Saturday, December 29, 2012

red desert


The Miu Miu Spring Summer 13 campaign photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, starring Malgosia Bela, Bette Franke, Martha Hunt, Doutzen Kroes, Adriana Lima, Arizona Muse and Tamara Weijenberg.

This is easily my favourite Miu Miu campaign of the last few years, I love the cinematic feel, colour and the casting. Not to mention the collection! Well done Miu Miu.

Images via TFS

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

happy holidays

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas from New York City.

Talisa & Rohan x

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

the last paintings

Early last week I took a long walk up Madison Ave to visit the Gagosian Gallery and see 'Cy Twombly: The Last Paintings & Photographs' a collection of Cy Twombly's work between 1954-2011. They had been on show while Rohan and I were in Europe early this year but sadly we just missed out, very happy to have finally seen them! If you're in New York make sure you check it out, I love the abstract florals and have added the accompanying catalogue to my Christmas list.

1 & 3. Gillian Sagansky for Oyster, 2. Gagosian Gallery

Saturday, December 15, 2012

in the studio with satomi kawakita

Last week I visited the studio of New York-based jewellery designer Satomi Kawakita. For my latest Vogue Spy Style post I interviewed Satomi and took a few photos of her workspace and those beautiful rings. Next of my list is the tiny black diamond ring, I can't get enough delicate jewellery. Thankyou for having me Satomi!

Photos by me

Friday, December 14, 2012

on personality and place

I ask Didion if she knows herself better now. “Yes,” she says. “I don’t know that there’s any value in
knowing yourself better, but I think I do. I don’t feel worse or better. It’s just there.”
 -Joan Didion, The New York Times

I have been in New York on my own for two weeks now. It's been amazing spending time in an unfamiliar city, learning how to get around, where to find the best coffee and having time to think, to read and to learn. I love so many things about New York, the food, the weather, the shopping, the culture.

I just started the next book on my reading list, Blue Nights, another Didion, and I'm looking forward to getting Grace Coddington's new book, Grace: A Memoir as well as Allure by Diana Vreeland. I love reading in Central Park - it has been far too long since I dedicated a whole day to a book and I had forgotten just how great a feeling it is to become lost in its pages.

Joan said there was something special about being twenty-two in New York, and I think she was right. I know myself better now than ever and it has been exciting getting to know this great city too. Speaking of self, I also have two new interviews up on This is Collective and The Love Assembly, thankyou for having me Jess and Aubrey!

Photo by me

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

the art of giving - new york

Collage and typography by me, words by Hannh-Rose Yee

This year Hannah-Rose Yee from Capture the Castle and I have collaborated again to bring you a two-part Christmas gift guide. I'm in New York for the next two months, and Hannah is soon heading to Paris, so it seemed perfect to theme our guides around two of our favourite cities, Paris and New York. Hope you enjoy! This is part two. Give the gift of New York this Christmas.

one. 3.1 Phillip Lim 'All Eyes on You' sweater, $550 from Saks Fifth Ave

Cool, calm and collected, this sweater is just like New York itself. The kind of thing that tall girls who paint their lips red, baby, red, would throw on as they hopped out of bed (over pilling The Row tee shirts and super-skinny Current Elliot jeans), an outfit that they wouldn't give a second thought to but would be guaranteed to have all eyes on them. Gift this to those girls in your life who might not live in the spotlight, but definitely ought to.

two. Linda Farrow x The Row leather aviators, $350 from Shopbop

Nothing screams bright lights, big city, like a pair of aviator sunglasses, and it doesn't get much bigger than this.  Resplendent in 1970s bronze hue and leather accents, these Linda Farrow x The Row opticals are the kind of thing you always want but can never ask for; bold and brassy sunnies for girls with perfect teeth and Balmain jackets. But we think they look best when paired with sweatshirts and cropped cigarette pants, a slightly off-kilter, atypically New York addition to an outfit. Wherever the receiver finds themselves - stretched out on a beach in Parsley Bay or huddled around a heater in Cobble Hill - these sunglasses are sure to become their daily routine.

three. Alexander Wang 'Trigone' compact wallet, $295 from Barneys New York

Isn't it grand when worlds collide? Pony hair and leather, slim silhouettes and in-your-face-leopard print, New York and Paris. Alexander Wang, the quintessentially New York designer, he of the white tee shirt and the black jean, has been picked to helm Balenciaga in Paris, and thus our two favourite cities are joined in the middle. Just like this wallet. It has a touch of chic to it; that efficient, pared back design (just five card slots and a single space for bills, money is so passe), that matte-black hardware, that perfectly composed shape. But then it's all New York, all the time, chilli and avocado at Cafe Gitane with that leopard print pony hair leather. The perfect match.

