Back in the 80s and 90s when models really were Super, Gail Elliott was one of our absolute favourites. Known for her dancer’s walk, Gail shared catwalks and covers with contemporaries and friends like Cindy Crawford and Yasmin Le Bon. In 2002, Gail launched her equally super label, Little Joe Woman, re-establishing herself in Sydney. Like its designer the label is chic, relaxed, luxurious and effortlessly stylish.
Want a slice of the Super-life? Be inspired and read on as Gail serves up her FFF Guide to Life.
Shop: Dean & Deluca, New York. This magnificent gourmet food store on West Broadway and the corner of Prince Street in Soho has just about every ingredient you could ever need and after 34 years in business has earned a reputation as an icon of New York culture and lifestyle. They carry everything from caviar and foie gras to candy and confectionary and to shop here is such a wonderful shopping experience.
Eat: Indochine, New York. I attended the opening party of this restaurant and they recently celebrated their 25th Anniversary. This timeless classic New York restaurant has gone from trendsetting pioneer in the mid 1980s, to established scene maker of the 1990s, to the iconic status it is today. Opened originally by Brian McNally and now owned by Jean-Marc Houmard, it will always be one of my most favourite restaurants in the world.
Shop: Strand Books, New York. I’ve been collecting black & white photography books for years and one of my favourite book stores is in downtown Manhattan. I’ve spent hours in this store and absolutely love coming across their rare and out-of-print treasures.
Stay: I recently visited Broome in Western Australia for the first time and found it to be absolutely spectacular. The beaches are flat and wide and one can drive a four wheel drive car along them endlessly for miles, and to swim in the Indian Ocean was an absolute dream. We stayed at the Cable Beach Hotel which is very simple and relaxed. We’re trying to plot our next trip back and we only just returned home recently!
Book: Maison by Christian Liagre. I love Christian Liagre’s luxurious dark-wood minimalistic furniture and his use of a masculine palette of grey’s, creams and browns and the way he incorporates these into modern but comfortable living. Whether designing a fisherman’s cottage or an industrial heritage building in downtown Manhattan, his work is individual and distinctive and most of all, such a pleasure to be able to experience.
Shop: I love to shop at any of our Little Joe Woman boutiques across Australia — every time I go into one it feels as though I’m walking into my very own walk-in wardrobe because I’d wear every piece from our own collections as well as from all my other favourite brands we carry like Winter Kate by Nicole Richie, the softest t-shirts from Fluxus Los Angeles, Citizen of Humanity jeans, House of Harlow jewellery, Love
Chloe perfume by Chloe, and so much more.
Building: I love the Chrysler Building in New York. Having lived in New York City for over 24 years this 1930s Art Deco skyscraper has become one of the city’s most admired buildings… I find it so regal and elegant.
Gallery: The Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History on Central Park West in New York City. It’s always such a treat to walk through Central Park and end up at the conservatory filled with delicate, perfectly formed butterflies in an array of beautiful colours. I could spend hours there.
Shop: The Autore jewellery store on King Street in Sydney is one of my favourite stores. They are known for using the finest South Sea pearls and precious gems to create contemporary, highly detailed and unique pieces. Their attention to detail is incredible and they truly create the most amazing pieces.
Stay: Qualia Resort, Hamilton Island. This is a place where Joe Coffey, my husband and business partner, and I visit often and love. We also do a Little Joe Woman fashion show at Audi Race Week in August which is a very exciting time of year for us. Qualia is a very special place. Very exclusive, yes, but not at all pretentious.
For more information on Gail Elliott visit www.LittleJoeNY.com