Stylist Marina Didovich on why she never says never when it comes to fashion

What’s at the top of your wish list? A gold “Panthère de Cartier” watch with the triple loop bracelet.


What’s your fragrance of choice? I don’t wear perfume a lot but when I do it’s Maison Francis “Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge” or Sśaint “Modus Vivendi”.

Any go-to jewellery? A gold Bulgari “Serpenti” ring and Cartier “Juste un Clou” ring. Also, a Cartier “Love” bracelet that Steven [Marina’s husband, photographer Steven Chee] bought me in Paris.

Who’s your fashion inspiration? Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. I love the evolution, their story; they dramatically changed their direction to become icons in the fashion community.

Can you remember a favourite outfit from when you were a child? My heritage is Croatian and my baba [grandmother] made a lot of my clothes, beautiful dresses with smocking and embroidery.

The evolution of Mary-Kate (left) and Ashley Olsen and their label, The Row, is an inspiration to Marina.Credit:Getty Images

And your worst fashion mistake? I have curly hair and about seven years ago I cut it really short, like a bowl. It was a cool thing to do at the time but I look at the photos now and cringe.

Can you remember your first fashion moment? Growing up, my little sister was obsessed with Italian Vogue. We lived in West Auckland and that just wasn’t a thing. I’d make fun of her and we’d fight. Then one day I picked up a copy and just got it; the magazine completely opened my eyes to the world of fashion.

Is there anything you’d never wear? No, I’ve said “never” in the past, then fast-forward five years and I’m wearing it. Like the little ’90s Miu Miu tennis skirts; I never thought I would be into that vibe again. Next minute …

What current trend do you like? Anything clean and minimal that I am going to wear tirelessly. I’m not putting my card down any more to buy something just for a cool Instagram photo or to wear once to an event.

What shoes do you wear most often? Over winter, black croc Totême “The Wide Shaft” boots, Chanel hiking boots and Gia Borghini x Pernille Teisbaek shearling sandals. In the warmer months I’ll wear a pair of black sandals from The Row I’ve had for years and thrash my Jil Sander sandals.

What do you wear on a typical working day? Jeans, a bodysuit, blazer and flat shoes.

And your favourite off-duty, casual Sunday look? I live in Bondi, so it’s going to be activewear.

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