Category: All I’ve Seen

K A Y L E N E – M I L N E R – T H E – C A R M E N

 Kaylene Milner has collaborated with Carmen Hamilton from The Chronicles of Her to launch a made-to-order cable knit dress aptly named “The Carmen”.

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Originally a one-off, Kaylene decided to invest in her own knitting machine to satisfy the demand from Carmen’s blog post which first featured the dress in orange. The overwhelming response of the collaboration has Kaylene placing her sights on knitwear, steering her eponymous label into an ethical made-to-order knitwear direction. All I’ve Heard had a chat with Kaylene Milner, about the change in direction for her label.

1. The Carmen is no doubt a work of knitted art, where did you draw influence for this beautiful garment?

The original garment was part of my graduation range, which was inspired overgrown textures in nature. I wanted the cables to be part traditional cabling/part wild vines mapping the contours of the body.
2. Originally a one-off piece, what made you decide to invest your knitting talents and your label into an ethical made-to-order direction?
After Carmen from Chronicles of Her posted photos of herself wearing the dress, I was flooded with emails from people asking how they could buy the dress. I set to work trying to find a knitwear manufacturer who could replicate the dress, however I was unable to find one who could faithfully replicate the dress without compromising design details. So rather than admitting defeat, I purchased a domestic knitting machine, and taught myself how to operate the intimidating piece of machinery. Originally I had not foreseen it would result in such an ethical way of producing. The fact that there is no wastage sits well with me, and I only make as many dresses as I have orders.
3. Has knitwear always been a key trend throughout the labels existence? 
I have included knitwear in each collection I have produced so far. I still have so much to learn, which I intend to explore through each subsequent collection.
4. Through the introduction of this slow-fashion line what do you hope to create for your customers?
I hope to create a “slow fashion” garment that my customers can cherish for a long time. I also really enjoy engaging directly with customers, and hearing which aspects of the garment they would like altered to suit their needs. It’s not something that customers can generally experience in this age of fast fashion.
5. With this change of direction to the label, do you think you will be able gain a wider clientele?
I’m not sure if it will be a wider clientele, or a more focused clientele, who appreciate the time and effort which goes into each piece. I guess only time will tell.
6. Your garments are made to be cherished and worn year after year; do you think for that matter they will be more appealing to your buyers as one-off pieces? 
The customers who engage with me are aware that this is a dress that I make myself, and that they will have to wait a few weeks before receiving it (unlike instant gratification purchases from Zara etc). It’s proving to be quite a timeless design though, so I think it’s worth the wait.
7. You are currently taking orders for made-to-order pieces, how has the demand been so far?
Let’s just say I’ve been able to keep up with the demand so far, but only just!
The made-to-order piece can now be purchased exclusively online at: www.kaylenemilner.com

S A B A – S S 1 4 / 1 5

SABA has released their new season Spring Summer 14/15 Campaign, which was shot by acclaimed UK photographer Roger Deckker. The campaign was shot on location for the first time. Roger captures the beautiful composition between the harsh industrial backdrop, and sophisticated collection perfectly.

Roger Deckker has also worked closely with an impressive profile of personalities and brands including, Anna Wintour, Oasis, Karen O, Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana and British Vogue. It is  an incredible experience for SABA to work with such an internationally respected photographer, and the end result is a stunning and very engaging campaign.

Careful composition of the collection creates a powerful tension between the harsh environment and the natural fibres and clean lines of the garments. Capturing the essence of the new collection’s elongated proportions and amplified volumes, the spring summer campaign sees the label introduce a broader, more directional aesthetic that remains true to the modern simplicity and high quality design of the Saba signature.

Effortless dressing encompasses precise tailoring and luxe athleticism crafted though superior construction using lavish fabrications. Premium textiles and superior fit remain hallmarks of the brand. Timeless lines are augmented with statement colour, textural fringing and metallics, plus innovative construction like rubberised glue seams and laser printed detail.

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B . C . B Y – B L E S S ‘ E D – A R E – T H E – M E E K

This August, Australian label Bless’ed Are The Meek is launching its first basics collection, B.C. by Bless’ed Are The Meek. In stark contrast to the Bless’ed Are The Meek main line, B.C. (an acronym for Basic Collection), embraces the clean lines and minimalist aesthetic that is prevalent in Scandinavian design.

Using the highest quality fabrications – high twist crepe, 80’s count cotton poplin, superfine voile, modal jersey, double faced sateen and the softest lambskin – B.C is about providing wearers with staple pieces that can be mixed seamlessly into their existing wardrobe or simply worn with ease on their own.

