Director Bianca Spender invites us into her Sydney Studio to learn about the new Spring collection, what’s inspiring her and what her life looks like now and post-pandemic.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND the new collection?
“The Fashion in Duration exhibition at The Met influenced my latest collection for Spring. It explores how fashion evolves and reacts to the zeitgeist and shifting cultural landscape.
I felt after the restraint of last year, we were ready to move away from a utility focus and have fun with clothes again. I think I found something poignant, which has inspired me to keep pushing my creative dialogue, and it all started with an exhibition I may have never seen.”
HOW DO YOU FIND yourself in a creative head-space?
“Last year, during lockdown, I actively sought creative inspiration and ordered a handful of fashion and art books from all over the world.
I’ve been finding myself living vicariously through these books to connect to exhibitions, historical fashion movements and important social change. I’m fascinated by how our landscape impacts the ideas generated throughout a certain period”.
What are you reading at the moment?
“I am reading The Overstory, by Richard Powers. It encompasses the age-old wisdom of tree’s and explores the narrative of how the roots of trees grow and live symbiotically alongside us as humans. It’s opened my eyes and heart to nature and exhilarated my respect for the natural environment.”
What’s the first thing you’re GOING TO DO once we’re out of lockdown?
“More than anything, I’m looking forward to human contact. I’ve been craving touch and to hug my loved ones. This beautiful campaign last year taught Italian Nona’s to wink instead of hugging and kissing their grandchildren. So Cute!
I’m also looking forward to dancing! Dancing to live music seems like a foreign concept at this moment, but it’s one of the first things I’ll be doing.”
What are your MOST TREASURED CLOTHING PIECES?
“Anyone that knows me well, knows that the Leatherette Curvature Skirt has been on high rotation in my wardrobe.
The Ode Top is another favourite piece of mine. I’m so drawn to the soft sleeve and delicate scarf around the neck. It’s just so feminine, and I find it works with every pair of trousers in my wardrobe.”
You’re having a dinner party...what are you cooking and drinking?
“At home, we’ve been devoted to working our way through the Ottolenghi books. His Middle Eastern recipes burst with flavour.
If it’s Summer, I’ll make cocktails, usually something refreshing like a margarita, Aperol Spritz and a Whiskey sour. If it’s cooler outside, I like something rounder and fuller-bodied, like a Negroni and organic Italian red wine.”
Bianca Spender has pledged a Carbon Neutral 2020 target.