ARTIST | ELLE-LOUISE BURGUEZ

By | Art, Interview

Artist and all round creative Elle-Louise Burguez is not only a good friend but also the creator of some of our most treasured artworks. Elle’s work alternates between medians of visual arts, music and creative writing; although her practice is diverse there is a strong sense of intimacy, which flows between them all. We sat down with Elle to get a very personal insight into her creative process and inspirations behind her work.

 How did you first get into painting, when and how did you start?

I’d always loved to draw as a child and make little things. I lost my awareness of my creativity in my teens because I was so insecure and foggy-brained! Something was missing in my life and I slowly started to create again. I realised (and am still constantly reminding myself) that to design and originate in any way makes me feel so much more fulfilled. I started drawing with connector pens and that lead to a more refined drawing with black fine pen and colouring it in and then I moved onto watercolours in the same style. About 3 years ago I started to merge into painting to change things up and create a more elegant and beautiful look.

Tell us a little bit about your creative process; what gets you inspired to start a new piece of work?

I am constantly eating up what’s around me with my eyes. Whether it be nature, everyday objects and moments, a beautiful passage from a book or a pretty picture from Instagram. So with all of that playing around in my head I sometimes have random bursts of inspiration and I know what colours I want to put together or that I want to paint a bowl of cherries or a yellow and white striped jug etc. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what happens but I do get a certain feeling in the morning and I’ll know there and then if it’s a day for creating. A calmness and an excitement.

Who would you most like to own a piece of your work?

Oh wow, ok…. Someone who can benefit from seeing my work in their home everday. Where my work can give them hope in their own creative persuits or just lift their mood.
And I’d love for the men and women who inspire me to own my work: Maryam Nadir Zadeh, Zadie Smith, Devendra Barnhart, Shishi Yamazaki, Hayao Miyazaki…

As an artist, you cross over between art, music and writing, how do you think you’re evolving creatively and do these three mediums influence each other in your practice?

It’s strange because when I am working on art and writing I find it’s harder to naturally create songs! I find it hard to balance all of my mediums at once which I get down about sometimes but it’s a good lesson for me to just go with what intuitively feels good and real.

I feel that over the past few years I have set up a strong internal belief in my work and what I do. It isn’t based of success or compliments, I truely just love what I do because it really does come from my heart. I make what I want and I don’t let the ever changing trends of today affect my process. Flowing from writing to music and to painting does allow for constant inspiration as well. I wrote a song a while ago and the lyrics have inspired different paintings and poems. Sometimes the reverse will happen and the colours and objects and mood of a painting I make will inspire a poem or story.

And one more thing haha- through allowing myself to delve off into different mediums I can be kind to myself and accept when things don’t work out or look beautiful enough to share with others. It is so necessary to just play for the sake of play and not for the outcome to be bought by someone or displayed in a gallery.

If you could paint from anywhere in the world where would it be?

I am dreaming of Italy at the moment. I imagine being on a boat and sitting outside with deep blue ocean below me and maybe some mountains in the distance. Or from my street window looking down at the fresh markets and all the pretty dresses and flowers.

What kind of feelings do you hope your work evokes?

Firstly a sense of peace, where the viewers personal anxieties and stresses can just rest for a minute or two. Feelings of love, nostalgia, excitement, lust, desire, power… feelings that create a new story or remind them of their own stories.

What does the future hold for you? Anything exciting in the works?

My life is a bit all over the place right now so I am not sure which country I’ll be in, but I have a series all in red that I am going to release soon and I have been working on some new paintings for a show later in the year.

I am yet to realise what it is that is just right for me at the moment but I have an instinct telling me to share my writing this year. So many people everyday feel a sense of isolation, fear or lack of love in their life and I truely think that through reading someone else’s honest words, we can start to feel more connected and not so alone after all. Art can definitely do this too but for me personally, when someone’s words resonate with my heart, a whole world lifts off my chest and for a fleeting moment or sometimes longer I am at peace and all is ok.

Shop the story

Phoebe Jacket – Musk
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Turlington Dress – Floral
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Nala Top – White
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LISTEN | MUSE PLAYLIST

By | Music

LILYA Muse Playlist

Our ‘Muse’ Playlist is a curated playlist of the sounds that inspired our collection.  This playlist mixes some old favourites with our newest discoveries. We hope you enjoy!

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We are so excited to launch our new collection with a beautiful campaign featuring the flawless German beauty Maya Stepper and photographed by our very talented friend Amberly Valentine. A campaign that encapsulates our ultimate LILYA ‘muse’ , a woman who is carefree, big hearted and comfortable in her own skin. Our LILYA muse is most comfortable when she is surrounded by nature and enjoying the simple things. We hope you enjoy the full campaign below, which is now available to shop here.

