Heaven Has Heels February Issue

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ISSUE 9 february 2014

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contents STYLE

From work to play, check out our favorite style picks to keep you looking glam on the go.

FRONT ROW FASHION Make every week fashion week with these front-row worthy accessories.

WHAT’S YOUR SUPER POWER? We ask some of our favorite style icons what super power they’d most like to posses.

THE EVOLUTION OF 3D PRINTING Is this the beginning of the next industrial revolution?

HIGH HEEL HYPNOTIST Take a closer look at the architecturallyinspired designs of Tea Petrovic.

INSPIRED DESIGN We talk technology with innovative jewelry designer Iza Grun.

THESE HEELS WERE MADE FOR WALKING Our Editor-In-Chief, Angela Gilltrap, heads Down Under to discover a new generation of accessory superstars.

RING IN THE NEW YEAR Maintaining an artisan philosophy while embracing technology is all in a day’s work for inspiring designer Linnie Mclarty.


Effortlessly stylish, we put Australian fashion and lifestyle blogger Connie Cao of K is for Kani in our Well Heeled Hot Seat.

SHOP Sit back, relax and let your fingers do the walking with the best of this season’s heavenly heels.

HEAVEN HAS HEELS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Angela Gilltrap CREATIVE DIRECTOR Amanda Smythe PHOTO DIRECTOR James Collins COPY EDITOR Sarah Wilkes WEB DESIGNER Kris Black CONTRIBUTORS Stephen Ciuccoli, Dominic Elias, Nigel Isaiah, Kerri Jarema, Diana Lomelin, Paolo Prisco, Nicole Ross, Albert Sanchez, Brandon Showers, Bao Tranchi

Heaven Has Heels magazine is published by Lot 17 Media, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020. 212 378 6711. The entire contents of Heaven Has Heels are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Heaven Has Heels accepts no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts and/or photographs and assumes no liability for products or services advertised herein. Heaven Has Heels reserves the right to edit, rewrite, refuse or reuse material, is not responsible for errors or omissions and may feature same on HeavenHasHeels.com, as well as other mediums for any and all purposes.

ON THE COVER: Dita Von Teese wearing 3D printed dress courtesy of Shapeways Photographer: Albert Sanchez


RUNWAY collect

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or me, international flights are the last frontier when it comes to disconnecting. They are the only place where I can’t be reached.

I love the time away from the world where I am forced to live without the distractions of technology­­­—­­to think, reflect and yes, even watch a b-grade movie or two without the slightest pang of guilt. During my technological-exile, I read an old fashion book, I devour a magazine cover-to-cover and I get re-inspired. In a world where some of our closest relationships are played out virtually; where we can build an empire without leaving our bedroom and become friends without ever having met, we felt it was worth exploring the role technology plays in our lives as consumers, creators and lovers of fashion. For accessory designer Linny Mclarty, it’s about taking advantage of technology while maintaining an artisan feel; for footwear designer Tea Petrovic, it’s about maintaining artistic control and for most of us, it’s about immediate gratification whether it’s an online purchase or connecting with a friend. However technology affects your world, we hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed creating it.


Angela Gilltrap


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DAVIDELFIN Bet it All ESSIE nail polish in Russian Roulette. Available at Essie.com Style Chase Monserat De Lucca Pac Man necklace. Available at Shopbop.com

Roll the Dice Atelier Swarovski by Fredrikson Stallard Medium ring in Light Siam. Available at Swarovski.com


GAME PLAY Racy Royalty IRON FIST Queen of Hearts in Red. Available at Heels.com

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The Golden Rule Marc by Marc Jacobs Know When To Fold Em’ Nicky bag. Available at Zappos.com

Eye on Style KATE Spade New York Goreski Glasses necklace. Available at Couture.Zappos.com

Carry On Cambridge Satchel 15� Music satchel. Available at Shopbop.com


Power Walk Elizabeth and James Vino Lizard Print Leather pumps. Available at Couture.Zappos.com

Street Strut Diane Von Furstenberg Urban Cutout Sling sandals. Available at Couture.Zappos.com

Jungle Love Roberto Cavalli Pony Mary Jane pump. Available at Couture.Zappos.com

FRONT ROWfash Take a front row seat wherever you may be, thanks to these great style picks. From heavenly heels to cadaverous clutches, why not make every week fashion week?

