The start of a new year brings with it the promise of fresh new talent who will make their mark in 2014. Here are 5 names to watch in 2014 who look set to make their mark in fashion and beauty.
Kaylene Clifford, shoe designer
They say necessity is the mother of all invention and in the case of 26-year-old single mum, Kaylene Clifford, her need for size 43 shoes and the label she has created out of that need, could also be her ticket to fashion, fame and fortune.
Kaylene’s brand-new shoe brand, Lillian Nai, has tall and larger-footed women around Australia rejoicing that they can find trend-driven, hand-crafted shoes that not only fit them but that they enjoy wearing too.
Kaylene studied Tourism Management in her hometown of Cairns and graduated just as the GFC hit. She moved to Brisbane and took up an admin job in the Queensland Government but knew she had to find her passion. Yet another frustrating and futile shopping trip to find shoes that fit her outsized pieds for a friend’s party made up her mind to start her own shoe label.
She spent a year of nights, after coming home from her day job and attending to her five-year-old daughter Nailah, dedicated to designing the shoes and researching manufacturers. A trip to India last year with her Dad to secure the factory and get her order finalised put everything into motion.
Her seven-style range runs from ballet flats to lilac heels and a backless boot and comes in sizes 35 to 43, including half-sizes in between with prices ranging from $119 to $245.
Kaylene is selling her shoes online and looking for stockists, but she is so hopeful of success she has her winter line on the way and plans to show at Australian Fashion Week this year.
“My Dad always used to say – ‘make sure you have got good shoes and you’ll never have a problem in your life,’ and that always stuck with me,” Kaylene said.
Words to live by.
Victoria Curtis, beauty entrepreneur
When stunning blonde, Victoria Curtis, puts her mind to something you get the impression she will make it happen. The determined and well-spoken Melbourne native has called Brisbane home since her husband, Brisbane Roar goalkeeper, Michael Theo, was signed in 2010.
Since then Victoria has set about developing and producing Curtis Collection, her range of luxury salon-only make-up that is now stocked in 50 salons around Australia and 10 in New Zealand.
Victoria got her start in the business working for cosmetics giant, L’Oreal and it was through her work with hair salons that she learned what it would take to develop the range that would benefit both the salons and the customer.
“Cosmetics is one of those industries that is highly competitive and hard to break into but my time with L’Oreal taught me that idea of presentation, that when a client walks in to have that touch of luxury, a department store make-up counter feel in a beauty salon with an advisor to help you get the most out of the range and salons have really responded to that.”
So too have designers like Rachel Gilbert and Carla Zampatti, who chose Curtis Collection as their make-up partner for various events and the Dally M Awards organisers, who asked Victoria to be the official make-up partner for 2013. She hosted a styling suite at the Star Hotel for WAGS to get red-carpet ready.
“That was definitely a highlight for me – I was blown away,” she said.
So what does her very manly professional athlete husband think of all this girlie cosmetic stuff?
“He knows far too much about make-up for a professional athlete! He’s very hands-on with the brand, he loves it, to have something that is ours and separate and totally different from the sport is great. He’s so supportive, it couldn’t have worked out better for us.”
2014 looks set to be her year with expansion plans and new collaborations in the works.
Sapphire de Geode, model
With her porcelain skin, cheekbones that could cut glass and eyes that a Siberian Husky would be jealous of, 17-year-old Sapphire is on the verge of international modeling glory.
In 2013 the ethereal beauty and science buff got an agent in Paris and New York, shot for countless magazines and campaigns, won the Sunseeker Model Search competition, oh and she graduated from The Gap State High School too.
This year will see her return to Paris to chase her dream of walking in the international collection shows, like her modeling hero and fellow Queenslander, Nicole Pollard.
“Dior would be the one show I would love to book, I would love to work for Dior,” she enthuses.
Paris’ pull was strong in 2013 but she wanted to finish high school before jetting off for international fame.
Despite all the attention and what we are sure is a lot more to come, Sapphire said she has no chance of letting her success go to her head. She is the youngest of four sisters (with careers as diverse as security guard, criminologist and café worker).
“They are proud of me, they don’t talk about it too much, they say congrats, you’re a model - now do the dishes.”
Something tells me she won’t be doing dishes at home for long.
Dawn is Mine By Jessy Cameron
Online retailer, Jessy Cameron, is not a new name on the Brisbane fashion scene with her boutique, Molten Store, a huge national success. What is new is the label she has just designed herself that looks set to become the name on the fingers, wrists and necks of every style-savvy girl in the country.
Dawn is Mine is the clever name given to the range, with the debut collection inspired by cult classic 1950s TV show, The Twilight Zone. Titled, The Time Element, the range takes the 1950s modernist vision of the future and twists it into edgy brass and silver bijoux that have Jessy’s intellectual and slightly tribal take on fashion imbedded into each piece.
“The 1950s interpretation of what the future would look like is so awkward, I love it! The pieces look like they were made in the 1950s and buried in a time capsule since then so they have aged and oxidized beautifully,” she said.
The collection took Jessy a year to put together from designing the collection to finding the right manufacturer in Indonesia but she said she has had the idea floating around for a lot longer.
“I’ve always been a lover of jewellery and I’ve had the ideas for a long time,” she said.
“Dawn is Mine is a bit of an adventure for me, I think passion gives as much energy as it takes and hopefully the lack of sleep won’t matter too much!”
Talia Richman, model
She has already worked for brands such as DKNY, Juicy Couture and Armani Jeans and is a favorite with local athletic brand Lorna Jane – it seems Talia is poised on the edge of making it big in the modeling world in 2014.
The 18-year-old is an exotic mix of English, Scottish and Indian and was born in London, raised in Perth and moved to Brisbane when she was 10.
“I’m sure people used to think I was adopted, I’m tall, with brown hair and a tan and my Mum is petite, pale and blonde,” she said.
Talia graduated from Brisbane Girls Grammar in 2012 but has been modeling since she was 13. Last year she travelled to Milan and New York booking some great jobs along the way that she hopes to consolidate by heading back to London and New York this year.
“I really want to do the shows this season, I’d love to walk for Chanel or Gucci or do something like Victoria’s Secret, that’s a model’s dream.”
The film photography buff carries her Pentax film camera with her wherever she goes and is picking up lots of tips from the photographers she has worked with.
“I’ve been taking lots of pictures of other models when I travel, I’ve learned so much from the photographers I’ve become friends with,” she said.
“I like being on the other side of the lens as well.”