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Meet the five most innovative labels you need to know about

 

Words by Ashleigh Gribbon, Photography by Paul McLean, Styling by Naomi Miller

 

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While we’ll always have a place in our hearts for fashion’s heavy hitters, right now we can’t help but be enthralled by the visionary new labels promising to evolve into fashion’s new guard. These are the 5 fledgling brands your wardrobe needs to get acquainted with...

 

 

 

Martina Spetlova

Take a background in chemistry, a fascination with texture, and a love for design and you’ve got the foundations on which Martina Spetlova’s aesthetic is formed. Spetlova works closely with Ecco Leather – one of the world’s most environmentally conscious tanneries – to create a unique bonding technique that complements her own leather weaving designs, individual to her eponymous brand.

Describe your brand in three words
‘Sustainable, vibrant, texture.’

What does innovation mean to you and how do you incorporate it into your designs?
‘I work with layering textiles, which plays a very important role in my work. [Each season] I continue my research and add new moods and ideas that support my new collection’s development. I make a lot of references in my work to contemporary art and always try to explore how these structures and surfaces can be translated into leather. I’m lucky to be collaborating with great leather tanneries where I can put this curiosity and research into practice.’

What inspired your AW17 collection?
‘It always starts as an experiment. I work out my textiles first to create volume and form. These ideas then have a very strong influence on the construction of the garments and are transformed into my collection pieces. I am very hands on in the way I design the pieces.’

What are the key pieces?
‘The yellow calf-leather biker jacket, black bonded-leather skirt, black wide-leg culottes with neon piping and the navy, orange and soft-pink leather draped skirt.’

What are your styling tips?
‘I’m always finding new artists that inspire my colours. I was recently excited about the work of Beverly Semmes and her porn magazine collages in particular. I’ve been using her images as an inspiration [for colour] and the bold attitude that I’ve interpreted into my SS18 collection.’

Top by Martina Spetlova from ODD, Skirt by Martina Spetlova from ODD, Shoes by Marni from Vitkac.

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Romance Was Born

Arguably Australia’s current buzziest brand, Romance Was Born is the brainchild of co-creators Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales, and the pair are carving themselves an unapologetically artful aesthetic, one with a uniquely whimsical narrative. Playful cuts come dripping in more-is-more décor for an ethereal winter wardrobe.

Describe your brand in three words
‘Wonder, spirited, rainbow.’

What does innovation mean to you and how do you incorporate it into your designs?
‘For us innovation is about storytelling. We have a real passion for textile development and are always looking for new ways to create interesting and beautiful fabrics. We love juxtaposing really feminine [pieces] with an irreverent feeling, something unexpected.’

What inspired your AW17 collection?
‘The collection is in collaboration with Del Kathryn Barton, an Australian artist well-known for her otherworldly narrative. We were inspired by Barton's orb-like cosmos that fill the outer areas of her work and imagined what kind of a girl would live in these energy fields.’

What are the key pieces?
‘Our favourites are the Continuum Pleated Skirt which is a reinvention of our Rainbow Pleated Skirt, the Purity Blouse and the Afterlife Pleated Pants.’

What are your styling tips?
‘We love how Catherine Baba puts her looks together; layers and layers of jewellery, mixed up with crystals, vintage and tassels.’

T-shirt by Romance Was Born from Romance Was Born, Trousers by Romance Was Born from Romance Was Born Sneakers by Adidas by Raf Simons from Giulio, Ring (left hand) by Eshvi from Eshvi Ring (right hand) by Charlotte Chesnais from Uzerai.

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What are the key pieces?
‘The deconstructed laser-cut shearling coat, the softest mohair sweaters and acid tartan.’

What does innovation mean to you?
‘Innovation is about new perspectives and creating new ways to communicate them through materials, cuts, volumes and new techniques.’

Coat by Lost & Found Ria Dunn from Lost & Found Snood by Lost & Found Ria Dunn from L’Eclaireur Sweater by Lost & Found Ria Dunn from Lost & Found Trousers by Lost & Found Ria Dunn from Lost & Found Shoes by Proenza Schouler from Voo.

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De La Vali

De La Vali is the Ibizan brand mastering new-wave bohemia. Childhood friends Jana Sacha Haveman and Laura Castro founded the fledgling label last year with the heady, care-free spirit of the Mediterranean in mind. The result? A new and refreshing take on a ubiquitous trend, crafted in fabrics and materials sourced from niche markets and fairs around the world.

Describe your brand in three words
‘Free-spirited, elegant, empowering.’

What does innovation mean to you and how do you incorporate it into your designs?
‘Innovation to us means being unique, to have your own defining touch. We like timeless silhouettes but we focus on adding a fresh, modern flair in which you can recognise our brand identity.’

What inspired your AW17 collection?
‘As this was our first collection that we took to market we decided to dig into our De La Vali archive and find key pieces that represent our brand. We chose fun fabric prints to represent the Vali flair, brought back a few key shapes from past seasons, and introduced some exciting new styles.’

Have you discovered anything new and exciting recently?
‘The feather-print Apolonia dress is a De La Vali staple and an absolute must-have, very flattering to a woman’s curves. Also, the Suki dress is the perfect spin on the LBD, it’s easy to wear and always looks good.’

What are your styling tips?
‘We recently discovered this incredible Somalian band called ‘Dur-Dur Band’ - they do this amazing soulful, upbeat funky music. We used their song ‘Dooyo’ for our recent fashion show in Ibiza.’

Dress by De La Vali from Browns Rollneck by Le Tricot Perugia from Paola Boots by Saint Laurent from Vitkac

Dress by De La Vali from Browns Rollneck by Le Tricot Perugia from Paola Boots by Saint Laurent from Vitkac.

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What inspired your AW17 collection?
‘Circles inspired our AW17 No.7 Collection – I explored circular shapes with 3/4 circles in cotton and silks draped on and around the body. Collection No. 7 rounds out edges, connects and unifies through geometry.’

Have you discovered anything new and exciting recently?
‘“The Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben. We have so much to learn from nature, I’d encourage everyone to read this fascinating book.’

What are your styling tips?
‘Invest in amazing garments that [can] become your “forever pieces”, and remember; balanced, pared back layering = chic!’

Leather jacket by KITX from KITX Top by KITX from KITX Skirt by KITX from KITX Boots by KITX from KITX.

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