Summer Kane and Bree Warren launch Bras N Things' new Pure Body range of light as air t-shirt bras

Using the latest technology, the Pure Body spacer cups gently lift and shape with breathable, extra lightweight fabric and lace for cooling comfort with a touch of elegance.

Pure Body was specially designed to have the lightest feel of the entire Bras N Things range, while still offering comprehensive support, comfort and coverage for all women.

Featuring Summer Kane and Bree Warren as the faces of the new campaign, Pure Body is a perfect t-shirt bra but is also a gorgeous every day, evening or special occasion bra.

Bras N Things GM of Product Francesca Anderson said: “Our customers love the light weight feel and support that spacer cup technology provides. We designed this new Pure Body range with a modern look using the latest technology, to ensure our customers can enjoy the ‘light as air’ feel and comfort of a t-shirt bra while also having the option of a lace overlay feature for a more feminine touch. This range is available in contour, strapless and full cup options up to a G cup and is designed to give every woman that luxuriously light feeling of wearing a t-shirt bra without compromising on support, coverage, or comfort.”

Choose either lace coverage around the band or full lace coverage across the entire bra. Available in black, white and blush. Pure Body features contour, strapless and full cup options, available up to a G cup. Pair with matching microfiber Brazilian to complete the set.

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Bettina Liano A/W Collection

February 2019 will see the return of one of Australia’s most iconic denim brands, Bettina Liano. 

Best known for wardrobe staples such as denim jeans and jersey dresses, Bettina Liano first made its mark in the global fashion industry in the 1980’s. 

The brands signature style of femininity, coupled with a unique edginess, captured the eyes of many local and international celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Portia De Rossi, Venus and Serena Williams, Kelly Rowland, Madonna, Alicia Keys, Delta Goodrem, Britney Spears, Pink, Elle McPherson, Sophie Monk, Courtney Love, Paris Hilton, Liz Hurley and Kylie Minogue to name a few, making Bettina Liano the name on everyone’s hips.

Three decades on, the Bettina Liano brand is returning to the fashion scene with a new vision to redefine affordable fashion. Now owned by Apparel Group, the brand will attract a new generation of modern women with pieces that are inspired by the hottest trends and don’t break the bank. 

Designed by a team of experienced designers, the autumn/ winter collection will feature signature skinny denim styles in a variety of washes and colours, as well as fashion forward high waisted flares, denim minis and a range of on-trend basics such as tees and shirts.

High quality details remain, including the easily recognisable yellow tag, double stitching and branded hardware. “We are redefining the relationship between fashion, quality and price, and are excited to bring the much-loved brand back into the wardrobes of Australian women,” said Andrew Michael, Director of the Apparel Group.

The Bettina Liano collection will launch mid – February.

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Edward Crutchley and Colovos win the 2019 International Woolmark Prize

Edward Crutchley and Colovos have been announced the winners of the menswear and womenswear 2019 International Woolmark Prize, presented at a star-studded event during London Fashion Week. Crutchley was also announced as the winner of the Innovation Award, celebrating the most innovative or sustainable approach to systems production, materials, textile design or product design.

The award, staged at Lindley Hall was judged by a highly esteemed panel, including Alber Elbaz, Tim Blanks, Laura Brown, Sinead Burke, Gwendoline Christie, Julie Davies, David Fischer, Colette Garnsey, Marc Goehring, Gert Jonkers, Floriane de Saint Pierre and Sara Sozzani Maino along with representatives from the International Woolmark Prize retail partner network.

“There were 12 great designers today from around the world,” explained Alber Elbaz. “It was quite wonderful to see designers from places like Korea, China and Sweden, because sometimes in fashion we think everything happens in Paris, so this was a reminder that the world is big and fashion comes from everywhere around the world.”

Hailing from the UK, unisex label Edward Crutchley’s work is grounded in an innate understanding and appreciation of artisanal textiles.

“I think it speaks volumes that there is a such a clear consensus on the winner of the International Woolmark Prize this year for Menswear and Innovation,” said Tim Blanks. “I don’t think there’s ever been a designer like Edward Crutchley in the competition. I find the whole idea of him being a winner and the figurehead of creative innovative use of wool in the fashion industry so exciting. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen.”

By exploring global cultural references and aspects of material culture, Crutchley’s garments push the boundaries of form, silhouette and surface. Looking outside of traditional cultural signifiers to more sub-cultural references, Crutchley fuses a biker jacket with an 18th Century frock coat, reimagines the grungy tie-die on an American college knit with the help of the head of Kyoto Guild of Shibori Masters and references the cowboy’s role within America’s identity.

“This win means everything,” says Crutchley. “It has changed my life forever. It’s going to change the way I design and approach everything. I’m incredibly flattered.

“All of these references come together in a collection made from 100% Merino wool. I have used a wide range of techniques that celebrate the touch of the artisan. My approach to innovation within this collection has been very much focused on artisanal skills and how these can be celebrated and used in a relevant and modern way. Every fabric I have used is exclusive and developed solely for this collection.”

Husband and wife duo Michael and Nicole Colovos’ winning womenswear collection referenced classic wool sportswear and workwear throughout history yet updated this concept with modern proportions and patterning techniques.

