many people that can fit into her lounge room.

SA: How do you balance your busy schedule?

Liberty: We don’t! There’s never enough time between partners, friends and incredible family – my sleep is always shorter than it should be!

SA: Best place to holiday for you is?

Liberty: Europe – I love to skip around from St Tropez to Italy to Holland and get my sunshine during the Australian winter.

SA: Favorite quote of yours?

Liberty: “No-one can reject love” – if someone looks like they’re having a bad day, I just pour it on them. I seem to have an endless supply!

SA: Most iconic style figure for you would be?

Liberty: Voluptuous, sexy women inspire me – fashion can be simple. I’m still fascinated by women like Marilyn Monroe or Bridgette Bardot – sometimes you see past their spectacular looks and get a sense of what their personalities were really like.

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