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    Tluxe Blog — nature

    A little autumn inspiration...

     

    We thought we’d share a few images that inspired us for our current autumn/winter collection, Perpetual Motion. This is just one of the mood boards, which we put together right at the concept stage of design when we’re thinking about colour, and how the tones we find in art, nature, and just about anything we see around us, might influence our final designs. Above we have an image of the perpetual motion of nature in the form of flowing lava; a dark, meditative drawing by one of our favourite artists, Anish Kapoor; and a painting by Jennis Li Cheng from her aptly titled, Have a Nice Day series. Enjoy.

     

    Eco clothing tip of the week: know your fabrics

     

    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?

    Image of the week...

    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 love... Marc de Jong

      

    If you’re in Melbourne don’t miss artist Marc de Jong’s new exhibition Flock Work, which opened last week at Gould Galleries in South Yarra (until October 8). The science-meets-nature aesthetic of Marc’s show reminds us just a little of our own Basic Elements theme for the new Tluxe spring/summer 2012 collection.

    Marc’s lo-fi, pixelated depiction of volcanoes and climate change (pictured is his piece Lightening 3) reference recent current events, such as the Tokyo earth quakes, and aim to question our place in the universe. Serious, yes, but De Jong is not without a sense of humour. While his work hangs in major collections across the country, including The National Gallery of Australia, we love that his roots are based in illegal street art, where he spent many years tagging Melbourne’s laneways with anti-corporate takes on logos, turning Sportsgirl to Spoiltgirl, VISA into VICE, and bankcard to bankrupt. Smart, fun, and relevant. Sounds like our kind of man.