2013 International Woolmark Prize Final Front Row: (L to R) Natalie Massenet, Victoria Beckham, Diane Von Furstenberg, Donatella Versace, Franca Sozzani, Tim Blanks, Woolmark CEO Stuart McCullough at the 2013 International Woolmark Prize Final at ME London on February 16, 2013 in London, England.


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CLICK to buy... Elizabeth and James Damen Sunglasses $225.00

Diane Von Furstenberg On The Go Mini Cross Body Tote $295.00

Eddie Borgo Pave Wing Open Work Hinged Ring $475.00

B Brian Atwood Lodosa Ankle Strap Lace up Bootie $450.00

Giuseppe Zanotti Seta Pois Nero Bianco $775.00 B Brian Atwood Levens Cutout Booties $425.00

Elizabeth and James Northern Star Tip Soft Bracelet Gold Plated $450.00

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Badgley Mischka Alba Mirrior Clutch $157.99

Paul Andrew Zenadia Satin Pumps $695.00

Juliet & Company Petite Foret Necklace $75.00

LOVE MoschiNO Wedge Laceup Boots $225.00 Jason Wu Strappy Snakeskin Booties $1,395.00

ZAC Zac Posen Eartha Top Handle Azure $550.00

Glam Rock 40mm Rose Gold Plated Watch $1,195.00

Elizabeth Cole Jordane Ear Cuff $148.00

IF YOU HAD Superpowers... Photographed by BRANDON SHOWERS Styled by BAO TRANCHI From mind control to x-ray vision, technology is quickly closing the gap between what is human and what is super human. In this, our technology issue, we asked some our our favorite style icons: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

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mport. Export. Retail. Wholesale. Photo shoots. Fashion Weeks. Campaigns. Collections... Superman never had to deal with this kind of pressure. With long days and busy nights, we asked some of our favorite designers if they had one superpower, what would it be?

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RUTHIE DAVIS Designer/President Ruthie Davis RUTHIEDAVIS.COM “The ability to clone myself and be in a million places at once—this business is tough and even tougher in high heels! I would only need three clones total. This way I could be in Italy working on the design and production of my shoes, in New York City working on the sales, marketing and running the business of my shoes and in Los Angeles working with the stylists and celebrities who wear my shoes!”

STEVEN LAGOS Founder & Creative director lagos jewelry LAGOS.com “My super power is to be able to instantly transport myself from place to place (ala Star Trek Transporter). Beam me up Scotty…”

SANDRA CORREIA FOUNDER/MENTOR pelcor pelcorusa.COM “My superpower would be the power to heal the human soul.”

MODEL POWER BAO TRANCHI jumpsuit. Makeup: DOMINIC ELIAS Hair: DIANA lomelin Models: Alison stepka for LA MODELS

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“My superpower would be to fly. I love the idea of being at any point of the world in a quick way—with no traffic.”

“I would love to fly so I could fly above the most beautiful places in the world and feel free.”



“To control time. That way I could go back to the past to some of the best moments of my life and travel to the future to see what’s next.”

PAULO SILVA “My superpower would be mind control. Ideally to persuade people to be a little less dumb & self-centered.”

“I would like to have Thor’s super power to defeat all the bad people that exist in the world.”

DOMINIKA RATAJCZAK “My superpower would definitely be teleportation!”

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Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

FERN MALLIS INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT “My super power would be the power of healing.”

SIMON COLLINS DEAN SCHOOL OF FASHION, PARSONS “A nice ray—the power to stare at anyone and make them behave nicely.”

