22 Aug 2014

HE SELLS SEASHELLS: INTERVIEW WITH OTIS CAREY


Let's talk about Otis. After our trip to Bali at the end of last year, I was driving in the car with my boyfriend and he was reading about Otis Carey in Waves Magazine. The whole surfing culture is very new to me (to the point where my boyfriend had to explain to me in detail what "swell" was...yeah). But keen to learn and abandon my kook-ass ways, I asked about Otis and my boyfriend read to me an excerpt.  From the excerpt, I understood Otis Carey was an indigenous Australian free-surfer, who dressed like a boss, surfed like a boss and had his own original type of surfboard, the Mermaid Killer. As my boyfriend read on, I was really moved by what I heard and wanted to speak to Otis myself.  A (extremely bizarre) long story short, we met by chance and had a few beers in Thirroul one night and I subsequently got to know a lot more about Otis Carey. I hope you enjoy this little insight into Otis' world...

B&B: Let's start with the Mermaid Killer. For those who don't already know, what is it, and what makes it awesome? 
OC: Well, I've been surfing for about 20 years now and I've always been interested in smaller boards and weird shapes.  So about a year ago my shaper, Dave Howell, and myself started experimenting with a few different shapes which, in the end, we ended up with the Mermaid Killer. The Mermaid Killer is a small surfboard shaped in a way that not many other surfboards are shaped.  It's very small and very narrow.  I guess it's just such a rad board because of the shape. Here is a link where you can watch how it surfs http://vimeo.com/81686178.

B&B: The best thing about free surfing?
OC: The best thing about free surfing is the freedom of doing whatever you want.  There's no criteria on what I have to do when I go surfing, I get to be who I want to be and express myself as freely as I want. I'm fortunate enough that I don't have to slog away at competitions. Another good thing about free surfing is that I get to spend a lot of time with family.


B&B: Where's your favourite spot to surf?
OC: I feel so free in the ocean I love surfing wherever I'm surfing.  In saying that, I do feel most connected to the ocean when I'm surfing back in my home town of Coffs Harbour. Another special place that I like to go to and surf is Black Rock.

B&B: Any hot tips for budding young surfers trying to make a career out of it?
OC: No matter how hard you try you'll never get to where you want to be in life if your not enjoying every moment of it. It's not an easy thing to make a career out of surfing, but as long as you enjoy it to the fullest and stay positive you'll eventually get there. And, eat your vegetables.

B&B: When you're not in the water, what are you wearing?
OC: I mainly wear clothes...(laughs). I dunno. I've been digging wearing all black lately and just changing up my shoe colours.

B&B: Favourite Australian label(s) or store(s)?
OC: It's been so long since I actually went shopping for clothes. I'd have to say my favourite store to shop in would be Half Sleeve in the city. I don't have a favourite Australian label but Stolen Girlfriends Club from New Zealand would be my favourite label. Plus, those guys are the raddest humans ever.


B&B: How did you come to model for Chic Management? Is that something you'd like to focus on more?
OC: A few years ago I went into the Chic office to meet everyone and it went from there. It's definitely something I'd like to focus more on - I enjoy doing it.  It's easy and you get paid very well.  And no, I don't live off cheese and lettuce.  My diet is beer and surfing.

B&B: Your artwork has a very raw, almost tattoo-inspired aesthetic. How do you come up with the subject matter?
OC: I just draw what I see in my head. I dunno, for me it's more of an expression on land. I just enjoy creating things. A lot of my stuff is inspired by music, friends or my surroundings.

B&B: Something not a lot of people would know about you?
OC: Before pursuing surfing, I wanted to design jewellery. And I really, really, really want to learn how to play the piano.

B&B: What is the story behind your chest tattoo?
OC: My chest tattoo of three horse heads represents my 2 brothers and my sister.  I also get a sense of feeling grounded from it.


B&B: One of your icons?
OC: Oscar Billy Wright

B&B: Describe your ideal weekend away. 
OC: Staying in cabins on a river with family and the beach that's over the hill is pumping. With the fridge full of fruit, beer, meat for the barbeque and cheesecake. Haaaawwwwwwwww.

B&B: You've fronted a few magazines, modelled, created some kickass art, surfed and starred in your own movie, just to name a few. What has been one of your biggest career highlights so far?
OC: I'd say it's all a highlight. Everything I've accomplished is a highlight for me.

B&B: Greatest lesson you've learnt?
OC: I grew up with parents that always said to me, ''as long as your happy, we are happy''. So for me that was the biggest lesson I've learnt and probably the biggest lesson I'll ever learn. Be yourself and do what makes you happy.

Images via Jason Ierace, Dolores Lavin Management and Stab Magazine 

20 Aug 2014

THERE'S A STORM COMING

Top and pants by HAN, Billini sandals, Sportsgirl hat

While we were shooting this outfit, the sky above was a heavy, deep grey.  We felt a few sporadic drops hit our skin, so I said to my brother, Nick "we should probably head back to the car".  Not a moment sooner, what sounded like a mass stampede hurriedly surged toward us and, simultaneously, we were pelleted with massive drops of rain. We were running and screaming back toward the car - it felt like something from a movie.  It was one of those rare and beautiful moments, where I felt alive. And was thankful for just that.  

