A big part of my job is visiting fashion events around Sydney—new collection launches, store openings, and runway shows, and more often than not, the most captivating woman in the room is Lesley Crawford. The 63-year-old stylist is always immaculately put together—her outfits so colourful and striking, it’s difficult not to stare. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in the same look twice, or in an all-black get up ever. When given the opportunity to interview her, I obviously jumped.
This season, Westfield has enlisted the help of a #NannaSquad to get organised for Christmas, and Crawford is part of the line-up, joining Patti Newton and Angie Hong. Why the nannas? Because these experts know how not to sweat the small stuff. Crawford will be snapping up her Christmas gifts at Westfield Bondi Junction (and even has her eye on something very handy for herself—but more on that below), so keep an eye out, you might spot one of her fab outfits IRL.
Keep scrolling to read our interview about her style, what she’s asking for this Christmas, and what she’ll be wearing on December 25.
Who What Wear Australia: What excites you about fashion?
Lesley Crawford: The creativity—interpreting the different trends of the season and making them your own.
WWW: You’re always in the most incredible outfits—can you reveal, how big is your wardrobe?
LC: I live in a warehouse so fortunately space is not an issue. I have six portable racks and when they get too full it is time to recycle.
WWW: With such an extensive closet, are there any pieces that you wear all the time, or are you always wearing something different?
LC: I try and wear something different each day and I like to mix it up. One day I’ll be in pants, and the next day a dress. I also mix the colour palette. In summer my outfit often revolves around my nail polish colour.
WWW: What are your favourite Australian labels?
LC: My all-time favourite Australian fashion label is Easton Pearson. This definitely dominates my wardrobe. I also love Romance Was Born, Toni Maticevski, Lee Matthews, Gary Bigeni, and Michael Lo Sordo.
WWW: And your favourite international designers?
LC: Dries Van Noten,Gucci, Prada, and Issey Miyake.
WWW: What country is your favourite to shop vintage?
LC: Most of the vintage clothes are too small for my frame so I tend to do more designer consignment shopping. I have had great success in New York and Paris in consignment stores. I also plan to go to Tokyo soon and I look forward to shopping there. I love kimonos.
WWW: Who are your style icons?
LC: I love Tilda Swinton, Muccia Prada and Iris Apfel's extraordinary accessories collection.
WWW: Who in Australia, do you think has amazing style?
LC: I am inspired by the next generations of young women—Margaret Zhang, Anna Plunkett (of Romance Was Born), Kylie Gonder, Bree McDonald, Chloe Hill and Angel Robertson.
WWW: What are you asking for this Christmas?
LC: Good health and happiness for my family and friends, firstly. And a pair of Bose wireless headphones I saw at Westfield Bondi Junction. I love listening to podcasts while walking my dogs in the morning.
WWW: What will you wear on Christmas day?
LC: I haven't thought that far ahead yet but Christmas Day will be something that makes me feel good and comfortable.