Anna Weatherlake, partner of Cricket Australia’s Peter Siddle, can only be described as honest, upfront and genuine. Anna is also a very passionate vegan. In fact, Anna is an ethical vegan, meaning she not only follows a vegan diet, but extends the vegan philosophy into all areas of her life, opposing the use of animals and animal products for any purpose. In short, when Anna contacted me about styling her for the Allan Border Medal, she was very clear that when trying to acquire a gown, it needed to be free of any animal products.
I’d never really thought about vegan-ism outside of dietary preferences, however it meant that any gown constructed would need to be free of any silk and/or leather, this also applied to her accessories. Anna trusted me to source a designer who would not only bring to life the vision we had, but gave me the freedom to do whatever I wanted.
Enter Melbourne designer, Kyha Simpson of OneDay Bridal. I’ve been fortunate to call Kyha a friend for many years and we’ve worked together many times. Some might say we are a well oiled machine – I’d probably agree. So when you know someone extremely well, you can trust each other to take things to the next level. We were determined to do so on this occasion.
In previous years, Anna has made bold colour choices with her red carpet gowns. After some initial discussion, Kyha and I felt very strongly that the gown and her total look, including her hair, should be in stark contrast to anything she’d done before. Modern, structure and clean lines was something all three of us agreed on.
Kyha’s final design encompassed polyester, raffia and glass beads and really took my breath away. Kyha is truly talented and I’m so proud to have worked with her on this project.
It was around this time we discussed the “faux bob”. In theory, a great idea – fashion forward and directional, however with the awards being held in Sydney, who could I trust to bring this critical piece of the look together?
Enter Sydney celebrity hair and make up artist, Tobi Henney who also happens to be not only very talented, but one of the nicest people I could wish to know. I trusted her completely.
Finally, Anna’s accessories included a vintage white clutch (non-leather of course!) and fine jewellery pieces by Damselfly, designed by Christianna Heideman.
It was beyond a pleasure to work with this gorgeous girl who trusted me completely and our amazing team, who honestly are the best in the business.
Gown// One Day Bridal
Jewellery // Damselfly
Hair & Make Up // Tobi Henney
Photography// Kiera Chevell