Spend 5: Simmone Standing
Do you like your coffee with a shot of whisky on the side? Of course you do. You’re a LOVE TWAIN girl after all. The kind of girl that looks to awaken her senses, takes risks and wears fashion like art. The kind of girl that looks for designers with a personal signature. Designers who aren’t afraid to push the envelope in design and aesthetic while remaining true to their ethos. Designers like Simonne Standing.
In a sea of emerging designers and names, Simmone offers personality, assertiveness and a little drama we all need in our wardrobes. Though in its infancy, her namesake label offers all the markings of a seasoned veteran. Each collection brings with it exciting new designs and fabrics while remaining true to its identity. You will never mistake Simonne’s creations for an ASOS purchase, no. But you will be stopped at least once when wearing her art worthy creations.
As one of our favourite local designers, we thought it was only natural to spend 5 with Simmone.
Name: Simmone Standing
But my nickname is: So many to pick from… my friends call me Sim… but those who have known me the longest know me as Mack
Occupation: Fashion Designer
It all started with: A desire to see beautiful people wearing a piece of my art
Career highlight: I have two… Showcasing in New York in 2015 and the moment Coco Rocha picked my garments from the runway to wear!! My birthday suit is still covered in goosebumps
My team: This year I have stepped back and simplified my team to one or two people at any one time in an attempt to clear my head (less is more). It has been a great move for my design development and looking into the future I can see stronger opportunities for bringing in new team members and interns, which is all really exciting
My design aesthetic is: I feel I try to live in the moment, no collection is the same but each collection has something (even if it isn’t obvious) from the previous collection. I love clean lines but I also like breaking them and pushing the boundaries. I guess I just like to always keep myself guessing and surprised
For inspiration I: Have coffee with friends and let they way they move, the things they talk about and the way they dress and talk about clothes inspire me… and when all else fails I pillage instagram…
Work uniform: White shirts, relaxed fit jeans and loafer slides
Come weekends, I live in: Haha my collection pieces mixed with white shirts or relaxed fit jeans!! I swear I design my collections based around this purpose
Style muse: When I am feeling down it is definitely Anna Dello Russo, she just puts a little sparkle in my day. But for daily classic chic, I just cant go past Margaret Zhang, she makes even the most detailed outfits look so effortless… she inspires people to push the boundaries
Current obsession: Ruffles and slide shoes
Current view: I miss people’s sense of individual style and the need to push the boundaries.Limitations are only for the limited
But I wish it was: A lifer… traveling the world with a paint set and my surfboard
Last dream: I keep dreaming of late about having another solo show… where will it be… what will it look like… what will I create…
Worst habit: Eating burgers
Favourite city: New York
Next destination: Fingers crossed for Paris
Travel is: Everything
Always thinking about: What am I going to make next… then where am I going to wear it…
My friends would describe me as: Creep
Last person I called: My stylist friend from Canberra, Jessica Rolfe
Last text message was from: Someone lusting after my “Wait for me” ruffle pants
On speed dial: My family
Fashion bible: Show Details – they’re these divine books that I have a large collection of that show all of the best details up close from all the major international runways… when my mind draws a blank I pull them out
Always in my bag: Red lipstick, eyebrow shaper and a notebook
My life in 3 words: Whirlwind, crazy, eautiful
If my life was a song: Iggy Pop – Break into your heart
Or what about a book: The Asylum by Simon Doonan
I am looking forward to: What comes my way next… Sydney, Vancouver, London, New York…. who knows.
Life motto: I’m not here to help you write your story… I am writing my own, but I welcome you to come along for the ride
Photography courtesy of Shauna from Silhouettes of Chic – at Adelaide Fashion Festival.