Claire & Pip from P.E Nation choose their emerging designer ‘Faces to Watch’

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<h1>Claire & Pip from P.E Nation choose their emerging designer ‘Faces to Watch’</h1>

Today we reveal the emerging designer ‘Faces to Watch’ as selected by Pip Edwards and Claire Tregoning, co-founders of P.E Nation.

”P.E Nation is a reflection of Pip and Claire’s busy lifestyles and the need for multi-faceted activewear. This gap in the market is what led two friends with an impressive history in fashion to create P.E Nation. Their design and business pedigree together with a clear vision for the brand, has seen them create covetable and adaptable activewear that is quickly attracting a global cult following.”

Lucky for us, Pip and Claire were more than happy to scan their cool-af radar over this year’s Flaunter Emerging graduate collections. Their picks are a clear reflection of their own aesthetic – fashion-forward & retro, with a little of their signature tomboy attitude thrown in for good measure…

 

2 VOTES TO LISA LIU – UTS

@lisazhl

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“Hands down the ultimate winner – from design and concept, to creative, from the execution of the shoot, to the colour palette, the play on proportion, the styling, the vibe, the casting, the location and the use of the parachute is genius in terms of fabrication, design and playing to that sport-feel that we LOVE LOVE LOVE. We don’t feel there is another winner this year. She is the standout student by a mile. She is the future.”

 

ISABELLA RACO – WHITEHOUSE 

@isabellaraco__ // isabelaraco.com

PE Nation-Isabel

“The presentation and the shoot is what stood out and excited us. The focus on the outfit and the detail is incredible.”

 

 SARAH LIM – UTS

@eslim_ // sarahlim.work

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“The use of colour, style and silhouette is perfect. We love the layering, the styling and the shoot.”

 

YAEL FRISCHLING – UTS 

@yaelfrischling

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“Such an awesome use of sculpture and texture. Creative and unique in the approach.”

Grace O’Neill from Harper’s Bazaar chooses her emerging designer ‘Faces to Watch’

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<h1>Grace O’Neill from Harper’s Bazaar chooses her emerging designer ‘Faces to Watch’</h1>

Grace O’Neill is the Digital Fashion Editor at Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Cosmopolitan Australia.  As someone who lives and breathes fashion, we couldn’t wait to show her this year’s incredible Flaunter Emerging candidates. If there’s someone who can spot a designer to watch a mile away, it’d be Grace – so take note!

Congratulations to all the students selected as Grace’s Faces to Watch!

“I was so blown away by the level of entrants. Further proof of how incredibly talented local designers are, and that our institutions are world class.”

 

EMILIA CLICCHIA – RMIT

@queen_laqueefah_

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“This collection was a stand-out for me. It takes a sophisticated young designer to tread the line between the theatrics of fashion (dying for the oversized lace-hemmed hat) and creating a commercially viable product. The experimentation with oversized silhouettes sits alongside the more wearable fabrics and shapes seamlessly. Love it.”

 

SAMANTHA GUSS – RMIT

@sammiguss // sammiguss.com

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“This is such a fun, playful collection – fashion that doesn’t take itself too seriously while still being extremely well-designed. I love the experimental knitwear and the colour palette – it’s so optimistic and reminds me of one of my favourite new designers, Sies Marjan.”

 

LUCII MARTYR – UTS

@luciimartyr

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“I really enjoyed the romanticism of Lucii Martyr’s collection. The attention to detail is amazing and I love how she experiments with volume. Beautiful.”

 

NATALIE JURJEVIC – WHITEHOUSE

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“Natalie Jurjevic really taps into that elevated streetwear sensibility that fashion is in love with right now. It’s refreshing to see a young designer who is so restrained – sticking to a few key pieces and doing them well is the key to building a strong brand.”

 

GILLIAN GARDE – TAFE

@gilliangardethelabel // gilliangarde.com

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“Gillian’s collection stood out as one of the commercially viable collection, which is a really good thing. I can see that ruched drop top becoming a Sydney summer staple! I enjoy her use of graphic prints too.”