EDUARDA ABBONDANZA DIRECTOR OF MODALISBOA LISBON FASHION WEEK “To be able to teleport myself to anywhere in the world.”

DAVID M WATTS DESIGNER BUSINESS SUPPORT ADVISER THE BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL “With my mind I could turn the color black, into any bright floral print!”

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hey are the unsung heroes of the fashion world enabling the talent of tomorrow and the design stars of today, to shine brightly on the international stage. In between development meetings and inspirational talks, we found out what some of fashions heavy hitters wished for should they be given one superpower.

Dita Von Teese wearing 3D printed dress courtesy of Shapeways Photographer: Albert Sanchez

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ould a printer be responsible for the next industrial revolution? According to author, Christopher Barnatt, the answer is a resounding yes. In fact, he wrote the book on it 3D Printing: The Next Industrial Revolution. Barnatt is a firm believer, as are many industry leaders, that 3D printing is changing the way we look at manufacturing the world over. “The current economic model is based on the remote, mass-production of goods (often by subtractive manufacturing methods) that are stored and shipped in the hope that somebody will actually want to buy them,” explains Barnatt. “3D printing enables more local production, with less material wastage, in a world in which we will increasingly have to consume less and value more.” The first working 3D printer was created in the early 1980s by Charles (Chuck) Hull, founder of 3D Systems Corporation. He coined (and patented) stereolithography, also known as solid imaging. It wasn’t until the early 2010s however, that 3D printing became more widely available thanks to its afford-ability. Since then, various industries have begun to experiment with the capabilities of 3D printing with great success. So how does it work? As with all design, it begins with a concept. Using animation modeling software, a designer creates a 3D blueprint of the object they’d like to create. The program then divides the object into digital cross-sections so the printer is able to build it layer upon layer. The cross-sections act as guides for the printer,

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so that the object is the exact shape and size required. Once the design is completed, the blueprint is sent to a 3D printer with the standard file extension of .STL (for “stereolithography” or “Standard Tessellation Language”). The printer then goes to work. Known as “additive” manufacturing—meaning it creates an object by adding materials layer by layer compared to “subtractive” manufacturing where an object is constructed by cutting raw material into a desired shape—the next step is for the designer to choose in which material the desired object will be created. The type of printer can determine which materials a product can be “printed’ from rubber and plastics to metals and more. A single object can take hours or days to finish. Shapeways, a 3D marketplace and community boasts two “Fantasy Factories”—one in Long Island, N.Y., the other in Eindhoven, The Netherlands­—where they bring to life the designs of 3D pioneers. They have witnessed the ways in which the capabilities of 3D printing has inspired designers to push the boundaries of conception. “In the fashion world, we’re seeing designers use materials you wouldn’t normally think of, like nylon plastic to make amazing, insane, wearables.” A great example, the stunning 3D printed dress modeled by Dita Von Teese. “Unlike having traditional fabric to work with, when a designer sees the capabilities

of 3D Printing, they often become amazed with the technology and as such, work to push the boundaries of what we think is possible. I’m amazed with the items these designers have made to date and really think we’ll continue to see more designers using this technology to make incredible things.” Blair Gardner, co-founder of 3D NYC Lab, has witnessed first hand how the design industry is utilizing the many advantages of 3D printing. “With 3D printing, designers are able to become much more agile,” says Gardner. “They can prototype designs within hours or days and more effectively judge demand for their designs and iterate them through many different versions until they find the exact right fit. Speaking directly to wearables, it’s easy to imagine a place where bespoke products become the norm instead of the expensive outlier. If I have good measurements of a client’s foot, wrist or other body part, it’s really not much more difficult to print something specifically to fit them vs. printing more standardized sizes. Designers can move from a “one size fits all” or “several sizes fit most” to a “designed to fit” model.” Apart from customization and speed, it’s the economics that holds widespread appeal to companies both big and small. “3D Printing enables you to be inventory free,” explains Shapeways. “Designers can now make exactly what their customers are ordering which enables them to experiment more,” “Already, there are thousands of designers selling their wares by uploading CAD files to bureaus such as Shapeways, i.materialise or Sculpteo,” says Barnatt. “Customers then purchase items

