Tuesday, 29 July 2008


Arnsdorf was conceived after designer Jade Sarita Arnott completed a fashion design degree at RMIT.

Arnott's o8/09 collection titled I Think We Could Do Great Things has a classic aesthetic with a unique and contemporary twist.

Inspired by glamorous 1970's leisure wear, each piece looks effortless when worn giving the wearer a casual sophistication.

The range features lightweight fabrics such as organic cottons, cashmere and high quality silks in a delicate colour palette of marshmallow, powder blue, nude, chalk and dove grey.

Arnsdorf is stocked at Capital L, Our Spot and Blood Orange in Sydney.

For more stockists and to view the entire range, head to www.arnsdorf.com.au

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Glebe markets

Photos by Olivia Lamotte

Friday, 18 July 2008

To all you creative young things

To all you aspiring stylists, fashion photographers and creatives.

A New Muse would like to be a platform for you to showcase your talent to like minded people.

If you have created your own fashion, accessory or hair and makeup shoot, please submit it to;


for the chance to have it featured on this blog.

We look forward to seeing your submissions.

Monday, 14 July 2008

Kylie Hawkes

1. Describe yourself in a sentence.

An eternal optimist with a slightly overdeveloped sense of mischief, also I make clothes.

2. What is the first thing you ever designed?

My grandma taught me to sew and knit when I was very young. Together we would make clothes for a certain 11” doll who shall remain nameless. I also designed a tree house for my brothers and I (which we half made from stuff we found) and a time machine, which strangely never got past the blue print stage.

3. Describe your labels aesthetic.

My pieces are detailed, clever, modern and clean. Feminine and forward looking, sophisticated I guess, with a sense of fun.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Everywhere, sometimes it is the smallest thing; a found object, a comment, an idea. It can be a jumble of seemingly disconnected things that somehow come together in my head. Mostly when I need to actively seek inspiration, I get it from nature and the natural world (where would I be without David Attenborough?)

5. What is your point of difference?

All my clothes are Australian made and I am very particular about fabrics and construction. I design garments to last and try to build in a certain amount of versatility so my pieces can work harder in your wardrobe.
How did you get to where you are now?
I studied for 4 years at UTS (Bachelor Design -Fashion & Textiles). When I graduated, I was lucky enough to win a grant to start up my label. I have also worked in fashion retail and have had some production room experience.

6. What is the best thing about what you do?

Having creative and personal freedom is fantastic; also it’s great fun seeing your ideas come to life. There’s a huge feeling of joy when someone loves your work enough to bring it into her life and make it part of the way she wants the world to see her.

7. What is the best business advice you have been given?

That’s difficult, I’ve learned loads since I started up. The best advice would have to be ‘know when to seek help/advice’ which can be harder than it sounds.

8. What are you working on right now?

I’ve just finished sampling a new transeasonal collection which I am about to put in to production.

9. Where can we find your collection?

You can look me up on my (almost completed) website kyliehawkes.com and also find me hanging out at various Sydney markets (Paddington, Kirribilli Art & Design, Fringe Bar...)

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Style inspiration - Leggings and skirts

Surprisingly masculine silhouettes.


Comme des Garçons Homme +

Maison Martin Margiela

Kiminori Morishita

Comme des Garçons Homme +

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Sara Phillips

Sara Phillips made the decision to start her own label while studying an Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design at Sydney Institute’s Fashion Design Studio. The twenty-two year old Sydney-sider had always wanted to have her own business. After gaining invaluable industry experience with fashion heavy-weights including Jayson Brunsdon and Saba it was time to take the plunge. Phillips was never interested in working for any other designers after she graduated. "I thought it was important to start creating a foundation for my label while still at college”.

The result is the beautifully executed self-titled label, Sara Phillips. Feminine, fresh, innovative with a strong trend focus; Phillips’ SS09 collection entitled In Bloom is about to take the fashion set by storm.

The collection is brimming with fun wearable dresses and separates. The unique result is a combination of feminine design with an eccentric quirky touch and one of a kind prints.

Taking cues from the film The Secret Garden such as vintage floral prints, and simply wanting to create “pieces that were missing in my own wardrobe” provided Phillip’s inspiration for the range.

The delicate colour palette of silver, powder blue, lilac, white and pink with unexpected injections of denim and black makes for pretty garments with a definitive edge.

The designer who cites Penelope Tree, Patti Smith and Charlotte Gainsbourg among her style icons, says that her label will appeal to “any woman that finds real enjoyment through fashion”.

In an admirable move for a young designer, the entire range is made in Australia, a process that is very important to Phillips. “If you can keep work onshore, why wouldn’t you? It is important to keep Australian machinists in work, and you definitely have better quality control, which makes for better garments”.

Sara Phillips In Bloom is released nationally this month. It is stocked in some of the country’s premier fashion boutiques including Anaki, Euphoria, Sekushi, Lady Boutique, Miss Mouse, Belle, Paige and cult online stores www.stylepalace.com.au and www.beginningboutique.com.au.

Cascade dress

Ditsy bow T- shirt dress

Peony dress

Wind in the willows dress

Book review - Florence Broadhurst, Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives

This book is for those seeking visual inspiration and an intriguing story alike.

This beautifully presented book documents the personal and professional life of the chameleonesque Florence Broadhurst, while showcasing a library of her famous flamboyant wallpaper prints including never before published designs.

With its stunning red and white floral print fabric cover, it also makes a nice addition to your coffee table.

Broadhurst's designs have been used by Australian fashion designers Akira Isogawa and Zimmerman to spice up their ranges.

If you would like to purchase some of her wallpaper or even fabric to make your own wonderful creation, head to www.signatureprints.com.au

For this gorgeous read check out Arial and Kinokuniya.

Japanese Floral

Japanese Bamboo

The Egrets