 

GRACE’S HONOURABLE MENTION

EMILY VALDECK – WHITEHOUSE

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Tessa & Beth MacGraw choose their emerging designer ‘Faces to Watch’

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<h1>Tessa & Beth MacGraw choose their emerging designer ‘Faces to Watch’</h1>

Beth and Tessa MacGraw are the talented sisters behind macgraw – the darling of the emerging Australian fashion scene. After taking out 4 of Australia’s top design awards in 2016 (The Tiffany & Co. National Designer Award, The BT Award, The Regional International Woolmark Prize and The Australian Fashion Laureate for Best Emerging Designer), the designers took macgraw global. You can now find their stunning pieces in a slew of luxury retailers across the UK, USA and Asia.

Famous for their beautiful fabrications and feminine silhouettes, Beth and Tess MacGraw know a thing or two about creating a brand signature. This talented duo appreciate interesting textiles, bold colour palettes and experimenting with shape – as recognised in their picks for 5 emerging designer ‘Faces to Watch’.

Congratulations to all the designers selected by the MacGraw sisters!

 

LUCII MARTYR – UTS 

@luciimartyr

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“We think Lucii’s work is fresh and of the moment…love the smile. Beautiful technique.”

 

LISA LIU – UTS

@lisazhl

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“Love this composition and bold use of colour. Brave.”

 

YAEL FRISCHLING – UTS

@yaelfrischling

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“This shoot feels very luxurious with an interesting use of sculpture.”

 

VERA GAYDUK – WHITEHOUSE

@veragayduk___

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“This collection feels original and we love the use of texture and colour.”

 

ANNA JACOBSEN – TAFE 

@odddesign_

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“Clever colour blocking. This is a very cohesive collection.”

Toni Maticevski chooses his emerging designer ‘Faces to Watch’

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<h1>Toni Maticevski chooses his emerging designer ‘Faces to Watch’</h1>

With 100 graduate collections from Australia’s leading fashion design schools and an impressive industry judging panel, this year’s Emerging Designer campaign was yet again a sparkling showcase of talent.

The first group of 5 emerging designers have been selected by Toni Maticevski – the man behind one of Austalia’s most recognised and exquisite designer labels.

After studying at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), and successfully running his eponymous label for 18 years, Toni is the perfect person to kick off the Flaunter Emerging judging week.

 

“It was hard to choose only 5 so I put in a few honourable mentions…. Please congratulate the designers from me for completing and fulfilling their work. It’s great to see such variety and some innovation.”

 

RACHAEL O’BRIEN – UTS

@of_rachael // of-ro.com

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“I really found Rachael’s palette and fabrication really beautiful and modern and the most unique of the lot. It felt personal and really desirable. The fabric development looked extraordinary and its silhouettes and shapes are really something that feels like where things are moving towards.”

 

YAEL FRISCHLING – UTS 

@yaelfrischling

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“With Yael, I again found her shapes and treatments of simple banding really beautiful and cool. The palette was very sophisticated and the finish looked (from pictures) very refined and focused. It has a bit of a Celine feel but at the same time, it feels confident and wearable. The art pieces are great and I love seeing a young designer push that and managing to balance commercial and the artistic. It’s really important.”

 

EMMA TOTHILL – QUT

@avalanchebyemmatothill

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“Emma’s fabrication and treatment caught my eye. It feels luxurious and supple and beautifully handled and looks well finished. The treatments and silhouettes are feminine and elegant in a really refreshing modern way. The play on fabric as contrast really appeals to my aesthetic and personal tastes and the texture is kind here.”

 

ALISSAR HAMMOUD – UTS

@alissar___ // alissarh.com

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“From all the entries I saw, this felt the most well considered in terms of brand and image and presentation. It felt cohesive and conceptual and at the same time I could see the wearability of pieces and the construction and cutting imagination. The fabrication and colours are refined and beautifully balanced and the look and models are spot on. A beautiful confident collection.”

 

NIGEL VOGLER – WHITEHOUSE

@is.nigel.ok

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“It was a surprise to me to put Nigel forward but there was something very endearing about the collection and pieces. They are charming and clever – things I could see myself and others wear confidently.  With the slightest hand, they are simple and desirable. The styling is strong and the image fresh and easy.”

