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Heads up people! We’re super excited to announce the arrival of our Australian Merino wool pieces online this week including our super fine, silk-trimmed Merino wool cape (pictured above).
This season we’ve upped the chic factor on many of our wool cardigans and tops by trimming them in silk. So you get the warmth, comfort and sustainable qualities of wool, with a little added glamour and shine.
For those of you who may not already know, Australian Merino wool is undergoing a renaissance as the world’s most luxurious natural fibre and is prized the world over for it’s super fine quality. For a taste of its reinvention we’re loving Woolmark’s exhibition Wool Modern (pictured top), which started off in London and hits Sydney later this month. From Alexander McQueen to Vivienne Westwood and the king of ‘80s sharp silhouettes, Thierry Mugler, the exhibition shows wool at its most avant-garde. Yes, the humble Australian sheep is a little more fashion-foward than you’d expect. And recent innovations mean wool fabrics are now incredibly soft too... Suddenly the imminent arrival of winter doesn’t feel so bad after all.
We’d like to introduce you to a new friend of ours, Bemberg cotton. It's not only sustainable, being both naturally biodegradable and from a renewable, natural source, it combines two of our favourite loves; comfort and style.
Bemberg’s breathable nature, soft-as-silk feel and ability to absorb moisture means it’s supremely comfortable. And most importantly, it looks great too, with a luxurious drape that cuts a lean, flowing silhouette. We’ve used it in our new Raffles harem trousers (pictured above with our Beverly Hills wool jersey top) and we’re loving the way it looks like silk but joy of joys, it’s practical too, being just that little bit more tough wearing than silk. So with the right care, it'll last longer, which means less clothing waste, more wear, and you’re making your own small contribution to helping save the planet. What’s not to love?
wondered what it’s like behind the scenes of a design studio? While you’re
browsing our new autumn collection for 2012, right now most of the team are
already plugging away on production for next year’s spring/summer collection.
And our creative director Becs is working on design ideas for autumn/winter
To help get
us through the next slightly hectic few weeks we’re mostly listening to Delta
Swamp Rock (and loving Leon Russell’s Out in the Woods), and mostly eating… chocolate.
While we love the organic goodness of Loving Earth’s raw chocolate with
superfoods like goji berries and acai, our guilty pleasure this week is the
special edition Picnic Cookie Crunch bar. “In another life,” says Becs, “I
would’ve been a sweet-taster.”
Our inspiration for the Tluxe Autumn/Winter 2012 collection, Perpetual Motion started with this image of a white owl. "We’ve called the collection Perpetual
Motion because that’s how we’re feeling right now, in a constant state of movement," says our creative director, Rebecca Powell.
"Looking at the big picture it’s about being always switched on, and finding a
wardrobe that fits with our busy lifestyles. On a more down-to-earth level Perpetual
Motion reflects the fluidity of the clothes, and the luxe fabrics, such as silk,
which make up the collection. The image of the owl represents a number of things close to our hearts, from the beauty of nature, which is reflected in the collection through our use of natural materials, to the white owl's symbolism as a Goddess in ancient Celtic folklore."
We’re launching our Winter 2012 collection titled Perpetual Motion online this week and couldn’t resist giving you a sneak preview of our new campaign, shot on location at Sydney’s Bronte Gully and Beach.
This season we’ve introduced silk to the range, seen above in one of our favourite pieces, the California top in the colour Flame. A little known fact about this beautifully luxe fabric is that it’s cooler and more breathable than cotton and so ideal for the Australian climate and our moderate winter weather – a key reason why you’ll be seeing much more silk in our future collections. But right now we’re sure you’ll enjoy the luxe feel of our new silk shirts, silk-trimmed merino wool cardigans and, one of our personal favourites, the silk-trimmed Le Crillon poncho, seen at top. “Layer it up with a long-sleeved top, leggings, and a pair of suede ankle boots,” says our creative director, Rebecca Powell. “It’ll be the most comfortably stylish piece in your wardrobe all winter.”