Arianne Witt is a Sydney based fashion creative most commonly known for her style blog and expressive outlet Lola Jaggar. Arianne has a penchant for creative direction, styling, writing and content creating - as well as a love for experimenting with photography and has collaborated with many Australian and International brands. The rising fashion creative caught up with us to style her favourite pieces from the Stevie May Pre Winter '18 collection, while revealing insights into her personal style and creative space.
What does an average day look like for you?
Every day is different depending on what's going on in my schedule but most days I wake up early and start the day with a run around Centennial Park - I need fresh air first thing or my brain can't function, It's my alternative as a non coffee-drinker. Then I sit down have breakfast and start my work day after that. I usually like to spend my morning catching up on emails, brainstorming and putting together storyboards for collaborations and projects or attending events and meetings. Then in between all that I’m shooting content for myself, brands and also in collaboration with other bloggers - I’m lucky to be able to work with other creatives who are also friends.
What are your top 5 favourite pieces in Stevie May’s Unspoken Collection?
1/ The Curio Mini Dress because the intricate gold detailing is out-of-this-world. 2/ The Eclipse Ruffle Midi Dress because it's technically two dresses (hello lush lace slip underneath) and has the most diiiivine sleeve detailing. 3/ The Euphoria Mini Dress because there isn't anything better than a classic chic white mini dress with a bohemian feel - the perfect 'any occasion' dress that can dressed up or down. 4/ The Midnight Blooms Wrap Mini Dress - I absolutely love a floral mini and this wrap number is a favourite. I'm currently trying to wear less black and navy is a baby step in the right direction. 5/ The Rising Shadow Jumpsuit because a jumpsuit is a must! I love the raw detailing and frayed frills of this linen jumpsuit as well as the structure of the neckline. I would wear this both on its own with a pair of sandals and gold jewels or with a white fitted tee underneath.
How would you describe your personal style?
I love to experiment with different elements and add my own interpretation to different trends or styles like wearing blouses backwards, mismatched gold vintage earrings and mixing feminine and masculine pieces together. I'm forever styling back beautiful delicate lace dresses with boots, bohemian jumpsuits with sneakers, ruffle blouses with leather jackets and floral mini dresses with wide brim hats. Sunglasses are always a must - a classic cat-eye is a definite essential though I usually have 2-3 pairs of sunglasses floating around in my bag rain, hail or shine.
Why is fashion important to you?
I love the endless opportunities within fashion, the people I meet and work with as well as the creative freedom I have to express what I’m feeling. I'm a very visual person so I love moodboarding, creating content, doing anything that I can add my own twist to. I love being involved in the creative process and seeing how something evolves to the final product with a photoshoot. Whether it’s styling, creative direction or photography - it's always so rewarding seeing the end result of something you've worked really hard to create.
What is it about Stevie May that you resonate with?
I really resonate with the carefree spirit, effortlessly cool and sophisticated approach to fashion and the raw attitude that the brand embodies. The designs are very similar to how I like to dress - mixing luxe relaxed tailoring with soft feminine silhouettes. An ode to the modern day traveler which I’m all about.
Do you have a favourite space in your house? How does your space inspire creativity?
I'm currently in the middle of moving house so the answer to this question will probably soon change but right now it'd have to be my bedroom. I don't normally like to work too much in my bedroom as it can always be hard to separate your job from your personal space when you work from home but fortunately the room is extra big with a lot of space and organised compartments which makes it a dream to style outfits, lay out products that I need to shoot and maintain calm where it would otherwise be chaos. As it's upstairs, the space gets beautiful natural light which is lovely to shoot with alongside the white walls and floorboards. When I need a break from the indoors and want to soak up some sunshine and a fresh breeze I like to sit in the courtyard, we have a big wooden table outside perfect for days like that. I find that my space inspires my creativity as all my furniture and decor has been pieced together with injections of my personality and each element is inspirational to me. It's very important to create a homely space that represents your style because it creates the energy of the room and affects your mood. I also like to use the blank wall in my bedroom for impromptu moodboards, scouring my stack of collected magazines over the years to keep me inspired daily.