DE­SIGN­ERS LAUNCH NEO-EL­E­GANCE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle - Emma Clayton

TWO lo­cal fash­ion ad­dicts have put their ob­ses­sion with great clothes to good use, cre­at­ing a la­bel de­signed to of­fer some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent.

MA (short for Mary-Alice) Glaskin, of South Perth, and Michelle Lochner, from Kardinya, have cre­ated a range of high-end items out of neo­prene, more com­monly seen in wet­suits, as part of their lat­est col­lec­tion.

Their la­bel, An­gel of Greed, is the re­sult of a shared dream and some­thing the two friends had been talk­ing about for years.

Ms Lochner (22) stud­ied fash­ion business at the Mel­bourne School of Fash­ion and Ms Glaskin (25) stud­ied fash­ion and tex­tile de­sign at Tafe in Perth, but nei­ther com­pleted their fash­ion stud­ies, choos­ing in­stead to en­ter the work­force.

Ms Glaskin works for Qan­tas and Ms Lochner works in events man­age­ment and pro­mo­tions.

De­spite mov­ing into dif­fer­ent jobs, the women’s love of fash­ion con­tin­ued to flour­ish and after spend­ing months go­ing back and forth to Bali check­ing out dif­fer­ent dress­mak­ers, they made their dream a re­al­ity by launch­ing their first col­lec­tion last year.

Ms Lochner said they chose neo­prene be­cause it was dis­tinc­tive.

“It’s so edgy and it’s com­pletely dif­fer­ent to what ev­ery­one else is do­ing,” she said.

“And the way it stretches is flat­ter­ing too.”

Ms Glaskin said the cloth­ing was per­fect as dressy re­sort wear be­cause it could be worn for swimming or sim­ply loung­ing around on a boat.

The women say they are like sis­ters and are able to be open­minded with each other about their dif­fer­ent points of view.

“We do have dif­fer­ent styles and we work to­gether to get the best out of both of them,” Ms Glaskin said.

“We don’t

al­ways

agree straight away but we couldn’t do it with­out each other.”

With a dream of one day hav­ing their cloth­ing in Fash­ion Weeks across the coun­try, the de­sign­ers will shortly move their op­er­a­tions from Ms Lochner’s home to a ware­house in Os­borne Park.

Pic­ture: Elle Borg­ward

M A Glaskin and Michelle Lochner with some of their de­signs.

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