Gee Gee Ferguson, 24, Agent
It’s commonplace for millennials to harp on about their burgeoning mini empires outside their regular 9-5 jobs. These days, to have a side hustle – or passion project – is to align oneself with an entrepreneurial sector of society who talk about their mornings and evenings being bookended with podcast-writing and website-launching. “I don’t have one job,” says model agent Gee Gee Ferguson. “I love to be able to be consistently doing things all the time.” The daughter of a stylist and a photographer, Ferguson models – and is a model booker – for Sydney-based agency Kult. Known as the “slashie generation” Ferguson is part of a growing group of young professionals who have more than one occupation in a bid to diversify, build skills and work in an industry they enjoy. “I want to have a hand in every aspect of the fashion industry because I want to become a creative director one day,” she says. While Ferguson’s days can be spent in front of the camera, she will also be brainstorming a marketing plan for the women’s division and strategising how to push a new face at market – and lives in an Isabel Marant sneaker or Gucci trainer. “The modelling industry has changed,” she explains. “It’s not all about stick thin anymore. It’s actually about your background and the story behind you.”
AILEEN’s NOTES:“Gee Gee works in the creative field and loves a 90s power suit. I like her in heritage prints and neutral suitings with a modern twist. A huge trend at the moment is belting your jacket. We did it with a matching Polo Ralph Lauren suit to emphasise Gee Gee’s waist and make her feel less corporate. She likes a cool preppy style; pleated wool trousers with knits tucked in highlight her higher waist line and the bright blue knit compliments her red hair. Scarves are the perfect accessory to update your look – whether worn around your neck, hair or tied onto your handbag.”
Ines English, 22, Actress
The pilgrimage from Sydney to Los Angeles is one filled with butterflies for any antipodean actor. As she takes our call, Australian actress Ines English has just checked her suitcase in at the international terminal and is awaiting a Boeing 787 direct to pilot season. “I definitely feel like my heart is jumping out of my chest and I don’t know why,” admits English. Part of the anxiety could be down to the number of unknowns. Every year, thousands of aspiring young things descend into Hollywood on a three-month visa where they’ll audition over and over in NoHo; a baptism of fire led by lots of different casting directors all with the same penchant for an apathetic nod. What film studios are casting for, actors won’t know until a couple of days prior. It could be a small albeit breakout role in the next big television show opposite Nicole Kidman – or a lead in a film playing the girlfriend of a rockstar. For this reason, English – whose acting credits include Picnic At Hanging Rock and Dead Lucky – is always prepared. “I usually try to get as much information on the character as possible,” she says. “I try to get my hands on the full script and will do a bit of research on the director and producer. When I have to learn lines quickly, I actually do this thing where I record the other person in the scene and leave a space in the voice recording where I’m meant to be speaking. I’m pretty much just talking to myself for hours!” While acting the part is one thing, looking the part is another.
AILEEN’S NOTES: “Ines has her own casual but cool, put-together style. Day-to-day, you’ll see her in vintage Prada pants and a purse. But coming into the cooler months, layering up big time works easily on Ines’ tall frame, so we took this season’s Polo Ralph Lauren argyle and checked wools and knits for a modern-day Annie Hall Commuter look. It’s school girl-come-tomboy”.
Jessica Ridolphi, 28, Assistant Product Manager
One scroll of Jessica Ridophi’s Instagram page reveals a bold, rich and considered colour palette – a strong aesthetic is part of her personal branding. “I’ve always been a bit of a hustler and always had multiple jobs,” said designer Ridolphi. “Straight out of a school I wanted to pursue interior design, but my parents advised me against it as it was difficult to do well in, and suggested accounting instead.” Starting out, Ridolphi sold niche, altered vintage clothing online before heading to Asia to model and study business. Upon returning to Australia, she pursued her marketing career in the beauty sphere and now works as an assistant product manager specialisng in product development. “The most exciting part about my role is I’m able to apply trends to beauty & hair accessories and then see my designs on the shelf. It’s so rewarding,” she says. But it was when Ridolphi bought her first home with her partner that she realised the difference between what her Pinterest board looked like and what she could actually afford. “If I wanted something stylish that suited my taste, it was either too expensive or unattainable. I found this especially when searching for art,” Ridolphi says. “The market was either saturated with the same print designs or very special pieces. And ‘very special’ has a price tag! I saw a gap in the market and created my company Enzo Home Interiors which specialises in unique prints at affordable prices.” With a natural gravitation toward velvet, marble and brass when it comes to interiors, Ridolphi favours modern tailoring during her day-to-day.
AILEEN’S NOTES: “Jessica loves a sharp, double-breasted jacket tucked into her matching pants for a new silhouette to suiting. Feeling comfortable, yet smart, is important to Jessica as her job takes her from meeting clients to running errands around town. She loves a knitwear dress that sculpts and shapes her figure but can also be layered with a chunky cardigan and belted casually for after work. Mixing warm tones of browns and camels with checks and plaids is one of Autumn’s biggest trends.”
PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEL NEUMOFF
FASHION DIRECTION AILEEN MARR
HAIR ANTHONY NADER / DLM
MAKEUP DESIREE WISE / NETWORK AGENCY
FASHION ASSISTANT PATRICK ZACZKIEWICZ
TALENT GEE GEE FERGUSON, INES ENGLISH, JESSICA RIDOLFI
WORDS JESSICA BAILEY