Get more mileage out of your win­ter wardrobe

Gold Coast de­signer’s new range is a les­son in lay­er­ing

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THERE’S still a place for that mini dress in your win­ter wardrobe. With long-sleeved blouses stacked un­der slinky slips and vel­vety jump­suits, Queens­land de­signer Is­abelle Quinn’s lat­est col­lec­tion is a les­son in lay­er­ing. Fresh from the Vir­gin Aus­tralia Mel­bourne Fash­ion Fes­ti­val, her au­tumn-win­ter range is de­signed for max­i­mum mileage as we tran­si­tion through the sea­sons. “Grow­ing up on the Gold Coast and still be­ing based here my col­lec­tions are quite trans-sea­sonal due to the Queens­land weather,” Is­abelle says. “I want to pro­vide a bit of ev­ery­thing for my cus­tomers as I sell both na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. You can see this in my lat­est col­lec­tion AW17 Ste­vie, which was shown at VAMFF last week. I’ve de­signed mini slips and jump­suits that can be worn by them­selves in warmer months, but can still be lay­ered with blouses and big faux fur coats for those in cooler ar­eas.” The hands-on de­signer de­scribes her lat­est look, made for mod­ern ro­man­tics, as a cheeky cross be­tween the Spice Girls and Ste­vie Nicks, tied to­gether with a touch of French flair. “I would say my look has evolved. I def­i­nitely still stay true to my de­sign aes­thetic, but learn­ing new tools and tech­niques over time I’ve been able to do more,” Is­abelle says.

“In my lat­est col­lec­tion we played with elec­tric pleat­ing our own fab­ric, which turned out to be gor­geous.

“My favourite pieces are the vel­vet top and pant as a match­ing set (be­cause match­ing sets rock) and the three-tier elec­tric pleated blouse lay­ered with our over­sized black silk jump­suit.’’

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