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      Tluxe Blog — spring/summer 2011

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      We love… Imelda the despotic queen of shoes

      Its comments like these - “The Despotic Queen found Giannini's S/S11 contribution too safe and an utter disappointment, save for the woven knee-high peep toe boots which, in camel are sublimely inappropriate for summer in the Antipodes and thus highly covetable,” - that have made us fall head over heels for Imelda, Australia’s answer to all things fab in footwear. 

      With an international following that’s bagged the blog’s author, Matt Jordan, attention from the design studios of London to the former Filipino First Lady herself (“That Imelda has read my site [and not sued] is like being touched by the hand of God,” says Matt), this is one authority on footwear you really can’t afford not to add to your favourites list.

      The insider... Tluxe summer inspiration

      The deliciously cooling afternoon thunderstorms we’ve been experiencing here in Sydney of late has called to mind a few of the inspirational images we put together for the current Tluxe summer collection (pictured above), Basic Elements.

      The deep, dark colours of the sea and sky when the heat of the day gives way to the rolling charcoal tones of an afternoon storm was our starting point for the season’s colour palette, shot through with accents of sunshine yellow - as you can see in our carefully engineered striped Suzanne C tee and Rebecca P maxi dress, and the moody sky print on our Isabel M and Vanessa B dresses. For more inspiration of the pictorial kind, we’d like to direct you to one of our favourite resources for beautiful imagery, We also love, and arts and crafts, among many, many others. Go ahead, take some time out this week, even if just for a few minutes and, delight your senses.

      Hot off the press...

       This weekend, dont' miss Tluxe creative director, Rebecca Powell's interview on Lifegloss, about the secrets of balancing a business and family life, and if you missed us in last month's issue of Women's Health, here's a pic from one of their great shoots, featuring our classic jersey singlet top. You can get the latest version online here, and while you're there, take a look at some of our newest pieces from the summer collection, including our hotly anticipated range of dresses, which arrived fresh to our online store this week. Enjoy. And have a great weekend! Love Tluxe.  xx

      The insider... Tluxe summer inspiration

      We thought we'd share a few of the images that inspired us for our current Basic Elements summer collection. Right at the beginning of the season, before we even start thinking about the final designs, we put a few mood boards together that sum up our direction or overall feeling for the season, keeping to the core Tluxe philosophy of relaxed comfort, easy dressing and pared-back luxury. The above images are just one of our starting ideas for mood and colour.

      On trend... maxi skirts

      We’ve been watching the street style blogs as much as the catwalks this last few weeks and are loving the fresh look of a long maxi skirt. From this season’s essential flowing numbers to the elongated column dress - which is being touted as the new basic shape for summer - we've selected a few of our favourite looks so you can see for yourself how easily this style can be dressed up or down. Try heels, a loose fit shirt and chunky accessories for a few evening drinks or leave it clean and casual with a simple T-shirt, slimline belt and flat sandals for weekend brunch. And don't forget you can buy the summer's all essential Tluxe maxi online here.

      Images: With thanks to Altamira Gastro chic International Street Style.