As the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival has kicked on, the city is suddenly filled with leggy models and famous designers - one of whom is Sydney-based Camilla Franks, of Camilla. We lunched at Nobu, while she talked me through her latest, breathtaking range - inspired by time she spent in a monastery in South America, where she said she lost days in a library there, going through books on falconry and Egypt, among other topics. For those who think that her clothes are simply brightly-coloured caftans, think again: the diverse range of available shapes in her latest collection are incredibly sophisticated, and her clothes look like something that a 1950s Palm Beach socialite would've worn if they had a touch of gypset about them.
And talk about expansion: not only is she favoured overseas, she's also branching out into homewares. I caught a sneak peak of her Designer Rug range - it's fresh, fun, lively, timeless.
Plus, she ordered a rose-infused cocktail and told me about her addiction to oysters. (The one drawback of travelling to India is she is reluctant to eat the oysters there, otherwise she says she has to have them every week, and claims to have downed 72 in one sitting, once.) What's not to love?