Saturday, 25 January 2014

Australia's Style Icons Part 1

In honour of Australia Day, we're celebrating some of our Aussie icons of style, starting with...


Born in South Africa, raised in New Zealand Collette Dinnegan cut her teeth on the Australian fashion scene. Launching her first store in Sydney in the early 1990s, in 1995 she became the first and only Australian designer to be invited to become a member of the Chambre Syndicale du Pret a Porter des Couturiers et des Createurs de Mode (the governors of the French fashion industry) and to show on the prestigious Paris schedule.

Jessica Gomes, May 2013

Starting out as lingerie brand, Dinnegan's ethereal whispers translated beautifully into deliciously feminine womenswear, with fine negligee-like dresses becoming her signature. Often featuring the prettiest of lace trims or exquisite embellishments, her gowns became a favourite with red carpet beauties, reinforcing her design credentials and inspiring a range of diffusion lines including most fittingly, Collette Dinnegan Bridal in 2007.

Taylor Swift, November 2011

In October last year, after 24 years building her label, Dinnegan announced she would be taking a step back from the industry. Her final collection for Collette Dinnegan showed in September 2013. She will however, continue with her diffusion lines Collette by Collette Dinnegan and Collette Dinnigan Enfant - something of a relief to her faithful followers, this new focus on more accessible ranges could open her up to a new market and inspire a whole new generation of Dinnegan devotees.

Dinnegan Signatures: figure flattering shapes, lavish lace, exquisite embellishments and feminine prints.

As Worn By: Nicole Kidman, Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, Miranda Kerr, Taylor Swift, Sarah Hyland and Delta Goodrem.

The Look: The Cinderella Story - 'girl-next-door' transforms into Hollywood golden girl.

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Nicole Kidman, 2012

Sarah Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton have been creating their own brand of warrior women since 1999. What started out as a purely denim collection within two years had developed into a full ready-to-wear collection. Not only do Sass & Bide boast 20 stores throughout Australia and New Zealand, they label is stocked in 20 countries across the globe and in 2013 they opened their first international flagship store in New York.

Sass & Bide Signatures: body con shapes, heavy embellishments evocative of armoured plates, graphic lines, strong black and white colour palette with flashes of neon and metallic trims.
As Worn By: Beyonce, Rhianna, Jennifer Hawkins, Kim Kardashian.
   Heidi Middleton    
   (left) and Sarah        The Look: The Urban Amazonian - 21st century woman styles her own show 
 Jane Clarke (right)     of strength. 
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Since his very first collection in 2005, Josh Goot has been making waves on the international fashion scene. With his label debuting at New York Fashion Week, positive reviews saw him make the cover of fashion bible Women's Wear Daily. British Vogue too was raving about him: "Every girl needs a little Josh Goot in her wardrobe," they exclaimed. His graphic style of sporty-chic was soon drawing crowds on the London catwalks before Goot returned to his roots, stealing the headlines at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week in 2011.

Josh Goot Resort 2013

Goot Signatures: Clean silhouttes, body-con elements, sporty vibe, graphic prints, pops of colour against slick monochrome backgrounds.

As Worn By: Kim Kardashian, Miranda Kerr, Kate Bosworth, Jessica Mauboy, Lara Bingle.

The Look: The Optical Delight: bringing colour to world with a kaleidoscopic patterns and shapes.

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Jewellery designer Samantha Wills' aspirational blend of boho-beauty-meets-city-chic is attracting a cult following. Since the runaway success of her debut collection at Australian Fashion Week in 2004, Wills' has been busy building a brand that's as attractive as her eclectic designs.

Her move to New York has opened up a new world of opportunities with her stylish creations regularly decorating celebrities at red carpet and photographic events. 

Wills Signatures: boho colours and stones, ethnic influences, vintage details.

As Worn By: Vanessa Hudgens, Christina Milian, Lady Gaga

The Look: Upper Westside Boho Chic - boho babe dresses for city living, carrying her heritage in her jewellery.

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