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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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!  

 

Sam Thies photographer and Samantha Cannon Dallys models

Tengdahl fashion shoot Ines site set up

 

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.

 

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

"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


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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.

Behind the scenes: MBFF preparation

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When the models hit the runway at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival next month for the launch of my S/S collection, freesoul, it will be the culmination of a 10-month process that has taken me literally around the world.

I first showed my label on the runway at the RAQ awards in 1996 and while I have streamlined the collection development process over the past two decades, the months leading up to MBFF always bring the sense of vulnerability and self-doubt that inevitably comes with being exposed on a creative level.

At this time every year, I reflect on my purpose as a designer: am I challenging myself? Am I doing my clients justice with this collection? Am I being innovative while staying true to my roots, my brand? It’s facing a fear of rejection or criticism; it leaves you open and exposed, but it makes you stronger.

Creativity doesn’t thrive in the comfort zone! I do my best work when I'm on the precipice - I have clarity and ideas seem to flow. 

Which is why, in the midst of the 2014 collection’s development, I went skydiving. The skydive was a birthday gift I received last year; something on my bucket list that I had put off, waiting for the right moment. As the plane climbed high above the beautiful northern NSW landscape, I didn’t experience any of the nerves or tension that I expected to feel, just pure adrenaline. Completely surrendering to the free fall, I felt suprisingly safe.

Julie Tengdahl skydiving

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It was a truly exhilarating experience, and it was interesting to notice how clear and creative I felt returning to the workroom the following Monday to put the finishing touches on the collection samples.

The collection development process began in my West End workroom in October 2013. Following a successful collaboration with acclaimed Brisbane artist Jacqui Conias in 2013, I wanted to interlace a limited edition range of bespoke prints into the 2014 collection, featuring digital reproductions of emerging artist Claudia Husband’s hypnotic prints. I was thrilled to have Claudia on board and we began looking at ways to integrate symbolism and her existing prints into fabric patterns earlier this year.

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I set off on a global resourcing and ‘trend-gathering’ trip to Europe, while working with the world’s oldest lace mill – Sophie Hallette – to create a bespoke lace design exclusively for Tengdahl’s S/S collection. Three months later, I fulfilled a life long dream to have an Indian sabbatical, venturing off for four weeks of meditation, exploration and meetings with local artisans, learning about their ancient craft traditions and collecting beautiful hand loomed embroidery in vibrant colours.

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Back in my workroom, and filled with experiences, observations and inspirations gathered on my travels, the collection’s direction began to crystallise. Its aesthetic is rich, sensual, exotic and a tapestry of cultures and design elements. It’s bold but earthy and more exuberant than my past two collections. And I love it!

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Meanwhile, Claudia returned with some beautiful textile print concepts, which we finalised and sent off to our Australian fabric manufacturer to have strike-offs created. Our talented pattern maker and seamstress Heather began to meticulously lift traditional embellishments and embroidery from the artisan fabrics I had collected on my travels, transferring them onto the luxury European fabrics that had arrived along with our new bespoke Sophie Hallette lace (which I have been wearing in our concept designs for a few months now and absolutely adore)! These elements combined to form the freesoul collection.

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As we near the date for our S/S photo shoot and MBFF model fittings, the collection is nearly completed and, once again, I am enchanted by the process that brought these designs from vague imaginings to beautiful, wearable pieces something which almost seems to happen of its own volition, as though I am both a bystander and active participant in its evolution.

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Above: Julie briefs the face of her S/S14 collection, Samantha Cannon, on the collection ahead of the freesoul campaign shoot  

The response to my MBFF collections in recent years has been incredible, and I must admit to feeling the pressure of a high bar this year! But I am so proud of the creative integrity and melting-pot of local talents that have gone into creating it. And in that respect, it is already a success. Breathe…