Seasonal colour accents anchor each range, with key shapes such as boxy shifts and midi dresses, tailored cropped tops and slouchy shirts evolving with every collection. The designer Tarek Kourhani says, “The concept is not about creating another basics range, but to provide a base collection that can be easily integrated with the Bless’ed Are The Meek main line. There are no jeans or denim jackets, just modern, polished, on-trend shapes that work for everybody, everyday”.

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O A K L E Y – A C T I V E W E A R

Popular sunglass label Oakley has introduced their new range of women’s activewear products. We often know how difficult it can be trying to stay active during the cold winter months, as well as staying warm whilst looking good. The new Oakley activewear range contains an O Hydrolix technology, which cleverly keeps you both warm and dry. The range offers comfortable workout garments that not only look good but offer you the support, comfort and style that is paramount when purchasing workout wear.

  • The Oakley Continuity Bra, with mesh knit panels create a breathable fit, and is perfect for low-impact activities like pilates, yoga and walking.
  • The Activation 2.0 long sleeve shirt is made of a stretchy fabric that moves with you, making you feel motivated and comfortable enough to tackle those 5am boot camp sessions.
  • The Oakley Work It Out capris offer reflective panels which are perfect for pre-dawn or after-dark workouts. It’s hidden pocket is perfect for storing those small essentials.

The Holbrook Ruby Iridium shades, will protect your eyes from the rising sun and the chilly morning air, offering you a pop of colour to your Oakley activewear ensemble.

For the complete range, head to Oakley online to find out more.

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N C – E Y E

Introducing Nick Campbell Eyewear. Currently in it’s second collection, this eye-wear brand is already a favourite amongst the cool kids of the blogoshpere. With big names like Zanita Morgan, Samara Weaving, Jessie Bush, Margaret Zhang, Sara Donaldson and Carmen Hamilton all rocking these trendy shades.

Nick Campbell‘s uber cool namesake label has been making serious waves in the industry since its beginning in 2012. The label displays a balance between creating unique aesthetics whilst retaining wearability. Nick Campbell’s designs are striking but not obnoxious and are always inherently cool.

The latest collection is a trans-seasonal, unisex collection of modern classics. Campbell mixes bold, retro inspired, acetate frames in black, tortoise, smoke, oyster, butterscotch and cookies & cream with round chrome and brushed metal frames and new shaped aviators with a 60’s Steampunk vibe.

All Nick Campbell Eyewear is handmade and are backed by a lifetime guarantee. You won’t see any garish branding on the arms of Nick’s sunnies either; it runs counter to his philosophy that the frames should speak for themselves.

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C H L O E

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C A B I N & C O V E

Cabin & Cove are the destination for home and wardrobe staples. Run by partners Daniel and Kristen, the couple are driven by their vision to fuse coastal cool with leather and suede essentials resulting in easy and relaxed pieces.

Affordable luxury and timeless-yet-on-trend clothing and accessories is not a common union, yet Cabin & Cove delivers exactly this. They retail a base range of leather goods with regular fresh injections of new clothing and accessories. Featuring mainly on subtle lamb leather or grainy cow-hide leather, the Cabin & Cove stores offers a selection of skirts, shorts, sandals and clutches to delicate lace bras with every piece signed with a touch of Cabin and Cove cool. Kristen’s penchant for leopard lives through Cabin & Cove, aside from leather staples, the online store offers a selection of key leopard print pieces for a dash of panache.

Available from Cabin & Cove also is an endearing range of shoes and separates for kids, the ever growing ‘Mini’ range features leopard print lace ups and metallic booties. Also catering to the house proud, Cabin & Cove also have a selection of contemporary flourishes for the home, their ‘Home’ range unearths a selection of concrete plant pots and handmade macramé hangers to bring the outside in.

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S A B A

SABA has always been a brand consistently driven by the community and environment that surrounds them. Their recent ambassador campaign #SABAStyled celebrates all things ranging from art, architecture, music, dance and nature. Thereby giving a voice to the people that inspire their iconic brand. The creative leaders, doers and the makers.

The product of this campaign is a range of beautiful and intimate black and white portraits of creative people that are leaders in their profession. The SABA Style ambassadors highlight how beautifully diverse and remarkable the brand’s audience is and aims to highlight how SABA provides their customers with relevant, beautifully designed, confident garments that allow them to focus on doing what they do best.

For the campaign SABA has flown in renowned UK based fashion photographer, Rodger Deckker, who has managed to capture the outstanding characteristic and personality of the chosen talent perfectly and the final shots embody what lies at the heart of this campaign, celebrating a range of outstanding Australian talent that SABA is inspired by on a daily basis.

To coincide with the launch of the #SABAStyled ambassador campaign, SABA has introduced a social media competition encouraging their customers to ‘SABA Style’ themselves or be styled in a SABA store and share their personal portrait through Instagram using the SABAstyle hashtag for a chance to win a $5000 wardrobe overhaul.

