SUBIACO’S Greta vom Berg is a glamorous gal with a penchant for classic black and white colour schemes and sparkling white pearls.
Working as a senior exec for a gas and oil company for more than 35 years, she recently embraced her creative side, taking over Hay Street style stalwart Venus boutique at the beginning of the year.
Her aim was to find a suitable venue to show her dazzling range of self-made hats, largely inspired by British royal and fashion icon Kate Middleton, and take the store – which recently underwent a sophisticated revamp with new wallpaper, light fittings, racks and checked ceramic flooring – in a fresh direction, focusing on event-wear for all occasions.
WS Weekly peeked inside Greta’s wardrobe for a glimpse of her favourite fashion staples.
Among her cherished possessions are leopard-print heels from Florence.
“When I went to Italy four years ago I told my husband: ‘I’m coming away with sexy shoes’ and they were the ones,” the affable fashionista shared.
“I wear them out once a year and I feel fabulous. They kill though and I have to have surgery afterwards!
“I just need a simple black dress with them and then of course my other prized piece: pearls, which I wear almost every day.”
Greta’s striking pearl necklace, bought from Trinity Antiques in Perth about 10 years ago, has become shinier over time.
“My mum bought me a little pearl bracelet for my 16th birthday, so they have a nostalgic element,” she said.
“They are so glamorous, worn by the likes of Jackie O and Coco Chanel, and can even be matched with denim.”
Adding to her list of favourites are a Louis Vuitton bag purchased in Tokyo four years ago and a black 1940s dress made for her grandmother on Collins Street, Melbourne when she was mayor.
Lastly is her late mother’s black opal 70s ring.
“I do get sentimental when I wear it. It’s a statement piece, which makes me feel a bit special,” Greta said.
- Beyond the Boutique is an occasional series taking a sneak peek into the personal wardrobes of some of Perth’s leading purveyors of fashion.