From the first shoot Ileana and I worked on we discovered that we shared a lot aesthetically, and that was that. Missing brief, failing computer equipment and lack of early morning coffee aside, somehow we always ended up working on the same brainwave to finish off whatever project we were tackling at the time. So getting to capture my colleague turned creative partner in crime afterhours was like another fantastic opportunity to get a little deeper into what made us work so well as a duo.
Her monochromatic signature style is as present in her day to day life as it is in her work. The deconstructed wardrobe space blends fashion and décor seamlessly. Chic separates are combined with detailed leather pieces and hand picked jewellery. Her home, which doubles as studio and office for various projects; is reminiscent of Japanese minimalist interiors with its whitewashed walls. Bathed in natural light, the space feels spacious and zen.
Growing up in Indonesia and moving to Melbourne to get more exposure to all things art in her RMIT course, she found her soulmate in photography. Calling Sydney home (for the moment at least) her work has taken her through a circuit of aussie designers working on everything from print to digital, lookbooks and creative content. Ileana talks about plans of working on conceptual beauty shoots in the near future, but it’s not all about work. Downtime is a much deserved treat after 12hr shoots and sunrise call times. The weekends are filled with time to enjoy, rather than guzzle the elusive perfect coffee and scenic interstate drives. Ideally on a perfect 18 degree light-jacket weather-day, she smiles.
Influenced by her work and sheer convenience, her personal style evolved over the years as she began to slowly eliminate colours from her wardrobe. Feminine skater style skirts and delicate silk camis are paired back with Rick Owen-esque leather pieces, the monochromatic delight of a wardrobe is far from minimal. Her go to outfit is just the right amount of practical and polished, her favourite black maxi (with essential side splits for mobility) topped off with a fedora, scarf with flat boots or slides. We’ve often turned up to shoots wearing the same pieces, realising had we not styled them differently we’d have full blown unintentional couples matching outfits on our hands.
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