After migrating from France to Australia in 1973, Colette Foubert’s flair for fashion and Olivier Foubert’s business acumen led to the founding of Calèche. Offering bespoke European-inspired evening wear and bridal gowns, Calèche by Colette Foubert began stocking in boutiques across Europe. The years to follow would see Calèche grace the catwalk at the 1985 New York Fashion Week and be the only South Australian label to be invited to show at Paris Fashion Week.
In 1992 a London-based designer Liz applied for a job to work under Colette. Little did she know then, but this would lead to a romance between Liz and Colette’s youngest son Herve. Liz continued to work under Colette, taking over the helm of head designer in 2003, with a style and flair notably similar to her late mentor.
Almost 50 years later and Calèche has survived the rapid decline of the Australian manufacturing industry, competing heavily with offshore labels.
“We try to keep up with the new European trends and styles” says Liz, “however, where we have been able to stand out is that we have focused on providing an exclusive and individualised made-to-measure experience to our Adelaide brides”.
Recently moving away from wholesale manufacturing for Australia-wide stockists, Calèche decided to concentrate on providing exclusive couture gowns for Adelaide brides. Today, brides fly interstate from all over Australia to have the Calèche team create their very own bespoke gown.
Now, Calèche is a second-generation family business with sons Eric and Herve taking over the management, Liz as head designer and Herve and Liz’s daughter Jess recently joining the team. Still proudly family owned and operated, Calèche will soon enter its 50th year of business, making it one of the longest enduring South Australian style icons. Designer Liz attributes the success of Calèche to their talented and carefully chosen team.
“Everyone is passionate about creating the best quality workmanship for the brand. When you think of Calèche we want you to think of exclusivity, quality and individuality,” says Liz, “this is what our team has worked so hard to achieve”.
Ahead of her December wedding to fiancé Sam Willis, Adelaide darling Lauren Dilena plays dress-ups in a selection of stunning gowns from some of the beautiful bridal stores along Payneham Road, The Parade and across the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters.
Photographer Simon Cerere Photographer’s Assistant Alessia Lunetta Creative Director Chris Kontos Creative Director’s Assistant Laura Ursino HMUA Kelly Allison
Say hello to the Fleurieu Peninsula’s first Vale Polo Classic. On 3 April McLaren Vale welcomes the region’s first 20/20 style polo match, which you can watch while grazing on food and wine from some of the best local restaurants and wineries. The all important fashion won’t be forgotten either, so begin your planning now! Here are some ideas to get you started.
Shona Joy Clemence High Neck Midi Dress – Olive, $360,Shona Joy; Oroton Atlas Small Satchel – Cognac, $209.40.Oroton;The Sota Collective Lainie Earring, $32, Sooki;Sportsgirl Wide Brim Floppy Hat – Natural, $19.95, Sportsgirl;Zimmermann Liquid Patchwork Bootie – Cognac, $1250, Zimmermann; Aje Thick Fold Cuff – Gold, $180, Aje
Scanlan Theodore Silk Tie Front Shirt – Dusty Rose, $400, Scanlan Theodore; Scanlan Theodore Tailored Drape Leg Trouser – Calico, $550, Scanlan Theodore; Alias May Lilah Heel – Natural Leather, $219.95, aliasmae.com.au; Decjuba Yasmin Pearl Hoop Earrings, $19.95, Decjuba; Mimco Rebel Alabaster Sunglasses – Alabaster, $149, Mimco; Seed Heritage Gathered Zip Pouch – Peru, $49.95, Seed Heritage
Adelaide-based fashion empire Australian Fashion Labels, which is home to the likes of C/MEO Collective, Finders Keepers, Keepsake and The Fifth Label, is the latest Australian fashion company to go into voluntary administration.
Founded in 2007 by South Australian husband and wife team Dean and Melanie Flintoff, the company employed over 100 staff at the height of its success. In 2019, changing consumer behaviour and increased costs forced the company to close the doors of its bricks and mortar store BNKR and embark on a company restructure.
The global pandemic has further impacted the once successful South Australian business, which as a result was last night sent into voluntary administration. With a prospective investor currently in talks with the administrators, the next 48 hours will be critical to the company’s survival and the continued employment of its 57 employees.
These celebrated faces are in hot demand, appearing on the pages of fashion magazines globally and fronting campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands.
She’s fashion’s hottest new commodity, with premium labels vying to have her as the fresh face of their brands. The New Delhii-born beauty moved to Adelaide at the age of seven. Before that she spent time in Mauritius and London. Since her 2018 debut the 18-year-old has appeared in a long list of Australian fashion magazines such as Vogue,Elle and Harper’s Bazaar and has worked for iconic Australian labels including Viktoria & Woods, Aje and Nobody Denim.
