Photography: Julie Adams Hair: Amanda Kowalevsky from Oscar Oscar Salons Paddington Makeup: Sarina Zoe Words: Georgie Abay

Even before becoming a mother, Lill Jenner had mastered the art of looking effortlessly understated. It’s no surprise, then, that even though Jenner is now the mother to 10-month-old twin girl’s, Essie and Billie –her style hasn’t changed a bit. Today, the Bondi-based fashion designer whose personal aesthetic perfectly echoes that of the swimwear label Anna & Boy, which she co-designs with Anna Hewitt, is in a pair of leopard print cigarette pants, an A.P.C white T-shirt and bare feet. “Anna & Boy is pretty mum friendly. Most days, I’’ll wear a printed cigarette pant, a T-shirt, Converse and a trench coat. In summer, I wear lots of shorts and dresses.”

On motherhood, Jenner says: “Although often challenging, motherhood has been the most rewarding and beautiful experience of my life. It has calmed my soul and given me a greater purpose. I have always been a very optimistic and happy person but motherhood has made me wake up bright and early each morning with a smile on my face.”

Given both Jenner and Hewitt are now mothers, you can’t help but wonder if childrenswear is on the cards? “We will definitely launch childrenswear one day. It won’’t be too far away because we need pretty clothes to dress our girls in!”.

Lill’s little list of loves:

Looking at my babies sleeping.
Going for a run or yoga.
A big cook up with my husband – we both love to cook.
Earl Grey tea.
Designing Anna & Boy – a good balance to all the mum things I do!
Life drawing classes.
Watching my husband play with the girls he gets them into hysterics and it’s so great to watch.
Hendrick’s gin & tonic (Mumma’s milk! Is that wrong?).
Hanging out with both my sisters. We are very close and they are amazing aunties.
Reading a book or a good magazine. A luxury but when it happens it’s great.
Going to Byron Bay.

May 2013

 

Jacqueline Perrett is one of those effortlessly cool girls. Based in Sydney’s Bondi, the communications manager for fashion brand Bassike lives in a sun-drenched apartment with her architect partner Kelvin Ho and dog Lily. She became a mother for the first time back in November last year. “”Motherhood has taught me the ability to go with the flow and the power of three deep breaths. We tried to follow routines in the early days, but we ended up following Harriette’s own natural routine, it meant less stress for all involved. Now that she’’s older, we pretty much know what to expect each day.””

Working for a brand whose signature pieces include jersey basics and drawstring pants, dressing during pregnancy was easy for Perrett. She lived in bassike black leather track-pants, men’s oversized white shirts, suede loafers and styled her hair in ponytails. ““Post-baby I am still in the bassike leather track-pants. I wear a lot of bassike and I also love Celine, Proenza Schouler and Tome.”” And as for her daughter, Perrett loves cashmere jumpers from J. Crew, bassike mini for organic cotton slouch pants and striped T-shirts and Makie Clothier “for something special.”

Perrett is the kind of mum who scribbles daily musings about her daughter into a Smythson notebook, who buys her organic fruit and veggies and who lists watching her partner Kelvin and Harriette together as one of her favourite things. “”We want to teach Harriette about compassion; a strong sense of self; and to listen to – and trust – her inner wisdom.””

Jacqueline’s little list of loves:
Giving Harriette a bath. She loves kicking her legs in the water.
Shopping online for Harriette’s clothes.
Watching Kelvin and Harriette together –- it melts my heart!
Having my nails done.
An afternoon siesta.
Harriette’’s laugh.
Going to the organic shop and picking fruit and veggies for Harriette’’s meals.
Weekend walks with Kelvin, Harriette and our dog Lily.
Catching up with friends and their babies.
Putting my feet up and watching a little television at the end of the day.

Photography: Julie Adams Hair: Paloma Rose Garcia at Oscar Oscar Salons Paddington Make-up: Sarina Carruthers Words: Georgie Abay