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The Youth Project: Part Three

It’s officially feeling like Summer as we reveal Hannah’s completed Youth Project design. This incredibly vibrant, tiered midi dress made from unique Indian Batik is the dress we all want coming into the hotter season.

 

Named after the ‘Holi’ festival in India the dress embodies just that, a celebration of colour, love and joy.

 

Take a closer look for yourself and prepare to pre-order or drop into the boutique as this beauty will hit the Tengdahl racks very soon!

 

  

 

 


 

The Youth Project: Part Two

This week we enter the design stage of The Youth Project. Hannah explores her design concept deeper and begins to experiment with the construction process. 

Watch as her idea comes to life and her confidence as a designer flourishes.

 

 

 

 

Making of the Batik fabric in Gujarat, India.

 

 

 

The Look: Summer Black

 

Bet on black with a collection of cool pieces, ready for hot sunny days and long summer nights. Mix and match to curate your summer look.

 

Every wardrobe needs a simple black dress. Effortless to accessorise, this essential will get you through warm days and casual evenings.

Freya Dress

 

 

Meet must-have pieces that will take you from work to weekend. Keep cool in Japanese cotton. Pair your smart style with embellished slides or classic mules.

Eternity Wrap Top & Japanese Cotton Culottes

 

 

Party attire goes all black with sparkling sequins and transparent tulle. Add tailored culottes to make an entrance with metallic footwear.

 Jemma Sequin Cami, Tulle Overlay, Japanese Cotton Culottes

The Youth Project: Part One

 

Running a fashion label for almost three decades doesn't come without an abundance of inspiration and influence. Julie has found that an inclusive working environment fuels her ideas and solidifies her final products.

 

 

Hannah certainly plays a role in how each collection comes to life. Her position as assistant sample maker means she is an integral part of the production and technical elements of the design. From concept, design, sampling, through to final production, Hannah knows exactly what it takes to create a Tengdahl garment. 

 

 

The Youth Project is about finding a youthful perspective and encouraging creativity in our bespoke workplace.

On this journey Hannah will be choosing her own textiles, producing her designs and manufacturing the garments as a collaborative journey with Julie and the Tengdahl team, available this Summer.

 

Spring Racing Ready

 

Before the holiday season begins there's still one more thing we need to tick off our social calendars for 2018. The spirit of Spring Racing Carnival already has us buzzing, but the most sartorially inspired events are yet to come. It's our favourite time of the year to experiment with colour or go bold with a monochrome palette.

 

Known for its traditional 'black & white' dress code, Derby Day is a day to be unique. Combining tulle and lace textures is a great way to create interest for your outfit. 

'Abigail Lace Top & Skirt'

'Black Maillot Bodysuit' & J'Adore Lace Skirt

 

 

An event that stops the nation requires the most outstanding ensemble! It's all about being creative with your look, mixing bright colours and prints for a winning outfit.

'Flora Dress'

'Secret Garden Grace Dress'

 

Ladies Day is about embracing your feminine style. Find yourself in charming pinks with matching elegant accessories.

'Black Pearl Safi Dress'

'Amoria Dress'

Best-Dressed Wedding Guest

 

Wedding season has officially begun and this year it’s not just florals having a moment. Choose a unique print and pair it back with the right accessories and you will be on your way to being the best-dressed guest!

Garden Party

Garden weddings invite bright botanical prints and full swishy skirts, block heels are a must and you’ll never go wrong with glittering gold.

‘Secret Garden Amoria Dress’

Alternative Bohemian

Embrace the whimsical day with mismatched prints in a cool and carefree wrap dress. Keep your accessories subtle with black elements.

'Debra-Anne Maxi Dress'

 

 

Modern Black Tie

Go darker for an evening affair with a sophisticated print and flattering shape. Play up the sparkle by adding silver accessories.

'Black Pearl Safi Dress'

 

Rustic Chic 

Twinkling string lights and live music is the perfect event to take it to the max in an earthy colour and full length style. Statement gold jewellery and strappy heels will create the drama for this guest outfit. 

‘Mecca Maxi Dress’


 

 

Escape to the Country

If you’re ready to escape the city, grab a map, find your boots and fill your bag with these weekend retreat pieces. From block colour basics to lightweight dresses, here’s our picks for your next adventure to the countryside.

 

Farmhouse Retreat

in the 'Classic T-Shirt' & 'Wide-Leg Culottes'

 

 

Explore Town

in the 'Rehana Dress' & 'Leather Belt'

 

 

Winery Tour

in the 'Safi Dress'

Classics with a Twist

 

It’s time to create a cohesive collection of outfits with our top 12 pieces that will instantly update your closet and prepare you for any occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

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)

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