Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - LIFESTYLE -

SPORT and fash­ion will merge next month as part of a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Scar­bor­ough de­signer Lau­ren Chap­lin and Nexus Risk TSA Group WA Open.

The Fash­ion­able Satur­days Ladies Long Lun­cheon at the Royal Perth Golf Club will have the pocket rocket launch her la­bel LJ Chap­lin’s sum­mer col­lec­tion.

Chap­lin, who took some time away from the in­dus­try af­ter start­ing in 2013, said she was re­freshed and ready to get back into it.

“When I ini­tially launched, I was tak­ing a gam­ble as I was en­ter­ing the fash­ion world from a com­pletely dif­fer­ent in­dus­try, so any suc­cess I re­ceived I deemed as a bonus,” she said.

“Af­ter a busy 12 months, a ca­reer pro­mo­tion at my place of work, com­bined with a bout of heart­break, the la­bel was at a stand­still.

“Ear­lier this year I took on a new role in sport at GolfWA and I have been able to ded­i­cate more time to the la­bel and I feel re­freshed, re-en­er­gised and my de­signs re­flect this.”

A keen golfer and net­baller, Chap­lin said she loved that she was able to com­bine her two pas­sions of sport and fash­ion to cre­ate an event women would en­joy and be­lieved her love of sport shone through in her de­signs.

“It’s a day where fash­ion and sport col­lide,” she said.

“Be­ing in­volved in sport, my de­signs are clas­sic, re­li­able and qual­ity go-to pieces that will not let you down, sim­i­lar to how you rely on your team mate on the net­ball court to shoot the goal or that Call­away driver you in­vested in to en­sure you hit long and straight down the fairway.

“The lat­ter I’m sure is de­bat­able for some golfers out there.”

The lun­cheon will fea­ture fel­low WA la­bels Jes­sica Bratich and Jonte, plus stylist Ju­velle Behren­dorff. Belinda Cipri­ano

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