"I think elegance is an attitude, yes it can be about the clothes you wear but it’s really about the way you hold yourself." Jesinta Franklin explains with the easy confidence that has seen her career skyrocket over the past year.
The 26-year-old has just been announced as the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes Ambassador ahead of the autumn racing carnival. InStyle Australia caught up with Jesinta ahead of The Championships Day 2, where she turned heads in a fashion forward Tom Ford suit.
The newlywed (she married Sydney Swans star Lance 'Buddy' Franklin last June) opens up about her simple approach to classic style, how she finds balance with such a busy schedule and her healthy hair secrets! Keep reading for five minutes with... Jesinta Franklin.
Tell us about your new role with Longines?
"I’m the ambassador for the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day, I will be there for the race day on Saturday at Randwick race course.The ballroom is being themed like an English garden party, sand it’s going to be a big beautiful sit down lunch."
You’re presenting the coveted Longines Prize for Elegance, what does 'elegance' mean to you?
"You could see a beautiful lady walking through the track and be like, ‘gosh she just looks so elegant.’ It might not be her clothes but the way she’s holding herself. That’s why I love the Prize For Elegance because it’s a bit different to the traditional Fashions On The Field. I’m looking forward to presenting the winner with Longines beautiful watch."
When you’re getting dressed in your everyday life, what inspires you?
"I think day to day is comfort, for me it’s just about being really classic and loving what you wear. I have outfits in my wardrobe that I love and then the next day I put it on and I don’t love it so much. So it’s really mood dependent for me and how I’m feeling within myself.
The things that inspire me are really great quality pieces. I’ve built my wardrobe quite simply, I have a few really great pairs of jeans, great t-shirts, beautiful shirts. I actually don’t have a big wardrobe it’s quite small. It’s just about those really great pieces that transcend time, because I get to dress up everyday it’s part of my job. That’s why I have so much fun with what I wear because that’s my outlet, my creative outlet and then day to wear."
You have spent so much time in New York this past year… how do you think that has changed your style?
"It hasn’t changed it but it has made me develop a real appreciation for what Aussie designers are doing down here… people talk about it all the time overseas and when you are around Fashion Week and in those circles, people are aware of what’s happening here and they know our designers and there are a few designers that show in New York as well. I know that Dion Lee shows in New York, so yeah I think it just develops an appreciation and I have learnt that people watch what we do here and the trends and designs that come out of here.
"It makes you feel really lucky to be Aussie when you are over there. It is really different over there so the thing I love about going to New York, especially in the cooler months, you don’t get the chance here to wear all the big coats and the layering- you can do it a little bit but not as much as over in New York. You dress for style but also for the snow, it makes it so much fun and I wish I could bring that back here to Australia but its just not the right climate."
Going back to spring racing and talking about the major trends of the season, what do you think we will be seeing a lot of for Autumn racing?
"I think we will be seeing a lot of tailoring and suiting for women- lots of greys and navy, and also the real tonal pieces. Felt in the headpieces and lots of different textures, such as tweed, the fabrics are a little more heavier and things are more tailored, not as much bright colours but more autumn tones which I am really excited about."
If you were to pick 3 timeless pieces from your wardrobe, what would they be?
"A really great blazer or jacket, a great white button up shirt because you can wear it over and over in so many different ways and I love to buy men’s white shirts because I prefer the cut and fit- there is just something about it. My final choice would be a great handbag that transcends all trends."
How do you unwind?
"For me, I really try and find balance in everyday. Whether its just like an hour’s walk that I can have to myself or a nice bath on the weekend, I do love being busy and I love the feeling of racing around and having lots on my schedule. This year, I have really tried to pull it back and try and only do the things that are necessary because the end of last year was absolutely crazy and as much as I thrive off of that, I worked myself to the ground and I just didn’t feel healthy.
"This year, I am really trying to find that work life balance and you just have to do what’s right for you and find something everyday you can do- whether it’s a 3 minute or 5 minute meditation, going for a 20 minute walk… something where you can have you time and switch off from social media, put your phone on aeroplane mode and sometimes that can even be the gym for me. I know it doesn’t seem like somewhere you can switch off but going to the gym or when I am exercising is the only time where my phone is not on me so that is my therapy."
Do you still box a lot?
"I haven’t done much boxing this year- I just haven’t been as motivated to be honest with you. Usually I am so motivated, everyday I will do an hour of exercise and I think that was part of me burning both candles as well at the end of last year. Now I am more about going for an hour’s walk, really just trying to relax a little bit more and not be so crazy with that. I boxed last week and I do it not as often but I still love it- it will always be part of my routine."
What kind of music do you listen to when you are in the gym?
"I listen to Cardi B that girl is my life at the moment and it is all that I listen to. She is pregnant, she owns who she is and she is just so unapologetic and I love her. I also listen to Rihanna, Savage 21, all the RNB and Rap music; I love listening to that kind of stuff when I am working out, or driving or in the office."
I love the new haircut, you have been blonde for a while- how do you keep it looking so healthy and shiny?
"When I got it done, the hair colourist was very particular with how she did it and she really took a lot of time, I always go in for treatments and I use a special shampoo and conditioner. I also don’t wash it as much now because its a lot shorter and you just don’t need to when its not as long, I think that has really helped me the health of my hair–not washing it every single day and stripping it of all its natural oils. I like to give it a couple days now.
"I use treatments, masks, making sure that when my hair is wet, I always put some kind of heat protectant in before I blow-dry it. It has held up really well and I haven’t had too much breakage. I really love the cut and I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner and I have no plans of going back anytime soon because it is just so much easier to do. I can wake up, put a product in to slick it back, put a lip on and I am ready to go for the day. It is so easy, it dries quickly, it is versatile because I can do so much with it, which is great. I thought it would be opposite going shorter but I can do so much more now."