 

TONI’S HONOURABLE MENTIONS

SABRINA ZHOU – WHITEHOUSE

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“Sabrina’s silhouettes are striking and beautiful. I loved this look with its monastic (slightly Craig Green vibe) but it feels confident and has a great depth.”

KASSANDRA GIOTOPOULOS MOORE – UTS

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“I loved the femininity of Kassandra’s portfolio. There was such charm and character and emotion. The clothes in some shots were hard to read in their finish and make but the images were romantic and had a lovely sensibility.”

MELANEY EMERY – WHITEHOUSE

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“I think what I loved about Melaney’s works was the feeling more than anything. The vision is clear, I just think the exclusion needs a bit more focus. The feeling is the strongest thing for me here and I wanted to note it.”

 

Flaunter Emerging Class of 2017: Spotlight on Alissar Hammoud

<h1>Flaunter Emerging Class of 2017: Spotlight on Alissar Hammoud</h1>

In the final interview for our Class of 2017 spotlight series, we caught up with Alissar Hammoud from UTS. Alissar is an emerging designer with a clear sense of self – she knows exactly what her label represents and why. We especially loved her take on who she’s designing for; a rebellious mashup of a young Winona Ryder on the cover of the rolling stones and an old school Gwen Stefani from her No Doubt days. So good.

 

YOU SEEM TO WORK WITH DENIM A LOT. WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS MEDIUM YOU PARTICULARLY LOVE?

There’s an admirable thrill and something quite significant about working with denim, as you are not only creating clothing but finding new ways to generate meaning to a fabric with rich history and tradition. I was able to respect the origins of denim yet ambiguously apply lamination and vinyl heat transfers to the medium and people were still able to recognise what it was through the classic top stitching or functional seams. I always found it rewarding to be able to endlessly deconstruct, experiment and rejuvenate the iconic features of denim into a wearable garment while simultaneously resonate a sense of familiarity.

CAN YOU EXPLAIN A LITTLE ABOUT THE CONCEPT BEHIND YOUR GRADUATE COLLECTION?

The Carrier AW 18 collection explored migration, movement and what it meant to shelter the body using solidly denim. I explored the urban nomad, the adaptability of a garment and developed designs that gestured the tactility and motifs of a ‘bag’ and ultimate survival. Challenging the conventions of the functional and utilitarian bag I started to deconstruct and regenerate unpredictable forms by unpicking and further draping with secondhand backpacks, classic denim pieces and work-wear uniform. My garments became grounded by precise seams, body-less proportions and encompassed a variety of surface treatments such as lamination, stone and acid washing and creased vinyl heat transfers. I wanted to respond to the idea of sheltering the body as a home using seamless and structure variations of denim.

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WHO ARE YOU DESIGNING FOR – WHO’S YOUR TARGET MARKET?

I never really worked with a target market, I preferred designing with a muse, a set of keywords and the integrity to elongate the female body. I always envisioned a 1994 Winona Ryder on the cover of the rolling stones meets old school Gwen Stefani (back in her No Doubt days) in my clothing – a rebellious, youthful yet powerful female.

WHAT IS THE FIRST PIECE OF FASHION YOU EVER LOVED?

When I first saw the Helmut Lang 1999 collection it was mesmerizing to see how a designer could introduce classic cuts with a militaristic twist. I became aware of the conceptual side of fashion through the legacy of Lang and always dreamed to wear one of his nineties velcro bulletproof vests or jacket backpacks. Today, his work is still planted all over my mood boards and process work.

WHERE WOULD BE YOUR DREAM PLACE TO WORK AS A DESIGNER IN THE FUTURE?

New York.

Denim is an iconography of American culture so it would be incredibly fulfilling to work within the roots and heritage of the material. It would be a huge accomplishment to see people wearing my modern-day versions of denim staple pieces across Time Square and have wearers appreciate both the craftsmanship and narrative of the clothing.

NOW THAT YOU’VE GRADUATED, WHAT’S NEXT ON THE CARDS FOR YOU?

I want to collaborate and apply for internships internationally so that I learn and mature from upcoming industry leaders, as well as apply for masters in one of the elite design schools. Either one would be a great starting point and could assist with my continual specialisation in denim, global networking and potentially help with creating my own Australian label.

