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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!  

 

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

Finding the Meaning of 'Grace'

The collection was nearly completed by the time the name 'Amazing Grace' came to me. I kept asking myself “whatʼs the direction of this collection?” Adding new designs and fabrics each week, pushing back the photo shoot dates, what was supposed to be a small capsule collection was starting to expand into an established Autumn/Winter range. I was also finding it difficult to select the right model to represent the look and feel of the collection.

'Corded Hoodie Jacket Tobacco', 'Three-Tone Scarf' Wine' & 'Magic Midi Skirt'

 

So letting go of all logic, just chilling out and practicing what I preach, I went into my meditation room and asked for guidance.

Grace, acting with grace, being graceful, were the words looping through my mind. Then I opened up my computer to look for possible models and a tall, graceful, elegant, beautiful girl with the name ‘Grace H‘ stared back at me. Hence the decision was made. 'Amazing Grace' was the perfect name for this collection.

My purpose, and personal brief, for every collection is always about sustainability, thinking global and acting local. This range is no different.

'Hallelujah Top' & 'Ava Shorts Rose'

 

Itʼs important to me as a designer to co-ordinate previous collections with what's current, getting maximum use from each treasured item. Each piece in the ‘Amazing Graceʼ collection works seamlessly back with Magic, Angel and Wave.

Cotton corduroy pant suits, silk crepe de chine bias slips, silk georgette blouses and cotton/silk stripe shirting with touches of black French lace make up this beautifully elegant, graceful collection.

 

Jt

Behind the Collection: The Ultimate Essentials

When I was asked by my intern Samantha, what was my inspiration behind the “Ultimate Essentials Collection”, I took a deep breath, a long pause and a few moments of reflection. This collection is not about me or my favourites (even though they are, because of the classic shapes , incredible fit and beautiful fabrics).

Instead, it is about YOU, your choices - the pieces that my incredibly loyal Tengdahl clients purchase and wear every day. The pieces they choose for that important interview, special occasion and the first items they pack for travelling the globe. This collection is about listening, developing, fine tuning and producing all your favourite pieces over 3 decades of designing my brand. Here are a few of those wonderful comments I have the immense pleasure of hearing every day, whether I’m in the shop or out socially...

 

“ Are you making this dress again? It’s my favourite and I have worn this one out.”

“These wide leg pants fit me like no other. I wear them at least once a week.”

“I love the pockets on this jacket. I hide my business cards there just in case I need to hand one out at a meeting.”

“My husband loves me wearing the wrap knit top… it’s classic and figure flattering at the same time. Is there another colour?”

“What is it about a classic shirt maker dress? I feel so feminine every time I wear it."

“ I always take the the slim line pant and 3/4 sleeve jacket whenever I travel… they’re the first things I pack.”

“My girlfriends say to me, don’t bother buying any other brand. Tengdahl always looks amazing on you…. Is that dress new? Ummmmmm....its 20 years old. Vintage Tengdahl.”

And there are hundreds more...

 

So, I wanted to say “thank you” to the most amazing women I have the privilege to meet, dress and listen to every day. You are MY inspiration behind this all time ultimate, much-loved, classic collection.

JT xx

 

'Japanesse Cotton Culotte Black' with the 'Modern Jacket Black'

'Sereana Check Dress' & 'Wide-Leg Linen Pant'

 

'Short Trenchcoat Black' with the 'Boatneck Dress Black'

CATWALK TO CLOSET: A TOUCH OF MILAN

Milan, Milano - a city of science and culture, of history and art and most of all, decadent fashion. Home to some of the most iconic names in the world of couture, this Milan Fashion Week saw the classic Italian style of extravagance meets elegance. Our favourites? Of course were the powerhouses - Gucci for modernity, Jil Sander for simplicity, Versace for glamour. You can embrace the high-end trends and bring the best of Milan, straight from the catwalk to your closet with some of Tengdahl’s classic pieces.

 

 

Gucci: Style Meets Workwear

This season Gucci put on yet another a head-turning show, featuring bold patterns, daring contrast, bejewelled accessories and more. Amongst all the modern innovation was a range of more classical work-wear inspired items. Bring a touch of Gucci into your wardrobe with workwear looks from the Tengdahl 'Ultimate Essentials' collection, such as the 'Wrap Knit Cardigan' and corporate-appropriate 'Boatneck Dress'

 

Jil Sander: White on White

At Jil Sander, there was a great focus on comfort. The designers went with soft, layered and comforting fabrics - in white, the colour of peace. Add a dose of positivity and warmth into your wardrobe with similar layered looks from Tengdahl created with our 'Wide-Leg Pants' and soft white jackets!

 

Versace: Classic Statement Trenchcoat

 

Ever so glamourous, Versace lived up to its reputation. This season, Dontella Versace produced a wondrous collection that focussed on putting a bit of spin on some of our wardrobe staples. The standout, without doubt, was a decadent beige trenchcoat. A trenchcoat is an absolute must for any fashion-forward woman's wardrobe. Get your hands on our 'Tengdahl Trenchcoat', that comes in classic black.

 

Samantha Haran

 

Get the Runway Look

 

Paris Couture Week is perhaps the most glamourous time of year. The likes of Chanel, Lanvin, Ellie Saab put on shows that are fantastical and elegant, artistic and beautiful. This season, Dior dominated the scene with another brilliant collection by its current creative director, Maria Grazi Chiuri. Chiuri’s feminist and modern take on the iconic house has led to revelations in fashion design, culture and politics - this week’s show was no exception. Inspired by surrealism, this collection was all about dreams and aspiration; power and regality.  

Bring the glitz and glamour of Dior to your closet today with these runway-inspired Tengdahl looks.

 

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