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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)

What we've been up to this year!

 It's been a big year here at Tengdahl and the last half of the year saw us getting involved with some amazing events and media.

Take a look at what we've been up to this year!

BRISBANE NEWS COVER

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AUGUST

EKKA FASHION FIBRES SHOW

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AUGUST

BRISBANE FASHION MONTH MEDIA LAUNCH

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AUGUST

 

BRISBANE ARCADE SPRING SHOW

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AUGUST

ZIG ZAG CHARITY LUNCHEON

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OCTOBER

BRISBANE FASHION MONTH GALA FINALE

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OCTOBER

MANUP FOR PROSTATE CANCER

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NOVEMBER

MULTICAP FASHIONABLE EVENT

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NOVEMBER

SISTERS STEPPING UP LAUNCH

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DECEMBER

 

Fashion Revolution Week: A Step Closer to Sustainability

Sustainability is slowly becoming a huge buzz word in the fashion world. Following the Rana Plaza tragedy of 2013 - where a building in Bangladesh collapsed with thousands of garment workers inside - a whole new revolution has begun. A Fashion Revolution. This movement is a global push to incite a real and dramatic change in the way our clothes are produced and consumed, and also in the way we think about fashion. Whilst fast fashion is not yet something of the past, people are finally starting to ask questions about how their clothes are being produced and consumed - a step in the right direction.

 

The Designer: Julie on Sustainability

3 Steps Closer to Being Sustainable

 

The Client: Feeling the Difference

The clients really feel the impact of Julie’s unique and sustainable philosophy… the Tengdahl touch is truly like no other…

 

 

 

 

  

 Samantha Haran

 

Julie's Travel Adventures

 

Julie hits the road on a creative quest throughout Morocco, dressed for the heat in weightless fabrics and floral prints that represent the exotic colours and life in the desert. Picking the right items to pack on that special holiday with loved ones can be daunting for anyone. Here’s a sneak peak of what Julie took on her amazing jouney through the Sahara.

 

Outfit Inspiration!

 What to Pack?

Keep scrolling to see some of Julie's gorgeous travel snaps...

 

 

 

 

Gathering inspiration from the mountains surrounding Marrakesh, Julie is in her creative zone. Morocco boasts bold colours and exotic flavours, a truly mesmerizing place to visit. 

 

 

Samantha Haran

Ten Hours of Tengdahl

 Tengdahl wear is not only stunning but effortlesss... perfect for mixing and matching throughout the day.

Workday mornings are always a rush - so much to do, so little time. Slip into our 'Boat Neck Dress' in a matter of seconds for a sleek, smart outfit. Now all that's left to do is put on your favourite flat shoes and pearl earrings and you're ready for the office!

Got a few extra minutes? Dress up the look with our 'Slim Scarf' in storm.

 

A few hours later and it's time for an office meeting. The meeting room can get a bit chilly so throw our red 'Wrap Knit Cardigan' over your outfit for a bit of warmth. If needed, also pick up our stylish 'Slimline Jacket'.

 

Five p.m. and you're done for the day. Best thing after a hard day at work? A leisurely afternoon stroll to the local park, or down city streets - whatever suits! Be sure to grab our statement 'Black Trench' as you head out the door.

 

The evenings are best spent over fine dining, shared with loved ones. Whether it's with friends or family, switch your dress for the stylish 'Japanese Cotton Culotte' and glamorous 'V Neck Sequin Top'. Depending on the weather, you may want to slip that 'Black Trenchcoat' back on. Don't forget to style this look with stunning red ankle boots and statement drop earrings for an outfit fit for even the best restaurants in Brisbane.

 

Samantha Haran

 

What to Wear: Easter Edition

March is coming to a close and Autumn is well and truly settling in. This time of year means the weather is finally cooling down and, of course, Easter just around the corner. A time for family and for friends paired with the balanced fall weather calls for a hint of feminine yet playful fashion.Wondering what to wear for your Easter calendar this time around? Don’t stress! We have a range of gorgeous outfits from our Tengdahl closet, perfect for whatever events you may have on.

 Heading out to your favourite local brunch spot with the girls? Try our beautiful 'Reversible Signature Wrap' in the sea garden print for a floral, feminine look.

 Looking for an elegant but fashion-forward look for Easter lunch with the family? Look no further than our 'Lace Top' in Ivory, paired with our 'Wide Leg Pant' in Black.

 Dinner reservations at your favourite restaurant? Our stunning new 'V Neck Sequin Top' in Black is the perfect statement piece! Style it with our trendy 'Slimline Pants' in Black, plus our 'Neckerchief' in the sea garden print for a pop of colour.

 

 

Samantha Haran

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