Jane Milburn's book, Slow Clothing, sits on my desk as a daily reminder. Stacked on top of titles from Clare Press and Lisa Messenger, Jane's book is a sustainability bible, and it comes in handy when I'm looking for new ways to mend or reuse something I've outlived or fallen out of love with.
This entire outfit has made by a woman who I’ve known for more than half a decade. She has children, she is passionate, she is incredibly talented, and she has never swayed from her values, remaining ethical and Australian made.
Sticks + Stone is not your average fashion label; in a world where fast fashion and petrochemical fabrics are the norm, Jacky Stickler cuts through the crap, delivering an ethical and sustainable label with a conscious.
The art of screen-printing is no new one; some Japanese printed fabrics date back to 221 AD. Europeans commercialised the technique in the 17th Century, and now, our modern textile industry is dominated by digitally printed fabrics and mass-producing machinery systems.
The Brisbane fashion scene is evolving. Five years ago, it was a city that fashion students moved away from to hunt for their careers in Melbourne or Sydney, but now, it’s home to some of the country’s best labels and innovative fashion start-ups.
The Dress Collective’s designers have one similarity: they all boast Australian-made collections and unique brand messages through their sustainable practices or ethical manufacturing, or through their use of recycled materials, eco-friendly fabrics or low-waste small-run ranges.
‘Style’ is a complex thing, and it’s not to be confused with ‘fashion’. Coco Chanel had many things to say about it, but one of her most memorable quotes was, “Fashion changes, only style remains the same.”
It’s no secret that I’m particular when it comes to travel. A hotel should be a home away from home and a place to feel completely and utterly relaxed, so I have a mental list I check off every time I stay somewhere new.
I’m not a girly-girl, but I do love pink and I do love the odd ruffle. One Brisbane label that manages to combine the two in a sophisticated way is Moreno Marcos, and designer Sofia has a way with all things feminine when it comes to her label.
Wrapping up another successful year for Queensland fashion, the Mercedes-Benz Group Show served as a platform for the experienced. Talulah, Pistols At Dawn, George Wu, Jack Sullivan, Michelangelo, Chetcuti and Urbbana embody a passion for design that the principle partner, Mercedes-Benz, reflects itself.
Returning for the 9th year this year, the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane played host to a creative array of launch events, including a Fashion Luncheon, a Lifeline Pop-Up Shop, a Luxury Fashion Forum and our point of interest: the Emerging Designer Group Show.