Gary Pepper A fashion, travel and lifestyle site dedicated to capturing beauty from the simple to the serene, Gary Pepper is the ultimate day dream. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:24:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nicole Warne for Roland Mouret Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:44:15 +0000 So, here it is, the official campaign for Roland Mouret's Woolmark Collection.]]>

Look 1: Electra Dress
Look 2: Atrai Dress
Look 3: Eugene Top and Sitona Skirt

Look 4: Anser Dress / Montsouris Bag / Aviator Mirror Sunglasses
Look 5: Leana Dress

So, here it is, the official campaign for Roland Mouret’s Woolmark Collection.

It’s extremely humbling to be a part of this, especially as I’m not a traditional model nor have I ever imagined it to be a part of my career. The concept behind who Roland’s chooses to front his campaigns is not based on looks, but instead based on “real women, women who embody female empowerment – modern women in a man’s world.”

“When it came to pairing with a personality that captured the essence of this exclusive collection, many names came to mind, but Nicole stood out. From humble beginnings with her e-commerce site and personal style blog, she has forged a path for herself in the fashion and digital community and elevated herself and the Gary Pepper brand all on her own. As a self-made woman; owning her own successful company by the age of 20 – she is admirable yet enviable, relatable yet accessible, and the fundamental modern woman.”

This has to be the quirkiest photo shoot I’ve been a part of. Maria, the photographer, was throwing direction at me every few seconds. “Light this lighter! Roll this dragon fruit up and down your leg! Put on these gardening gloves and swing off the rail!”. I would envision Roland Mouret’s campaigns to be so poised, controlled, refined… but after meeting Roland and Sophia Neophitou, his creative director, it became instantly clear just how playful their personalities are and the unexpected and abstract inspirations that inevitably make the Roland Mouret DNA so infectious.

The Roland Mouret Australian Merino Wool Collection is available exclusively from and Myer in Sydney and Melbourne locations.

I hope you all love it as much as I do! A special thank you to Roland, Sophia, Eugenia and the entire team who made this campaign such a pleasure to be a part of, as well as one of the craziest!

Photographer: Maria Ziegelbock
Stylist: Sophia Neophitou Apostolou
Model: Nicole Warne @ IMG
Creative Director: Sophia Neophitou Apostolou

Make Up Artist: Karina Constantine @ CLM
Hair Artist: Lyndell Mansfield @ CLM
Nails Artist: Ama Quashie @ CLM

Videographer: Dominic Dorin
Behind The Scenes Photographer: Jessie Bush

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Shooting for Roland Mouret Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:00:47 +0000 To embody the Roland Mouret woman is an honour, and I could not be happier to welcome his iconic vision to Australia for the very first time. ]]>

It’s been a while since my last post, as I’ve been physically jumping from one country to the next. I started my summer abroad working in Hong Kong, and then flew to London for 48 hours for meetings, Sicily for one week on a personal trip with 8 of my close friends (the first time I’ve ever traveled overseas with a group of friends!), Paris for 48 hours with Lancome, and now Luke and I are in Norway for his 30th birthday and to also start shooting a very exciting project!

During my 48 hours in London I had the chance to stop by Roland Mouret‘s flagship store, which is also his incredible light-filled office. Roland had just released his exclusive 8 piece collection with Woolmark and Myer, which was a campaign we shot in secret over 4 months ago in the very same light-filled space.

For my younger readers who may not be familiar with Roland Mouret, his deep understanding of the woman’s body and sharp focus on structure and silhouettes has been celebrated around the world for the past decade. Arguably the mentor of Victoria Beckham – a very close friend – Roland’s super chic, polished and refined aesthetic has earned him a cult-following of nearly every A-list celebrity you can think of, even royalty like Kate Middleton. But regardless of the countless celebrities who declare their love and appreciation for Roland’s work, it’s the personal love and appreciation I’ve had for his aesthetic that make this campaign extremely special for me. To embody the Roland Mouret woman is an honour, and I could not be happier to welcome his iconic vision to Australia for the very first time. Why did it take so long for Roland Mouret to come to Australia? I wish I knew the answer, but trust me, it’s been well worth the wait…

These are some behind-the-scenes images from our shoot at the beginning of the year. I’ll be releasing the final campaign in a few days time when the collection is available to purchase on the 17th of July.

You can also view our behind the scenes video here.

