Five Signature Pieces, Two Occasions!

Whether you want something casual, a perfect work outfit or a lovely evening ensemble ‘The Ultimate Essentials’ Collection sees that every piece pairs perfectly with the other. Dress things down during the day and add a little something extra to turn your clothes from day to evening. 

For a day look wear this gorgeous Moss Tweed Bias Mini Skirt (AU $229) with the Classic T-shirt (AU $139) in black and the Stewart Weitzman Manila Menswear Inspired Loafer (AU $795.00). For evening change it up with the 3/4 Sleeve Top (AU $179) in Black, add the Albany Cuff (AU $135) by Harper Lane Jewellery and our elegant Modern Jacket (AU $389) with the Stuart Weitzman The 5050 Boot (AU $1,140) and be ready to turn some heads! 

This stunning Navy Bustier (AU $359) is great for casual or evening looks. For a relaxed day outfit for those lunch or shopping dates, try the bustier with the White Silk Faile Pants (AU $499) and the Stuart Weitzman Twotassels Flat Open Toe Slide (AU $325.00). Transition into the evening by swapping the pants with the sexy Slimline Triacetate Pants (AU $429) in Navy and adding the Navy Slimline Triacetate Jacket (AU $499), the Zara Studs (AU $59) and the super fun Stuart Weitzman Simplemid Glitter Heeled Block Sandal (AU $730.00) for a co-ordinated, classy look perfect for any evening event.  

The Essentials Linen Silk (AU $279) is so versatile! Keep it simple for work with the Classic T-shirt (AU $139) in white paired with the Wide Leg Pant (AU $299) and the classic Stewart Weitzman Nulogopower Block Heel Pump (AU $715.00). This super lightweight wrap will see that you want to wear it day or night! Switch it up with the Maxi Slip Dress (AU $299) in Black and accessorize with the Domenica Earrings (AU $100) and the Stuart Weitzman Myex Slim Strappy Sandal (AU $795.00) for a more glamorous evening look. 

This Classic Wrap Dress (AU $459) in Navy is the perfect outfit for literally any occasion making it easy to transition from work to leisure. For a day look couple this dress with a pair of Stewart Weitzman Nulogopower Block Heel Pump (AU $715.00) and the Cerys Necklace (AU $95). If you fancy this dress for an evening look add the Short Trench Coat (AU $699) in cement and the Zandra Necklace (AU $175) to create an exquisite ensemble. 

Brighten things up with this vibrant Silk Blouse (AU $259) in red! For the perfect work outfit pair the blouse with the Knee Length Bias Skirt (AU $279) and the Stewart Weitzman Manila Menswear Inspired Loafer (AU $795.00). Take this top from day to night by adding the super stylish Crop Leather Jacket (AU $799) and the Slimline Triacetate Pants (AU $429) in Black, the Haven Earrings (AU $95) and the Stewart Weitzman Nulogopower Block Heel Pump (AU $715.00) and you're ready for your night out!

Behind The Ultimate Essentials

Behind The Ultimate Essentials"Secretly I think every fashion designer is designing clothes to express themselves through their creative canvas...The clothes we wear every day express how we feel and how we want to present ourselves to the world. It's our creative voice.

I have been compiling the 'Ultimate Essentials' collection over the last few years.
These are the pieces in my wardrobe I can't live without, they are my absolute favourite shapes, fits and tried and proven looks that work. They are the must have pieces to build the perfect wardrobe, core items, the basis from which we build the rest of our wardrobe. The core essential items from this collection complement our special occasion pieces to shine. It helps to achieve value and longevity from our on-trend pieces.

Using my extensive knowledge in textiles and design over many years, I have researched the best performance high-tech and luxury fabrics from around the world. The shapes are ergonomically balanced, tested on our loyal Tengdahl ambassadors and beautiful to wear. For Ultimate Essentials I wanted to bring in another element. I hand-picked a selection of jewellery to enhacne and reflect the timelessness and simplicity of the collection. 
My purpose and vision for this collection in all of life's craziness was to make life a bit easier, to build a sound wardrobe and to bring trust, integrity and love to what we do here at TENGDAHL and that is to serve you." 

JT x

Behind the Eden

Behind the Eden

Looking for the perfect transitional piece? Here at Tengdahl we embrace transeasonal fashion. We do this by sourcing fine fabrics and unique prints that compliment each other all year round. The ‘Eden Collection’ radiates sophistication and beauty. Each piece can be dressed up or down making it perfect for a morning brunch, a late evening date or the perfect wedding attire.

Sourced from across the globe the luxurious fabrics include lace, silk chiffon and my favourite Italian cotton-lycra tulle. It’s always essential to have that perfect balance of the classic black and white and a signature print. For the print I chose an incredibly sweet floral that features divine yellow and lilac hues and immediately reminded me of the Garden of Eden.