It’s been a speedy rise to the top since you were signed with Finesse back in 2018. What has that been like for you? It’s been so surreal and incredible. I honestly can’t believe all the opportunities I’ve received so far. As I am still new to the industry it can get daunting. But I can say that I have definitely met some of the most humble creatives along the way. It has been quite the journey so far.
You’re doing well nationally and have had some interest from international agents, tell me about this. One day I received a call from my agent at Finesse informing me that I had a big international agency, Elite Worldwide, interested in me. That same night I did a conference call with three Paris agents, including the director of the Worldwide Women Division. Long story short, after my slightly nervous rambling and background conversations in French (which I couldn’t understand!), the agency decided they wanted me in Paris immediately. I was set to make my debut there at the end of 2020, however due to COVID my travel plans have been stalled.
What’s been your career highlight so far? I have worked on so many amazing projects so far, it’s really hard to pick a single favourite moment. But I will never forget what started it all – walking for Paolo Sebastian at the Adelaide Fashion Festival in 2018. It is definitely a career highlight for me, working with such a renowned Australian designer. I am very proud of that achievement.
Holly’s career kicked off when she was named as the face of the Adelaide Fashion Festival in 2018. She appeared in the Spring issue of South Australian Style that same month. Since then she has shot for some of the country’s biggest brands, gaining the attention of UK-based agents along the way.
Describe the moment you were announced as the face of the Adelaide Fashion Festival in 2018. Being announced as the face of the Adelaide Fashion Festival was the most memorable moment in my career so far. I was so grateful and lucky to have been a part of such a great event, connecting with amazing South Australian creators and everyone that made the festival happen.
We worked with you on a fashion shoot for South Australian Style during that same year (our Athletica shoot!), what have you learnt about the fashion industry globally since that time? I have learnt so much. I have travelled to many different countries, [experiencing] different cultures and styles [while on] different shoots.
You were supposed to be in the UK this year but have remained in Australia due to COVID… Yes, my plan was to travel to the UK to visit my family. I was also hoping to explore more opportunities in London with IMG Models.
She was hand-picked by Anna Wintour for US Vogue, has walked for Louis Vuitton, Gucci and YSL, and has been named as one of the top 50 models on the planet.
You started modelling at the age of 14 after winning a model search, describe what that was like. Definitely unexpected. I went from being this shy year 10 who’d never caught Adelaide public transport by myself to suddenly being in Tokyo on my own, navigating my way around this new, busy city and shooting for magazines and fashion brands. It was a whirlwind and a major learning experience.
You have now been in the industry for nearly 10 years and have been on the cover of some of the world’s biggest magazines and walked on international runways for some of the world’s most iconic labels. What has been your biggest ‘pinch me’ moment? Yes, almost 10 years now, it’s pretty crazy! To pick that one favourite job or moment is difficult, because they all mean so much to me, but up there would definitely be my Gucci campaign. Seeing it on the side of the Fifth Avenue Gucci store in New York City and in airports all around the world – so surreal.
Tell us about being hand-picked by Anna Wintour for US Vogue. What a highlight that was! The story featured redheads of the moment and to be considered with the likes of Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Florence Welch and Julianne Moore was pretty crazy. Just a 16-year-old from Adelaide, picked by Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington to shoot with Annie Leibovitz (who has not only done portraits of the royal family, but almost every celebrity, too). This was one of the moments that really kick-started my career, so I’m extremely grateful.
South Australia has been a melting pot for talented fashion, design and textile creatives in recent years, with some of the country’s biggest labels starting off right here in our state. Nurturing and refining this talent are the team at Scotch College, with a grass-roots fashion program aimed at breeding a whole new generation of fashion favourites.
Sustainability and fast fashion have become familiar terms, and in the world of fashion they have never been so relevant. Environmentally conscious designers globally are pairing back to capsule collections with a focus on quality over quantity, and this trend is the central learning discipline of the Scotch program. “The students discover ways of creating wearable items that are sustainable, while addressing their need to be actively making change in response to the issues surrounding fast fashion,” says head of Textiles Technology Jodi Monro.
One of the big considerations when it comes to reducing consumers’ reliance on fast fashion is multiple-use garments – essentially, creating clothing that is designed and made in a way that enables different looks to be achieved with the snap of a press stud. Year 12 student Tess Bolnar, who has already been accepted into the London College of Fashion in 2021, has made a multi-purpose outfit that consists of four garments in one – it can be worn 20 different ways. “Fashion waste is a large contributor to Australian landfill due to the manufacturing of fast fashion,” says Tess.
The use of sustainable materials is also a key focus for students, ensuring garments are eco-friendly and biodegradable. Annika Jones, another year 12 student, chose to make a unique Halloween costume to address the vast volume of throw-away costumes made of plastic. The costume has removable shoulder accessories that can take it from wicked witch to ‘little black dress’ with a few quick alterations. “I decided that there needed to be more sustainable alternatives in the costume world,” says Annika. “The garment is all black and composed of a fitted silk top with witches’ hats on the shoulders and a lyrca booty short with a sheer mesh wide leg pant overlay.”
