Kristi Rose is an up and coming Sydney-based designer who launched her eponymous label in 2012. The label is defined by her use of digital art prints, flattering silhouettes, and feminine detailing. Before founding her own label, Kristi honed her skills working with labels like Zimmermann and Tigerlily. Her SS13/14 collection is called ‘Greased Lightnin’ and features dresses, shorts, t-shirts, and jumpsuits in a range of floral, mesh, and llama (!!!) prints. The collection is full of extremely wearable pieces and looks well suited to an Australian summer.
DOROTA is a an up and coming Australian label by designer Dot Drabarek. The Resort 2013/14 collection explores the idea of dress codes, elegance, and the luxurious nature of 1950s cruise fashion. The collection consists of a range of separates and dresses, made from a mixture of linen/cotton blends and sheer textured lace. Clean lines and feminine forms dominate the designs, and the colour palette of black, white, and blush is elegant in its simplicity. DOROTA is available from stockists nationally as well as through the label’s e-boutique.
Photography: Carine Thevenau
Hair & Make-up: Desiree Wise
Model: Seon @ IMG
KÅ Swim is a directional Aussie swimwear label created by Karla Å petiÄ‡. Founded in 2012, KÅ Swim is a continuation of Å petiÄ‡’s signature aesthetic. The 2013/14 collection references the world of ruin, and designs feature Egyptian-inspired symbols and glyphs combined with off-beat nautical stripes. It’s not your typical swimsuit campaign either. Instead of a backdrop of a pool or beach, ‘Ruins’ rather aptly takes us to the not-so-typical terrain of a trash depot. This colourful collection comprises of v-neck swimsuits, separates, retro-inspired cover ups, and cotton basics. The striped hieroglyph swimsuit and draped shorts would have to be my picks of the collection. ‘Ruins’ drops in November and is available at selected stockists across Australia as well as online at the label’s e-boutique.
The spring/summer 2013 collection from Secret South (formerly Secret Squirrel) features plenty of what we’ve come to expect from the label – clean lines, statement graphic prints, and casual tailoring. Bold prints and monochrome basics mix effortlessly together to create a collection that is equal parts playful and polished. The glacier print is my favourite from the collection but the polka dots run a close second.
[Images: Secret South]
Dress Up’s spring/summer collection ‘Flora’ is understated dressing at its finest. In keeping with the label’s design ethos, the overall effect of this collection is one that is subtle and considered. The centrepiece of the collection has to be native floral print which is complemented by a natural colour palette. When buying clothes the impulsive side of me, my heart, gravitates towards bold prints and bright colours whereas my head is always tallying up the ideal capsule wardrobe. I think Dress Up’s latest offering would easily satisfy both my head and my heart.
[Images: Dress Up]