Every week Sunday Life asks a prominent Australian about his style and the inspiration behind it. Editor Georgie Gordon talks to British designer India Hicks beforehand.

“As you get older, you tend to look back and say, ‘What was I thinking … skirts too short, heels too high.'”Recognition:Brittan Goetz

How would you describe your style?
Relaxed and more recently lazy.

What’s the oldest in your dressing room?
I inherited some evening dresses from my grandmother. They’re fancier and more elegant than my oldest piece of clothing, a sleeveless fleece vest from North Face that I got when I first moved to America in 1997.

And the latest addition?
Vans high-top trainers. One of my kids asked if I would start skateboarding.

What would you wear …
… on the first date? It depends on whether. My favorite pieces would be jeans and a beautiful silk shirt with heels from COVID-19; Post-COVID, probably the Vans sneakers.
… on an airplane? Jeans and blazer, but I’ll take a cashmere sweater because I’m always cold on airplanes.
… to the Oscars? Something memorable. Emilia Wickstead would be able to create a fantasy that was also very traditional, with a twist.

What’s your favorite fashion era?
Not the 1980s! One that I haven’t lived through – the 1940s or 50s. Though I’m watching Outlander and some of the Scottish corsets and tartan skirts are very appealing.

Who are your favorite fashion designers?
Ralph Lauren. Rae feather. Melissa Odabash for bikinis. And I have a great desire for Hester Bly; It’s a limited edition luxury resort label.

Do you have a favorite scent?
I wear a tea rose – I can smell any rose and be happy – or the 4711 aftershave of my other half of David.

What are three things you can’t live without?
A Mason Pearson hairbrush, an oversized handbag that fits my laptop and my Day Birger et Mikkelsen leather jacket.


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