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. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 06:16:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mademoiselle’s Rouge Coco Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:51:11 +0000 A modern take on an iconic classic - Rouge Coco by Chanel.]]>

Look 1: Chanel Rouge Coco #444 Gabrielle / ASOS Top / Eugenia Kim Hat 
Look 2: Chanel Rouge Coco #420 Vera / Caroline Issa x Nordstrom Collection Jacket / Sarah & Sebastian Ring
Look 3: Chanel Rouge Coco #450 Ina / Vintage Chanel Jacket / Eugenia Kim Hat


A little while ago I set out to create this story as a modern take on an iconic classic – Rouge Coco by Chanel. Often for my editorial work I start with a location as the foundation of my concept and continue to build the remaining story around this; lighting, styling, hair and make-up, tone of voice and mood quickly follow, but for this particular story I wanted to keep it simpler, cooler, more effortless, and experiment with how Luke and I could rely on studio lighting and the art direction instead. After all, it is a beauty shoot, which can often limit the freedom you have with framing the photograph without losing the detail of the make-up, so how could I try to make it more interesting?

Twiggy and Andy Warhol were the main inspiration for this shoot. I wanted it to feel more playful than other work I’ve done in the past, with an art pop influence and a touch of French glamour. To celebrate an iconic lipstick that ‘embodies sensuality, joy and radiance’, this story is all about fusing the old with the new, film with digital, black and white with colour, the simple with the unexpected.

Victoria Baron joined the team and understood immediately what beauty look I was trying to achieve. We faced the problem of referencing Twiggy beauty looks seen on caucasian women – there seemed to be none I could find shown on an Asian woman. Luckily, Victoria is one of the best make-up artists in Australia and has a vast background of knowledge and experience with applying make-up to an Asian face.

Richard Kavanagh, another talent at the top of their game and one of the best in our Australian industry, came on board as our hair stylist. We created this messy up-do to keep the look textured but simple, purely to let the beauty look shine for itself.

The new Rouge Coco collection, all named after Mademoiselle Chanel’s circle of friends; her close companions, her friends, her loves, her muses – comes in 29 new shades in 6 colour palettes ranging from bright reds, hot pinks and deep burgundies to soft rosewoods, beiges and oranges. I opted to showcase 16 of these shades that are available in Australia, with a strong focus on some of my personal favourites – #420 Vera (light pink), #444 Gabrielle (bright red), #450 Ina (hot pink) – colours I already wear both day and night.

Merci Beaucoup, Mademoiselle Chanel.

Note: There are two GIF animations in this post, so if they aren’t moving in motion just wait for them to load or refresh your page once or twice.

Photographer / Art Director: Luke Shadbolt
Stylist / Creative and Art Director: Nicole Warne @ IMG
Make-up Artist: Victoria Baron @ MAP
Hair Artist: Richard Kavanagh @ DLM

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Valentino FW 15/16 Show Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:02:29 +0000 Here's a quick post of the beautiful Valentino show we saw today.]]>

I type this as I’m literally boarding our flight back to Sydney from Paris Fashion Week with a few minutes to spare! Where on earth did the time go?

Here’s a quick post of the beautiful Valentino show we saw today – a special story with and Valentino is coming shortly that I can’t wait to share with you. I hope you love, and a little surprise is at the end of this live-stream, which I’m sure you would have seen go viral by now, as it was truly something we haven’t seen at Fashion Week in recent memory.

Video courtesy of Valentino

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#NYFW: Details at BOSS Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:52:44 +0000 This season of New York Fashion Week was easily my busiest season yet. ]]>

BOSS Full Look

This season of New York Fashion Week was easily my busiest season yet. I was so busy that I didn’t get a chance to actually take care of myself properly, so I fell incredibly ill on my last day in the city and couldn’t move from my hotel room. I was suppose to stay in LA for two nights, but I changed my flights and flew home early to try and recover quickly. Unfortunately there has been a short delay with any New York content or content in general being published, but I’m finally back on the mend and starting to function like a human again, which is just in time for my friends wedding today!

Here are some detail shots from the BOSS show. This season I was one of five who took part in the livestream, which was hosted by one of my dear friends Caroline Issa – the ultimate BOSS girl and the epitome of chic. Five of us were given an iPhone 6+ to provide our own unique perspective of the runway show, with all the coverage being uploaded to the BOSS livestream. I was so busy shooting the show that I didn’t get a chance to see all of the little details until this post.

More updates coming this week!

Photographer: Madelyn Wray

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Nylon Cover Girl Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:12:32 +0000 The shoot was extremely Nylon and quirky and whacky.]]>


After years of emailing one liners that simply said “Where in the world are you now? Shoot?” to each other, Byron and I finally came together to work on my Nylon Singapore cover story, which seemed to be the ultimate project for his bright and bold aesthetic and one of my favourite shoots to date. To make the deal even more special, Peter Simon Phillips took charge of the styling (I used to intern for Pete during my Grazia days, so it’s humbling when everything comes full circle) for our Australiana themed story and easily managed to keep this editorial high fashion and tasteful rather than tacky. There was colour, there was layering, there was green eyeliner and a rooftop full of plush toys – the shoot was extremely Nylon and quirky and whacky. I still felt like myself and adore how the editorial turned out.

