When Maurice Terzini isn’t running Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, The Dolphin, Bali’s Da Maria and working on opening Bondi Beach Public Bar, he’s designing for his fashion label, Ten Pieces. His life partner, Lucy Hinkfuss, is the co-designer behind the unisex label. And Terzini and Hinkfuss are getting ready for their MBFWA show tomorrow morning.
Two years after their first show, which saw the Icebergs pool emptied to create a makeshift catwalk, their shows are considered a “must see”; even those not usually into fashion still talk about them.
This year Icebergs Dining Room & Bar will undergo a dramatic overhaul for the show. At 6am on Thursday tables and chairs will be replaced with a fleet of models and stylists. And the restaurant will be repainted (we’ve been promised a dramatic change). The new look will remain for three months.
“It’s nice to be on home turf,” says Hinckfuss. “It was a big one this year, we’ve painted the whole restaurant over a few days.” Close friend, DJ and producer Nicky NightTime will create the soundtrack.
The new collection – a collaboration with Woolmark Company – is called Vertical Stripes. It references the history of Australian fashion through a nod to “sharpies” (suburban youth gangs in Australia in the ’60s and ’70s.) “It was about capturing that raw, cool vibe of an Australian subculture. It’s not about recreating the exact clothes they wore, it’s more about the attitude and energy,” says Hinckfuss.
What matters most to Terzini and Hinckfuss for their unisex collection is the quality of the design and the low-slung fit. “It’s what we wear,” she says.
For Terzini, the journey from food to fashion is, to some extent, fate. “It’s all one story for us. Each idea supports the other. It’s not just about the food or the fashion, it’s about creating a great atmosphere,” he says. “Everyone wears clothes and eats food, so they are not just creative [industries], they are essential. This is why Ten Pieces was born. The way in which the food is served is just the starting point of how the meal is enjoyed.”
How important is fashion to running a restaurant? “It sets the tone of the venue and helps the staff understand the brand they are representing,” says Terzini. Take one step inside any of his restaurants and you’ll notice one thing: how well dressed the staff are in their Ten Pieces uniforms.
And the journey from life partners to business partners? “It all flows well,” says Hinckfuss. “We don’t really see Ten Pieces as work. It’s more of a lifestyle project. We make sure that we run the business – it doesn’t run us.”