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LOUISE OLSEN:
JEWELLERY DESIGNER, DINOSAUR DESIGNS

LOUISE OLSEN: JEWELLERY DESIGNER & CO-FOUNDER, DINOSAUR DESIGNS LOUISE OLSEN: JEWELLERY DESIGNER & CO-FOUNDER, DINOSAUR DESIGNS LOUISE OLSEN: JEWELLERY DESIGNER & CO-FOUNDER, DINOSAUR DESIGNS
LOUISE OLSEN: JEWELLERY DESIGNER & CO-FOUNDER, DINOSAUR DESIGNS LOUISE OLSEN: JEWELLERY DESIGNER & CO-FOUNDER, DINOSAUR DESIGNS LOUISE OLSEN: JEWELLERY DESIGNER & CO-FOUNDER, DINOSAUR DESIGNS

31 YEARS OF DINOSAUR DESIGNS. 1 GAME-CHANGING SKIN SAVIOUR. TOO MANY DRIES VAN NOTEN SHIRTS TO COUNT.

Walk through the doors of Louise Olsen’s Bronte home and it’s quickly apparent that the beautifully curated space she shares with her partner Stephen, daughter Camille, and dachshund Skipper perfectly reflects both the style and spirit of the Dinosaur Designs co-founder. Both are warm and inviting, colourful yet considered, and put you instantly at ease. Louise gives The MECCA Memo a window into her artful world, her fashion and beauty wardrobe, and reveals her skin saviour that’s “changed everything”.

31 YEARS OF DINOSAUR DESIGNS. 1 GAME-CHANGING SKIN SAVIOUR. TOO MANY DRIES VAN NOTEN SHIRTS TO COUNT.
31 YEARS OF DINOSAUR DESIGNS. 1 GAME-CHANGING SKIN SAVIOUR. TOO MANY DRIES VAN NOTEN SHIRTS TO COUNT.

ON BEING IN FASHION:

“I love that it keeps you on your toes. You can never get too cocky or think ‘I’ve nailed this’. Being in the fashion industry is a very fluid thing, so you have to move with it but it’s also important to hold onto your brand’s own identity at the same time.

I love seeing so many beautiful women from all walks of life wearing our pieces. There are some incredible collectors in New York; like this beautiful woman in her early 60s who has hundreds of our earrings, then there’s Iris [Apfel]—an incredible bangle wearer,—and I recently saw Alicia Keys in one of our necklaces too. I find it really interesting [to see] how women embrace it and really make it their own. As a designer, you don’t want something wearing someone; you want that person to feel that it’s a part of them and their story."

" As a designer, you don’t want something wearing someone; You want that person to feel that it’s part of them and their story. "

ON HER PERSONAL STYLE SIGNATURE:

"I guess I’m a little bit of a bowerbird; I love pulling classic, strong pieces together then adding a bit of a twist with something unexpected. I love Balenciaga, Phoebe Philo for Céline, Jac + Jack… I love so many designers, I could go on and on. I’m also a real shirt person. I’ve got some great Dries Van Noten shirts that are my go-tos; living in Sydney, it’s about just a great shirt or shirt dress. I’ve also got a few feature pieces from Céline that are quite special, like this tiger jacket. It’s so distinctive and that piece where, if you’re wearing jeans and a t-shirt, you throw it on and it instantly transforms the whole outfit. You’ll also never not see me in jewellery, I feel naked without it."

ON HER PERSONAL STYLE SIGNATURE ON HER PERSONAL STYLE SIGNATURE
ON HER PERSONAL STYLE SIGNATURE ON HER PERSONAL STYLE SIGNATURE ON HER PERSONAL STYLE SIGNATURE

ON HER SKIN RITUALS:

"I’m definitely drawn to more natural skin care products. When I’m in the air I always carry Mario Badescu Rosewater Mist because planes make my skin so dry. I’ve just discovered this Chantecaille Jasmine and Lily serum too, which is beautiful. I’m also a sucker for facials and go to Face Plus down in Bondi and I love their neck and shoulder massage."

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…AND THE SKIN SAVIOUR THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING:

"Nuface was a real game-changer for me. It just makes my skin not only feel firmer but more glowy and somehow lifts and energises it. I first used it for the first 60 days as they say, and now I just use it when I feel like my skin needs it. Skin care is such a minefield because there’s so much out there, so when you find the product that works, you want to stick to it. For me, the Nuface device is that product."

LOUISE OLSEN: JEWELLERY DESIGNER & CO-FOUNDER, DINOSAUR DESIGNS
LOUISE OLSEN: JEWELLERY DESIGNER & CO-FOUNDER, DINOSAUR DESIGNS

ON PERFECTING THE ART OF LESS IS MORE:

"I tend to go for a more subtle makeup look to balance out my outfit, like a smokey eye (very natural for day and then grey chalky-blacks for night) and a natural lip colour. I love my Kevyn Aucoin mascara, it really thickens and manages to get every lash, and the Stila black liquid liner—it doesn’t budge! Nars I love too; I’ve been using the Laguna bronzer and blush for years because they give you a nice glow and a lift. As I get older, I think less is more. It’s about keeping the skin hydrated and just adding those little touches, not covering my face in foundation."

HER BEST BEAUTY ADVICE:

"Eating well. My mum was always into healthy food and would cook organic, biodynamic food. I’m also a big believer in probiotics to nurture that inner beauty and a positive, clear state of mind—they all reflect in your skin."


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