Dina Broadhurst is like that effortless French girl we all want to be,but with LA style and a cool Aussie attitude. She’s both chic and naughty, classy and provocative, maternal and minxy, haughty and friendly and is just as at home playing frisby in a park with her son as in a pair of Loboutins at a fashion party. Oh, and she is blessed with smouldering Italian good looks that work overtime in flawless fashions that finish off her killer bod. In short, you don’t know whether to high five her or frisk her (and I know of paramours who’ve ended up attempting both).
Jokes aside, the pull is real – and there are many things I’ve been loving on with about Dina in the 8 years that I’ve known her. First up, she’s an amazing, playful mother – with equal degrees of dote and cultural expansion in her repertoire to breed a curious and creative mind in her wonderful Aquarius boy. I love that she takes her seven year old son to art galleries and basically everywhere. I know now as mum I’ll (hopefully) do the same.
She’s an at once a sexy, edgy and classy dresser, mixing a French inspired insouciance with East Coast nonchalance. It’s a ‘supermodel off-duty look’ we all, at one time or another, want to emulate. Next, she’s a gun for hire writer for culturally trending publications – either the newly launched Buro247 Australia or underground cult site You Only Live Once. She writes with a depth, insight and sharp elegance not often accredited to the online space. But most of all, she has one of the most aesthetically, artfully honed eyes for design and beauty I have ever seen in my lifetime of studying gorgeous things. Whether lending her interior design nous to corporate or private developments, styling luxury magazine shoots or decorating her own editorial-worthy Elizabeth Bay home, it is the kind of finished, high voltage look you would make a tear-sheet out of and put in your ‘one day, my dream’ file. It’s gorgeous, stylish, warm, on trend and a little bit subversive – just like Broadhurst herself.
Brimming with the sensuality of her South Italian heritage, she is unafraid of sex and life – and has now lent her energy to her long desired medium of art. Describing her world as being”consumed” in pictures at large, her new body of work is focused in re-processing images from magazines, books and product packaging, as well as found objects and personal items such as her clothing (rest assured this too is understated high fashion). Using photography, collage, and mixed media such as drawing and painting, her collages and compositions investigate ideas of femininity, sexuality, censorship, editing, consumerism and the world of luxury goods and materials through colour, texture, and geometric displacement.
So of course, when the ever gracious Dina agreed to be ‘reviewed’, I had to know the approach behind her style, her art, her attitude to life.. hoping a little bit of that effortlessness will rub off. How the f*** does she manage to make everything look so good, all the while remaining grounded, lovely and that little bit fearless? Read on to find out.
REVIEWED BY ALINA B: You are so creative and lend a beautiful touch to everything you do. Can someone learn the skill of decorating and design, or is it a godly-given talent?