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Wearable of the Never Never permalink

Eternal Summer. Ease and simplicity. A laid-back atmosphere. The allure of brands from Australia and New Zealand is in their wearability and caprice. Prints, either exotic florals or geometrics, and embellishments are a draw toward the classically feminine. The fashion coming out of these two countries is magnetic, enough so that it warrants a visit.

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image: Gemma Ward and her twin brothers British Vogue, July 2006

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image: Alannah Hill s/s 2006-7

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image: Alannah Hill s/s 2006-7

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image: Easton Pearson a/w 2006

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image: Leona Edmiston s/s 2006-7

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image: Leona Edmiston s/s 2006-7

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image: Zimmermann s/s 2006-7

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image: Cohen et Sabine s/s 2006-7

Geometric looks, and an example of Kirrily Johnston’s soberer color palette for s/s:

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image: Alice McCall s/s 2006-7

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image: Alice McCall s/s 2006-7

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image: Kirrily Johnston s/s 2006-7

The Australian collections offer up a rush of color season after season. Steadily cheerful themes suggest that Australia is a friendly place to be.

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One Response to “Wearable of the Never Never” 

  1. » Blog Archive » The Shanghai Gesture Says:

    […] As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m a big fan of designs coming out of Australia and the surrounding area because of their wearability. The s/s 2006/7 collection from New Zealand designer Kate Sylvester is a good example of this fine-tuned practicality. Inspired by the fusion of East meets West in Shanghai and Hong Kong, Sylvester’s “Young Ideas Go West” collection draws in part from the Shanghai Moderne culture of the 20s and 30s, complete with variations on the cheongsam. […]

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