Where fierce sportswear and unbridled glamour intersect, there stands Steph Smith: half melting into the shadows, half illuminated by the light that cuts across a fitting backdrop of deep sea blue. She’s in her element as the star of Kelly Defina’s latest sports-luxe themed shoot for Fashionising.com, styled by Elaine Marshall in what could be a visual handbook to the theme: swimwear and streetwear thrown into a mix with chic, minimal white leather accents and colour blocked heels – or maybe the occasional pair of Nike kicks for when she really feels like playing it down.
A sporty-chic look will always find comfort in the arms of a slick ponytail, but sometimes the best magic happens when opposites attract. Justin Henry, the shoot’s hair and makeup artist, saw a Victoria’s Secret Angel underneath Steph’s girl-next-door exterior, and decided to bring that side of her out. Glamorous soft waves and flawless makeup turned a would-be tomboy into the kind of beauty who never seems to break a sweat.
On set, Justin remarks on Steph’s resemblance to the young Alicia Silverstone circa her debut film The Crush. But this time it’s the girl who’s the center of everyone’s affections: not only is the whole creative team in awe of Steph’s enviable physique, so are her 190,000 instagram followers (@stephclairesmith). Steph Smith, it transpires, is everyone’s latest crush.
For more sporty-luxe styling inspiration see the full shoot The Crush by Kelly Defina (kellydefina.com) – with styling by Elaine Marhsall (elainemarshall.com.au) and hair & makeup by Justin Henry (justinhenrybeauty.com) – by clicking on the gallery.