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You can find and follow Alissar on Instagram at @alissarh____ and at her website alissarh.com.

Image credits: Photographers – Ray Ranoa; Models – Lily Habermehl & Daisy Hofstetter

Flaunter Emerging Class of 2017: Spotlight on Gillian Garde

<h1>Flaunter Emerging Class of 2017: Spotlight on Gillian Garde</h1>

Welcome to showcase week for Flaunter Emerging 2017 where we reveal the judges picks for their Faces to Watch! To get you in the mood we’re shining the spotlight on 2 more graduates from this year’s showcase. Here, we chat to Gillian Garde from TAFE’s Fashion Design Studio where she reveals the beautiful inspo behind her graduate collection Bloodline and her big plans for the future.

 

YOU CREATED SOME INCREDIBLE PRINTED & VOLUMINOUS DESIGNS, WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS TYPE OF WORK YOU PARTICULARLY LOVE?

I have always loved print, it is one of my favourite things about fashion. Prints add a different dimension to any garment; they can emphasise detail, add drama, or simply reflect the emotion of the wearer. As a designer, you can truly express yourself through print.

In terms of silhouette, using fabric to create fresh, off-beat shapes is what I aim to do through my design process. I want the wearer to be able to change the form of their body, but still feel comfortable and feminine, which is why I opt for soft fabrics with a beautiful drape.

CAN YOU EXPLAIN A LITTLE ABOUT THE CONCEPT BEHIND YOUR GRADUATE COLLECTION?

I describe my collection as a Nordic fairy tale that pays homage to my adopted Norwegian roots. Having grown up in such an enchanting country, I really wanted to revisit my childhood and the defining elements of it through my collection. A large source of inspiration was the beautiful landscape and I used elements of Norwegian folk costume within all my designs. The most important element of my concept lies in the title though. With no biological heritage in Norway, I always felt like somewhat of an outsider and the collection was a way to redefine my own personal identity and sense of belonging. Thus the collection is called Bloodlinea direct challenge of the necessity of biological history in order to belong in a society.

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WHAT DID THE 24 HOURS BEFORE YOUR GRADUATE PARADE LOOK LIKE?

Well, it was mainly a matter of calming my nerves! I was very anxious, to say the least. Amongst finishing hems, attaching buttons and quadruple checking I had everything I needed, I squeezed in a few gym sessions just to release some of that anxiety. Everything came to a peak in those final seconds before my debut however and I became incredibly emotional. Everything had finally come together and it was such a fulfilling moment.

WHAT IS THE FIRST PIECE OF FASHION YOU EVER LOVED?

6 year old me loved those sneakers that had light up soles! (I’ve moved on from that now, don’t worry)

WHERE WOULD BE YOUR DREAM PLACE TO WORK AS A DESIGNER IN THE FUTURE?

I would drop everything to go work for Dries van Noten. His work inspires me from season to season, a truly timeless designer with such a unique eye for detail, colour, texture and print. What an absolute fashion icon.

NOW THAT YOU’VE GRADUATED, WHAT’S NEXT ON THE CARDS FOR YOU?

I am really looking to gain more experience within the industry, so hopefully, I will be able to land a design position with an established label soon. Other than that I will keep working on all those personal projects that got put on the back burner while I was finishing my collection!

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You can find and follow Gillian on Instagram at @gilliangardethelabel.

Image credits: Photographers –  Jessica Matino (photoshoot), Modal Soul Photography (Runway), Brodie Hookins (Runway closeup); Models – Julianne Propsting, Cecilie Heide, Ali Woolley.

 

 

Flaunter Emerging Class of 2017: Spotlight on Elysia Tassis

<h1>Flaunter Emerging Class of 2017: Spotlight on Elysia Tassis</h1>

Elysia Tassis is an emerging designer with that rare, unfakeable, cool factor. Her collection submitted for Flaunter Emerging 2017 is effortless and unapologetic – and one we were keen to find out more about. Here, we take a closer look at Elysia’s “Club Fantasy” and learn about her plans for life after Billy Blue College of Design.

 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO STUDY FASHION?

