Not like the others. Enamoured by the raw appeal of Australian opals, the designers behind James & Irisa were inspired to show the stone – and others – in a whole new light. This was the spark that ignited the Melbourne-based label, resulting in a delicate, modern and forever covetable meeting of the elements.
Who What Wear Australia: Tell us about how your jewellery label launched?
Holly Ryan: I launched the label straight out of university in 2011. I studied Fine Arts, majoring in Fashion at QUT in Brisbane. I started the brand because I felt like there was a gap in the market for high end fashion jewellery that is carefully considered and beautifully handcrafted. I felt like fashion specific jewellery lacked quality or wasn’t creatively experimental enough for my taste, so I set out to create unique, timeless pieces for people interested in making an ethical fashion statement.
HR: Thank you! That means a lot to me! I think my appreciation for simplicity, timeless design and quality construction resonates with people who are looking for pieces which last, are handmade and will give a chic, instant update to any outfit. They are statement earrings without unnecessary embellishment—and they won’t harm your ears.
WWW: Where is your studio? Are your pieces designed and made in-house?
HR: My studio is on the side of Mt Coolum, at Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast in QLD. It’s a five minute walk to the beach and has ocean views. All of my jewellery is currently made in-house by myself and my team of five. It is a much smaller operation than people realise.
WWW: What’s your best-selling piece of jewellery?
WWW: Do you plan on working with other materials?
HR: Yes, this year I will begin working with 18ct gold, white gold and diamonds. I am stepping things up because I felt like I am finally ready. I have always designed with the limited skills I have in mind, but it’s time to branch out and try something new.
WWW: What do you think will be the next big trend in jewellery?
HR: Heirloom style jewels, investment pieces to wear every day and to pass on to loved ones.
Via Instyle Magazine, March 2015.
Landing a spot on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia schedule is on many an aspiring designer’s checklist and for these six young Australian brands, the box will be checked in May. IMG has announced the line-up for the Next Gen show, with a selection of young designers from around the country.
Anna Quan, Kaliver, Third Form, Holystone, Jason Hewitt and Monster Alphabets will showcase their brands to a selection of local and international media and buyers in a single presentation. The six talents represent a diverse range of aesthetics, hailing from different areas of Australia. Anna Hoang of Anna Quan, who already counts Kendall Jenner as a fan (remember that jumpsuit?), is known for a modern take on tailoring, while Third Form’s Merryn Kelly has amassed a cult following with her pared back take on ready-to-wear. They join the romantic offerings from Roni Cross’s Kaliver, Monster Alphabet’s Japanese-inflected pieces, leather label Holystone and Jason Hewitt.
The group beat out over 50 finalists and were chosen by a panel of industry leaders including Vogue Australia’s editor-in-chief Edwina McCann, David Jones merchandise director Donna Player, mytheresa.com’s Justin O’Shea and Parlour X founder Eva Galambos among others.
As part of Australian fashion week’s restructure, shifted from April to May to create a focus on resort, Project Next Gen has evolved from its previous group format to six specially-selected designers who underwent a judging process. After presenting their collections to the panel the names were selected by seven panelists.
The designers chosen will also receive a one year mentorship from St. George Bank Business Advisory.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia will run from May 15-20, 2016.
How nice it would be to watch the sun rise in Paris wearing Matin’s AW 16 collection. The raw freshness of the city’s monochrome streets offsets lightly textured shirting and soft tailoring. The subtle yet never forgotten details of lace and silk linen pieces reflect a Parisian way of dressing. Organic with a bold stripe; Bardot and Birkin would approve.
WORDS Alessia Simpson
PHOTOGRAPHY Duncan Killick
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When it comes to lingerie’s complicated relationship with feminism, more often than not it can seem that brands fail to practice what they preach. While female empowerment and the reclamation of sexuality from the male gaze may be trending, finding underwear that’s both comfortable, beautiful, and stocked in a range of sizes can still seem a near impossible task.
New Zealand-based underwear label Lonely may be pushing a feminist-forward message, but don’t assume they're trying to cash in on the fight for equal rights. Founded by women for women, with the slogan ‘for women who wear lingerie as a love letter to themselves’, Lonely’s latest campaign sees Dazed 100 star Arvida Byström, Me and You co-founder Mayan Toledano, photographer/stylist Zara Mirkin and body positive pioneer Paloma Elsesser embark on a Californian road trip on a quest for female friendship.
Intentionally casting Byström and Elsesser to be inclusive of both body diversity and women who bare a strong social message in their day-to-day lives, Mirkin hopes the images inspire beyond the stereotypical – sometimes seedy – sexualisation of the advertising industry.
“After working in fashion for so long you get to the point that you need more than just a pretty face. Paloma and Arvida are such perfect role models for woman today. As well as being totally stunning they are such inspiring people with what they do, and the energy they possess is really powerful. They are the muses of today and the future,” she says.
The result plays out more like a personal photo album than advertising campaign, with Byström, Elsesser and the whole team approaching the project as if it were an actual holiday, forming IRL friendships as a result of the trip. “I can't stop looking at Palomas pretty face! I also know there is so much wisdom there,” Byström says of her co-star, while Elsesser points to emphasising her love for Toledano’s inclusive approach to photography. “Her adoration towards women of all kinds is really reflected in the way she takes photos. Real, honest images that show the beauty in difference. Femininity captured in a way that is not only modern but also timeless,” she says.
Tell us about what you do?
I sing, write and play synth for a band called NOIRE. I'm also part of a group called The Ladies Network, where I interview creative women and organise music events.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Father John Misty, Ry Cooder, Ennio Morricone, The Velvet Underground, David Bowie and Beach House. I saw Beach House at the Sydney Opera House this week which was a really magical experience.
Where do you find inspiration?
I love reading, I've just finished reading Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein, M Train by Patti Smith and I always carry around a book of Allen Ginsberg's poems. Films also really help me to create songs with a certain palette or feeling. I find inspiration in Wim Wenders, David Lynch, Sophia Coppola films and more recently fell in love with the film Slow West. I'm trying to write something at the moment with the feeling and colours of that film.
What do you do to relax?
My family has a farm in Queensland. It has a river, an old farm house, no reception, no noise and a big bath tub. I love to spend time out there relaxing and writing.
Curated and photographed by Gemma Harben.
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