A beautiful new season collection from Saxony with textural seasonal prints inspired by award winning photographer Nenad Saljic’s series Petrified, revealing the hidden world in the caves of Croatia.

Make sure you call into a Saxony store in Melbourne as they have a range of exciting accessories to complement the new range, including an exclusive nail colour collaboration with NYC-based colour concept brand StrangeBeautiful.

For further information visit saxony.com.au

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2012 was a significant year for Melbourne fashion label TETTMANN. DOUST, with designers Naomi Tettmann and Elke Doust receiving a number of accolades including Stonnington’s Designer of the Year award and an invitation to show at Melbourne’s LMFF collections.

Expanding upon all they’ve learnt in their craft since the label’s inception, TETTMAN. DOUST delve into the universal language of mathematics in their new Autumn/Winter 2013 range, Infinitum.

Taking inspiration from the nature of clouds, crystals and lighting, T.D have unveiled a collection based on fractals - the geometric patterns which occur in nature. Guided through this intricate world by fractals expert Dan Wills, T.D have adopted underlying systems of recursive geometry to inform their new range.

T.D maintains their dedication to luxury fabrics by colliding soft leather, silk and fine wool with crystalline prints and textural beadwork.

The results are beautifully crafted garments, as soft layers are juxtaposed with geometric structures and each piece displays their own unique glimpse of an unfolding universe.

We had the opportunity to ask the guys at T.D a few questions about their current season and generally what inspires them.

What was the inspiration behind the current season?

The inspiration for our current AW13 collection is based on the mathematics of fractals. Created through the digital realm of computer modelling, and using mathematical equations, fractals allow people to analyse and mimic nature’s elaborate process of creation. We are constantly inspired by scientific discovery and the marvels of the natural world.

What should we expect from the Tettmann Doust label in the future?

In the immediate future you can expect to see us on the runway as part of LMFF’s Independent Runway in March! And for the future in general, you can expect to see us collaborating with some amazing Melbourne artists (painters, sculptors) to assist us in realising some new ideas…including bags and shoes.

Any style tips from the designers?

We prefer not to dictate this kind of thing. We like to see people doing it their way, especially when it comes to our clothes. As designers we are always looking for fresh perspective.

Who is someone that you would like to collaborate with? (past or present)

There are plenty of people on our list, but we would love to collaborate with talented jeweller Julia Deville, as we love both her aesthetic and her ethos.

Does Melbourne influence / enhance your work?

It does indeed. In fact we are told often that our label is very ‘Melbourne’! We were confused by this at first, but have come to understand it as meaning at least one thing in particular: we have a penchant for black!

However we love colour too, and as fervent collaborators, the abundance in colourful creative Melbourne talent influences us daily.

The T.D range can be found at Milly Sleeping in Carlton or through T.D. For further information visit tettmanndoust.com

Nobody Denim continue their homage to past trends of denim on denim and colour blocking, the Kaleido range highlights matching prints and pastel summer colours.

Titled Kaleido, the 2012 summer collection is made up of beautiful blend of soft hues, unique geographic patterns, clean lines and classic shapes, paired back with innovative new styles.

The Kaleido range can be purchased from the Nobody store in Fitzroy. For further information please visit nobody.com.au

Designer Gail Sorronda has created a bold range inspired by pantomime Pierrot the Clown and silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

The collection, Oh My Goth!, carries Gail Sorronda’s typical black and white theme with highlights of bold accentuated colour. We love the styling and cut of this seasons range coupled with the gorgeous accessories. Make sure call into Shoe & The City in Port Melbourne to view the extensive range.

For further information visit gailsorronda.com

Well worth viewing is Josh Goot’s beautiful SS12 range. We especially love the vivid florals, exquisit tailoring and kaleidoscope inspired print. 

The Josh Goot range can be found in Melbourne at David Jones, Green With EnvyPaloma BleuCactus Jam and Lacquer.

Melbourne denim brand, Nobody has teamed up with Australian film makers – the AEON, to mark the release of their Spring 2012 hero story – TONAL.

Nobody have reverted back to the core denim fundamentals of form, function and fashion. We love this seasons raw style and finish.

The short film showcases three complete denim looks, Green Envy, Blue America and Grey Phantom set against an array of beautiful raw and textural landscapes.

The TONAL denim pieces can be purchased from the Nobody store in Fitzroy. For further information please visit nobody.com.au

Directors – the AEON (Kasia Werstak and Alice Wesley-Smith)
Model – Rachel Rutt (Chic)
Hair & Makeup – Naomi McFadden
Music – Nick Luke

Designer Karla Spetic has created a wonderful range of cotton separates, floral suits and lace dresses this season. We especially love the layering of sheer fabric and half-and-half design, very quirky indeed. Karla referenced her own state of mind when designing the light as air range, we’re sure she would be plenty of fun to be around!

The Karla Spetic range can be found at both Green with Envy and Fat 4 Melbourne. For more information visit karlaspetic.com

We were excited to see the new season range by Melbourne based fashion designer Alexi Freeman. His background in printmaking and sculpture is clearly reflected in his beautiful work and we are looking forward to seeing more from the label in the future.

