Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Elouise Morris goes Fresh Faced for Fashion Journal Magazine Issue 145

The beautiful Elouise Morris glows for Fashion Journal Magazine Issue 145

Photographer: Eddie New
Stylist: Ella Murphy
Makeup: Kate Squires
Hair: Richi Grisillo

Nathalie Darcas for All My Friends Are Models

Nathalie Darcas sat down with the All My Friends Are Models team to talk music, relationships, social media, and much more. See below for the full interview.

Half French, Half American – my mate Nat started studying Biomedicine after school to then defer and travel for work and she hasn’t really looked back! Armed with her cheery, super sweet personality and cheeky smile she took off.

Basing herself between Sydney and Melbourne, modelling with Chadwicks and Chic she then took off to the States for work. While there last year she featured in editorials and (covers) for Marie France, Women’s health US, Shape Germany and has shot for Billabong, a handful of editorials for Cleo, Women’s fitness, Lucky Brand denim US, Cotton on body, bunch of campaigns for Lorna Jane, endless list of swimwear labels, Sports Girl, Jeans West, a contract with Windsor Smith, and the list goes on.

While not exactly shooting in the high end department, she is making a mark for herself in AUS and in the states as the quintessential Girl Next Door/Aussie beach babe.

Recently, back in Melbourne we wanted to shoot a story with some edge and grunge, using natural light and a garage.

What’s your background? Where did you grow up?

My dad is French and mum is American. As a result I was born in Connecticut, USA. I lived there for a couple of years before moving to a suburb outside of Paris until I was about ten years old for dad’s work. We then somehow ended up in Melbourne where my family has lived ever since. A little bit confusing but so fun having lived in all of these different places! As a result of it all I can say I speak fluent French.

You seem to shoot for a lot of swimwear and sports labels. What’s that like? Are you naturally quite fit and healthy?

I love it!! I grew up being outdoors all the time, hiking, swimming in lakes, bike riding around our neighborhood in France. I love being active and have recently started studying a nutritional medicine degree part time online. Shooting for labels and magazines that embody this sort of lifestyle means I get to shoot in some really beautiful locations too with some pretty awesome clients.

Where has modeling taken you?

When I first got to LA last year, I was lucky enough to be taken by women’s health to this incredible ranch up in Topanga. It was this simple, rustic cabin overlooking these amazing hills and the interior was incredible. They had their own little outdoor shower over looking the hills and everything! That and going to the Gili Islands for a week last year with Cleo and Billabong in the midst of living in New York with no beach in sight. It felt amazing! Oh, and I recently went to Wanaka in New Zealand for a shoot too… that was pretty cool!!

What’s your favorite aspect of the job?

It has to be the travelling. The nature of the job has allowed me to live for months at a time in so many incredible different cities. As long as I am working well… you really can stick around for as long as you please… or until you feel you need to move on. It is all very transient, but to a certain extend there is a lot of flexibility.

What do you struggle with the most?

Ahhh… It’s always changing! For one, constantly moving around and basing yourself in different places for work can be really challenging and daunting at first but ultimately so beneficial as you really get to know yourself…and you become super independent. The work itself is also so sporadic. You can go from one crazy busy week to one that is completely dead. It can be hard to factor and plan the rest of your life around that. I constantly tend to feel a little all over the place due to the lack of routine in my life. On the flip side, that very aspect can actually be quite fun and exciting, as you never know what might be around the corner.

Does if ever affect your relationships?

Absolutely. You have to put in a lot more effort when you are away from friends and family. It can also be quite hard if you start seeing someone… Unless I’m back in Melbourne I’m probably not sticking around for more than 6 months, which can pose a bit of a problem if you start to really like them! But hey, I’ve found you bounce back pretty damn quickly from that sort of thing once you get to a new place and life starts to get busy again.

Where is your favourite city in the world?

Probably Paris… I am completely I love with the architecture and language…nat darcas bike bralette

Where do you call home?


What are your thoughts around social media?

For so long I was so resistant towards it. I also felt quite frustrated and frankly pissed off at the way it seemed to be completely changing the dynamic and nature of the industry. What if I wanted to keep my personal life private, and my down time chilling out and enjoying the moment rather than always being on the lookout for a cool Instagram opportunity? Over time I have slowly come around to it though. I do realize it’s a great way to get yourself out there and get on the radar of potential clients. People want to see what your up to and what your about. I guess it’s just one of those things that’s going to take a bit of getting used to.

