For their Resort 2014 collection, Australian label Beau in the Woods channels all things holiday related. The ‘Summer Breaks in Miami Beach’ (or B**ch if you go by the website) collection features a range of summer-ready looks including dresses, separates and wide leg Bermuda shorts. Silk chiffon, georgette, and crepe de chine fabrics are used throughout the collection with croc-embossed trims creating texture. In keeping with the brand’s signature aesthetic, designer Kylie Dadson uses a range of photographic prints to create some pretty statement-making pieces. Think picture-postcard dresses, blossom skirts, and coconut cocktail shirts. Recently, Kylie shared with me her inspiration behind the Resort 2014 collection, favourite holiday destinations, local haunts, and summer style tips.
1. How did you go about choosing the prints for your Resort 2014 collection?
We were planning a trip to India all year so naturally I was daydreaming about beach destinations and everywhere else in the world. Combined with a pinterest addiction and a customer planning a trip to Miami, the idea to combine all of my favourite images into one collection became just that. There are images that friends and family have taken as well as candid snapshots from the day after my wedding and also a Bali jaunt with friends from last summer. Summer Breaks encompasses places that we have been to and those that we dream about.
2. Your flagship store is located in Brisbaneâ€™s James Street precinct. What are some of your favourite Brisbane haunts?
Quench in James St Market is my smoothie stop, Gerardsâ€™s Bistro for a dinner date and great wines, Leftyâ€™s Old School Music Hall for a Saturday night with the crew. I also love days where you can jump on a rivercat and cruise somewhere waterside for the afternoon. The Powerhouse is a great destination to chill, do the farmers markets or catch a show.
3. What are your top tips for dressing for an Australian summer?
Super light weight fabrics such as silks and cottons are best, even better in styles that just float around the body. Stay away from anything tight as it just gets too hot. I love lots of colour on fresh skin with just a bright lip. Midi heels are great too as they can take you from day to night. In summer you need to dress like you might not be home from day to night which is the ultimate vibe of our collections!
4. What is your ultimate holiday destination?
In my dreams â€“ definitely the Maldives! Mexico, Cuba, Havana a close second! Japan is on the must-do-next list. I also have friends I want to visit in Finland, Brazil and New York. The list never ends!
5. If you were to choose five songs to soundtrack your summer, what would they be?
I put on ‘Universal Unfolding’ by Over Soul the minute warm weather hits. Then Daft Punk gets my next four faves â€“ ‘Lose Yourself to Dance’, ‘Get Lucky’, ‘Around the World’ and ‘One More Time’. On repeat!
You can see the entire collection over on the Beau in the Woods website.
Shop the collection online or, if you’re in Brisbane, at their flagship boutique on James Street.