from the designers’ stores on these sites, and the bureau 3D prints and ships them. This is a totally new business model.” Today, the current market for 3D printing is around $1.7 billion and that number is expected to reach $3.7 billion by 2015. 3D printers once priced at $20,000 are now being modified to allow for future models to retail for under $1,000. It is however, not without controversy as copyright protection and production of items such as home made weapons remain high on the list of concerns. But what does this technology mean for the footwear industry? “In terms of the 3D printing of shoes,” says Barnatt. “A key issue will be the development of new materials. People keep saying to me that shoes will never be 3D printed, because 3D printers can only output plastic. Well, already we can 3D print in plastics, metals, ceramics, chocolate, living human cells—and I’ve also seen shoes 3D printed in felt-like materials. In the future we will develop new materials that work well for 3D printing—so future shoes may be 3D printed out of flexible, breathable nanocomposites and that perhaps locally fermented in vats using synthetic biology.” Sources at Shapeways agree, “We’re still in the early stages of seeing how this technology will impact the shoe industry, but I predict that as materials become more sophisticated, we’ll see more up and coming designers embracing the technology, as we’re already seeing with jewelry industry.” — NICOLE ROSS





t’s not unusual to find shoe designers who are drawn to the craft thanks to their love for an architectural aesthetic. For Sarajevo-born footwear designer and artist Tea Petrovic, that same idea definitely rings true. Much of her work utilizes sharp lines and avant garde shapes that wouldn’t be out of place in a museum; which is pretty much what she was going for when she created them. “[My] shoes are sculptures inspired by architecture and constructivism art. Their comfort and functionality weren’t of primary importance; from the very beginning these shoes were conceived as forms of artistic language and sculpture,” says Petrovic. “[An] artistic spirit, architectural and sculptural approach would make it possible for the shoes, should they ever be produced, to be worn as small pieces of art.” First turning to shoe making in 2009 for her graduation

project from The Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo, Petrovic’s collection “Extended Ego” boasts three different shoe designs—the Architectural shoe, Linear Constructions and Wings/Variations. Each of the pieces are made in minimalist white, utilizing architectural lines, structural experimentation and unique materials like plastic and wire to create the breathtaking prototypes. But what drew a non-commercial artist like Petrovic to show design in the first place? The answer is a little surprising. She first created a pair of boots just for herself, but quickly discovered that the allure of shoemaking held something more creatively stimulating than just filling her own closet. “I like the freedom of creating unusual and aesthetic shapes for the female foot,” says Petrovic. “Especially footwear with high heels has a certain look to them that makes me almost hypnotized.” And it’s a good thing she discovered HEAVEN HAS HEELS february 2014

expression because the design industry has certainly taken notice, receiving her designs with a mix of awe and curiosity. The fledgling designer has already learned that the timehonored creation of crafting shoes is a difficult skill to master—perhaps the reason she has only produced one full collection at this time. “For me the biggest problem is the production of the shoe. I am a perfectionist, and I want everything to be perfect,” says Petrovic. “I wish I could make the shoes myself, but I don’t have the required skills unfortunately... designing them is a joy.” Still, citing “work, work, work” as the ingredients necessary for exceptional design, Petrovic seems to have a handle on what it takes to make it in the design industry, despite maintaining “[I am] actually not sure [what I will do next.] I will design shoes for sure, but I am [also] working on other spheres of design.” Whether or not she decides to design shoes that are wearable (and shopable) remains to be seen but what we know for sure is that whatever projects she works on, they will have the signature appeal of Petrovic’s already powerful aesthetic—a strong artistic intent, beautiful attention to detail and a love for shoes and design that we know all too well. — KERRI JAREMA


