Street Seen: colour makes my day
LEANNE DALLEMOLLE-PIGDON, 54
I AM AT Pizzini Wines, King Valley Road, Whitfield.
I AM a primary school teacher. I teach preps.
I AM WEARING
Leanne Dallemolle-Pigdon.Credit:Arianna Lucente
a beret that I bought in Beechworth. I love wearing hats and trying different styles. I bought my poncho in Melbourne, either from a market or at a shop in the DFO. I’ve got about three or four of them and I just love them because they’re warm and you can just put one on, look good, and not worry about it. My scarf is very woolly and warm, and it’s another great one on cold days to just throw on. These jeans are some old favourites from Melbourne, and my boots are very well-worn and comfortable, especially for walking around a winery in winter when you don’t want to worry about heels. I think I bought them from a store in Carlton many years ago. My bag is from overseas but I don’t remember the designer. My jewellery is really bizarre because I’m into big earrings. I like to think I started the trend, because I would wear them when it wasn’t in fashion and now they’re everywhere. I have a very wide collection and I just go by the mood I’m in and what I’m wearing that day. Usually they’re big, round, colourful and even fluffy. My friend Marie bought me this African-style bangle. I’m Italian but I love African style. It’s a real winner because it buzzes every time I go through airport security when I go overseas, so I know that Marie is with me all the time. I have no idea where my necklace is from, but it’s just gorgeous and I wear it with everything so it’s a favourite.
MY STYLE IS unique I suppose. It’s colourful and an expression of how I feel. Colour is in the world and we need to wear it. If I’m colourful, it makes my day because my personality shines through.
I ADMIRE THE STYLE OF old movie stars. My mum used to love movies. She was a seamstress who worked for a tailor in Carlton, so I learnt a lot about fashion and style from her. She used to love Gina Lollobrigida in those days and talked about Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn. We used to watch all their movies and I suppose that’s where it all started.
MY FAVOURITE PLACES TO SHOP ARE I just love strip-shopping, markets and op-shops. I don’t gravitate towards any specific designers. Often, I just click with a style that I like. But I do love op-shopping because that’s where you find the treasures. Sometimes it can be something obscure. It could be a piece of fabric that I turn into a scarf.
MY BIGGEST FASHION MISTAKE WAS those awful Treads from the '70s. They were sandals made from car tyres and they were just horrible things. For some reason we thought they were really cool. They weighed a tonne so I don’t know why I don’t have hip problems from carrying them around on my feet all the time, but that was definitely a fashion mistake. Big time. My mother hated them with a passion, so the more she hated them, the more I’d wear them. It was a passing phase, thank God.
WHEN I WAS A KID I WORE lots of dresses because my mother sewed them all. They had to be frilly and colourful. It couldn’t just be a plain dress. It had to have inserts, or a gathered skirt with a bow and a petticoat underneath with a little lacework around. I would wear bows in my hair to match.
I WOULD NEVER BE CAUGHT DEAD IN a onesie. Those furry, horrible onesies.
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