Stylist Catherine Baba (left) grew up creating her own clothes in Sydney, where her mother was a dressmaker. “She was very correct,” Baba says. “The sleeve was always where sleeves had to be, whereas I put the sleeves somewhere else. That’s why I left for design school in Paris as soon as I could.” Known for her excessive ensembles (“More is never enough,” she insists), Baba goes for turbans, cloche hats, oversize sunglasses, and an Ali Baba’s cave worth of accessories. “I love ornamentation, and you can always play more with accessories than you can with clothes.” Vintage Yves Saint Laurent is also a staple: “Sometimes it’s unconscious. I’ll see a piece, and I’ll be like, ‘J’adore!’ And it’s YSL.” In fact, she often shows off her head-spinning personal style around Paris on a bicycle, dressed in evening gowns and wearing the massive pieces of jewelry she recently designed for Gripoix. “It’s constant research with proportions when you ride a bike,” Baba says. “A lot of engineering goes into the look because you don’t want to have an Isadora Duncan moment where, you know, the wheel catches your hemline.”
Gripoix by Catherine Baba gold metal and glass earrings, necklace, cuff, bracelet, ring (on left hand), belt, and clutch. Baba wears her own clothing, accessories, and remaining jewelry.
Photography by Tim Walker