Coming up with alternatives for chemically dyed materials was an obstacle another year 12 student tackled. Mia Osborn made an organic tie-dye t-shirt using brown onions and blueberries. “I was aware of how much damage chemical dyes can have on the environment – from the making of them, to the disposal of waste products and the degradability of the clothes that have been dyed,” says Mia. The investigative process included experimenting with different food products to see which foods produced the best colours, as well as experimenting with sample fabrics to find ones that would best take the dye.
To find out more about Scotch College Textiles Technology subjects, contact the school on (08) 8274 4333, email@example.com
With no previous experience in design textiles or fashion, former airline worker and university student Alicia Superina saw a gap in the activewear market earlier this year and took a punt, releasing a unique one-piece design and launching her label, sōlo the staple.
How long have you been in business? sōlo was in the making for almost two years before we launched on Valentine’s Day this year. Prior to launching, I spent a lot of time researching the perfect fabric. I wasn’t going to settle on a fabric until I knew that it was squat proof, sweat proof, thick enough to feel flattering at all times and beautiful to touch.
What was the inspiration behind the name? Bodysuits are the essence of the label and I really wanted our name to represent this in some way, so I delved into the trusty thesaurus to find synonyms for the word ‘one’. I spent a few days trawling through words until I landed on the word ‘sōlo’. I decided to complement ‘sōlo’ with ‘the staple’, to represent the fact that this garment would become your ‘go-to’, the piece you would always reach for in your wardrobe.
Did you have a background in the fashion industry? Not at all. I’ve never even worked in retail fashion, and so I have jumped straight into the deep end in every aspect! People assume that I’ve come from other brands and learned the ropes through previous job roles, but this isn’t the case.
Tell me about your decision to go out on your own. It was a huge decision. In the beginning, I was playing around with the creation of sōlo while writing assignments for university. At that point, I hadn’t invested much money into sōlo, and so it was more a dream rather than a commitment. Eventually, there came the moment where I had to make the decision to invest in order to be able to launch. I remember sitting at my laptop with the cursor on the ‘transfer now’ button. I clicked the button and it all began. The wheels were officially in motion.
What have been the biggest obstacles so far? As quickly as the excitement of the launch hit, with orders flying in thick and fast, exactly one month later COVID-19 arrived with a bang. Gyms across Australia were suddenly forced to close just a month after our official launch. I was so incredibly lucky that my first order of stock arrived a few weeks before all the factories closed down. I had plenty of stock on hand to get me through a few months’ worth of sales.
My style icon is… I love @pepamack and the way she pulls simple pieces together. Her feed is a dream.
My favourite Aussie designer… LOVE Stories Intimates. Theirs are the pieces I wear every single day. I just love them. I wish they had their own store in Adelaide.
One person I would love to meet… Elyse Knowles. If I could have a face of sōlo, it would be her. I love how transparent she is as a person and I adore her natural beauty!
If I’m not wearing activewear I’ll be wearing…. faded jeans, a lace cami and an oversized unstructured blazer. Shoes will really depend on where I’ll be going that day, but more often than not you will find me in my pair of block-heeled boots.
As the weather starts to warm up it’s time to put the winter woollies away and pull out the spring staples. In need of a spring wardrobe overhaul? The Parade, Norwood, has all your go-to shops (think Sportsgirl, Witchery and Country Road), as well as iconic boutiques and homeware stores. Here are our top spring picks to be found along your favourite road.
Stay cool and colourful in this Seven Wonders mini dress, detailed with a ruffled hem and spaghetti straps.
The perfect midi dress for dinner along beach. The split open back detail and crisp, breathable cotton will keep you cool during the warmer months.
Tangerine and polka dots – an easy style to throw on every day.
A staple to take you from day to night. The padded footbed and thick cross-over straps make these the perfect sandal for comfort and style.
Pair back these woven leather strap mules with your favourite spring outfits. Add a matching tan clutch for a chic look.
We can’t go past a square and strappy heel this season! Pop into Witchery to get your hands on these sandals, ideal for all your Spring events.
The Lennon Basket Bag is roomy enough to fit all your essentials – meaning you can look stylish running day-to-day errands!
Everyone needs a trendy shoulder bag in their collection, and we can’t go past this new Country Road style. Available in butterscotch and black.
Ooh La La! These cute woven totes are handmade and come in a variety of designs. They’re even on sale… so get in quick to snap one up!
Got the travel bug? Bring a piece of Italy into your home with Eccola’s Image Republic poster range.
Lounge in luxury with a selection of unique and decorative foldable beach chairs from Adairs – perfect for a day at the beach!