Melbourne customers are also invited to join the exclusive launch event at the new flagship store at the new Emporium Melbourne. For the launch event SABA has partnered with acclaimed fashion photographer, Stephen Ward, offering complimentary personal portraits as part of the #SABAStyled activity. Live entertainment and refreshments will also be available on the night.

 

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C L E O N I E

Born out of a nostalgic European summer in Italy comes the Volare SS14/15 Collection. The collection is the latest from Australian swimwear brand Cleonie. The collection titled Volare, which means to fly is constructed from the finest of Italian lycras and each print has been lovingly hand-drawn by the designer and founder of Cleonie, Kitty Scott.

The all Australian made and designed beachwear label who rests their heads in Sydney have already had a lasting impact o the Australian swimwear scene, after only being in their second year. Each creation from the Volare collection is unique, vibrant and sophisticated. Reminding you that a summer in your Volare swimwear should be bold, exciting, adventurous and most of all memorable.

Photography by Ashley Russell ashleymichellerussell@gmail.com                                                                                                                                                   Volare collection modeled by Luana Sullivan, The Agency Models

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I S L A – W I N T E R // 2 0 1 4

Based in one of Australia’s most beautiful beach towns, Byron Bay born and bred label ISLA Collective is a fresh take on basics.

“Our surroundings inspired us to create a label that is true to our lifestyle – reflecting how we live. Our living is down to earth, we appreciate simplicity, the casual gear we love wearing and grew up with. Our pieces are the staples in your wardrobe that you can go to and never let you down. Our ocean home is where we identify our style– where we spend our time and find our happiness. Our effortless relaxed living brings relevance to our hand printed stripes, soft denims and quality leather… creating ranges that will out do time”.

ISLA Collective is natural and effective – simple and consistent.

Here is Isla Collective’s Winter 2014 Lookbook featuring the boho beauty, Natascha Elisa.

M I S T E R Z I M I

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We had the pleasure of interviewing Zoe from Mister Zimi about the much anticipated release of her Autumn/Winter 2014 collection, Arizona.

1.      What made you want to create a women’s clothing line? Was it because there was a lack of easy and wearable yet stylish clothing in the market at the time?

Actually Mister Zimi was an accident! My husband and I were on holidays in Bali and I took a sketch of my perfect leather jacket to a local tailor to be made. When I arrived home, all my girlfriends wanted one, and random strangers stopped me on the street to ask me where it was from. So when I went back to Bali, I got some more made and then it just grew from there.

 

2.      How would you describe Mister Zimi as a brand using only three words?

Carefree, colourful and exotic.

 

3.      Sunny Bali has always been one of the major influences throughout your collections, how as this shifted with the current Arizona A/W collection?

There are still lots of colours and patterns which is the core of Mister Zimi and its Balinese influence, but our girl is a wanderer of the world, so we thought we’d take her somewhere new!

 

4.      Being an Autumn Winter collection did you feel you needed to stray away from the beach dominated lifestyle of Bali?

Not at all! The collection is still very wearable and transeasonal, but just with more leather jackets and boots for the cooler days. We don’t really design collections that are distinctly winter or summer, because we want our customers to be able to wear it whenever and wherever!

 

5.      What have been some of the challenges of starting and running a business from Bali?

Bali is a great place to work and run a business, my staff are super hard working and the locals are giving, beautiful people. The challenges are that I am a mum of two so that restricts my travelling a lot more than use to, which means I have less control. My husband Jimi is over there more now to ensure the production side is running smoothly, but things like weather we can’t control and is challenging because a rainy season can delay everything.

 

6.      What sets the Arizona collection apart from other Mister Zimi collections?

That’s like asking a mother which child is her favourite! I feel all the Mister Zimi collections are different from one another, but ultimately there is a common thread that connects them together so it is distinctly Mister Zimi. The Arizona Collection introduces new shapes and styles, like the Eve dress, a long dress with splits, and I have added a couple of more leather skirts to the mix.

 

7.      What has been the response to the Arizona A/W collection both here in Australia and in Bali?

The response has been amazing! Sometimes I get overwhelmed by how supportive our customers are and their incredible feedback but at the same time, this makes me work harder and continue to create pieces they love.

 

8.      The style and atmosphere you portray in each of your stores is divine, has Mister Zimi ever considered reaching out into creating interior collections?

We have started dabbling in interior decor like rugs and cushions and so far it’s been an amazing success. It’s something we would love to add to our offerings in the near future because for me, Mister Zimi isn’t just a fashion brand, it’s a lifestyle.

 

9.      Who would you love to see wearing your collections?

Sienna Miller and of course Kate Moss. And the beautiful nomad that is Daria Werbowy.

 

10.   Where is Misterzimi off to next with their next creative collections?

Not sure yet – you’ll have to wait and see!