The Ital­ian-born de­signer shares her journey from grow­ing up in Western Aus­tralia to be­com­ing a prom­i­nent fash­ion icon

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Five-year-old Carla Zam­patti knew ex­actly what she was des­tined to do when her mother took her to the dress­mak­ers’ stu­dio of her home­town in Lom­bardy, north­ern Italy. Four years later, Zam­patti’s fam­ily moved from the Ital­ian coun­try­side to sun­burnt Western Aus­tralia, where she learned a new lan­guage and never gave up on her dream. She be­gan her ca­reer work­ing for a con­ser­va­tive fash­ion house, cre­at­ing de­signs that spoke to women, met their changing needs and be­came best­sellers. Af­ter de­sign­ing her own small col­lec­tion in 1965, she saw her first na­tional launch in 1967. Three years on, Carla Zam­patti Ltd. was born.

To­day, the fash­ion house is one of Aus­tralia’s most in­flu­en­tial, hav­ing cel­e­brated 50 years of fash­ion in 2015. De­sign­ing in the 1970s, an era

that her­alded a new fron­tier in fe­male em­pow­er­ment, Zam­patti led the way with luxe tai­lor­ing that re­flected a woman’s in­de­pen­dence. In the 1980s, she proved her acu­men not only as a de­signer, but also a busi­ness­woman, by part­ner­ing with Ford Aus­tralia as the first fash­ion brand to de­sign a car specif­i­cally for the fe­male mar­ket.

To­day the multi-award-win­ning de­signer la­bel is donned by the likes of Nigella Law­son, Tina Arena, Delta Goodrem, Jes­sica Gomes and Na­dia Fair­fax.

The Spring/Sum­mer 2018 col­lec­tion pays homage to the el­e­gance of the Zam­patti woman, break­ing up its

sig­na­ture monochro­matic pal­ette with pas­tels. Smart sep­a­rates dom­i­nate, and bold lines are soft­ened by cas­cad­ing ruf­fles, while tex­tured ma­te­ri­als add depth to clas­sic cuts. The lat­est col­lec­tion is all about ef­fort­less style with max­i­mum im­pact, show­cas­ing time­less pieces to suit so­phis­ti­cated women of all ages. In typ­i­cal Zam­patti fash­ion, she has once again stuck to her style in­stincts to cre­ate clas­sic favourites that by­pass the fast-mov­ing fash­ion cy­cle. These are ex­actly the kind of items that style mavens will covet for years to come. car­lazam­

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