Mandy Shadforth (aka Oracle Fox) went from an everyday surf rat to one of Australia’s most popular fashion bloggers. She shares her creativity and passion for surfing with the Billabong Design Team. Together, Oracle Fox and Billabong bring you pieces that will make you embrace the wanderlust and live with reckless abandon.
An interview with Oracle Fox, (view the Oracle Fox + Billabong collection)
What inspires and influences your style?
OF: My sense of style has always come from my surroundings, travels, and personal creativity. I love traveling to new destinations and observing different cultures and how different communities express themselves through what they wear. I believe that style comes from truely wearing what you feel best in and being true to what you love.
How would you describe your personal style?
OF: Transient, eclectic, free spirited and true to my mood at the time.
You take most of the photos on your blog, what is it like to be on both sides of the camera?
OF: I didn't realize how much fun photography could be until I started really trying to take better photos. I have so much respect for some of the talented fashion photographers out there, I find photography one of the most challenging forms of creativity, but I love it! I feel so much more comfortable behind the lens than in front of it!
Tell us about the inspiration behind the collaboration you did with Billabong.
OF: For the collaboration I drew upon my more bohemian, organic surfer girl side. Growing up by the sea with all my girlfriends, we had an entire lifestyle that revolved around surfing and having fun and we pretty much still do. Most sunny days we have off you can find us surfing, sunbaking, chilling at our local beach kiosk/organic cafe or going on some random road trip adventure. The pieces I co-designed with Billabong encompass that freedom and the kind of pieces I'd wear for that lifestyle, whether it's a cute knit over a bikini or a pair of leather type shorts and t-shirt that you could dress up for a casual night out with my friends. Some of the pieces we designed reflect upon nature and mythology and even some of my own artwork which usually revolves around these themes.