Arsineh Houspian July 29, 2012
Frankie Cust. Photo: Arsineh Houspian
WHO FRANKIE CUST, 27
I AM running a provincial antique store.
I AM WEARING a 1930s shearling coat that I bought in Daylesford, a dress from Dot & Herbey in St Kilda, this bag is a 1950s British Vintage tapestry and hand-beaded bag, and my boots are 1970s vintage Brazilian catleia boots. My hat is from Frocks and Slacks, also in St Kilda.
MY STYLE IS my grandmother's wardrobe. I never buy anything new unless it's Australian made.
I ADMIRE THE STYLE OF my nanna and nanma. They both passed away before I was born and I've spent my life trying to find clothes they would have worn from photos. I love Vivienne Westwood because she created punk and she's still fabulous even though she's old.
MY FAVOURITE LABEL is Prada. Miuccia always starts the trends that everyone else copies.
MY FAVOURITE PLACE TO SHOP IS Frocks and Slacks in St Kilda. They are the best vintage store; they really have the most diverse and true vintage collection in Melbourne. The Mill Markets in Daylesford has a great eclectic mix of bits and pieces.
MY BIGGEST FASHION MISTAKE WAS low-rise hipster jeans, for so many reasons: the muffin top, the awful body shape they give you as they accentuate the widest part of your body, and, of course, the inability to bend or sit down when someone is behind you.
WHEN I WAS A KID I used to dress up as Janet Jackson. I had a crop top and baggy jeans that I would unbutton and roll over.
I WOULD NEVER BE CAUGHT DEAD IN thongs; I don't believe in them. Unless you're at the beach, they are not appropriate footwear for a lady.