10 Apr 2014

SOMERSAULT

Mavi jeans, Alice in the Eve crop top 

It's not all that often you find comfortable, goodlooking and fitting jeans with a friendly price tag.  I'm new to the Mavi club but I am so into these babies.  I'm a black, highwaisted skinnies girl from way back and the pair I'm pictured in tick every goddamn box and more. As the days are growing colder, everyone is reaching for their jeans and knits. Do yourself a favour and join the club.

23 Mar 2014

CULOTTE OF LOVE


I recently teamed up with fan favourite boohoo.com for their latest blogger campaign #OWNIT, which is all about wearing key trend pieces differently and, essentially, owning the shit out of them.

The houndstooth culottes were my chosen piece. Worn right*, they're a nice refreshing and elegant throwback pant - and so damn corporately badass!

Due to their heavily retro nature, I thought I'd pair them with a nude pussybow blouse and matching Lennon-esque sunnies and get all American Hustley.

For the second look, I took my cues from the likes of Gwen Stefani and went for monochromatic hip hop (I just neglected to don the midriff because, well, I'm not Gwen Stefani).

*NB: Culottes should only ever be worn with a heel, unless you plan on offending everybody's eyes.

18 Mar 2014

HAVE LOVE WILL TRAVEL: INTERVIEW WITH KYLIE DADSON OF BEAU IN THE WOODS


 Sublimely personal and nostalgic designer, Kylie Dadson is all about celebrating memories surrounding family and travel.  With pieces truly from the heart, Dadson's label Beau In The Woods, is the perfect culmination of her two biggest loves - photography and fashion.  Her resort collection, titled Summer Breaks in Miami Bitch, is a more fun, free-spirited and retro take on the label's general aesthetic, featuring bright rainbow block colours contrasted against heavenly pastels and prints, and inspired by New York City blossoms, Barbie’s house and Bali’s turquoise pool waters.

B&B: How did you come up with the title for your resort collection, Summer Breaks in Miami Bitch?

KD: The LMFAO song had a definite influence!  I couldn't get it out of my head whilst designing the collection so just threw it in last minute!  Summer Breaks is our signature print of this collection - a polaroid-esque print story based around photos from my own collection (and family!) and also a few of our favourite "pins" of dreamy, beach inspired summer holidays.

B&B: What do you try and achieve with each new collection you unveil?

KD: I just want people to feel happy wearing it really! We love telling the stories behind each print and then having our Beau Girls looking at their own personal photos in a new way. It's fabulous when people are out doing their thing and then they snap something on their phone and bring it in to show us. I had a gorgeous customer recently tell me I should go to Papa New Guinea to photograph the bananas for a print … um, yes I would love to! A lot of the feedback we receive [about the collections] is that it reminds people of their own holidays and we always hear people passing on the stories to others. That's pretty fab!


B&B: Describe the ultimate Beau Girl.

KD: She just does her own thing.  I do have a few favourites, lots actually, but one girl in particular… she originally wore one of our printed jumpsuits to her school formal.  She is now a few years out of school and into the world, travelling around, doing her thing.  This season she wore our resort pants with the matching cami and loved the print so much she bought the dress too!  This kind of describes our girl - she is constantly discovering who she is, she is confident in her travels and has an open mind to the world. Basically she just rocks what she loves and loves what she does.

B&B: Travel plays such a mammoth part in your inspiration for designing – where has been your favourite travel destination to date?

KD: That is definitely the most hardest question to answer! I love everywhere that I go! Countries where you learn about another culture and completely changes your view are just the best. India, my most recent trip, definitely did that for me.  The history just blew my mind and the people are so, so lovely. The food, the textiles, the landscape, the sounds, the chai - oh so much! I am literally craving in my bones to go back. We did north to south in 3 weeks.  I would definitely say don't allow any less than 6 weeks if you plan go.


B&B: Where are you off to next?

KD: I really really want to go to Mexico and Cuba- take a million pics and fill my suitcases with embroidery. Kick it off by flying into LA and driving down to Vegas. But that trip will need a bit of time to take off/save/convince my husband/friends so I think Japan might be a little more realistically on the cards! Domestically, I love going to Tasmania.  It really is so amazingly beautiful.

B&B: You've collaborated with Col Ellis and for your last collection, artist Matt Stewart. Are there any other collaborations lined up for 2014?

KD: I have been working with a gorgeous artist from Byron Bay, Kristel Warton.  She created this amazing abstract artwork which we are currently sampling as a print for SS14/15.  As much as I love the boys, it's so much fun collaborating with a girl and obsessing over dresses together!

B&B: Top 3 creatives you would love to work with, dead or alive?

KD: Jenny Kee - I have the biggest print crush on her!  Sophia Webster, her shoes I think I love more than some people I know (joking!), and Roy Lichtenstein for the 60's speech bubbles!

B&B: In what direction do you hope to see Beau In The Woods in 5 years' time?

KD: Ideally, I hope to grow our online business to service summers all over the world.  It's an exciting time to be in the fashion industry at the moment, kind of like being in a huge crowd and jumping up and down to see who will notice what you are wearing… only time will tell!

To find out more about Beau In The Woods or to get your shop on, visit www.beauinthewoods.com