Mother's Day with Christie + Angela Nicolaides
Angela Nicolaides certainly knows how to leave an impression on someone. On the set of our Luminary Mother’s Day shoot, the enigmatic mother of three is recounting a story of neighbourhood children lining up at the school gate to get a kiss from the red lipstick connoisseur. “‘Can you kiss me Mrs Nicolaides?!’” interjects daughter Christie, affecting a child-like voice and laughing. “They all lined up for a kiss because they wanted the kiss mark,” explains Christie. “They all wanted to go home to their mothers and say, ‘Why don’t you wear lipstick, mummy?’” adds Angela, “but the majority of [the mothers] just didn’t wear makeup, so for their children, this was a novelty!”
These days, the playground novelties may be few but the bold lips—and charismatic personality—remain the same. And not just with Angela but in daughter, Christie, too. Sharing a mutual love of said red lipstick, striking fashion and fabulous accessories, the pair also boast a distinctive creative streak. Angela—alongside husband John—is an avid supporter of the Arts and long-time champion of the Australian contingent of artists who take part in the Venice Biennale. In fact, she’ll fly to Venice from the shoot to support this year’s artists. And Christie? She is, after all, the designer whose eponymous line of earrings, crowns and jewellery has been feverishly taking over your Instagram feed and Pinterest boards in recent years.
Sitting down for their interview with the Journal, our conversation is punctuated by lots of laughter, warm affection—and Angela and Christie finishing each other’s sentences. If this were a scripted moment, we would be sitting in Stars Hollow, drinking more coffee than is fit for human consumption. Well and truly grounded in reality, here, the Nicolaides women chat about their relationship, the meaning of confidence and accidental outfit twinning.