After posting earlier this week about designer Therese Rawsthorne closing her label, I started thinking about how tough it is for fledgling designers to build a successful brand. It’s possibly even more so in Australia – our small population and large distance from the rest of the world can often mean a pretty limited market – but up-and-comers face similar challenges no matter where they’re based.
Few things strike fear into my heart quite like the words “crop top”. A cropped jacket, on the other hand, is something my wardrobe and I can definitely get behind!
One of the biggest success stories in Australian fashion recently is Tome, the NYC-based label founded by ex-Sydneysiders Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin.
It’s a pet hate of mine: discovering an excellent new brand… only to see it close a short time later. Sydney designer Therese Rawsthorne’s laidback tailoring provided a unique aesthetic for both her eponymous label and her TR Ensemble brand, and I was sad to see both disappear after only a few short years.
With apologies to my North American readers who are so very bored with the cold weather, here are a few things I am preparing to obsess over during the next few months: turtleneck sweaters, oversized cardigans, enough leather to sink a battleship.
I’ve been making a few small changes around here (and some not so small ones, too!). Rather than posting infrequent outfit “snapshots”, I’ve decided to wrangle them all into one weekly wrap-up that covers what I’m wearing, shopping and rediscovering in my wardrobe.
One of the first profile pieces I ever read on Carine Roitfled (this was back in 2001 and yes, I still have the clipping) casually mentioned that she once turned up to style a Gucci shoot with Tom Ford and Mario Testino wearing “’60s pointed-toe slingbacks with the straps pushed down”.