Credits:

Photographer & Film Director: Amberly Valentine

Model: Maya Stepper

Make-up: Aura A

Hair: Little Leeyah

Stylist: Angie Angorro

Film Editor: Nicholas Slade

Camera Operator: Imung Setiawan

Photographer’s Assistant: Dede Adiyoga

Production: My Destination Bali

with special thanks to Bali Horse Riding | www.truebaliexperience.com

M U S E | LILYA AW17 Moodboard

By | Collections

LILYA MUSE AW17 Moodboard

Our Muse ‘17 collection takes inspiration from the 1970’s and musical influences such as Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell.

This collection was designed for the free spirited traveller in mind. This is an ode to our ultimate LILYA muse, the woman who is carefree, big hearted and comfortable in her own skin. Our LILYA muse is most comfortable when she is surrounded by nature and enjoying the simple things. Our AW17 collection includes our nonchalant style in luxe fabrication such as silk velvet, Mongolian wools, natural fibers of linen and cottons and exclusive print. The collection takes colour inspiration from the works of Matisse,  Agnes Martin and 1970’s furnishings The colour pallete incorporates rich natural hues with subtle pastels amongst textured knitwear and standout outerwear.

Here is a peak at the inspirations behind the collection, which you can shop online now here.

LILYA Travel Guide | Bali

By | Travel

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Bali is like a second home to the LILYA team. All of the girls travel there regularly for work and play, so we have gathered quite a ‘must do’ list between us. The items mentioned above are just a few of our favourites but there are so many more… If you’re heading over any time soon, here are a few more places we frequent regularly…

How we start the day…

Veda Cafe
Amazing coffee and delicious healthy breakfasts

When we need a pamper…

Therapy Canggu
Right next to the famous Canggu surf spot so perfect for an after surf massage or while your partner is out in the surf.

Jari Menari
Hands down one of the best therapeutic massages in Bali

Feasting with friends

One Eyed Jacks
Amazing modern Japanese and perfect for a special night out.

Barbacoa
An delicious variety of Latin American share plate meals that will have you dreaming about the flavours long after leaving.

A cocktail or two…

Lacalita – Bar y Cocina
Margaritas are the specialty however there is plenty of tasty Mexican food as well.

 Ji Restaurant
Must try a Coco Sexo cocktail from Ji Restaurant in Canggu. They put dry ice in it and its amazing, best cocktail ever.

Thank us later.

 

LILYA Swim 2016

By | Collections

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Dive into hot summer days with our swimwear edit. This season features classic minimalist bikinis and flattering one piece in in neutral tones as well as our exclusive paisley prints. Shop the full swim range online now here.

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LILYA 10 Year Anniversary

By | Interview

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This year we celebrate 10 years of LILYA.

In celebration of the brand’s milestone we sat down with owner and designer Lisa Robertson to chat about how her small side project has now turned into a internationally recognised brand and what she has learnt along the way…

What made you want to start your own label?

I have always worked in the fashion industry… I started in retail straight after school, and then I was a buyer and did some styling. It was after working in wholesale for a big agency that I then started my own wholesale agency, selling brands like Maurie and Eve, Oscar the Third, Mogil and Grain. I knew a lot of buyers and felt like I had good knowledge to start the process of having my own label. It was a natural progression.

What three words do you think best describe the LILYA aesthetic?

Natural, chic and nonchalant.

What have been your most memorable moments since starting the brand?

I have a retail background, so for me it’s being stocked by my beautiful retailers, so many of them are loyal and have bought my brand since day 1. I also love seeing LILYA on beautiful women, with social media now, its so amazing to see people from all over the world of all different ages and walks of life wearing and sharing their love for the brand.

What has been the biggest lesson you’ve learnt?

The biggest lessons I have learnt are to allow for a little drama, roll with the punches of having your own business and at the end of the day not let it affect you too much. I have also learnt the power of a good team, especially after becoming a mother, I needed to learn how to empower and trust my staff and now I have the best team ever!

Lilya was born and raised in Bondi and now are based Sunshine Coast, how has the brand changed in the past 10 years? What has stayed the same?

The brand has grown and expanded. We have always stocked Australia, but in the past few years we have grown in New Zealand and more recently the US. We have had such an amazing response to LILYA in the US and Hawaii and are in some amazing retailers.

Also, social media has changed so much in the past 10 years and how we communicate and interact with our stores and customers. So much is happening online, in real time and fast! I think personal customer service has always been our focus and although technology has changed the way we communicate, we still offer that same personal customer service. Although it is more and more through social media and emails, we still have a landline phone and chat to customers and stores regularly!

Lilya is stocked in over 100 stores Australia wide and has branched out globally from NZ, the U.S.A to even Kiev in the Ukraine! Why do you think the brand resonates with so many women?

