Here at Palas HQ, we’ve always assumed we were the only ones disproportionately passionate about jewellery – it’s all we talk about. But then we met super stylist, author and creative force behind The School, Megan Morton. This incredibly stylish and successful businesswoman loves jewellery so much she famously lays out her accessories each morning, and dresses from her fingers and wrists up. Much like our favourite French photographer, illustrator and blogger Garance Doré who says ‘jewellery should tell a story about the person who’s wearing it,’ Megan wholeheartedly believes in the importance of jewellery when creating her own personal style. Since opening The School, she now teaches others how their style can be an expression of their own unique story.
We were lucky enough to spend some time with Megan recently, where we learned firsthand about her style ‘rules’ and, amongst other things, how she can’t help herself from switching off empty power points – even in stranger’s homes.
5 MINUTES WITH MEGAN
Country of origin… Australia. Currently living… Sydney. By a rock pool. Dreaming of…Dancing all night long in Spain. Guilty pleasure… Styling. Friends describe me as… Very tall and always with bangs. Finding inspiration in… Anything analogue.
You lead a very busy, creative and successful life. Did you always know what you wanted to do?
Malcom Gladwell famously said that it takes 100,000 hours to be an expert and, because I have tinkered with my inner stylist forever, by the time I was ready to present myself as a professional I felt like I had already done those 100,000 hours.
As an author, a stylist and now with The School you give so much to others. How does this approach give back to you?
Oh, I feel rewarded now from many different places whether that’s from readers, clients or students of The School. It's a never ending reward fountain!
Your work plays such a huge part in your life, how do you separate the two?
I don't – resistance is useless!
Do you have a favourite inspirational quote that you tend to go back to?
‘Never hide your enthusiasm’. This one is so true for me.
How do you switch off and spend time with the family?
I find this a daily challenge and have never managed to find a surefire way to achieve it, however, I do love to put on plays and concerts with my youngest.
What’s been your proudest career moment so far?
I am most certain it is in the future and I look forward to it.
You’re a storyteller in all areas of your work. Do your stories have any common themes?
I am always looking for the why and the how behind the who and the what.
Can you stop yourself from styling when you walk into a new space?
Never. I also have an annoying habit of needing to switch off empty power points. Even in stranger’s homes and public spaces.
What’s your first rule of styling?
Build your shape.
Tell us about The School’s upcoming trip to Paris…
Oh I can't without gushing! It's over on here > Paris Excursion 2017 where you can read all about it. The trip to Paris has been produced to give the ladies who are travelling with us five days of the most stylish and extraordinary experiences – including a day trip to Lyon to a lighting designer’s atelier and workshop. This year we’ve got someone coming with us, for the second time, who is a truly seasoned traveller and I can’t wait to surprise her as well as the other ladies.
You famously use a jewellery board to lay out your accessories each morning and dress ‘from your fingers and wrists up’. We are intrigued to hear more…
I have always started from wrists, earlobes and fingers (in that order). I start with a little tray and make my selects then dress from this point. I’m always playing with the fine line between over and under accessorising – which is why I love both chunky and finer pieces.
How has your personal style evolved over the years?
It changes daily as I appreciate so many things but I’ve always been interested in volume, which I think is because I’m so tall. I have also always loved vintage because when something comes to you immaculate from another time period it can make you feel like luckiest girl alive.
Any fashion faux pas that you are willing to share?
I faux pas often - I am very interested in the line between gruesome and great so let’s just say that I get close to the fire a lot. Luckily I have an opinionated family who sometimes tap me on the shoulder before I leave the house.
Do you remember your first style icon?
I was really influenced by 'Betties', which was fashion influenced by the surf scene in 80s Queensland as well as the music scene and Hero magazine. My mum, on the other hand, was influenced by Molly from A Country Practice so perhaps you can see that I was always destined for a style that was a little more unusual.
Coco Chanel famously advised ‘before leaving the house, take one thing off’. Do you have any of your own rules around jewellery and accessorising?
I don't ever do fully-loaded lobes, wrists and fingers. One at best, two at mastery but never three.
Do you have a favourite piece of jewellery?
I love it all as, for me, jewellery is always part of a bigger integrated style story.
MY PALAS COLLECTION
Can you tell us about the pieces of Palas Jewellery you selected to style and shoot?
I chose the crescent moons because I really love their elongation and the way they hang. I love them worn solo on a stacked armload of bracelets or tied and worn low in the cleavage on a necktie lariat.
Are they all for you? Or have you selected them as gifts for friends or family?
My daughter loves the infinity charm and her sibling’s initials and I love the way the initials, when double sided, give you two fonts or a double meaning.
Which ones speak most strongly to you, and why?
The way the silver bracelet has the delicate latch hoop clasp - such a nice way to wear charms without a traditional chain style bracelet – and it looks just as great fully loaded as it does empty.
ONE LAST THING...
Who would you be charmed to meet, and why?
I have my imaginary dinner party guest list in my head and think of it often. However, on this occasion because we are talking jewellery, I would say Millicent Rodgers the American heiress who pioneered the silver native American jewellery movement and launched it into high society. She mixed turquoise with haute couture in a way that can only be described as sensational.