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rom architecture to jewelry designer, founder of IZ4 fine art jewelry, Iza Grun, creates a spectacular collection of nature-inspired jewelry utilizing the latest in 3D printing technology. A qualified architect, Grun was first introduced to 3D design during her studies and honed her skills working as a designer for Wim Delvoye Studio. “During my four years in the Wim Delvoye studio, I became accustomed with most of the phases of 3D printing,” explains Grun. “Each delivery from the 3D printing company got everyone excited and eager to asses and comment on the latest piece.” Pushing the boundaries of what the technology can do, Grun works with 3D printers Shapeways to build her collection and bring it to the

international market. “3D printing technology didn’t change the way I design,” says Grun. “Rather, its potential is defining my creative choices. Like in any other art medium, I think one must first internalize the fundamental means, techniques and possibilities the medium in question offers. I try to chase those geometric challenges that are only possible to materialize through the 3D printing technology, as it seems to me that this is the most rewarding way of working with it.” With a passion, knowledge and expertise for this new technology many may ask, why use a third party at all? Why not invest in a 3D printer and cut out the middle man all together? “Contrary to popular belief, high quality 3D printing is not accessible for the large public, nor is it for small emerging businesses,” explains Grun. “The amazing results

such as gold, silver, bronze or stainless steel, are only possible through extremely expensive 3D printers, and most importantly— quite a lot of highly-qualified artisanal labor. This, as well as the fact that the process of making and preparing the digital files for the printer, is rather nerdy, makes 3D printing quite unaccessible to the large public.” Saying that, Grun is the first to point out the advantages of 3D printing for emerging designers. “The potential 3D printing technology holds and the opportunities it creates for new designers is absolutely amazing,” touts Grun. “I hate to disagree with a lot of folks here, but it is far from being passé. On the contrary, the technology is evolving everyday. 3D printing materials are constantly being experimented with, and every other month there is a new one available for designers.”

as size, and level of detail of the various materials are being pushed further and further,” she adds. “In fact, I quite enjoy creating pieces that are on the edge of those limits, and each time I am astonished by the results. Areas of application for the 3D printing technology are being discovered and explored intensely—3D printed houses, 3D printed meat and 3D printed organs, as we all know make for the latest titles in geeky news.” So what’s next for this innovative designer? “Right now I am fascinated by the idea of creating a piece of jewelery composed of a precious metal and precious stones that needs no traditional fittings,” she says. “I’d like to offer to those who choose to wear IZ4 jewelery, the chance to make the final piece possible themselves, through a simple irreversible gesture of inserting the precious stone inside a beautiful ‘cage’ of intricate ornaments, that will hold it safe forever.” — A.G.

“The technical limitations such


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Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia Photographer: Masaru Kitano snaK Productions



he stark contrast between Australia and the U.S. is never more evident than when you board a plane in a heat wave and disembark in a snow storm. I should know. Since trading my Beach Road, Bondi Beach apartment for a five floor walk-up in Harlem, New York, I’m made this journey every year for eight years. Each time I return, I fall in love all over again. Regardless of where you come from, it’s easy to overlook homegrown talent. I’ve found that living overseas has given me a greater appreciation of the tenacity of Australian designers. Yes, geographically we are far from the epicenters

of industry but this has its advantages. Australians are tenacious, humble, welleducated and adventurous. We are travelers who traverse the globe to acquire a trade; to be inspired; to grow and to learn. We are a mixture of cultures all combining to form our own aesthetic that is hard to replicate. With this in mind, I wanted to shine a light on some extraordinary accessory designers who personify the best of the Australian design aesthetic. Despite what you might have heard, it’s not all beach hair and BBQs, there is a booming industry out there created by a group of talented individuals taking the world by storm. — ANGELA GILLTRAP