Favourite bands/ Artists at the moment?

I went and saw #1 dad’s play at the Enmore the other night. I am absolutely obsessed. That and I’m loving a bit of London grammar, the national, alt j, banks and Cold War kids…

Where is your favourite city in the world?

Probably Paris… I am completely I love with the architecture and language…

Where do you call home?


What is your most memorable modelling moment?

Probably living and working in New York for six months… we can classify that under an extremely prolonged… exciting moment.

Instagram: @natdarcas
Photographer: David Higgs
Stylist: Elaine Marshall
Hair & Make Up: Trish Sousa

Find the full shoot and interview at All My Friends Are Models

Monday, April 20, 2015

by Amy Finlayson

With the onset of her next major exhibition, our AmyFinlayson speaks exclusively to us about the next phase of her career and offers CHIC readers an exclusive 'ORGANICA' offer not to be missed...

During her 6 years in New York, Amy seized the opportunity of being in one of the world’s greatest creative centers by immersing herself in the art world. Working at some of the best and most reputable galleries and art companies in the city, she was surrounded by constant inspiration and opportunity, which led to her developing her own artistic practice. 

With her love of art ignited, it was a natural progression to solidify this career with a formal education. She now holds a Bachelor of Arts from Curtin University of Technology, majoring in Visual Culture.

Her early work in the art world sees her influences rooted strongly in contemporary, boundary pushing mixed media. The evolution of her work is fueled not only by her knowledge and vast travels, but also by personal emotion and experience, culminating in a form of self-expression through multimedia and image manipulation. With both knowledge and inspiration, her work has many forms that aren’t bound by convention and standard industry aesthetics.

Which leads us to 'ORGANICA'....


 "For me (Organica), is a natural transformation. This transformation happens both to the images, through a kind of self- appropriation, and in my own life as I start to move onto new chapters. 
This is the blossoming, fluid, organic way of life-moving and changing- not always beautiful but certainly intriguing”.

Amy is pleased to announce a exclusive offer for Chic readers...
  When you purchase one of the last remaining original ORGANICA pieces, you will receive a limited edition ORGANICA print of your choice at no extra cost.
 Please mention this article at time of sale.
All sales can be made via the website: www.thefincollection.com or via email at  info@thefincollection.com. (Offer valid till the end of April only)

So, what's next for our Amy?... the answer to that question is "TEN.

Her next exhibition to hit Sydney presented by her new company The Fin Collection. 

TEN will feature a selection of small works by 10 of Australia's freshest and most exciting up and coming artists, such as Rose Ashton, Brooklyn Wheelan, Tanya Linney and Gemma Ward... One not to be missed.

Watch this space as Amy Finlayson dominates the Sydney art scene... we're too excited to watch everyone fall in love...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Maddison Brown for Sunday Stlye

Our divine Maddison Brown features in the latest issue of Sunday Style this week. The issue is dedicated to the OCRF White Shirt Campaign Maddison looks absolutely gorgeous for the cause....

Friday, April 17, 2015

Bridget Malcolm's Movie Guide
for Style.com

You might not expect a Victoria’s Secret model to gravitate toward esoteric films, but Bridget Malcolm defies the stereotypes. Favoring trippy Jodorowsky tales and Chaplin flicks over standard blockbuster fare, Malcolm’s selection of her all-time favorites is more art house than multiplex. Avant-garde leanings aside, Malcolm is no snob—her list balances highbrow with guilty pleasure via the addition of an ’80s teen horror classic. Read on for her movie musts....

“I have always loved Charlie Chaplin, so any of his movies are number one for me. His character The Tramp is so multifaceted, which is incredible to witness in silent films, and Charlie Chaplin has always fascinated me as a human!”

“Two words: Jason Patric. It also has an incredible soundtrack, outfits...and I’m a sucker for ’80s vampires.”

“I listened to this soundtrack a lot before actually watching the movie, and both are amazing. I’ve yet to meet a Wes Anderson movie I didn’t love!”

“I struggle with violence in movies, but I have never found it more perfectly pulled off than in a Quentin Tarantino movie. He manages to make it hilariously brutal, and the California surf music accompaniment in this movie makes me so happy.”