Hannah-Rose from Capture the Castle grabbed a few MBFWA minutes with Susie Bubble before she had to run to Christopher Esber on day 4. Check out the interview below.
Susie Bubble's blog was the first blog I ever started reading. I'm definitely not the only person in the world who can say that about Susie, because her blog is incredibly influential and extremely important in the wider sphere of fashion dialogue. She has maintained her sense of playfulness in regards to fashion and her keenly intelligent yet accessible commentary still has that humorous bite. I first started reading her because her bio said she had started an Evelyn Waugh book club in uni and Brideshead Revisited is my favourite book. All this from the girl who wears Christopher Kane pool slides like it ain't no thang. Seriously. she is so, so cool.
What's been the highlight of the week so far? For me it's been seeing all the different show rooms. I don't think there's been one particular show highlight, although I did love Jenny Kee's presentation. Really beautiful and magnificent. I think it's amazing that Australian fashion has this historical perspective.
Did you know that she hasn't shown since 1981? Exactly. I've read her biography, I'm quite familiar with her work. I just love that she is a free spirit and really represents that Australian aesthetic.
What are your perceptions of that aesthetic as an outsider? I don't know. Obviously what she does isn't something that everything Australian designer does but her sense of colour, her influence from nature and climate, and just a slightly bohemian spirit. I think the bohemian thing is a really strong influence here, just because you guys live such a chilled lifestyle. You have opportunities to go to great spaces outdoors and do lots of different outdoor pursuits, and the climate, of course. I think it makes it really good for that bohemian thing.
Do you have any favourite Australian brands? I like Dion Lee, I like Josh Goot, Lover as well. Tonnes, tonnes of them actually. I like people who have come from Australian backgrounds but work out of international contexts like Richard Nicoll, Antipodium.
How do you think MBFWA compares to an international fashion week? Obviously it's a lot smaller and there isn't such a big diversity of designers. Definitely a very different aesthetic, much more commercial and wearable and sale-able aesthetic.
How have the talks with Portable gone? They've been really really good. I've done two now, one in Brisbane and one in Sydney and I'm going to Melbourne tomorrow. People have been really really nice and saying that they haven't heard this kind of discussion about blogging in a more serious tone and context before. We talked about the monetisation of it and everything. I'm really really happy with the way it has gone.
Anything else you're looking forward to doing in Australia before you go? Eating really, really good breakfasts in Melbourne.