There is no question that Talisa Sutton is a very determined woman. After stints working in the editorial and digital design worlds, Talisa, alongside her husband, recently launched an online publication, Badlands Journal, which focuses on both fashion and lifestyle. Probably best known as a fashion influencer, there is a certain insouciance about her style, but the foundation lays firmly in the basics. Here she talks us through her picks for the new season.
Photography by Will Braden.
You’ve recently launched Badlands journal with your husband – could you tell us a little about the concept:
"I have always been passionate about magazines, and this year the time felt right to launch my own publication. With both of us having worked in editorial design and digital, we wanted to create something fresh and modern, which really showcases the best of Australian talent. Our platform looks and feels like a magazine, but exists purely online. It allows us to make interactive and shoppable content alongside editorials and features across fashion, beauty, lifestyle and culture."
Is there a certain creative philosophy you have maintained in your work throughout the years?
"I always have a less is more approach to my work - everything is refined and considered, and this definitely comes across in our aesthetic approach. My husband and I also work collaboratively on our design practice, Badlands Studio, and our philosophy is always to push ourselves creatively, while focusing on our unique style and direction."
Where do you find inspiration from?
"Travel, art and culture are my top three. I always feel creatively refreshed when I’m in a new environment, taking in the architecture, visiting new galleries, and even people watching in different cities can be very inspiring from a style perspective. I also love old films (French New Wave is a favourite) and different eras of design which influence my work."
What do you love most about the creative community in Australia?
"Australia is very unique in that we have a free, and relaxed approach to style and creating, but we’re also very driven and contemporary. I think because we are so far away from other capital cities, we’re always pushing ourselves to think in new ways, and we fuse that signature Australian style into our work. Everyone is always so helpful and accommodating too - I have a great network of creative friends that I can always go to for advice, or even just a motivating catch-up!"
You have such a beautiful home! How did you go about styling it?
"Thank you! Our home has come together very organically. We were very lucky to purchase this apartment at the start of the year, and the art deco building worked in perfectly with our style. We sanded the floors and painted them white, and added a fresh coat to the walls. We also replaced several of the lights. From there we worked with our existing collection of furniture to create a minimal yet cosy space. My design influences are definitely a mix of mid-century meets Scandi minimalism - and I love that California bungalow style. Since we moved in, we have added greenery, some new artwork (which I absolutely love) and a few little home decor accessories which have really updated the space. Now it really feels like home!"
What are some of your favourite pieces from the shoot and why?
"My style is all about ease - I think style and comfort should go hand in hand. That’s why I loved the relaxed and effortless wardrobe essentials from the shoot - an easy black midi skirt with flattering side splits, a simple black cami that pairs back with everything, and the pared-back jumpsuit."
How do you approach trans-seasonal dressing?
"I look to classic essentials that can be worked back with more seasonal pieces for a capsule wardrobe that works across all seasons. Staples for me are denim, white shirts, a leather jacket, black blazer, linen trousers and t-shirts. For spring-summer I’ll add lighter dresses and a denim skirt, then for autumn-winter I love a good coat, cosy knits and a cashmere scarf in the mix."
What is your style ethos?
"Minimal, classic and comfortable - with a little nod to that effortless French aesthetic."