“Colovos’ work stood out for its quiet evidence,” explained Floriane de Saint Pierre. “Its pure design aesthetics, genuine functionality and the amazing and innovative use of super-light wool, combined with the founders’ attention to sustainability, make them deserve this great award and recognition.”

Sourcing innovative wool fabrications with contemporary finishes that evoke the look and feel of denim and silk; comfortable, effortless and trans-seasonal wool fabrics were created. The tailored coats, pants and skirts are made from wool that is completely traceable, washable and colour- and shrink-proof.

“Our goal was to create a luxury, modern collection with a fully sustainable proposition,” explained Michael Colovos. “We are committed to principles of zero waste in manufacturing, so all production waste and end-of-life garments will be recycled to create new fabrics, a process that uses steam, heat and citrus to breakdown the fabric waste and create a new fibre to be spun into fully recyclable yarns.”

Chosen from more than 300 entrants from across the world, the 12 finalists at this year’s award were: ALBUS LUMEN – Australia; ANGEL CHEN – China; Brandon Maxwell – United States; CMMN SWDN – Sweden; Colovos – United States; DANIEL w. FLETCHER – United Kingdom; EDWARD CRUTCHLEY – United Kingdom; i-am-chen – Hong Kong; Nicholas Daley – United Kingdom; Willy Chavarria – United States; Yohei Ohno – Japan; and YOUSER – Korea.

“What I love about the International Woolmark Prize for emerging designers is that it gives a sense of stability and support and that’s so missing and rare in the fashion industry – the idea of being able to further designers’ careers,” said Gwendoline Christie.

Both Edward Crutchley and Colovos will each receive AU$200,000 to help support the development of their business. In addition, Crutchley will receive a further AU$100,000 for his Innovation Award win. Both winners will also receive ongoing industry mentor support, Woolmark certification for their winning collection and the opportunity to be stocked in some of the world’s most prestigious department stores and boutiques, including Boon The Shop, David Jones, Harvey Nichols, Hudson’s Bay, Lane Crawford, LECLAIREUR,, ORDRE, Parlour X and Takashimaya.

Source: The Woolmark Company

Wool: This is how fashion history is made

Selected from more than 300 applicants representing 46 countries, this year’s International Woolmark Prize finalists demonstrate the growing diversity of the global fashion industry and show promise in their commitment to sustainable practices.

High profile editors, industry influencers and some of the world’s best retailers form the judging panel of this year’s International Woolmark Prize, tasked with selecting the menswear, womenswear and innovation award winners.

From water-resistant outerwear to wool denim, the 12 finalists of the 2018/19 International Woolmark Prize not only show the breadth of wool’s applications, but actively push its existing boundaries, too. Here, a preview of their innovations.

With a hall of fame including Valentino Garavani, Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent, the International Woolmark prize is a veritable lesson on the course of fashion and connects an astonishing list of industry legends, both past and present, with the wool fibre.

A new direction for fashion label LOVER featuring Sarah Ellen and Yan Yan Chan

Fittingly on Valentines Day, the annual celebration for lovers, LOVER has launched the first in a series of initiatives that will define the new direction for the label.

In celebration of Valentines Day LOVER have collaborated with photographer Nick Tsindos on a video series titled “LOVER for lovers”. The videos feature four influencer couples including Sarah Ellen with partner Caleb Jackson, Yan Yan Chan with boyfriend Nathan Jolliffe and model Angela Yu with girlfriend Emma Boseley. Nick also features in the campaign alongside his girlfriend Mimi Elashiry.

Inspired by the famous line spoken by Lady McBeth “Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it”, and filmed in voyueristyic style, the videos capture an intimate moment with each of the lovers, in play and in passion.

The video series will launch the LOVER Autumn/Winter 2019 collection. Titled Liberty, the collection is inspired by the renewed wave of female empowerment ushered by the Time’s Up movement. This is translated in 1970’s inspired floral prints and voluminous silhouettes that float around the body and create space for taking big steps.

Hotsprings CEO Joanne Goldman says “Hotsprings acquired LOVER in 2017 with the intention of reviving the cult of LOVER globally. The past 14 months has been spent behind the scenes, realigning design, production, marketing and the retail offer in preparation for the next era for this iconic Australian brand. This is the first campaign for the new LOVER. We want to push the boundaries and explore modern love and romance”.

Concurrent with the launch of the new-look LOVER, co-Founders Susien Chong and Nic Briand will depart the label in late March. Joanne Goldman said “Nic and Susien created a much-loved fashion label. We are grateful for their passion and creativity, as well as their collaboration over the past 14 months. A new era for LOVER will now start and we are extremely confident in the future success of this iconic Australian brand. We look forward to making announcements in the near future”.

Born from the paradox of two paramours, LOVER is a celebration of two people with two different aesthetics, a beauty in the differences. The brand brings together an innocence of spirit against a technical savoir-faire, the romantic and the ethereal, versus the dark and irreverent to create considered detailing, feminine silhouettes and precision tailoring. LOVER is worn by enigmatic women worldwide including Alexa Chung, Miranda Kerr and Beyonce.

Lover is owned by Hotsprings, an Australia-based, family-owned fashion conglomerate based in Sydney. Hotsprings’ stable of Australian fashion brands includes P.E. Nation, Rebecca Vallance, Cooper St Clothing, Vestire and Jasmine and Will.

Source: Lover