australia fashion week: inder dhillon

(images via vogue)

so although there were several promising young designers showcasing this season as part of the segment ‘the innovators’ at sydney’s australia fashion week, or whatever they’re calling it these days, it was probably the canadian-born inder dhillon‘s s/s 2014 range which most caught my eye. titled, according to her site, ‘pretty tomboy,’ it straddled ethnic, luxe, and streetwear, while some of her prints combined with metallics reminded me a bit of another exciting up-and-comer, the new york-based sally lapointe.

anyway, according to the mbfwa site, the designer “has explored the use of traditional construction techniques in an unconventional way, while also engaging in her passion for creating and collaboration with artists and the East to create unique and one of a kind treatments for her garments. Using the highest quality of textiles, teamed with unique embellishments sourced from travels to India, the Inder Dhillon brand is a reflection of a global citizen – one who isn’t just influenced by a single market. The woman wearing the garments is quietly confident, not afraid to make her own statement, and has an understated elegance to her way of being.”

and in a rather annoying (not her, the interviewer was, though) pre-show interview with the australian site time out, the designer summed up her range as “luxury meets street,” before further describing how “(t)he craftsmanship behind each garment is something I pride myself on. I have worked with the best artisans in India to make sure each garment is just immaculate. It’s high quality that is still accessible in the sense that you can wear it if you’re going to a café with a pair of jeans or shorts, or you can dress it up with a beautiful pencil skirt and put on this amazing sequin bomber. So, I think that’s what would define it: garments that can be translated into the urban field or into a more formal setting.”

(see the fashion show video here)

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