Renowned Australian model Megan Gale spent 15 years walking runway shows around the world from Italy to Paris and Australia. These days, she prefers to hang up the stilettos and focus on being a fashion designer and brand ambassador. She is the face of the Lavazza Italian Film Festival this year and now adds homewares designer to her long list of achievements in her debut collaboration with Target.
Gale, 40, was thrilled to commence a business relationship with Target. “I actually started working on the collection two years ago when I first got pregnant with my son. As you can imagine when you’re starting a business and doing your first collection, it’s a long process of figuring out everything from the design, the aesthetic, the logo and who we are appealing to,” Galev says.
Target—known for its savvy collaborations including Missoni, Stella McCartney, Collette Dinnigan and Dion Lee—continues its quest to be all things cool with diffusion lines that show us how luxe can now come at an affordable price. Gale was excited to be added to the honorary list. “I wanted the collection to have a certain style that is reflective of my own,” she says.
Gale grew up in Perth and began modelling at 18 after winning a competition that saw her pursue her career in Australia and Italy. She became the face of Omnitel (now Vodafone) in Italy and modelled for Alex Perry, Willow and Lisa Ho in addition to Collette Dinnigan when she’d come back home. She was a David Jones ambassador for more than 10 years and still continues in her role as L’Oreal Paris brand ambassador—where Gwen Stefani and Jenifer Lopez also make the L’Oreal "dream team".
She’s been a big traveller throughout her 20s and 30s and now calls Melbourne home—quitting the gypsy life for a routine that’s more stable. She relocated to Australia from Italy in 2006 and feels blessed the Italians took her on as their own.
“I love Italy and miss it so much,” she says. “I have been back once or twice since then but it was such a huge and wonderful part of my life and I would love to reconnect there again.”
Gale says living in Melbourne reminds her of Italy—our city’s love of coffee, food and film are reminiscent of her time spent there. “It’s not hard to fall in love with Melbourne. It’s so diverse and there is so much to do here,” she says.
“Melbourne is all about a community feel—it’s really tight—whether it’s theatre, the arts, sport and dining; we’re big on making things work and there’s always a strong interest for something unique. People love going out and trying new restaurants and bars,” she says.
“There’s also such a diverse range of fashion and great pockets to shop. You can’t go wrong and there is nowhere else like it in Australia.”
Megan Gale's Top Tastes of Melbourne
Fave spot to eat: Sally Saigon
For breakfast or brunch: The European
For share plates: You can’t go past Coda.
For cocktails: There’s so many great places, but if I had to pick I’d say The Toff in Town, Cookie, Mr Miyagi and my fave little spot—a tiny and quirky joint called Vodka Borscht and Tears on Chapel Street in Windsor. They serve so many varieties of vodka from around the world.
For sushi: I found a new sushi bar recently with a contemporary twist called Mr Miyagi’s Japanese Food and Liquor.
For steak: I think the best steak is served at Rockpool Bar & Grill. You can’t beat it.