Emma Read is a stylist, writer and creative consultant based in Sydney, Australia.
Emma’s experience on both the editorial and commercial sides of fashion gives her a well-balanced view of the fantasy and the reality of getting dressed every day, collected on staff as Fashion Editor across RUSSH, Grazia, ELLE and L'Officiel Australia, and Fashion Director of Cosmopolitan Australia.
Emma is also the style-mind behind advertising campaigns, wardrobe workshops and runway shows for some of fashion's biggest names, including Myer, Westfield, Topshop, Bonds and Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. Her eye for style stretches into her written work, having featured as a regular columnist to all her editorial publishing roles and she currently resides as Fashion Contributor at The Guardian Australia.
How do you define your style?
I’d say my style is seventies made modern - I like clean lines but with a nod to that era.
Who is your style icon ?
This is like picking my favourite child! Anita Pallenburg, Jane Birkin, Bridgitte Bardot and Bianca Jagger I come back to time and time again.
What is your signature style piece?
Jeans, a good-quality knit, a black or khaki blazer, a white shirt and tee, well-cut tuxedo pants, a great pair of cat-eye sunglasses (to hide my perennial eye bags!) and a beautiful perfume.
Where do shop - in stores, or on-line?
Predominately on-line, but I do love digging through vintage or markets when I can.
How do you experiment with your style ?
Being that I’m quite clean and classic in my day-to-day wardrobe, I love going a bit extra after dark - evening wear is a great opportunity to experiment. I’ll happily wear a gown with a flat sandal to dinner!
What is your favourite piece on the FAM site?
Speaking of gowns, this Alexander McQueen dress is perfection - I would live in this:
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