MARIPOSSA Launched in 2010, Maripossa is the brain child of self-taught designer Lauren Besser. Guided by experimentation and instinct, each piece is designed and handmade in Australia. What’s playing in your office right now? A rotation of anything Ry Cooder, Gil Scott-Heron, Mulatu Astatke, Karen Dalton and Nancy Sinatra. Describe your current collection in three words: Whimsical, intriguing and a synchronized contrast of heavy metals versus delicate chains—sorry that’s more than three! What’s the best thing about being an Australian label? Being seen as an outcast, the underdog, so far away form the rest of the industry. It can often push one further than they

may have thought capable, in order to achieve and create a presence for themselves. How would you describe the Australian HEAVEN HAS aesthetic? The HEELS Australian fashion/ accessory aesthetic is quite advanced in the sense that many people involved in the industry are not afraid to experiment. We have some amazing talent here and pushing the boundaries is becoming the norm. It really depends where you are in Australia, the aesthetic varies greatly between, say, the cities of Melbourne and Sydney. I don’t think there is one particular aesthetic other than to say it is one of ease.


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Based in Melbourne, Jam Squared Style is the creation of jet setters Jodie Szoeke and Melanie Northover. Their close friendship, passion for exotic locations and experience in all things beautiful is the inspiration behind the brand, something with which we can all relate. What’s playing in your office right now? Fleetwood Mac. We are often found singing along to hits from the past on Jodies’ iPad in Bali. Describe your current collection in three words: Chic, edgy, cool (with a classic twist). What’s the best thing about being an Australian label? Due to our beach culture we get to reflect a lot of color

for our summer collections, oh and the travel—everything seems a lot more exotic when you have to spend hours on a plane getting there! How would you describe the Australian aesthetic? HEAVEN HAS Australia as HEELS a country is considered so geographically removed from the epicenters of fashion, yet we manage to produce fashion forward, effortless, practical pieces that allow us to travel the world in style. Jam Squared Style has that luxe, gypsy, nomad, sophisticated edge that reflects out global travels.


TOM GUNN Meet Gabrielle Thompson and Shannon Gunn, the creative force behind footwear label Tom Gunn. The two joined forces in 2008 frustrated with the lack of original footwear designs hailing from Australia. Having studied fashion, they honed their skills in Milan, mastering the art of accessory design. The result, is a colorful collection of quality footwear that personifies the carefree lifestyle of the Australian fashionista. What’s playing in your office right now? Emma Louise and Head vs Heart. Describe your current collection in three words: Colorful, playful, unique.

What’s the best thing about being an Australian label? Getting to live in this beautiful country and the fact that Australians don’t take things too seriously. HEAVEN HAS HEELS

How would you describe the Australian aesthetic? Laid back, cool and colorful.


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HABBOT Designed in Australia and handmade in Italy, Habbot is the creative brain child of designer Annie Abbot who combines a ‘French’ inspired approach to design with Italian craftsmanship and Australia sensibility. What’s playing in your office right now? Kite Collective. Describe your current collection in three words: Shiny, preppy, summer. What’s the best thing about being an Australian label? That I get to live in Australia to do it! How would you describe the

Australian aesthetic? The Australian aesthetic is such a melting pot of many ideas and themes—in the same way that our young culture is a hybrid mix of other, more mature continents. The aesthetic we subscribe to HEAVEN is a home grown HAS HEELS one of fresh color applied to an earthy base. Australians love color, but they like to balance it with neutrals. Think bright accessories with denim and pony tails! That’s why our boldest colored shoes are set on natural leather soles with neutral laces and skin tone lining materials.



Handmade in Spain and Brazil, The Mode Collective is a premium Australian women’s shoe and accessory label that combines the best of Aussie style with traditional artisan craftsmanship. Launched in August 2013, the Summer 2013 collection is influenced by New York offering a modern twist on classic elegance. What’s playing in your office right now? We’re loving Frank Ocean at the moment.

three words: Cool, classic, chic. What’s the best thing about being an Australian label? Being able to incorporate traditional Australian style in our designs. How would you describe the Australian aesthetic? Easy going and effortless.