We were fortunate enough to distract Alexi from his busy schedule and ask him a few questions recently.

What was the inspiration behind the current season?
For Spring Summer 2012/2013 I drew inspiration from palm fronds in Hawaii which loosely formed the basis of the prints, colours and accessories. I also focused on relaxed glamour, versatile silhouettes and a sci-fi feel that runs through out this collection.

What should we expect from the Alexi Freeman label in the future?
The future has not yet been written but we will be showcasing our SS1213 collection in London during Fashion Week this September. We’ve also got another collaboration in the pipeline with jeweller Tessa Blazey which will be unveiled at Craft Victoria in March 2013 as part of their Signature Style series which will also tour to a number of regional Victorian galleries in 2013.

Alexi’s top style tip for the spring/summer season.
Brights are the new black for Sping/Summer 2012/2013 so this is the season to pepper your neutrals with some dazzling shades of fluro. Orange being our highlight colour of choice but any pop of bright colour will do to get on the neon bandwagon!

Who is someone that you would like to collaborate with?
Well we’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with so many inspiring creative the last few years (Room11 ArchitectsTessa Blazey Preston Zly, The Australian Ballet, Gideon Obarzanek etc…) it’s more about buckling down and doing my own work at the moment. But if Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen) or Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy) were to invite me to work on a project with them that would be certainly be an offer too good to refuse. 

Having completed 12 seasons, Alexi’s range is currently selling to select boutiques and private clients across Australia, New Zealand, USA and Europe.
For further information or to find your nearest stockist vist alexifreeman.com

Fans of the fashion reality TV series Project Runway Australia may remember the much loved designs of Petrova Hammond of Lady Petrova, runner-up of the 2008 series. 

Viewing a Lady Petrova collection is a transporting experience. Created in the heart of cosmopolitan Melbourne, each item seems like a vision from another, glamourous and enchanting place. You can picture them all being crafted under a canopy of antique Chantilly Lace, at the end of a pastel hued rainbow, to a soundtrack of 60s girl groups and a backdrop of 80s teen Prom flicks.

Petrova opened her first boutique in 2007 at Melbourne Central on Flinders Lane. We would recommend calling into her store, which is an experience in itself with its oversized dollhouse counter and a hand marbled wooden floor shipped in from Copenhagen.

For more information visit ladypetrova.com

The beautiful signature print by Melbourne fashion label Kuwaii takes its inspiration from a 1970’s aerial photograph found in a dusty old bookstore in country Victoria. Designer Kristy Barber was instantly drawn to the image for it’s hazy, dream like feel that was so prevalent in photography of that era, we love it.

Kuwaii’s cult footwear collection also features again with the addition of an incredible raw leather platform sandal, as well as classic styles the Darby and Esperance in new pop colours.

Make sure you call into the Kuwall store and showroom, 37-39 Glenlyon Rd Brunswick.
For further information visit kuwaii.com.au

Alannah Hill’s sparkling, dreamlike 2012 winter collection dazzles with refinement, sophistication and the capricious individuality that is signature to all of Alannah’s creations – coats, skirts, cardigans and accessories. Colors veer wildly from the primary bright to the autumnal monotone, spangled with light catching beads and confabulating bows. Polka dot, lace, sequin and silk, key classical elements interplay in a fantasy of color and design expressed as pure elegance.

Alannah’s beautiful range is available through David Jones, her boutique stores and the Alannah Hill online store.

Australian fashion label Alice McCall launched at the Australian Fashion Week back in 2004 receiving critical acclaim and continues to produce exquisit women’s fashion, selling to over 165 stores in 10 countries.

Renowned for its bohemian come streetwise styling we’re excited by their current season and the depth of the range.

The Alice McCall label can be found in many Melbourne stores but make sure you keep and eye out for their Melbourne boutique opening at 549 Chapel St, South Yarra in August. For more information visit www.alicemccall.com

Melbourne has become known for its exceptional design talent including local fashion designer Anna Thomas. We’ve seen Anna’s reputation grow dramatically in the recent years with the opening of two flagship stores in Melbourne.

Known for her expert tailoring and the quality of her work the label has continued to evolve since establishing itself back in 2003. A great example of sophisticated, modern fashion that will no doubt appeal to the luxury market with and eye for detail.

We recommend a visit to the Anna Thomas boutique stores on Collins St Melbourne or Malvern Rd Hawksburn. For further information visit www.annathomas.com.au

Romance Was Born. What can we say!? these guys are one of the most refreshing and exciting labels around at the moment. With a flock of celebrity fans thrown into the mix, Romance Was Born are turning out exquisite clothes that are recognisable worldwide and we can see why.

Romance Was Born Melbourne Stockists: (Visit Website) David Jones, Fame Agenda, Fame Agenda, Milly Sleeping, Hokey Curator

After recently visiting the store I had to feature Gorman. Designed by Lisa Gorman who is a local to Fitzroy. There is nothing drab here, great colours, patterns and designs. There is also a range of organic and sustainable products available.

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