Photographer – Maria Ziegelbock
Stylist - Sophia Neophitou Apostolou
Model – Nicole Warne @ IMG
Hair – Lyndell Mansfield @ CLM
Creative Direction – Sophia Neophitou Apostolou
Behind The Scenes Photographer – Jessie Bush

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Today’s Detail Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:03:28 +0000 I may have just found the perfect carry-on bag.]]>

Roberto Cavalli ‘Regina’ Bag / T by Alexander Wang Singlet / Spell Scallop Shorts / Acne Studios Sandals

I may have just found the perfect carry-on bag. Although many of you have commented about how large it is, I personally feel it’s the perfect size to keep all of my in-flight belongings like my notebook, iPad, headphones, battery chargers, hard drive, scarf (or necessary back-up blanket) etc, all safe in one place. Plus the neutral tone of this super soft leather keeps my spring outfits just a little bit fresher.

A special thank you to the Cavalli family for always being such a generous and hospitable family. Sending rainbows your way…

Photo by Luke Shadbolt

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Checking-in from Hong Kong Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:41:21 +0000 Just a quick update from the humid heat of the Hong Kong summer.]]>

H&M Dress / Mulberry Bayswater Shoulder Bag

Just a quick update from the humid heat of the Hong Kong summer. Luke and I are currently in Hong Kong working on a little travel project called the #hkinsider. We’ve been here a few years ago – you can see the posts here – so we’re thrilled to be invited back by Hong Kong Tourism once again to show you all a completely different perspective of Hong Kong… an insider look you could say.

Here we visited Wong Tai Sin Temple, where worshippers pray for good fortune through offerings, divine guidance and fortune telling. The temple itself is a colourful and visual delight, so I thought these photos would be the perfect place to start our journey through this city together!

Photos by Luke Shadbolt
Location @ Wong Tai Sin Temple, Hong Kong

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Rosella Sun, 22 Jun 2014 23:00:26 +0000 I’d like to welcome you all back to the beautiful world of Lancome through the Gary Pepper persepctive and share with you 'Rosella'; our story celebrating the colour pink and the pure romance you feel when we wear it.]]>

Recreate the look:
Lips: Lip Lover – Shade 351
Eyes: Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara
Cheeks: Blush Subtil
Base: Teint Miracle
Skin care: Advanced Genefique

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since my last editorial for Lancome. Last year, after celebrating the new Lancome x Alber Elbaz Collection launch in Paris, Luke and I traveled around France to create ‘Life is Beautiful’; a story about celebrating beautiful moments in life. From quintessential Parisian backdrops of the Eiffel Tower and romantic cafes, to serene and endless lavender and sunflower fields in Central France (the original home of Lancome), our locations were varied and we traveled far and wide to introduce you all to the beautiful world of Lancome through the Gary Pepper perspective.

This year, Luke and I couldn’t be more excited to continue our ‘Life is Beautiful’ story-telling adventures with Lancome. In celebration of their new Lip Lover collection (a vibrant, high shine gloss that is this decade’s answer to the 90’s Juicy Tube phenomenon), we’ve created our second story together called ‘Rosella’; a story dedicated to seeing the world through rose-coloured (or should I say pink) glasses. With a colour palette of 24 different shades of pink (9 of which are available in Australia), Lancome reinvents this feminine colour with a sparkling range infused with all the charms of coral, raspberry, pink-beige, rosewood and even deep purple.

Instead of just celebrating the colour pink through fashion and make-up, I wanted to take the story-telling one step further and visually immerse you all in a world of pink, literally. The pink shades of this lake were truly incredible – and felt perfectly poised to float into your loveliest daydreams. Although it may be hard to believe, pink lakes do actually exist outside of our own fantasy and this one provided the perfect setting for this very special story, with the different sections of the pink lake resemble a make-up palette when viewed from above.

This is easily the largest production Luke and I have ever worked on. Not in terms of a team (there’s only ever two of us), but in terms of logistics and time. We spent two days shooting as we only had a few hours of appropriate light; the pink lake glows it’s most iridescent when light is directly above and begins to turn silver by the late afternoon when light starts hitting it from an angle. Luke took most of the photos from the air in a sea plane, and as the airport was 45 minutes from the pink lake, this meant that I had to wait in the sun for an hour and a half before and after being dropped off, but it was well worth the wait (it’s never as glamorous as it seems!).

So after all of this, I’d like to welcome you all back to the beautiful world of Lancome through the Gary Pepper persepctive and share with you ‘Rosella’; our story celebrating the colour pink and the pure romance you feel when we wear it.

‘La Vie Est Belle’ or ‘Life is Beautiful’, and so are you…

Photos by Luke Shadbolt
Creative Direction by Nicole Warne @ IMG

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