The first thing that struck me when I met Annalise (we have mutual friends) a few years ago, is how utterly naturally beautiful she is. Not a skerrick of makeup on her face, soft freckles allowed to shine through, beautifully clear glowing eyes and super fit body (which she looks after thoroughly through her other business, organic vegie catering), she is the epitome of good health. Besides being a well known face on tv and modelling, Annalise has her own rather fantastic lingerie line sold exclusively through Bras n' things and has just launched her own jewellery collection. I've always admired the way she's become a poster girl for fashionably dressing her generous sized bustline (and based her bras on pretty, lacey things for bigger girls, a very necessary thing in the world of lingerie). We often say hi on the Bondi to Bronte walk, so I cornered her for a fashion chat, girl to girl.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO DESIGN A JEWELLERY LINE?
I studied a BFA majoring in jewellery design at the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts. Art has been a life-long passion of mine, and I consider jewellery to be wearable art. I’ve always dreamt of having my signature jewellery collection so this is a long-standing dream come true.
Out in tight denims
HAVE YOU DRAWN INSPIRATION FROM ANYTHING?
I’m deeply drawn to and inspired by Native Indian jewellery designs and influenced greatly by my Scandinavian heritage as well as organic shapes and antique stones, and of course I design exactly what it is I personally love to wear but can't find.
DESCRIBE THE LINE IN THREE WORDS
Annalise modelling her jewellery line - love those big rings
WHAT KIND OF WOMAN WILL LOVE YOUR JEWELLERY?
Hopefully women from all walks of life! I’ve had a great response so far from NYC, Spain, Berlin and Australia.
WHAT GOES INTO YOUR DECISION AS TO WHAT TO WEAR
I love to feel comfortable...I opt for dressing down and accessorizing rather than feeling OTT dolled up (Unless I’m on the red carpet rocking a designer frock) I’m happiest pottering in my vintage denim cut offs and Bassike T’s with my jewellery, or a vintage find.
At the Camilla show
MY VERY FIRST FASHION MEMORY WAS ...
Nanna showing me her amazing antique jewellery and her fabulous frocks.
With husband Danny Goldberg
MY FASHION JOURNEY STARTED WHEN ...
My mum said I wouldn’t leave the house when I was in pre-school unless I dressed myself in whatever it was I was then obsessed with!
I LOOK MY BEST IN ...
sunset golden hour with a happy heart
In Helmut Lang leathers
MY STYLE UNIFORM IS ...
Ha ha, not joking, my friends and family all call my “uniform” my vintage denim cut offs and a white T adorned with my jewellery and JodiLee flats ...been wearing it since in high school!
MY MOST FABULOUS FASHION MOMENT WAS ...
Oh, I’ve been blessed in this job, often being dressed by top designers, Alex Perry, Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana to name a few. I’m humbled and grateful that I’ve had a few fabulous fashion moments!
MY FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE WORLD ...
Hmm, can't pick just one! Tulum-Mexico, Ibiza-Spain, Bali and Bondi with a sprinkling of NYC, Berlin and London thrown in for a good boogie, art exhibition or fun eve too.
MY STYLE ICON IS ...
Kate Moss pretty much rocks my world.
Front row at Alex Perry
MY FAVOURITE DESIGNERS ARE:
I’ve always loved Vivienne Westwood, as she dresses so well for my body type and I love her history, staying power and strength. I love Stella Mc Cartney for her veggie ethics and cool prowess, love Helmut Lang this season, Balmain the last few seasons, Alex Perry as he has always made me look and feel incredible in his glamazon frocks on the red carpet ... and of course Camilla, as she is not only my darling girlfriend, but there’s nothing like the feeling of swanning around in one of her kaftans on a tropical island. [Too true, I can vouch for this - Nedahl].
With Camilla Franks at the launch of her lingerie line
MY LAST BUY WAS ...
Helmut Lang leather leggings in NYC last month.
KEY PIECES EVERY WOMAN SHOULD OWN:
At least one pair of comfortable, smoking hot designer shoes, hand bag, blazer, leggings and good fitting, flattering lingerie.
SEXIEST THINGS A WOMAN CAN WEAR:
Nothing... (or some of my “Annalise” signature lingerie collection!)
Annalise's signature lingerie line, check it out at Bras 'n things
FIVE THINGS I'M LUSTING AFTER THIS SEASON:
Well, I got my Helmut Lang leather leggings already, so they’re ticked off ... ha ha got my Bianca Spender and Dion lee Blazers too. I’m absolutely hallashing over some classic Louboutin pumps and would love a Balmain jacket, but I always get most excited over a vintage find.
The navajo cuff from her jewellery line
ON SATURDAY NIGHTS I'M BUSY ...
Usually cooking up an organic storm for my loved ones (and occasionally dancing up a storm, either in the lounge room or on the dance floor)
MINI SKIRTS OR SHORTS?
Denim cut offs- shorts- for sure!
SKINNY OR WIDE LEG JEANS?
Skinny, live in my ksubis and Sass & Bides, but I do love my 18th amendment flares too (which I bought off Coco Lee)...
BIKINI OR ONE PIECE?
Definitely (very skimpy Brazilian style) bikini!
BALLET FLATS OR TRAINERS?
PENCIL SKIRTS OR FULL?
Star necklace and turquoise ring from her jewellery line
Like it? Check out her stuff here: http://www.annalise.com.au/home/