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2 BY Lyn & Tony

Inspired by their surroundings, artists Lyn and Tony have been collaborating for over 14 years. Living and working between Sydney and Byron Bay, this highly creative pair showcase their talents through various mediums including photography, art and accessories. With highly covet-able, wearable collections their versatile juxtaposition of materials make these pieces as appropriate for the beach as the boardroom. What’s playing in your office right now? Iron and Wine, Frank Ocean.

in three words: Crisp, gleaming, metallics. What’s the best thing about being an Australian label? The freedom to explore and develop a unique design language. How would you describe the Australian aesthetic? Relaxed and open to inspiration.

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Photographed and styled by Paolo Prisco



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ZARA MONTECARLO coats, jackets, shoes and bags; Vintage accessories Model: ANNA SHTEYN


RING IN “In May 2013, a chemistry student in the U.S.—Zhichang Liu—discovered a way to extract gold using a compound derived from cornstarch as an alternative to cyanide. To me, this is the biggest technological breakthrough, as environmentally this could have unbelievable consequences. What I want to know is—when are we going to start using it?”


eet award-winning designer and jeweler, Linnie Mclarty, whose futuristic creations are entrenched in a personal philosophy that goes beyond style and sensibility. She is one of the first licensees of certified fair-trade, ecological gold, from which 15% of the bullion price is guaranteed to go towards fair wages for miners as well as funding the development of schools, healthcare, fresh water and mid-wives in the surrounding villages dependent on mining as an economical means of survival.

But Mclarty’s foray into jewelry design was not preplanned. “I fell into jewelry design purely by accident,” says Mclarty. A budding film maker, she signed up to an evening filmmaking class and stumbled across the metalwork department. “In film terms I’d now say ‘DISSOLVE TO’ and the next shot would be of me sitting at a work bench making huge silver rings,” laughs Mclarty. “When I realized it was possible to physically work with metal, the ideas just kept coming. It turned out, I was quite good at it, so I went back to university to study silver smithing.” Loaded with symbolism and sentiment, Mclarty attributes her designs to a kind of armor. “We wear jewelry for many different reasons,” she explains. “But ultimately, if it doesn’t make us feel good it isn’t doing its job properly.” Preferring an “old school” approach, Mclarty creates one-


new year LINNIE MCLARTY offs and small jewelry runs utilizing technology in various ways to enhance the quality of her creations. “I recently invented a new kind of brooch fastening which I wanted to be very clean looking and quite pristine,” she says. “I wanted it to have a manufactured look and feel, rather than handmade. The CADed version of fastening is a thing of beauty. I used the rapid prototyped master to make a mould and now I can produce in volume.” Spurred on by the prospect of a new year, it seems things may have come full circle for Mclarty who’s looking to expand her international reach with several new projects being added to the calendar. “I’m always excited by the prospect of a new year, it spurs me on to work that bit harder. I’ve even been asked to feature in a documentary which might be fun, even though I’d feel much more comfortable on the other side of the camera!” — ANGELA GILLTRAP

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well heeled


Effortlessly stylish and eternally chic, we put Australian fashion and lifestyle blogger, Connie Cao of K is for Kani in our Well Heeled Hot Seat. Sequins or Satin? Satin. Flats or Five Inches? Five inches for that extra height. Underdressed or Overdressed? Underdressed: effortless is key. Enormous Bag or Tiny Tote? Tiny tote for my essentials only. What’s your fashion mantra to the masses? Wear what you like and you’ll be confident in what you wear. If you could be one shoe, what shoe would you be? Jimmy Choo Abel Neon Elaphe pump!


HOP Our editors have traversed the globe to bring you the best in designer footwear so sit back, relax and let your fingers do the walking.

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