The world through Mia’s eyes

De­signer’s love of travel and her eye for colour are re­flected in her new la­bel

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AF­TER years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the Aus­tralian fash­ion in­dus­try, Mia Lavee is ready to share her de­signs with the world that in­spired them. Mia’s warm, washed pal­ette, launched this month, sweeps through rusty coral, prim­rose yel­low and sun­set blue. It was an ode to her ad­ven­tures in South Amer­ica, but has ended up

hit­ting closer to home.

“I be­gan work on the la­bel about a year ago; it just felt like it

was the right time,” Mia says. “I had been trav­el­ling a lot and it gen­er­ated a lot of new ideas, which ac­cu­mu­lated along the way to the point where I felt like I re­ally should do some­thing with them.

“This col­lec­tion was de­signed while I was in South Amer­ica, but af­ter I saw it all to­gether it struck me that it also re­ally re­flected a clas­si­cally Aus­tralian colour pal­ette.” The spring-sum­mer de­but of 16 styles, from flow­ing maxi dresses to a geo­met­ric shift, also show­cases Mia’s love of lux­ury fab­rics: airy silk-cot­ton voile, rich silk faille, geo­met­ric

lace and crisp wool-silk, with hints of metal­lic and leather. “Be­cause I tend to de­sign on-the-fly, so to speak, I’m not

re­ally look­ing to other fash­ion for in­spi­ra­tion,” she says. “I re­ally get dis­pro­por­tion­ately ex­cited when it comes to se­lect­ing colour pal­ettes, which is usu­ally the first step in my de­sign process, so the com­bi­na­tions are strong and

oc­ca­sion­ally un­ex­pected.” Mia’s goal is to make her gar­ments beau­ti­ful in­side and out. “A lot of my en­deav­ours with launch­ing the la­bel have been try­ing to keep our foot­print as small as pos­si­ble by us­ing things like 100% re­cy­cled pack­ag­ing and car­bon-neu­tral de­liv­ery,” she says.

“All our fab­ric that is left over af­ter cut­ting, which would nor­mally go to waste, is do­nated to a group of women in In­dia

who use it to make toys and house­hold items that they sell to sup­port their fam­i­lies.” Shop at

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