Picture life as one of Australia's most highly-regarded fashion designers: a fast-paced, colourful whirlwind of airports, meetings, studio time and fashion weeks. That's the reality for Camilla Freeman-Topper, the creative force behind Sydney-based fashion brand Camilla and Marc.
Few Australian designers have garnered quite the following — and maintained it for ten years — as brother and sister pair Camilla Freeman Topper and Marc Freeman. Since the brand's 2003 launch at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, the design duo haven't looked back, explaining their evolution from small local label to international design juggernaut as "a carefully considered process."
The pair are participating in the Shop Small campaign, encouraging Australians to shop locally. But, don't be fooled, Camilla and Marc isn't just a hit at home, the brand is a common sight on the red carpet. "Drew Barrymore always looks beautiful in our pieces," Camilla said of her favourite celebrity to dress. A hard one to pick, considering the likes of Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Kirsten Dunst and Rose Byrne are all proven fans of the brand. But when it comes to her personal style, Camilla's most cherished pieces are the ones that strike a personal chord. "I have a lot of my late mother's pieces that I really adore and love."
Three months out from fashion week, we chatted with Camilla about what it takes to pull-off a show, the advice she'd give to a younger Camilla and mixing family, fashion and business. Keep reading.