It really felt like the only thing that I was passionate about. I went to university for other degrees and nothing felt right until I started at Billy Blue for the Bachelor of Branded Fashion Design. I loved the process of creating an outfit from an early age and being able to dress in a way that reflects your mood. I love the DIY aspect of fashion as well, its really hands on and being able to see your vision come to life is so satisfying!  

CAN YOU EXPLAIN A LITTLE ABOUT THE CONCEPT BEHIND YOUR GRADUATE COLLECTION?

The S’S 18 collection titled “Club Fantasy” offers a vibrant fantasy land for people to explore their individuality without having to conform to societal pressures. Inspiration comes from the 80’s Club Kids in NYC who had a DIY approach and challenged popular notions of gender.

WHO ARE YOU DESIGNING FOR – WHO’S YOUR TARGET MARKET?

The Idle Hands customer is an urban young creative who is independent, progressive in their way of thinking and open-minded. They express themselves through their clothing choices and aren’t afraid to be different. They appreciate well-made, good quality clothing that will last.

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WHAT IS THE FIRST PIECE OF FASHION YOU EVER LOVED?

That’s really hard to say! The first thing I remember are probably these pair of ballet flats I had when I was about 4 and they were embellished with multi-coloured sequins all over. I was obsessed with them and when I finally grew out of them I wouldn’t stop talking about how great they were. My parents couldn’t find a pair again until about 6 years later when I was 10 – it was the best surprise ever!!

WHERE WOULD BE YOUR DREAM PLACE TO WORK AS A DESIGNER IN THE FUTURE?

100% Japan. I’ve been there a few times and felt incredibly inspired whilst I was there. I love all the street style and seeing all the emerging designers coming from there. South Korea is also really great! They are very on trend over there it can be hard to keep up with!

NOW THAT YOU’VE GRADUATED, WHAT’S NEXT ON THE CARDS FOR YOU?

I’ll continue designing, improving my skills and just focusing on my brand and taking it to the next level. I’m also hoping to move to Japan in 2018 and I’ll see what happens from there!

 

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Find and follow Elysia on Instagram at @idlehands_official.

Image credits: Photographer –  Natalie McKain, Model – Shirleen Beverdige

 

 

Flaunter Emerging Class of 2017: Spotlight on Yael Frischling (UTS)

<h1>Flaunter Emerging Class of 2017: Spotlight on Yael Frischling (UTS)</h1>

We were lucky enough to see Yael Frischling’s collection on the runway at the 2017 UTS graduate parade.. and quite honestly, we were blown away. It’s no surprise that her creations also caught the eye of sustainable fashion queen Clare Press who recently featured the collection on Marie Claire. Here, we shine the spotlight on Yael to find out more about her design process and plans for the future.

 

YOU CREATED SOME INCREDIBLE INTRICATE WEAVING & SCULPTURAL DESIGNS, WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS TYPE OF WORK YOU PARTICULARLY LOVE?

I love exploring one idea to its fullest extent. The weave I developed was a three-dimensional joinery system that utilises zero waste cutting techniques. Both the sculptural pieces and the intricate woven pieces are assembled in the exact same way, only one is in a large scale to create form and the other is in a small scale to create texture. Using scale to present my ideas was my attempt at demonstrating the joinery to its fullest extent. I enjoy creating work that forces the viewer to question what fashion is about. When you see something out of the ordinary, that’s big and bold and in your face, it forces you to think about why it was created in the first place. If a collection is sculptural and less wearable, what purpose does it serve? Maybe fashion is about more than beautiful clothing, maybe it’s an outlet for presenting new ideas to the design industry as a whole. I contrasted this attention demanding sculptural collection with intricate weaving to draw the viewer in and present my ideas on two considerably varying scales.

CAN YOU EXPLAIN A LITTLE ABOUT THE CONCEPT BEHIND YOUR GRADUATE COLLECTION & YOUR CAMPAIGN IMAGES?

My collection, Kumiki, is inspired by Japanese joinery systems within architecture. The garments are assembled using a series of self-developed, unconventional interlocking systems combined with traditional needle punching. There is no sewing or fastenings required. I used these interlocking systems to create a collection that challenges the conventions of traditional garment making resulting in sculptural silhouettes and intricate woven textiles. The three-dimensionally woven wools are assembled in varying scales to span the predominantly zero-waste cut pieces. My intention with this method was to create an interactive element and ethical approach to the production of fashion. I want the viewer to question where concept ends and fashion design begins.

