Designer duo Spunky Bruiser turning fast fashion on its head

PHOTO: Designer Christian Olea collecting pieces for Spunky Bruiser’s custom order. (ABC News: Claudia Chiu) RELATED STORY: Australia’s obsession with new clothes hurting the environment RELATED STORY: The home sewers saying no to fast fashion MAP: Sydney 2000 Designers Bex Frost and Christian Olea turn discarded tapestries and other recycled materials into stylish, tailored streetwear for their sustainable clothing label Spunky Bruiser. They trawl Sydney’s op shops picking out pieces to use for their custom-made clothing. “Rather than buying things in bulk, we actually select each piece with purpose,” Bex says. “We try to do everything…

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Luxury designer Manish Arora unveils his cut-price collection with Riva in Dubai

Known for his utterly extravagant runway shows, complete with stellar beauty looks and in recent seasons, a pet Pomeranian, fashion designer Manish Arora has just launched a collaboration exclusive to the Middle East. Joining forces with Riva, a clothing label owned by Kuwaiti fashion company Armada, Arora brings his exuberant vibe to the region with a capsule collection of affordable garments. Arora has been showing at Paris Fashion Week for the past decade – in fact, this year marked his 10th anniversary. As can be expected, his catwalk collections come…

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Fashion designer protests at student graduation

Invercargill fashion designer Lindah Lepou held a public protest outside this year’s Southern Institute of Technology graduation ceremony on Friday claiming she is owed money. However, SIT has said it does did not owe Lepou any money. Lepou claims SIT owes her up to $70,000 in materials for SIT uniforms. For two years Lepou worked in a collaboration to provide internships and SIT provided her a deal to make students’ trade, vet and chef uniforms. READ MORE: A place to call home Her lawyer had been in contact with SIT during the past nine…

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Melania Trump Backlisted by Fashion Designer

What the White House is Talking About: President Obama today heads to Lima, Peru, for the final leg of his last trip abroad as president. In Peru, Obama will participate in the APEC Summit. What the White House Press Corps is Talking About: The David Remnick profile of Obama in the new issue of The New Yorker. Image credit: The New Yorker Lots of pool reports during the final days of the campaign noted the presence of Remnick, who apparently had access to the president in order to prep this…

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Indonesia fashion designer Anniesa Hasibuan goes global

An Indonesian designer has drawn global attention with a collection featuring hijabs combined with glittering gowns and flowing tunics, defying conservative critics in her homeland who say the outfits are not modest enough. When Anniesa Hasibuan showcased her collection at last month’s New York Fashion Week, it was the first time the prestigious annual event saw all the models on the catwalk sporting headscarves. The 30-year-old, who was the first Indonesian to have her own show at the event, won praise from fashion critics around the world, which she said…

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Richard Nicoll: London fashion figures pay tribute to designer after death at 39

Leading figures from the world of fashion today paid tribute to designer Richard Nicoll after he died aged just 39. The chief executive of the British Fashion Council said they were deeply saddened and paid tribute to the “wonderful, kind-hearted and talented” London-born designer. Mr Nicoll grew up in Australia but returned to London to study at Central Saint Martin’s. He worked for the likes of Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs as well as designing a bridal range for top high street retailer Topshop. Tributes: The fashion world have called…

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Richard Nicoll, Australian fashion designer, dies aged 38

Richard Nicoll, the London Fashion Week designer, has died at the age of 38. The news broke on Friday morning that Nicoll, who grew up in Australia, had passed away suddenly in Sydney. According to local news outlets, it is believed an ambulance was called to his apartment, and he was taken to St Vincent’s hospital. Some reports suggest a suspected heart attack. FacebookTwitterPinterestA design from Richard Nicoll’s spring/summer 2015 show, his last at London Fashion Week. Photograph: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images Nicoll was based in London for much of…

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Fashion Designer Richard Nicoll Dies at 39

Richard Nicoll, the British fashion designer who took a distinctively Modernist approach with candy-colored palettes and sculptured creations that attracted a celebrity clientele, died on Friday in Sydney, Australia. He was 39. The cause was a heart attack, his family said. The New South Wales Police said they were preparing a report for the coroner. The London-born Mr. Nicoll’s designs have been worn by Kylie Minogue, Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and Julianne Moore, among other celebrities. He designed capsule collections for Topshop and Fred Perry, freelanced for Marc Jacobs and…

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