April 2010

Tina Kalivas’ World

We take an exclusive sneak peak at Tina Kalivas‘ A/W European collection sold only OS but is currently being transformed and developed into an Australian S/S collection that will be available in September.

Photos: Tanja Bruckner courtesy of Tina Kalivas

I asked Tina about the inspiration for the Totem collection…
“Unfortunately I did not go to the American desert and observe the sky and the stars as the Native Americans would have… but I was so inspired by their culture and beliefs so I went there in my mind!  I always think it’s good to turn to your imagination when you can’t physically go somewhere.”

Costume Tina Kalivas designed for the Japanese movie Goemon

” I love Costume Design…  My first job in London was working at premier Costume House ‘Angels and Bermans’ which was five expansive floors of costumes from Tudor, Elizabethan, Victorian, it had an ethnic room, a corset and crinoline section, a huge armour and military department the list goes on and on.  It not only became the foundation of my design but a total education.  More recently I worked in Japan for 6 months on the Japanese movie Goemon. It was rather insane creating these massive sci-fi ancient Japanese costumes and seeing them filmed with Japan’s most famous movie stars in front of a green screen… a totally surreal unique experience.  What was even more crazy was being nominated Best Costume Designer at the Asian Film Awards… so much fun.”

Tina and I then talked about spirituality and superstition….

“I am quite a deep thinker so I tend to mix many creative layers and influences together.  Superstitions are so fascinating, and when you look into what makes different cultures tick a lot of the time it comes down to what they believe in and superstitions. I myself believe in many things, mainly karma but like everyone else am still trying to work things out!”


Karen Elson

I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately I’m looking for tracks to back the mini movies we are making for Style Me Romy. Then I came across model Karen Elson doing no wrong in this clip, the voice, the look and she can play the guitar! I think being the wife of Jack White really suits her -he was just here touring Australia with band, The Dead Weather. Magical.


Bulgari years of bling

The Bulgari event at the National Gallery in Victoria was a sea of black. A good majority of guests dressed head to toe in black- which is usually the case in Melbourne- making the jewellery stand out at the launch of the Vintage Jewellery Exhibition, Between History and Eternity:1884-2009. The jewels were breathtaking.

All Photos: Marnie Haddad

Harper’s BAZAAR Editor, Edwina McCann and I

Bulgari’s Trent Power


Zimmermann hits NYC

Zimmermann just keeps popping up, literally. The Soho store, in downtown NYC, opened a few days ago piled high with bikinis to make a huge splash in the Hampton’s this summer.

Photo: Daniel King

Pictured here on their home turf are Zimmermann’s creative team, Art Director Louisa Gent and Make up artist Jodie Boland. Zimmermann’s New York summer store is located at 112 Greene Street, New York.

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