There’s clatter from the restaurant below as we make our way up the stairs to Mr Ben Mitchell’s door. He resides above a small Asian restaurant down an alleyway that makes me feel like I’m inThe Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles.
Inside, a largePradabag acts like a makeshift lampshade in the lounge room. It sets the tone for his extensive collection.
The apartment is lined with dramatic pieces full of restrained grace.Calvin KleinandGivenchydon one wall,Rick Owensplatform shoes find a place on the floor with a pair of Pradabrogues, and of course there are fashion magazines everywhere.
Ben made black coffee and I drew him whilst Tom Kalin'sSavage Grace played in the background. In these drawings, Ben wears several pieces from Miuccia Prada’s Spring/Summer Collection 2011. The pieces seemed to draw themselves and despite being designed for summer they fit perfectly for winter here in Melbourne.