The Jemma Sequin Cami’s are an all time favourite and are embellished with mini sequins adding just that extra bit of luxury! If you want to exude romance and confidence, the ‘Eden Collection’ is certainly for you!

 

Work Wear

Work Wear Pieces You’ll Love to Wear Everywhere

 

Only one more week!?

This is probably what you’re thinking as you’re organising the last lot of activities for the kids, or thinking about the book you still want to finish, or maybe you haven’t gotten around to cleaning out that spare room yet. You might be lacking in spirit, as the days grow closer to early starts, peak traffic and organising a wardrobe consisting of more than just your gym tights and whatever shirt you picked out first.

We know it can be tricky deciding on work wear, especially when you’re busy arranging the kids school stationery that you promised yourself you’d organise earlier but never do.

So we thought we’d help you out and show you some of our favourites for starting back at the office. There’s nothing worse than going from comfortable, summer clothes to wearing last season’s trousers and dresses with the zipper always poking into your back. We’re not here to kill your holiday vibes but to keep you inspired while we wait it out til the next holiday.

We’re keeping it relevant by starting the season with some beautiful block colours, climate appropriate fabrics and fresh new shapes.

  

Japanese Cotton Culotte

These Japanese Cotton Culottes are so fresh for this season and incredibly versatile. You could wear them to beach on the weekend and to the meeting on Monday. Both comfortable and stylish this on-trend purchase comes in black, white and navy.

Saint Germnaine Top

The Saint Germaine is the perfect all-season top and a great way to inspire your wardrobe. You can go from work to the party with this one, with it’s off-the shoulder variation and adjustable draw string. The unique feature of the cotton damask fabric gives this top a more complex weave. If you’re looking for that extra sparkle add the sequin belt to cinch the waist.

Italian Linen Wrap Dress

One item that’s essential for any busy woman is the Italian Linen Wrap Dress. No zips, no buttons and no belts necessary. This century old fabric proves itself to be perfect for those hot Queensland days. It’s feminine, classic and cool.

Cosette Signature Print Wrap Skirt 

Of course no wardrobe is complete without a print! You might feel like you’re still on a boat sipping mimosas but this skirt is definitely appropriate for the city too. What a great piece to pull out of your bag for Friday night drinks. It’s hard to go past this skirt with its incredibly easy care and beautiful colours.

Cruise/17

“What I love about living in Australia is our multicultural community and our passion for travel. This 2017 cruise collection and the Cosette signature print was designed with this in mind. 

When I chose the print it reminded me of the French flag and the words liberty, equality and fraternity continued to inspire the collection. The liberty and freedom to travel, the equality in accessibility to beautiful things and fraternity representing our incredible Brisbane community.

In each collection it’s important to have the right balance. The Japanese polished cotton and the cotton embroidery anglaise have given the collection strength and structure and the Cosette silk chiffon and silk-crepe de chine captures the softness and femininity.

There’s more in less.

Hope you enjoy our first collection of the year.”

 

- Julie T

Behind the Ecdysis Collection

 

 

ECDYSIS.[ek-duh-sis]. n. the process of shedding the old skin and casting off the  outer cuticle.
 
As with all my collections, inspiration is drawn from my creative thought process. Ecdysis is about transformation, change and regeneration. We can all identify with the concept of emerging from old thoughts, or old feelings, and the ensuing sense of re-birth – transitioning into the woman we are destined to be. The creation of Ecdysis has come about at a time in my life where change and regeneration is abundant – new decisions, new directions, and moving forward into a new journey.

 


 
The pieces in this Spring/Summer collection are designed to reflect this sense of transformation. Soft gauzes and tulles representing the layers of the skin, and the unique lacquered cotton being reminiscent of the chrysalis – a caterpillar yearning to come out of its cocoon and transform into a beautiful new being. Ecdysis is a collection designed to be layered, contrasting darks and lights with exsquisite line, shape and proportion. My focus with this new collection was to create something that is truly three-dimensional - pieces that are ergonomical and items to be cherished for years to come.
 
Once again, this Spring/Summer collection incorporates a signature textile print that was created in collaboration with local Brisbane artist Claudia Husband. A snippet of snakeskin is magnified and inverted, and subtle tonal colours are inserted before being printed on a luxurious crepe de chine textile. This limited edition textile is interwoven with the softest Italian cotton organdy – both resistant and flexible, just like our own regenerative journeys.

 


 
With pops of chartreuse and injections of Sophie Hallette lace against our signature print, Ecdysis is punchy, distinctive and yet translatable for everyday wear.
 
Ecdysis was launched at the Brisbane Arcade Spring Flower Show, and is now available in stores.
 
 
- Julie T

 

Campaign Photography: Sam Theiss

Behind the Scenes Photography: Christopher Hagen

Model: Eliza Baker

Hair and Make Up: Penny Antuar

 

Claudia Husband (textile artist) and Julie Tengdahl, Behind the Scenes.