four. Le Labo 'Tubereuse 40' fragrance, POA from Le Labo

Everyone has their own idea of what New York smells like. Joan Didion thought it was garbage and peaches, Tom Hanks - or at least Tom Hanks in Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail - preferred sharpened pencils and school supplies. Us, on the otherhand, being rather partial to peonies and white florals and tubereuse, tubereuse, tubereuse, elect for this. Created specifically to capture the scent of New York - and available exclusively in New York alone - this is one for the die-hard New Yawk lovers, the ones who never get lost in the subway and don't even get phased when they stand at the top of the Rock and look down over Manhattan. One spritz is all it takes.

five. Satomi Kawakita ring, from $100 from Satomi Kawakita

This is for the girl who has everything. She's got a wardrobe full of Acne and Opening Ceremony, eats out for every meal and knows exactly what she wants. They're hard to buy for, those girls. But no-one, not even a hard-at-heart New Yorker, can resist something shiny on Christmas day. Your best bet is to go for Satomi Kawakita; Japanese-born, New York-based jewellery famed for her organic designs and delicate settings. Choose something simple but with a kick - like this beautiful circlet of gold, twisted in the shape of a twig - that she'll slip onto her finger and never take off.

six. Proenza Schouler 'PS11' classic satchel, $1950 from Proenza Schouler

If we were to receive this we'd feel very lucky indeed. The ultimate New York bag - famously tested by the Olsen twins and Kate Bosworth - equal parts swagger and equal parts nonchalance. The original satchel is great, but this is the next level, modern and graphic (that art deco clasp!) in that beautiful pebbled leather with a strap long enough to cross your body.

seven. Araks 'Kate' pyjama top, $139 from Araks

New York is decadence. It's degustation meals and horse and carriage rides around Central Park and pyjamas in the day time. Start someone's collection by gifting them this spotty silk shirt by cult-favourite New York label Araks. Try walking it in on Christmas morning wrapped up with a big grosgrain ribbon on a breakfast tray - alongside some toasted muesli and fresh orange juice. It's all about the decadence.

Monday, December 10, 2012

the art of cinema - christiane f.

The art of cinema no.7

Christiane F.

Based on a true story, Christiane F. follows a teenage girl in 1970s Berlin and her introduction to the drug scene. I found it quite hard to watch at times, but it is a powerful story brilliantly acted by Natja Brunckhorst, and while confronting, also has unique cinematic style.
There is a guest appearance by David Bowie (he also contributed heavily to the soundtrack) and Christiane's wardrobe is done very well, just two of the factors that made this 1981 film a cult favourite. I love the simplicity of her looks early in the film - white shirt, red nails and vest, or a satin bomber jacket worn with skinny jeans. Definitely one to see.

Poster and screencaps from Christiane F. via here

Saturday, December 8, 2012

beside the ocean

A little while ago I was involved in a collaboration between Australian label Dress Up and photographer Natalie Nikitovic. The lovely Nat took photos of girls around Sydney wearing clothes from the SS 12/13 collection, Ladies Invited. You can see the rest on the Dress Up blog

Thankyou for having me Steph!

Friday, December 7, 2012

of note

Walking around the West Village on a beautiful, sunny day and seeing the Picasso Black and White exhibition at the Guggenheim.

1. Photo by me, 2. Picasso via Guggenheim

Thursday, December 6, 2012

the first

I have been in New York for one week now, and a great week it has been! I have loved visiting some of the museums and galleries, finding new places for breakfast and having my first American mac and cheese. Adventures aside, the shopping here has also been amazing, from cute boutiques in Soho to the department stores on 5th Avenue - I have loved it all!

I strolled down Madison Avenue with friends yesterday and discovered Celine and Proenza Schouler, enjoyed the magical Disney window display at Barneys and had my first hot apple cider at Le Pain Quotidien. And while I have fallen for many things, this T by Alexander Wang dress was my first purchase. It may not be weather appropriate for here but I can't wait to wear it when I get back home. I love the neckline, the fit and of course the stripes!

Images via La Garconne, watercolour by me 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

finding inspiration

Two of the works by Yayoi Kusama I saw at MoMA today.
Accumulation, 1952 and Untitled (1952) 

New York is great for finding inspiration.

guiding light

Guiding Light - A Gentlewoman's Holiday Possessions

Lagarconne know just what I want for Chrismas.

