What’s been your favourite show from this year?
My favourite show has definitely been Romance Was Born. I’ve been working with them almost since they started themselves and it’s just such a pleasure to work with the team. Anna and Luke are always brilliant and this year with their collaboration with Del Katherine Barton made it so special. I’m actually a big fan of her work as well. She painted my body for the catwalk this year so I had a fantastic afternoon hanging out with one of my idols and then being about to wear that on the catwalk was something really special for me.
How do you survive fashion week?
Survival in Fashion Week for me is all about finding you friends. One of my best friends is over from England doing the shows this year and it’s been such a pleasure who find her backstage and find the laughs between the shows.
Any weird and wonderful encounters?
I think perhaps the strangest moment during Fashion Week was having my body painted and being naked on the catwalk. It’s definitely not something I feel shy about but there is nothing that can really prepare you in being take in front of a room full of people.
The always amazingOllie Hendersonshines in ‘Art Class‘ for the latest issue of Marie Claire. Alongside fellow artist Wendy Sharpe, Ollie brings a solid fashion streak to Sharpe’s Sydney studio, we’re loving this shoot!
Kim Leutwyler has just been announced a finalist in this year’s
The Archibald is awarded annually to the best portrait,
‘preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters,
science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia,’ and
is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW.
Leutwyler’s portrait is of her good friend, our top model and activist, Ollie Henderson.
The Story Behind the Portrait
The Subject: “The subject is a friend of mine, who also
happens to be a an activist, designer and one of Australia’s top models,
Ollie Henderson. This 24 year old has received global recognition for
founding fashion label and youth empowerment project House of Riot. She
uses fashion as a vehicle for encouraging young people to start
productive conversations about social change in Australia. House of Riot
started in the form of 100 hand painted T-shirts with positive
political slogans worn by her friends in between runway shows at Fashion
Week Australia, 2014
To read more about Kims inspiration, why she chose Ollie & how the works came about then click here. The portrait of Ollie will be on display at the Art Gallery of NSW from July 18 until late September. Then the exhibition will be displayed at another 6 galleries across Australia…!
Congratulations to you Kim. We’re in love with your work!
Ollie spoke about the power of fashion in
political engagement and ways to make political issues more accessible
and engaging for a younger audience. Throughout the day GetUp!, Youth Without Borders, Agency, New Matilda and many more spoke alongside Ollie, which in itself is pretty damn cool.
“Jane Birkin was portrayed as a wild sex
kitten and she had amazing style that has been timeless — her pictures
from the 60s are still fashionable today. I think she is amazing and it
was so fun to play dress up and be a bit naughty for the camera haha!” – Anthea
“I portrayed Lauryn Hill in this amazing
shoot. Lauren is an amazing woman and has had a great career as a whole.
It was fun because she is someone I look up to and have loved for
years. She has always been controversial and consistently speaks her
mind. Through her music and career choice Lauryn always looks to speak
to her fans and really truly inspire. I loved her performance in the Sister Act 2
and I think that when I truly looked into her life and career. In this
shoot we focused on her 90s style — her hairstyle and natural make-up
choices. I had heaps of fun…It was so much fun portraying this
incredible icon. I hope she sees this shoot. I think Natalia did an
amazing job with this project and I’m glad she chose me to be a part of
it.” – Yaya
“Madonna will always be the
undeniable queen of pop — a label given to her not only due to the
popularity of her music but also her controversially outrageous antics
that caused international mania and idolisation. To me, Madonna is a
fearless entertainer who has always dared to venture into territory that
is considered, perhaps, taboo. I would argue that it is this quality
that has driven her career to span over decades. Everyone loves a sassy
maverick!” – Sophia
“I look at Sade and see a woman oozing
with confidence and sex appeal. It’s empowering to see a woman be so
compelling in such an understated manner.” – Olivia
“Siouxie has always been a great
inspiration to me, the strength in her voice and performance along with
her dynamic aesthetic and powerful attitude gives me courage. Having the
opportunity to embody her spirit in imagery was a wonderful
experience.” – Ollie