I am undecided as to whether the occurrence of this post is serendipitous or just a case of perfectly poetic irony. Either way, it’s a story that makes me smile.
It all begins with your typical bare-foot childhood in the leafy suburb of Hawthorne, Brisbane. The local fish and chip shop was the hangout. We patrolled the streets on our BMX bikes and spent lazy summer days under the jacaranda tree at the park by the river. Somewhere between mud fights, grazed knees and countless games of tiggy, there was a boy named Benjamin Ringuet who lived one street over from me. But our paths never quite seemed to cross.
Though they came very close.
Ben and I went to the same primary school. He hung out at the same fish and chip shop as me and spent countless hours at the corner store in my street deliberating over the very same $0.30 lolly bags that I did. He even lived right across the road from the front gates of my highschool and was in the same circle of friends with all of my mates in our brother school. But it wasn’t until university when I was interning as a PR agency that Ben and I met, albeit briefly, I spied one of his dresses on a rack and I was enchanted. We met in passing. I had a feeling I knew who he was, and he shared same sentiment.
Fast forward a few more years, I keep seeing his creations pop up in my Instagram feed, and just as Ben and I had grown up, so had his designs. They’re clean and sophisticated, but still exude a sense of fun, paying homage to the playful childhood we didn’t know we shared some years ago.
A girl can’t help but feel super chic and sexy in one of Ben’s designs. I had the pleasure of trying on much of the latest collection and you immediately get the sense that Ben knows the female body better than most women. His cuts tenderly pre-empt every curve, gently skimming over peaks and webs to create a smooth, flattering silhouette no matter your body shape. Here is my take on the Balaclava Signature Dress and it’s safe to say, we’re officially all grown up.
dress by Ringuet available at Adrenalin Boutiuqe | watch by Michael Kors | clutch Comme Des Garcons from Opening Ceremony NYC | faux fur vest by Country Road | boots by Zara
Photographs by Tess Leopold