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On Sydney Style

Author Sara Lieberman Photography Daniel Boud

styleEve Smith (aka Eve Special), 28, Fashion model and DJ

Give us the scoop on Sydney’s style personality.

It’s very laid-back here. There’s something about being on their own continent that gives Australian designers the freedom to create really sensible essentials and basics. People don’t really dress up. The designs are not fussy or overdone or overworked. Designers cater to a very chic but simple crowd with a clean aesthetic.

Do you have any Aussie-designed wardrobe staples?

I’ve been wearing Ksubi jeans for at least 10 years. They do a whole bunch of different cuts and washes, but I love their skinnies. They grip your body and are great to DJ in.

Tell us about today’s look.

The By Weave jumpsuit is the ultimate in Sydney ease, but I love how technical the design is with all the cutouts. Weave’s designs are like no one else’s, feminine and unique without being fussy—a distinctly Australian design trait. It tends to elicit that coveted “Where did you get that?” reaction. This choker, from my favorite LA-based wanderlust label, Cleobella, adds a ’90s spin and pairs well with any necklace, like this Monica Vinader long rose gold “E” initial pendant. The BCBGeneration shoes are so comfy I could walk the Bondi-Bronte in them, and the sunglasses are a street market find. The Alexander Wang bag sharpens up any look, and that punchy Ferrari red somehow goes with everything!

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