Style Melbourne

Hey Hey, it’s Miss J.

No, you’re not having Melbourne Spring Fashion Week-induced hallucinations. You may very well have spotted America’s Next Top Model judge J. Alexander around Melbourne lately. The Parisian-based catwalk coach was visiting town as an ambassador for Fruche. I’ve spied him at Caulfield’s Spring Racing Carnival launch (Woodford & Co’s Classic Style Award entry earned his approval, as it did mine), at MSFW’s opening gala and at a welcoming brunch at Chadstone’s Bouchée Café.

It was here – amid his whirlwind life (he will return to our shores later in the year) flitting between Paris and New York fashion weeks, the Emmy Awards, Vogue’s Night Out, an AIDS fundraiser in Dallas and television work – that I managed to ask him about his impressions of Australian fashion.

“I think Australian women dress quite conservatively…but are still stylish”. His eyes have a tendency to open wide, in a pointed fashion when he spies someone dressed more ‘conservatively’ than ‘stylishly’. I’d love to take him to some of the slightly more bohemian fashion events I get to explore and introduce him to Melbourne labels like a.Concept or Materialbyproduct.

He reels off the big name labels he appreciates; “Alex Perry, [when I saw] his black ballgown, I thought I’d die…Toni Maticevski…Akira Isogawa, I stumbled into a show of his by accident in Paris…”. To Sass and Bide, “I have a racer-back, bugle-beaded top by them that I have worn to death. To. Fucking. Death. I have to put it away now until it’s ‘vintage'”.

In real life “Miss J” is gracious, has AH-mazing skin and is happy to show you how to strut like the glamazons do.

Additional photography courtesy Chadstone

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