Amy Cooper, SUN HERALD

Perhaps food and fashion aren’t mutually exclusive after all. Stephanie Conley has been flitting between the two for some years but the ex-fashion designer has now decided her heart lies with cooking. 

This week Conley, who in the early 2000s produced an eponymous label worn by the likes of Naomi Watts, Kim Cattrall and Naomi Campbell, launches The Hostess, an online recipe book and blog. It’s the culmination of Conley’s intermittent journeys into food, including a spell at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school and running a commercial catering company.

“I’m very happy moving over to food completely,” Conley told S, as she prepared for the launch at her home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. “It’s another creative outlet. You can use colour and texture in the same way as you do in clothing design.”

The Hostess embraces fresh produce and happy gatherings at home and Conley says that’s what life is about now she’s more settled and has a two-year-old son with husband Oskar. Back in the day, she dated Owen Wilson and Naomi Watts’ brother Ben, and lived for a while in Rome, where she drew inspiration for many of the dishes on the website.

“I spend more time at home now and like to entertain. The Hostess is about home-style cooking and sharing with family and friends,” she says.

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