It’s easy to wear, practical, transcends through age groups and has a global style. LILYA is a lifestyle fashion brand, which we have always designed to be ‘lived in’ wherever you may be. Design wise, we are really influenced by where we live but also our travels. I think we have put our own casual LILYA ‘twist’ on everywhere we’ve travelled from NYC, Brazil back to East Coast Australia! I like to think that Lilya is accessible and has pieces that many women feel comfortable wearing wherever they may be.

What advice would you give someone wanting to start their own label?

Get experience in the business side of fashion!!!! Fashion is fun and exciting but to run a business requires more than just good fashion sense. Listen and learn and be brave and don’t ever stop learning.

Who is the quintessential LILYA woman?

The LILYA woman is warm, natural and caring. She has a sense of fun and adventure and feels comfortable in her own skin.

What’s next for LILYA?

We are now more than ever travelling to source inspiration, fabrics and shoot locations…so we hope to develop more exciting product, explore new idea and put a whole lot more time into perfecting the ranges. We hope to grow in the US and travel a lot. Creatively too, as our team is growing we hope this gives us more opportunity to grow and explore and make more amazing collections.

To say a big thank you for all the love and support from our lovely LILYA customers over the past decade we are giving subscribers a special 15% off code to use on all Spring styles.

Simply enter the code ‘HAPPY10’ at the checkout to apply.

*Valid until Monday 7th November 2016 and includes full priced Spring stock only.

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Q&A | Amberly Valentine ‘We are the Wild Girls’

By | Interview

LILYA ‘Atlantico’ SS16 took us over to the iconic and ever beautiful Tulum. Amberly Valentine of ‘We are the Wild Girls’, captured the beautiful Madeline Joy Relph on the pristine beaches of The Isla Mujeres, bar side at eco boutique, Coco Tulum, through rivers and lagoons in the breathtaking cenotes and then to the amazing Coqui Coqui in Coba. If you have ever dreamed of a Mexican escape, then these images are sure to have you booking your tickets, fast! We sat down with Amberly and asked her some insider advice on what to see and do in Mexico. You can view and shop the entire campaign now  here.

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EAT:  Posada Margherita for super fresh & light Italian food (their homemade fresh pasta is to die for) or Hartwood for the best grilled octopus and fresh ceviche in Tulum.

STAY: Azulik Tulum – an eco friendly treehouse over the ocean that is beyond beautiful. We were greeted with a traditional Mayan cleansing ceremony and ended our days with long baths overlooking the waves. Bliss. Further afield is the incredible Coqui Coqui in Coba. Part perfumery part hotel this place is style personified with none of the stuffy airs and graces of other high end boutique hotels. Simply stunning design and wonderfully friendly staff make it feel like a retreat from the real world.

DRINK: Tequila Tequila!! Well it is Mexico after all…

EXPLORE: Ancient Mayan Ruins and crystal clear cenotes (natural swimming pools created by the underwater rivers).

SHOP: Coqui Coqui for artisan perfumes and hand woven hammocks

RELAX: By the ocean! Tulum has beautiful turquoise water and powder white sand. Just park under one of the many coconut trees and watch the world go by.

CHECK OUT: Akumal bay for swimming with turtles & Volladolid for super colourful historic buildings.

HOT TIP: Get up really early – places here get pretty crowded but in the mornings you will have the whole place to yourself before 8am.

MUST DO: Try the ceviche – it’s the best we have had anywhere in the world

LIVE LIKE A LOCAL: At the many Taco Stalls. You can eat for few dollars and its guaranteed to be better than most of the fancy restaurants.

3 THINGS TO PACK: A teeny tiny bikini and nothing else. More room in the suitcase for all those hammocks you will buy!

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LILYA in Mexico

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LILYA ‘Atlantico’ SS16 took us over to the iconic and ever beautiful Mexico. Amberly Valentine, one part of ‘We are the Wild Girls’ captured the beautiful Madeline Joy Relph on the pristine beaches of The Isla Mujeres, bar side at eco boutique, Coco Tulum, through rivers and lagoons in the breathtaking Cenotes and then to the amazing Coqui Coqui in Coba. The Summer ’16 instalment of the ‘Altantico’ collection includes the exclusive Vine and Estrella Prints, Ancient greek inspired sandals, minimalist bikinis and feminine dresses perfect for taking you from days at the beach into balmy summer nights. Shop the whole collection online now here.

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Model Madeline Relph (@Madelinejoyrelph) at Wink Model Management
Photography by Amberly Valentine @amberlyvalentine
Styling, Hair & Makeup by We Are The Wild Girls Team @wearethewildgirls & Jourdan Bowen @jourdanbowen
Post Production by Nick Slade @ns_retouching