See the full guide here

Friday, November 30, 2012

on packing

My tips on packing for winter in New York are now up on Vogue Spy Style.
Don't know what I would do without angora.

all eyes on you


My first day in New York was spent wondering around Soho, having an Australian breakfast at Ruby's, admiring Central Park and doing a little bit of sale shopping at Bergdorfs. There were so many great boutiques in Soho - one of my favourites was 3.1 Phillip Lim, the all eyes on you embroidery pullover from the Holiday collection is a NY dream.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

on leaving

“I remember walking across Sixty-second Street one twilight that first spring, or the second spring, they were all alike for a while. I was late to meet someone but I stopped at Lexington Avenue and bought a peach and stood on the corner eating it and knew that I had come out out of the West and reached the mirage. I could taste the peach and feel the soft air blowing from a subway grating on my legs and I could smell lilac and garbage and expensive perfume and I knew that it would cost something sooner or later—because I did not belong there, did not come from there—but when you are twenty-two or twenty-three, you figure that later you will have a high emotional balance, and be able to pay whatever it costs. I still believed in possibilities then, still had the sense, so peculiar to New York, that something extraordinary would happen any minute, any day, any month.”

― Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem 

Image from New York Magazine

Monday, November 19, 2012

about a girl

My latest post for Vogue Spy Style is all about trans-seasonal dressing. I always love finding ways to mix Summer and Winter collections together - so for this shoot I teamed up with photographer Natalie Nikitovic and model Amber Durney from Priscillas to capture some of our favourite looks on film. Head over to Vogue to see the full story.

Styling - Talisa Sutton | Photography - Natalie Nikitovic | Model - Amber Durney at Priscillas

1. Carven shirt and shoes from The Corner Shop, Dion Lee skirt, 2. Lover dress and Carven shoes from The Corner Shop,
3. Marni shirt and Carven shoes from The Corner Shop, Lover shorts, 4. Unif.m top, Amy Kaehne pants.

montage no.3

Clockwise from left to right; Siri Tollerød by Sharif Hamza in "Classe pilote" for Vogue Paris, August 2010, Moderne / No.3 by La Garçonne,
Linda Farrow x The Row sunglasses from MNZ, Simon James Concept Store.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

in bruges

I just found an old roll of film from our Europe trip, photos from our few days spent in Bruges.

Rohan and I had decided after seeing the film In Bruges a few years back that we would one day have to see it for ourselves, and it was every bit the fairytale city I'd imagined. It was freezing cold, snowing, the canals were iced over apart from areas that had been cleared for the swans, all white and graceful. There were horse-drawn carriages, Belgian waffles smothered in chocolate, old-fashion windmills and beautiful old houses and churches. Hopefully we will get to go again someday!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

some dreamers

Dress Up's Autumn Winter 13 collection Some Dreamers is everything I look for in a Winter collection and more. Designer Stephanie Downey references one of my favourite authors, Joan Didion, citing the packing list from The White Album as the main aesthetic inspiration.
I too have been referencing the packing list as I get ready for my trip to New York, there is less than three weeks to go now and I only wish I could have some of these pieces to take with me.

I was delighted to see images of snow in NYC yesterday too. I'm hoping for a white Christmas!

Images from Dress Up

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

some things

Self Service N°37 Fall/Winter 2012 Guest-edited by Charlotte Casiraghi, Curio Noir candle in Black Spice, denim shirts (my favourite by Surface to Air), Simone de Beauvoir and all my favourite rings.

teen spirit

A few weeks ago I was invited to work with General Pants for their Summer campaign, Block Party. 
The campaign was photographed by Bec Parsons and styled by Emma Read with Joy Collective putting together the film featuring Flume's latest track, Holdin' On. Nicole and I were there taking behind-the-scenes photos along with Life Without Andy and Byron Spencer (who took my photo on the left).

I got to enjoy my first ever warehouse party with a bunch of friends and other creatives; there was a basketball hoop, skate ramp, pool and a whole lot of silly string. I'm not much of a party girl myself, I'd take a night in and a good film any day - but this was pretty fun! Plus Nicole and I got to graffiti a wall for the first time - she was a pro!

Thanks for having me GP.

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Wearing my Gary Bigeni maxi-dress and Secret South clutch for our latest post on Vogue Spy Style. Making the most of Spring before I head off to a freezing New York winter!