The sparkles are distracting Kylie Minogue. We’re at the photo shoot for her latest bedding range, and the Aussie icon is ooh-ing and ahh-ing over black and white fishnet, diamante-strewn cushions from her collection. It’s easy to see why. They are glamorous and dazzling – just like she is. It’s incredible to think the star turns 46 this year. Even when she appears at the shoot without make-up, the fresh faced singer looks decades younger. She’s warm and friendly and introduces herself to everyone, asking their names and what they do.
Tucking into sushi from the A-lister’s favourite restaurant, Nobu, Minogue looks relaxed as she walks around in baggy trousers, a top and cosy slippers. But once she slips on a sumptuous designer gown and tiny size-two designers stilettos, the pop princess is definitely in the building. In her long career, Minogue has sold more than 70 million records, has an OBE and has now added TV judge on The Voice, both Australian and UK versions, to her CV. The star, who battled breast cancer in her 30s, talks about her homewares range, female icons, and what she’s learned so far.
This is your sixth bedding collection for Kylie Minogue At Home range. How would you describe it?
This is going to come out wrong, but people love to be expressive in the bedroom with their bedding. They love a bit of sparkle! The really over-the-top ranges are the biggest sellers.
What is the inspiration behind your collections?
The designers at [parent company] Ashley Wilde have done really well to take on my ideas. I’ve given them vintage duvets, old embroidery, and bits and bobs I’ve amassed over the years. I show them my clothing – beautiful gowns, the trims on dresses and detailing, and I take photographs, which I send to them team. They’ve translated them into the designs. It’s very exciting for me to see! There are three people in the team and we all know each other very well, which makes the process simple but really effective. I always ask to hear the stories about their sourcing trips, I’m genuinely interested in how we arrive at things. We’ve progressed over the years, and listened to what customers want and to feedback from retailers. I’m really proud of the collection.
What are your favourite inspirational pieces picked up on your travels?
I went on a trip to rural China and found some really crazy bedding, which you really wouldn’t want to put a flame to! And I’ve got a fantastic vintage Asian bedspread that I found at the Earls Court antiques market in 1990, which is beautiful. When I first started working with the team, I was obsessed with Art Deco. I’m not so hung up on it now – I’m really getting into the 1970s at the moment.
You’ve had a rollercoaster life – acting since you were a child and working in pop music for more than 25 years. Would you ever write your own memoirs?
I wouldn’t know where to start! I’m sure it would be a fantastically cathartic thing to do. Sometimes I find myself sharing anecdotes with people and think, ‘Wow, that’s kind of interesting and it would be good in a book,’ but I don’t think I’m at that stage yet.
Do you ever make time for you?
I do yoga once in a while but I don’t do anything like that regularly, which I berate myself for because I really should. I always get fit on tour, but as I only tour every few years that’s probably not enough time for me to claim fitness! I found a great yoga workout on YouTube, though. I had been in a studio in LA last yer recording my album and felt like I needed to move. I didn’t know where to go so I looked up 30-minute yoga workouts on YouTube and the first thing I came up with was fantastic! I also like Gyrotonic classes; the exercise is quite balletic, it really opens everything up and stretches you so it feels like you’ve done a workout.
You’re the queen of reinvention. What’s your style mantra?
I don’t know if I can really say I keep it simple, but mostly I do. I’m pretty understated most of the time, but fortunately through my work I can express all my flamboyance in other ways. I can see myself getting more eccentric as I get older, and the two worlds could merge. People will go ‘Kylie, you’re not on stage right now!’ And I’ll reply, ‘I don’t care! I just wanted to put this on my head!’
Which women do you most admire?
My mum and my grandmothers…All the women in my life! I love Jane Fonda, her talent and her honesty. She does a lot for women and the community. She is gorgeous – and she was Barbarella! She got through really difficult times in her life. I love seeing her represent a mature woman on the red carpet. I applaud just seeing a photo of Jane. It’s the same with Catherine Deneuve, who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. I have vacationed with Catherine and she is the coolest. It’s great to have women like that to look up to. Her daughter, Chiara Mastroianni, has that cool French thing going on. I love those types of women.
What lesson would you give your younger self?
Just one? I need a manuscript for my younger self! To value the opinions of people you respect. A lot of people will say a lot of things – more so now that everyone has got an opinion on everything online – so just let that become white noise and try not to take things personally. Know who the good people are around you. That and Nana’s other best adage: to do unto others…And enjoy the ride!
Photographed exclusively by William Baker. Story copyright of Good Housekeeping UK/HEARST MAGAZINES UK. As previously seen in Myer Emporium Magazine.