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NTF : December 6th 2010
VIP The Australian designer has collaborated with The Strand Arcade to design the boutique shopping centre’sChristmas decor.Jovial and jolly,hechatted with NINE TO FIVE about all things Christmas. INTERVIEW MATT YOUNG Considering you’ve got so much on your plate, when did you find the time to design the Strand Arcade’s Christmas decorations? When you’re busy all the time, there’s amomentum that goes with that and you just feed things into it, prioritise what you have to do and you just actually get down and do it. Yo u’ve just got to be really organised. Ilove it that way,because that’swhat keeps things moving forward. Ilike to have alot of things in the mix, each thing regenerates the other thing. What was your inspiration behind the design? When Ifirst moved into The Strand, they were incredible, they had these thick luxurious garlands that went from all the balconies; it was that classic, New Yo rk movie star kind of Christmas. Then a few years in, they took them all out and they had these stylised Christmas decorations that hung from the main atrium, and Iwas so disappointed. Yo ucan modernise lots of different things, but Christmas is Christmas. They took the “special” out, so Iwanted to go back to the basic, gorgeous Christmas base. It appeals to the child in all of us. What’s your Christmas tree like at home? It’sareally thick, green tree. There are gold butterflies and lots of gold baubles and Iget really beautiful silk taffeta ribbon and make bows. There’sprobably more gold than green. It’sgorgeous, it’s beautiful, and kids love it. What’s on your Christmas wish list? When Isee something Ilike, Ibuy it. Everyone says I’m hard to buy for at Christmas time. Iget more of akick out of giving presents and wrapping them. There’saLouis Vuitton tie case that Iwant. It’smyguilty pleasure. The stuff that Iusually want is so expensive people could never buy for me anyway,but I’m always open to some good cologne! Australian fashion: flourishing or floundering? Ithink we’ve gone through atricky year,because of the GFC. It’sbeen really hard and Ithink it’smade people knuckle down. Alot of people have fallen by the wayside and alot are just scraping through. It’s difficult; in some respects the Australian fashion industryisveryforward and brave. Ithink we’re floundering abit, but that’sglobal. At the same time, Ithink were flourishing –there’ssomany different designers in Australia and we all offer a different something. Favourite celebrity to design for? Megan (Gale). I’ve known Megan for along time, but we’ve become really great friends and there’s something about that girl Ijust adore. She’sgot this incredible personality.Ilove her as aperson, she’sa good girl. I’ve dressed Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Nelly Furtado, Elle and Sarah Murdoch. Alot of them are great but there’ssomething about Megan. Australia’sNext To pModel: we’ve heardSarah Murdoch wants out. Can you confirm? Idon’tthink that’strue. People would like to think that because of the way the finale went off, but I’ve spoken to her and Idon’tthink that’strue. Sarah’s agreat girl and if anything, because of the way the finale happened –which Ithought was quite fabulous to be perfectly honest –there’snoway that she couldn’tcome back, because people would think she’supset, and she’snot like that. The Strand’sChristmas decorations by Alex Perry areonview now.412-414 George Street, CBD. strandarcade.com.au. 33
December 13th 2010