Gra­ziela Oborn’s de­signs are in­spired by her her­itage and made from the heart

Central and North Burnett Times - - WEEKEND -

BRAZIL­IAN-BORN Gra­ziela Oborn uses her her­itage to in­spire her de­signs, mak­ing every piece a per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence she shares with women of the world.

Her lat­est col­lec­tion, Bit­ter­sweet Melodies, is the per­fect ex­am­ple of this, em­brac­ing the cul­ture, ad­ver­si­ties and in­flu­ences to cre­ate fash­ion art.

“Bit­ter­sweet Melodies was in­spired by the pow­er­ful women in my life, but also my mem­o­ries of grow­ing up in Brazil,” Sydney-based Gra­ziela says.

“For each of my col­lec­tions I love to add a twist to my pieces, of­fer­ing a lit­tle more than the eye can see, such as the re­versible bomber jacket and the lace skirt with re­mov­able ruf­fle.

“There are pieces in the col­lec­tion that you would wear to work, on a flirty date or on the week­end with friends.

“I cre­ate de­signs that are ul­tra ver­sa­tile and wear­able in any oc­ca­sion.”

Gra­ziela’s Brazil­ian back­ground in­spires the fit, feel and flow of her clothes.

“In­spi­ra­tion for me comes from mem­o­ries and feel­ings … it changes of­ten, de­pend­ing on how I’m feel­ing at the time I start de­sign­ing a new range,” she says.

“This sea­son I was re­ally in­spired by my Span­ish her­itage. My grand­mother talked about her Span­ish par­ents with so much love, I al­ways wished I had met them.

“I also drew in­spi­ra­tion from Brazil’s toreros and fla­menco dancers. Al­though I like to think that every woman can wear Gra­ziela, our col­lec­tions speak to women look­ing for some­thing unique.

“Our cuts are de­signed to flat­ter every age, shape and body and we wel­come all women to love and wear Gra­ziela.”

The name gives it away, but there’s heart and soul in every Gra­ziela piece.

“After work­ing with fast fash­ion com­pa­nies and see­ing how work­ers are treated and how we are pro­duc­ing fash­ion, I wanted to start an eth­i­cal la­bel with a dif­fer­ence,” Gra­ziela says.

“De­sign­ing a col­lec­tion is a very per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence for me, and that’s why my de­signs are so unique.”

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