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Roland Mouret is heading Down Under. After recently teaming up with Banana Republic to launch a well-priced collection of classic workwear, the London-based designer is collaborating with The Woolmark Company on a capsule of eight pieces made entirely of Australian merino wool. The collection will be sold exclusively at Myer and online at the designer’s relaunched website, rolandmouret.com.
Known for his expert draping techniques and bold use of color, Mouret employed bright hues like cobalt, fluorescent pink, tangerine, and aqua for the wool dresses, pants, and blouses. A first look at the collection, modeled by Australian blogger Nicole Warne, debuts exclusively here. “I wanted to experiment with bright colors, color-blocking, and a clash of colors,” Mouret told Style.com. “I am a strong believer in color therapy, in that colors can dictate a mood or atmosphere. The pinks, yellows, and oranges reference the sun reflecting on a place, with the blues and greens reminiscent of the shadows it creates.”
The collection wasn’t too far of a stretch for Mouret, who has been embracing wool for years. “I’ve been working with merino wool for a long time,” he said. “It drapes, folds, and takes on color in a way that no other fabric can. Working with Woolmark and Myer on this collection made complete sense to me, and I love the way it has turned out.”
It’s a long way between Australia and New York—23 hours by air—and accordingly, Aussie designers have had less of a presence in the city than they might. But this week, the Australians in New York Fashion Foundation and the Woolmark Company have brought five star down-under designers to the city to give them a chance to shine. The Australian Five, as they are called, get their official American coming-out party tonight at the Crosby Street Hotel. Before they present their collections in New York this week, Style.com introduces the fab five: Kym Ellery, Magdalena Velevska, Fernando Frisoni, Christopher Esber, and Michael Lo Sordo.
Ellery, a Perth native, has long been a standout at Australian fashion week since she first presented her collection in 2007. After a stint at Russh magazine, she noticed a gap in the market and launched Ellery. “My goal: to create garments that women really want to wear,” she tells Style.com. “A seamless urban uniform for women with style.” Her uniforms mix comfort with aesthetics, focusing on architectural shapes with luxurious fabrics, and have been picked up by everyone from Courtney Love to Abbey Lee Kershaw. She’s also got a scented candle coming out this year and, in keeping with her zine roots, she’s working on the latest issue of her annual “book-zine,” the Ellery Gazette.
Unlike a few of her Australian Five compatriots, Veleska studied and worked in the fashion industry for over ten years before launching her own line. “This was something I wanted right from the start,” the Macedonian designer says. Her collections are “textile-driven,” she explains, with couturelike embroidery techniques and lace-worked knitwear. “These are juxtaposed with pieces that have a minimal and future-forward aesthetic.” As she continues to develop her label, she’s ready to start pushing the envelope, developing new textiles and exploring new knitting and felting techniques.
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