Stylist's eye: Naomi Smith

It’s fun to analyse a tastemaker’s taste — that ultimate punch of fashion, travel, music and art. Here, stylist Naomi Smith shares her favourite looks from resort '15, her best beauty buys and top tips for navigating the new season runway

  2. Photographed by Max Doyle | Hand Lettering by Paul Meany
  4. Occupation: stylist. City: Sydney. Daily uniform: Miu Miu top and Céline skirt (above) or jeans with Céline sandals. Fashion favourites: Prada, Céline, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu. Manicure: Chanel Le Vernis, Rouge Noir. Stationery: Hermès and Smythson notebooks and Comme des Garçons pouch (below). Fragrance: Jersey, Les Exclusifs de Chanel. Watch: Hermès Cape Cod. Shoe: Céline spring/summer '14 wedges. Beauty essential: Chanel Crayon Sourcils Eyebrow pencil. Film: Paris Texas.

Her resort '15 round-up: from left to right, 1) Givenchy – the print on print layering here feels so new and I always love the show's styling: super sexy with flat boots gives the look a tough edge. 2) Christian Dior – so chic, Raf Simons uses print in such subtle ways and I love the wrist detail. 3) Louis Vuitton – the collection’s coral prints and mix of details is so divine and clever. 4) Chanel – the house’s super pretty florals feel fresh and so feminine, plus they had the best hair. 5) Prada – I love it when Mrs Prada incorporates denim, it’s quite 70s and a little geek-ish, stitched up yet relaxed. Runway photos: Fairchild Photo Library. 

How she navigates new season runway: I start with the shows that jump out at me – I have my favourite designers, Prada, Céline, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Proenza Schouler. As a stylist, there are the directional pieces that you love for editorial and then the pieces you buy and wear yourself; those looks are probably a little more functional, you know you'll wear them forever, they lend a kind of confidence.

What she zeroes in on: I’ll always covet Miuccia Prada’s latest version of a slip dress, one of Phoebe Philo's great white shirts for Céline and, of course, a jacket from Chanel. A designer’s signature shape, which tends to reappear from one season to the next, often becomes a cult item.

The treasured item she’ll pass down to her daughter Eadie: My black Chanel jacket – it’s one of the most classic and covetable pieces that anybody who loves fashion could own. I was lucky enough to find the most perfect style and I adore it: the buttons, the pockets, the little chain that weights the hem, the way it hangs. It’s very special.

“I’ve become quite good at quickly swinging from one situation to another without it impacting on my kids. It all comes down to being super organised.”

— naomi smith, on the work-life-family balance

Her style, now and then: I don't think my style has changed that much since having children – I still love to dress up. Perhaps the only thing that’s different is that as a freelancer I’m in the studio or traveling a little more often and so I’ve had to incorporate more casual looks and a lot of flat shoes into my wardrobe – which is perfect right now because it's a good moment for flats.

Her secret to striking a work-life-family balance: When I started consulting and working on projects I learnt how to mix up my day more – in the morning I’m a mum, then I’m in the studio or on appointments, then it's back to mum mode for dinner and maybe an event at night after that. I’ve become quite good at quickly swinging from one situation to another without it impacting on my kids. It all comes down to being organised.

What her children have taught her: I have always been quite motivated by work and therefore in a big hurry with everything, whereas having children reminds me to slow down and take the time to look at things differently, to laugh and have more fun. I really love being with my children when they experience new things and probably feel most at peace and happy when I'm enjoying a day at the beach with them or visiting the zoo – I love their reactions and spontaneity, it's a lesson for me, too.

See you, skater: main picture top, Smith wears Miu Miu and Céline, pictured with her children, Zac, 12, and Eadie, 4, at home in her son’s bedroom. Artwork by Smith’s partner, the artist and musician, Raymond Lalotoa.