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Behind the love of fate

Meaning 'Love of One's Fate', Amor Fati is a Latin phrase that describes an attitude in which we can embrace everything that happens in life - and feel content with our reality. 

The concept has been used by philosophers such as Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius - and Friedrich Nietzsche, who wrote:

"I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. Looking away shall be my only negotiation. And all in all and on the whole: some day I wish to be only a Yes-sayer."    

Filled with rich shades of saffron and turmeric, alongside modern digital prints, the collection was inspired by 10 days I spent ‘off the grid’ in a remote desert on the Indian/Pakistan border earlier this year.

In search of inspiration, focus and the creative magic one gets when travelling on your own and exposing yourself to the "NEW", I wanted to experience that feeling of trusting in the unknown , trusting in discovering somewhere new and meeting people from a culture totally different from my own, taking me completely out of my comfort zone and forcing me out of the lifestyle that most of us lead on a day to day basis; where little is left to chance. I chose a desert in the far west of Gujarat; landing in a tiny cessna plane, I was the only caucasian Australian woman there.

Living in clay huts with subsistence farmers and loomers, I spent the days learning about the region's rich textile, spice and jewel trade history. Fascinating, arid and isolated, the journey crystallised my inspiration for this collection. At one point when I was standing in the middle of the Indian desert my memory took me back to when I was 16 and climbing Uluru, there was a moment of timelessness - and total connection to something bigger. 

The prints featured in this collection are digital recreations of ancient rugs and artefacts that I traded with the herders who were living off the desert land - they are strikingly beautiful and my interperation of the journey I took through the desert and walked a path less travelled. Back in Brisbane I collaborated again with acclaimed artist Claudia Husband, who brought the traditional patterns, weaves and embroidery to life in the collection, via digital format. 

I took home a great respect of the role fate plays in our lives, and an appreciation of what can happen when fear is replaced by faith and trust - and knowing that we can be safe walking into the abyss. Amor faiti

Every year before the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival, we photograph the collection that will appear on the runway. And so for this year's shoot, it was no surprise that our photographer, Sam Thies, chose to lead us across expansive countryside to a vast lakeside property to capture the campaign images with Dallys model Samantha Cannon. Breathtakingly beautiful and quintessentially Australian, the location was literally on the other side of the earth to where the seed of inspiration for this collection had been planted, but also somehow conveyed the sense of vastness, and completeness, that we have when we are connected to our surroundings.

I can't wait to share the collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival in only a few weeks!  

Samantha Cannon, Liz Sharp and Sam Thies photo shoot Brisbane

Sam Thies photographer and Samantha Cannon Dallys models

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Sam Thies fashion photo shoot Sam Cannon Dallys models

Samantha Cannon model Dallys Tengdahl fashion shoot

Julie Tengdahl Brisbane fashion designer spring summer Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival collection

Ines Schumann (assistant), Julie Tengdahl (fashion designer), Liz Sharp (styling & PR), Samantha Cannon (model), Sam Thies (photographer)

Yes, dear.

Deer skin luxury leather jacket skirts

Luxury, sustainably sourced textiles are one of my passions; when it comes to creating a garment, the story behind the fabric is just as important as the concept behind the design. So when I embarked upon a range of leather wear for Tengdahl's A/W 2015 collections, I wanted to find the softest, most beautiful leather - one that has been farmed and created ethically and sustainably - to shape my range.

Designer Leather jacket

Located in the small South Cantebury town of Timaru - one of the most breathtakingly green places on earth - New Zealand Light Leathers are deer leather specialists. Since 1973 they have been working with the world’s leading luxury fashion houses, supplying fine deer leather.

Each deer hide meets the highest standards of quality and consistency, ensuring each garment created from the resulting leather is of exceptional beauty and longevity. Their team of expert tanners and technicians craft each skin through more than 30 steps; and this is apparent when you wear any of the leather garments from this collection - the nappa features an incredibly luxurious finish, and is rich of colour.

This season I have designed a range of skirts, tops and jackets in fine deer nappa. To experience one of these items, visit our stores or shop at www.tengdahl.com/jackets

Watch the crafting process behind the leather creation:

Winter 2015: the woman in bloom

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"Resilient and yet delicate, the cherry blossom tree grows more beautiful with every passing year; flourishing with its most abundant, radiant displays as it matures..."

While sketching out the initial incarnations of my winter 2015 collection, I encountered a reoccuring image of elegant cherry blossom branches, heavy in a bloom of exquisite petals. Upon researching the ancient Japanese 'sakura' tree, its significance immediately resonated with me. I wanted this collection to speak of restraint, femininity and a subtle sensuality - a tribute to the woman as she moves into maturity (at whatever age that may be - from her 20's through to 60's or beyond) and flourishes into the confident, self-aware woman she is destined to be. The cherry blossom certainly represented that, and so I chose it as the symbol for this year's winter collection. The idea of growing more beautiful with every passing year is often foreign to our modern western psyche - but something we should all share an interest in, as growth and age is a commonality promised to us all.

As I began to articulate the form and lines of the garments in the range, I commenced work on the print concept with Brisbane artist Claudia Husband, designing a bespoke cherry blossom motif that would feature throughout the collection. The resulting print is a wearable peice of art; unique, versatile; echoing the collection's purpose perfectly. It will be available in limited edition release for Tengdahl Winter 2015. 

In the collection, high necklines are contrasted by subtle details, such as a slit that gives a glimpse of skin at the back of a garment, only seen when the top or dress moves with the body. Ostrich feather, sequins and chiffon create texture and movement while silk, super soft deer skin leather, cashmere and jersey add functional, long-lasting luxury. 

Cherry blossom trees remind us that after weathering life’s colder seasons, we return time and time again, blooming more richly than ever; opening ourselves to the sun. The collection is available in Tengdahl boutiques and online at www.tengdahl.com 

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Artisan details

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Julie bought a series of beautiful artisan cashmere scarves while she was in Jaipur, India - each a peice of art featuring hand loomed embroidery in vibrant colours.

Our workroom manager, Heather, has meticulously lifted the embroidery peices from the scarves and transfered them to our new A/W jacket, forming the detail on Julie's new Audrey weave jacket design. The embroidery injects vibrant colour, texture and shows how beautifully east and western design aesthetic can be merged.

Inspired by the classic Chanel jacket shape - with a modern twist through body-shaping side panels - the embroidered jacket is a limited edition peice, and each design is different as no two scarves are exactly the same. The jacket is available at our Emporium store for $829 (call 3257 0569) and can be purchased by phone and couriered overnight. 

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