With one of the most coveted closets in Newcastle – even Carrie Bradshaw would be envious – we couldn’t help but want to spend an afternoon admiring pretty pieces with Kristy Brown. For those who haven’t met the denim-clad designer mum, Kristy is owner of boutique retail store, Lillie’s at the Junction. As a purveyor of all things luxe, Kristy is a firm believer that Newcastle deserves its own fashion mecca and has made it her personal crusade to bring the best pieces from around the globe to our harbour city. On the afternoon of our shoot with Kristy she warmly welcomes us into her Merewether home and we’re instantly in love with the opulent space she has created for her young family: partner Chad and two sons, Duke, 8, and Bronx, 6. An entertainer’s dream, her home has magnificent 180 degree views across the city, sweeping from the harbour to the sea. One can easily imagine spending long afternoons laughing with friends and family in her exqui- site lounge room, complete with its own bar setting. Before getting acquainted with the finer points of Kristy’s wardrobe, we spent some time quizzing Kristy on her favourite pieces and personal style.
Q & A
How would you describe your aesthetic? My fashion aesthetic cannot be easily described! It swings from off duty no makeup, gym gear mornings (PE Nation, of course) to an explosion of clashing prints, floaty lace dresses, heavily embellished jackets and crystal earrings. I’m a massive fan of denim jeans (J Brand is my fave), a vintage graphic tee, statement sunglasses with sneakers or snakeskin ankle boots. I don’t follow the rules and I wear what makes me feel good on the day. I’m a ‘more is more and less is a bore’ kinda girl.
Fads come and go; what is one trend you would love to see stick around or resurrect? Fashion is on a cycle that often reinvents itself years later with a twist. I would rather buy invest- ment pieces that can be worn year after year rather than fast fashion that doesn’t last or you get sick of. A beautifully cut quality blazer in black, navy or a neutral colour can be worn season after season and is worth every cent.
If you could pick one statement piece for winter, what would it be? If I could only choose one statement piece for winter… (I could NEVER only choose one!) it would be an oversized furry coat to throw over EVERYTHING! I love Trelise Cooper and H Brand for winter coats and jackets: they look fab over jeans or a dress and last for seasons.
What is your most extravagant purchase and was it for a special occasion? My most extravagant purchase would be my Sugar Skull Hublot watch bought last minute in Las Vegas after the McGregor/Mayweather fight. When I take the other half shopping, anything can happen!
Sometimes fashion can be a little sentimental, what is your most cherished item? My most cherished items are the ones chosen for me by my partner Chad. He has amazing taste and often surprises me with gifts. He bought me a navy Balmain blazer, which I adore, a pair of LV heels and most recently, a Gucci Perspex watch. Luckily he knows what makes me tick and he gets that fashion is my thing. I also cherish my custom-designed art deco engagement ring that was a complete surprise. I wear it every day and still think it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever owned.
If your shoes could say something, what would they say? I love a strong shoe game! My mum jokes that many centipedes must live at my house due to the sheer volume of shoes. My shoes say luxe and sporty: I love colour, I love textures like velvet and snake- skin. Sometimes I buy a shoe I love in a couple of colours. Just like Carrie Bradshaw, ‘I like my money where I can see it…in my closet’.
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