Ah, Melbourne. We love you, but sometimes a mid-week escape is what’s needed to inspire and create.
In need of some imagery of our gorgeous new summer collection, we packed the car, grabbed the camera and hit the road. One market pitstop and an airport pick up later (talented stylist Ange Cleary joined us from Byron Bay) we were tripping the Great Ocean Road, headed for Lorne.
Perfectly positioned on a hillside leading into town is the Rob Mills-designed Ocean House, a five-bedroom, three-bathroom, triple-level treat – and the perfect backdrop for our pre-summer campaign shoot.
Just 100 metres from the beach, the house takes full advantage of its stunning surrounds, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping views of Loutit Bay toward the Lorne pier, or turn slightly and you’ll be met with a soaring Eucalyptus-tree outlook. The raw concrete and polished timber aesthetic is softened by luxe furnishings throughout, making for a tranquil and cosy retreat.
Long-time Bared friends and beautiful people Tess Shanahan and Sam Wines joined us, bringing with them newcomer Jack Stratton-Smith. We roamed the house, taking advantage of “The Sky” – a panoramic rooftop terrace compete with open-air bath – for champagne sipping and sunrise shots, and enjoying the cool shade of the garden steps. The turret-like master bedroom with its walk-in shower and circular bed was a group favourite, as was the industrial coffee machine.
One night wasn’t enough.
Click here to view the final images from the shoot.
Our summer range introduces new styles – Potassium, Gull, Parakeet, Rooster, Hen, Nightingale, Diver, Lyrebird, Emu and Warbler – and continues with existing favourites. Metallics, textured leathers and pastel tones define the season, with our footbed inbuilt in all heels and sandals, and removable in closed-shoe styles.
Planning your own seaside getaway? Get inspired …
You might have never donned a wetsuit or been on a board, but you are staying in the Surf Coast Shire, and not dipping your toes in the water would be a crime. Southern Exposure offer group lessons starting from $75, all equipment included. If you enjoy the view more than the jumping in, roap trip ‘round to Apollo Bay for a yoga class at the surf club.
Living the luxe life? Book helicopter transfers from Melbourne, over the Great Ocean Road to dine at Dan Hunter’s award-winning Brae restaurant in nearby Birregurra. Slightly more budget-friendly is Mexican Republic, just off the main drag, where you can throw back a mean mojito and our favourite chorizo quesadilla.
Erskine Falls is the main attraction, but the Lorne hinterland is dotted with visit-worthy waterfalls. Tackle the 7.5km Erskine River Track, which winds its way from the main falls back into Lorne, via Straw Falls and Splatter Falls.
They’re everywhere, and thankfully they’re in Lorne, too. Popular spa chain endota spa book out in quite a way in advance, so plan early, or head to Turquoise for those last-minute tinting and tanning needs.
Smack bang on the foreshore are the famous Lorne trampolines, attracting children and inner children alike. A 10-minute bounce session is $5, or upgrade to the $35 superpass, which adds access to minigolf, the pool, bumper boats and aqua orbs. A slightly more sedate (and tastier) option is a visit to Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm to pick buckets of blackberries and rasperries. Adults can sample the farm-made apple cider and range of berry gins.