Because my collection is so sculptural and technically led, I wanted a campaign that reflected that. The shoot was done on a rooftop with clean blue and grey skies in the background. I did not want anything distracting from the concept, and I believe that using the sky as a background created a sense of elevation for the collection. The roof was industrial, but with clean lines, adding in a further element of architecture to the clothing. I wanted the collection to speak for itself, so we kept the campaign bold and minimal.

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WHAT DID THE 24 HOURS BEFORE YOUR GRADUATE PARADE LOOK LIKE?

The day before the show, I went through each garment and did a bit of quality control, clipping threads and reinforcing weaves. I am not one to procrastinate, so everything was pretty much ready to go for the next day and I was in bed by 9pm. I was so nervous that I barely slept. The day of the show was such a blur. I spent my time running around, eating whenever I could, and checking to make sure everything was going to plan. The girls that helped me dress my models were amazing and took such great care of my garments that I barely had to do anything. Everything went super smoothly and it was over so quickly. I wasn’t too excited for the show, but once it ended, I realised that was one of the best moments of my life. I can’t stop smiling just thinking about it!

WHAT IS THE FIRST PIECE OF FASHION YOU EVER LOVED?

I never knew much about fashion design until I started studying it. I chose it because I thought it would be fun and easy and after I graduated I could start my own bridal wear label. I remember in my first year at university, everyone was asking me who my favourite designer was and what my favourite label was- I had no idea, so I just kept saying Celine, Celine, Celine. However, in one of the first lectures I sat in, Todd Robinson, the head of the Fashion department spoke about Hussein Chalayan and the aeroplane dress from his 2000 spring/summer collection. The dress was created using aeroplane construction and operated with a remote control. I remember being surprised by how intelligent design can be and it gave me a newfound love and respect for the discipline. From then on, I took fashion design very seriously and tried to approach the course from an intellectual, concept led position.

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WHERE WOULD BE YOUR DREAM PLACE TO WORK IN THE FUTURE?

My dream would be to work in a design studio with people from various design disciplines. I’d love the opportunity to work with architects, product designers, interior designers, etc… to develop new ways of creating and approaching designs. If it weren’t for my friends studying architecture and product design, I would not have been able to design this collection. We were constantly sharing our knowledge and bouncing ideas off each other. I’d love the opportunity to continue working in that way.

NOW THAT YOU’VE GRADUATED, WHAT’S NEXT?

I’d love to go straight into the workforce and gain some industry experience. I’m considering moving to New York and potentially working there, but I’m open to wherever life takes me. At the moment, I’m not ready to go back to studying and I’m definitely not ready to start my own label. However, those are two things I’d definitely like to pursue in the future.

 

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Find and follow Yael on Instagram at @yaelfrischling and at her website yaelfrischling.com

Image credits: Photographer – Peter Van Alphen, Model – Reagan Angelo

 

 

 

Where are they now? Natalie Choi & Cassie Hewitt from Flaunter Emerging 2016

<h1>Where are they now? Natalie Choi & Cassie Hewitt from Flaunter Emerging 2016<h1>

Welcome to the second installment of our ‘Where are they now’ series where we catch up with some of our favourite fashion grads from 2016 to see what they’ve been up to in the last 12 months…

Natalie Choi (UTS)

HOW’S LIFE AFTER GRADUATION? ARE THERE ANY STANDOUT MOMENTS?

Life after graduation, I still can’t stop sketching, collaging, designing, sewing, patternmaking, draping, experimenting because its what I really love doing. This year it has really been about exploring new things, travelling to Europe and London, going to concept stores, exhibitions and galleries, learning new skills, cultures, interacting with people, which is really interesting and an eye-opener to be that influential designer that I want to be eventually. The standout moment would have to be winning the SHOWStudio Design Download Competition and being selected by both Simone Rocha and Nick Knight was amazing.

WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING? WHAT DOES YOUR DAY TO DAY LOOK LIKE?

