A Word From The Wise: Glynis Traill-Nash
- So Glynis, tell me a little about you. What do you do for work and what do you do for pleasure.
My work and pleasure get a little mixed up these days. Luckily I love what I do! I’ve been a fashion editor/features writer at a number of titles including Grazia, In Style and The Sun-Herald. Now I’m freelance and write regularly for The Sydney Morning Herald and Rescu.com.au, and I contribute to CNNGo.com and a number of other magazines. I also have a sneaky sideline as a jazz singer…
- Having just taken part and attended RAFW. How do you feel Australian fashion shapes up to its US and European markets?
I think they are very different markets, in that our way of living and climate calls for a much bigger casualwear offering. I’m a big believer in Australian talent, and it’s great to see so many of our designers doing well overseas, including Zimmermann, Willow, Collette Dinnigan and Josh Goot. That said, one of the biggest problems for our industry is that our prices are quite high—often because of importing fabrics and having collections made in Australia, which is really important. That coupled with the GFC and the high Australian dollar means that our designers are suffering internationally at the moment.
- What was your RAFW highlight?
Toni Maticevski reduced me to tears, as usual—he is pretty much unparalleled for me. And he hadn’t shown in Sydney for five years, so we missed him! I also loved Fernando Frisoni, Lover, Magdalena Velevska, Lisa Ho, Therese Rawsthorne, Dion Lee, Gary Bigeni, Carl Kapp and Michael Lo Sordo. And Christopher Dobosz will be one to watch in the next few years—he showed his first collection since graduating from TAFE last year.
- What is your favourite shoe designer? And what is your dream pair of shoes?
Well, I’m a big fan of Roger Vivier, now designed by Bruno Frisoni, whose shoes I also adore. I have two pairs of the Vivier Pilgrim styles with the silver buckles, one pair of heels in black patent leather (my all-time favourites) and a flat silver pair. I bought both at Saks in New York—their shoe department is so big it has its own postcode! I’m still kicking myself for not buying the Acne Pistol boots when they first came out. I’m also craving the perfect pair of black patent penny loafers—current leaders on that front are by Dieppa Restrepo.
- What would make you rescue a shoe rather than throwing it out, as in what makes a shoe more than a shoe?
If you love a shoe, you will rescue it—it doesn’t matter whether it’s cheap or expensive. I’ve had boots that I’ve had re-zipped and re-soled two or three times, until the leather literally couldn’t support doing it again, because I loved them so much. I’m a firm believer in only buying shoes that you love, which will ensure that you look after them.
- The fashion industry is a fickle beast, how does one work (and continue to work) in this business?
Quite aside from what people assume, in Australia at least most of the people in the fashion industry are rather lovely—so that makes it very easy to keep clocking in!
- Where will people be seeing or hearing about you next?
I’m very excited to have been a guest judge on an episode of Project Runway, which airs in June or July. And aside from my regular writing gigs, I also have my own blog now (www.missprescottpresents.wordpress.com), which covers all things fashion and film, so lots of fashion shorts and also some features, new and old, with interesting fashion elements. The name comes from Maggie Prescott, the fashion editor in Funny Face, one of my all-time favourite fashion films.