Thank you to Nylon Singapore for having me as your cover girl!

Photographer: Byron Spencer @ DLM
Styling: Peter Simon Phillips @ Company1
Hair and Make-up: Katrina Raftery @ DLM

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Oahu Diary Sat, 07 Feb 2015 03:46:16 +0000 Here are my recommendations for a trip to Oahu.

1. Zimmermann Porcelain Bikini (more styles here)
2. ASOS Floral Dress / Ancient Greek Sandals / Eugenia Kim Hat
3. Zimmermann Porcelain Smock Dress (in-stock here)
4. ASOS Off Shoulder White Top / J Brand White Denim Shorts
5. ASOS Off Shoulder Striped Top / Citizens of Humanity High Waist Denim Shorts
6. Altuzarra Denim Lace Dress
7. ASOS Fluffy Cream Jumper

This photo diary is one of my favourites so far. Maybe because it actually took over a week to edit our whole Hawaii trip and we still managed to make the time to publish it here (something I still need to do for Norway, Sicily and most of our Europe travels from 2013 and 2014!), or maybe because it reminded me of how Luke and I would spend our time in the very early days of Gary Pepper, where we would take an entire afternoon to shoot photos aimlessly and just have fun together. Back then I would update this space once every 1-2 weeks, with my focus being purely on the online vintage store, so it’s been a while since we’ve delegated time to just enjoy each others company like this.

My recommendations for a trip to Oahu would be:

- Don’t stay in Waikiki and avoid the tourist hot spots. Instead book a private apartment or house and stay along the North Shore or East Side. We stayed in the funniest little house because we booked so last minute, but the landlord was so sweet and gave us a tour of her garden and gave us avocados, fruit and fresh coconuts to take home. This intimate local experience is rare to find staying at commercial hotels.

- Hire a car. We hired a car as we wanted to explore much of the island and Luke wanted to see various beaches for sunrise or sunset. Hiring cars can always be a little expensive, but you won’t find taxis along the North Shore and as it’s such a small neighbourhood, you’ll feel safe driving on its one main road. Even I drove in Oahu despite how nervous the thought of driving on the right side of the road made me.

Try all the food trucks you can. If it was anywhere else in the world, I’d probably assume these food trucks were the same as the ones you find at carnivals, music festivals or on the side of the street, but they’re nothing like that in Hawaii. They’re delicious, convenient and lusciously affordable.

Luke’s favourites are North Shore Tacos and Pupukea Grill, which both serve Mexican food. North Shore Tacos is more like a little diner and here we fell in love with their pineapple mocktails that come inside a fresh pineapple. There were various food trucks we stopped in to try, like Haleiwa Bowls / Acai Bowls for breakfast, Pupukea Grill / Mexican lunch and The Elephant Truck / Thai dinner. There wasn’t any coffee trucks along the North Shore (why!?), so every morning we would visit The Coffee Bean next to Foodland for our daily caffeine fix.

Just a warning: the almond milk tastes like pure sugar but I couldn’t find anything better!

Do a one day road trip along the East Side and stop in at as many beaches as you can. We started down at Sandy Beach for sunrise and worked our way back, stopping at Waimanalo Bay, Lanikai Beach and Makapu Beach Park. Keep an eye out for little swings or local stalls along the shoreline too. It’s incredibly picturesque and the waters are turquoise clear.

- Spend an afternoon doing one of Oahu’s various hiking trails. There are so many hiking trails in Oahu but we didn’t get to do any as they were all rained out during our week of thunderstorms. Most are illegal now and you enter at your own risk. We wanted to do The Stairway to Heaven, which Luke’s friends have done before and advised going before sunrise to avoid the security, but we just ran out of time. We attempted to do Dead Man’s Catwalk one afternoon but our maps took us to the opposite of where the entrance was, so we took it as a sign that we weren’t meant to go and continued on our road trip.

Disclaimer: Please do your research on these hikes before you decide to do one. They are dangerous and often only for experienced hikers. I don’t encourage nor take responsibility for anyone who decides to do one.

- Spend $15 and buy goggles and snorkels. The beaches along the North Shore are perfect for snorkelling, surfing or swimming. We went to Foodland and bought some cheap goggles and snorkels to go exploring in the shallow waters of Shark’s Cove or Laniakea Beach. Laniakea is one of the prime places for turtle spotting and often you can see them resting along the shoreline. Unfortunately we didn’t spot any, but I’m positive we’ll be back.

If you’re after dolphin spotting, we heard the best place was Pokai Beach. Apparently there’s pods of dolphins every morning during summer. You can also do dolphin spotting or shark tours that take you out to deeper waters, but that kind of freaks me out.

This post has taken me roughly five hours to finish, which doesn’t include how long it took us to edit the photos. I hope you enjoy! Kauai is up next…

Photographer: Luke Shadbolt and Nicole Warne

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