I’m currently working in retail and on the side I’m making things here and there, planning to start my own label to be launched on Instagram so stay tuned…

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WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU WISH YOU KNEW ABOUT THE INDUSTRY BEFORE YOU GRADUATED?

That I was more invested in the business side of things.

WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL YOU GAINED FROM YOUR DEGREE IN FASHION?

Fearlessness to be different and unique.

WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH FLAUNTER EMERGING DESIGNER SHOWCASE? WHAT WAS THE BEST THING YOU GAINED FROM IT?

After being selected by Romance was Born as 1 of their 5 Emerging Faces to Watch, I got the opportunity to intern for Romance was Born. Working with Anna and Luke on their most current collection and the 2017 Mercedes Benz Fashion Show Finale was an eye-opener and adventurous in terms of seeing the workings of a creative studio.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

I wish to develop my own brand that stands out and design creative fashion pieces that connect and bring happiness to people.

Find and follow Natalie and her work on Instagram // @_nataliechoi 

Images: (1) Photographer – Ray Ranoa, Model: Niamh Dwyer; (2) Natalie’s winning design for the SHOWStudio Design Download Competition. 

 

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Cassie Hewitt (Sydney TAFE)

HOW’S LIFE AFTER GRADUATION BEEN? ARE THERE ANY STANDOUT MOMENTS?

Life after graduation has been a crazy blur. While all my friends relaxed and took gap years mine only got more intense. I closed the innovators show at MBFWA which was amazing.

I won Australian Graduate of the Year for Fashion and Textiles… which made my Asian mum VERY proud haha especially after I dropped out of Uni a couple years ago.

WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING? WHAT DOES YOUR DAY TO DAY LOOK LIKE?

I currently work for CUE clothing… my average day would be running around the design room handing out zippers and trims, entering spec sheets and forecasting. It’s pretty fast paced so each day is different.

Then I go home and work on CASEA… I definitely miss sleep and my boyfriend, he’s very patient.

WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU WISH YOU KNEW ABOUT THE INDUSTRY BEFORE YOU GRADUATED?

The pace. We work so long on designs at TAFE… critiquing every detail but in the industry, seasons come around so quickly and there is no time to worry if your zip should be 1cm longer or if you need 3 extra beads. You just have to get it over the line.

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WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL YOU GAINED FROM YOUR DEGREE IN FASHION?

Everything, I couldn’t even sew a straight line before studying. Now I pattern make and sew everything.

WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH FLAUNTER EMERGING DESIGNER SHOWCASE? WHAT WAS THE BEST THING YOU GAINED FROM IT?

I guess just being featured… it was the first platform that all graduates from different schools were featured. It was a good place to see what others were doing and evaluate whether what I was designing for CASEA was something unique.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

Building CASEA slowly, I guess I’m not too worried about social media and being Insta famous… just focusing on my product and getting buyers.

Find and follow Cassie and her work on Instagram // @caseathelabel  

 

 

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Catch up with Nessie Croft &  Ellie-Rose Landers the first installment of our ‘Where are they now’ series here.

Huge thanks to our 2016 Flaunter Emerging alumni for taking part in this series and goodluck in the future – we know you’ll kill it 😉

Where are they now? Nessie Croft & Ellie-Rose Landers from Flaunter Emerging 2016

<h1>Where are they now? Nessie Croft & Ellie-Rose Landers from Flaunter Emerging 2016</h1>

While we wait for the judges to reveal their faces to watch for Flaunter Emerging 2017, we catch up with some of our favourite fashion grads from 2016 to see what they’ve been up to in the last 12 months…

 

Nessie Croft (RMIT)

HOW’S LIFE AFTER GRADUATION? ARE THERE ANY STANDOUT MOMENTS?

It has been quite the emotional rollercoaster, like most graduates, I think there was a big sense of relief and joy surrounding finishing, but also apprehension in regards to our personal futures, it’s quite the seismic shift from being a full time student of an applied art in a protected institutional bubble to then putting it into practice.

The year that followed has honestly been one I could not have predicted. I’ve learnt a great deal about my own personal strength and where I see myself in the fashion industry. I have had some beautiful holidays with family and friends, connected with amazing new people, changed jobs and out of pure determination co-founded a new fashion practice named Coreprêt with my dear friend Gabrielle Leavesley who also graduated in 2016. We launched only a few months ago and the absolute high of this year was our self-driven and creatively directed showcase ‘Office Party’ held back in August! A very proud and fulfilling moment!

WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING? WHAT DOES YOUR DAY TO DAY LOOK LIKE?

A typical day for me begins with coffee from my local and is filled with one of my several jobs (like most creatives I like to be kept busy). If I am not freelancing for myself or working on Coreprêt at my studio you can find me at The Fabric Store; an oasis of fabrics and a community of like-minded individuals.

Atlas-Editorial-Nessie-Croft

WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU WISH YOU KNEW ABOUT THE INDUSTRY BEFORE YOU GRADUATED?

I think sometimes you simply cannot predict what you don’t know until you live it, and this year has been a perfect example of that. I have gained an enormous insight into the Australian fashion industry from the ground up and it has been an ongoing education, one I will keep pursuing.

WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL YOU GAINED FROM YOUR DEGREE IN FASHION?

Undeniably my practical skill set. Prior to this degree I could not sew, let alone understand garment construction, and now I’m running my own business with two full collections under my belt!

WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH FLAUNTER EMERGING DESIGNER SHOWCASE? WHAT WAS THE BEST THING YOU GAINED FROM IT?

I felt incredibly humbled to be showcased on the Flaunter platform as a Designer to Watch. To have my graduate collection publicly acknowledged and viewed by industry heavyweights was an invaluable experience, one I won’t soon forget.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

I think I’ll keep the future open to flexibility and opportunity, but my short-term goals include continuing my self-directed education into sustainable fashion practices and using Coreprêt as a vessel for change.

Find and follow Nessie and her work on Instagram // @nessiecroft // @corepret

Images: Corepret Residential Editorial (banner) & Atlas Editorial photographed by Jess Garcia // @jessicaanngarcia

 

Ellie-Rose Landers

Ellie-Rose Landers (Whitehouse Institute of Design)

HOW’S LIFE AFTER GRADUATION? ARE THERE ANY STANDOUT MOMENTS?

I graduated almost a year ago but somehow it feels like only a few months! As soon as I’d finished, I started applying for all sorts of position in the industry. I took each interview as an opportunity to improve my confidence; whether I was successful or not and soon I was offered a role with an Apparel Development Company in Sydney. I have been flat out and loving every day since starting 8 months ago, the biggest standout so far being an overseas trip to source fabrics for the brand I work on.

WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING? WHAT DOES YOUR DAY TO DAY LOOK LIKE?

I’m the Assistant Designer for an emerging brand called TUSSAH which is stocked exclusively through The Iconic.  My role is varied and our team is all-hands-on-deck right now as we are just getting started. It has been an incredible experience for my career so far, some days I might be picking and packing orders at the warehouse, other days I could be coordinating a photo shoot for our digital content. My main responsibility, day to day is to assist the Head Designer in developing our seasonal collections!

Ellie-Rose Landers

WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU WISH YOU KNEW ABOUT THE INDUSTRY BEFORE YOU GRADUATED?

I feel that internships were an integral part of my preparation for working in the industry, however they definitely didn’t teach everything, and there’s always more to learn. I wasn’t fully prepared for the workload in the beginning, but now that I have settled into my role and am supported by an incredible team of people, I am thriving on it and genuinely love going to work every day.

WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL YOU GAINED FROM YOUR DEGREE IN FASHION?

While studying fashion, I learned that the industry is subjective and that there isn’t necessarily always a right answer. Throughout my degree, I learnt to trust myself and to let instinct guide me at crucial times. It also taught me the value of teamwork. You can’t do everything yourself, so it’s important to start networking early, even if it’s just with your peers!

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

Generally, I try not to look too far ahead of myself, so right now I’m just focused on growing in my role and with the TUSSAH team, I’m really excited to be a part of what’s next for the brand!

Find and follow Ellie-Rose and her work on Instagram // @ellieroselanders // @tussahthelabel

Images: (1) Photography – Culture Machine, Model – Mara Grams, H&MUA – Carleigh Franklin  (2) Photography – Amy Hibbard, Model – Dominque Lissa, H&MUA – Carleigh Franklin