 

Behind the Autumn | 16 Collection

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I started designing and gathering inspirations for the Autumn |16 Collection I was still wearing and absolutely loving the Amor Fati collection. I was wondering how to blend this next capsule with my previous collections - knowing and understanding that the way we dress is constantly changing and adapting. Autumn | 16 is about adding those special pieces to our wardrobes and updating them to get maximum value from what we buy and love for many seasons to come.

 

I wanted the Autumn/16 pieces to work seamlessly with my previous collections, while thinking about how we will wear the longer skirt lengths and the softer, more feminine shapes in shirting and dresses. My unique signature leaf print represents the changing of seasons, and is a traditional wax-resist batik print meticulously crafted by talented textile artisans in Gujarat, India. I collaborated with the makers to develop a sustainably-produced, limited edition batik print onto silk. The longline Rose Jacket is reminiscent of the winter rose garden that we know and love, and incorporates a divine combination of textures, colours and prints to take us into the cooler months.


The collection flowed into my thoughts from sketching through to sampling, and finally into our two boutique stores at the Brisbane Arcade and Emporium - it is the result of being creative and using my experience in understanding women's shapes and fashion over many years. I hope you enjoy wearing and loving these skillfully crafted pieces as much as I have passionately enjoyed bring them to life.

 

Julie T

 

 

Previous Collections

Cruise Collection 15|16
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Winter 2015: the woman in bloom

"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 

Collections


spring summer tengdahl 2014

Influenced by Julie’s recent travels to Europe, India and Asia, freesoul layers luxury French fabrics against exotic artisan craft embellishments hand picked by the designer; no two garments are exactly the same.

The resulting collection is sensual, rich, exotic and explores the design commonalities shared between cultures and locations across the world; fashion, food and music through to art and architecture.

“It has a very free-spirited vibe; it’s about walking your own path and being able to merge and absorb different cultural influences,” Julie said.

Within the East-meets-West mosaics of fabrics, Julie has also interwoven a series of limited edition printed fabrics that resulted from a collaboration with award-winning Brisbane artist, Claudia Husband.

In a year that saw Julie give wings to her self-described “inner nomad”, she wanted to bring a unique, Brisbane centric touch to the eclectic range, giving a nod to her local area, West End’s, melting-pot identity – and creative integrity.

“All of us are a patchwork, a collage, in a sense – and so is the collection, filled with imperfections, rips, colour bleeds and layers,” Julie said.

SHOP FREESOUL HERE

Designer fashion Australian made

Explore the contrast between softness and strength, light and dark, woman and girl, warrior and goddess with Tengdahl's A/W2014 collection. The range reflects the dichotomy that exists within every female. From actresses and artists through to business leaders and iconic female politicians, designer Julie Tengdahl tells the stories of women she has observed over the past 30 years in the fashion industry; and how they chose to reveal, or conceal, these juxtapositions to the world through their clothing and adornments.

Using Tengdahl's trademark silks, chiffon, embellishments and bespoke Sophie Hallette lace - made in France exclusively for Tengdahl - the range celebrates the intelligent, sensual, confident woman who years for longevity - and values Australian made designer fashion.

Forever Young is our spring/summer 2013 collection. Launched at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane, the collection reveals a special series of fabrics that were 10 years in the making. To create the fabrics for the range, Julie collaborated with artist Jacqui Conias, channelling their decade long working relationship into a series of new luxury textiles that offer more than meets the eye. 

The limited edition fabrics used throughout the collection are comprised of Ms Conias’ insightful works of art, converted into patterns and printed on silk and georgette. The connection between art and fashion is intimate and powerful, both providing women with a meaningful way to conveying who they are, what they stand for and who they want to be.

Viewed from a distance, the patterns appear as tiny dots, but on closer inspection reveal themselves as tiny reproductions of Jacqui’s portraits. The portraits were auctioned earlier this year to raise funds for the purchase of a milk bank freezer for the RBWH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which saved Jacqui's daughter’s life after she was born premature at 27 weeks. Read more about the significance of the digital prints here
  
Exclusive to Tengdahl, the bespoke prints also combine intricate hand written quotes to form modern geometric designs that equally intrigue and inspire - alongside Tengdahl’s signature lace, silk and luxuriously embellished textiles. 

The range provides an alternative to 'fast fashion' trends with enduring designs that offer a luxurious fit as well as longevity.

"Now more than ever its important for women to understand where their fashion comes from; how the fabrics are made and sourced, and the quality and conditions under which the pieces are made – there’s a significance behind each garment’s story; how it’s conceived and crafted,” Julie said. 

View Tengdahl's spring/summer collection on the runway here

A/W 2013

Draw inspiration from timeless classics; a signature jacket, enduring smoking suit and chic simplicity of capris - with a colourful, modern twist that merges femininity with functionality.

From lightweight travel jackets and sheer emerald green blouses through to multicolour sequined wool skirts and capri pants in a lollypop palette, experience Tengdahl’s trademark sophistication for leisure, corporate and after five styling.