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Beyond the Bale : December 2016
On the back of his recent trip to Australia (see the September 2016 edition of Beyond the Bale), New York-based fashion designer Jason Wu packaged his new-found inspiration into a neat collection, showcased at New York Fashion Week in September. Wu’s Spring/Summer collection of wool pieces not only demonstrated his innate ability to dress a woman, but more importantly highlighted the trans-seasonal properties of Merino wool in luxury fashion. Wu’s collection marks a close relationship with AWI, which started earlier in the year when he presented his unique take on wool for his Autumn/Winter 2016 collection. The relationship continued when Wu was invited to Australia to judge the regional round of the prestigious International Woolmark Prize and also visit a wool- growing property near Goulburn NSW, going back to the source of Merino wool. “Wool,” he says, “is a staple in my work. Ithinkalotofusthinkofwoolfora fall/winter collection, but lightweight, featherweight wools are becoming very important with global climate changes and I’m very excited to explore this further.” In his new collection, the designer did just that, presenting a series of expertly tailored pieces – including a form-fitting coat dress, a ruffle- finished bandeau dress and asymmetrical skirts – in easy-to-wear Merino wool. Special finishes, such as metallic taffeta pleats and banding, added a sense of summery femininity to the pieces, as is Wu’s unique skill. MORE INFORMATION www.jasonwustudio.com WAY WITH WOOL FOR SPRING JASON WU’S Following his recent trip to a wool-growing property in Australia, leading American fashion designer Jason Wu presented lightweight Merino wool in his new collection at New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017. Jason Wu’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection shown at New York Fashion Week featured innovative uses of lightweight Merino wool. South Australia’s oldest Merino Stud, ‘Anlaby’, opened its doors to the public for a weekend in early October, allowing visitors to not only experience the grandeur and glamour of times gone by, but also get up close to a selection of innovative, forward- thinking Merino wool fashion, created by the world’s best emerging design talents. Showcasing a range of highlights from AWI’s extensive fashion collection, the exhibition included approximately 30 looks from the world’s most important up-and- coming designers, including the 2015/2016 International Woolmark Prize womenswear winner, London-based label Teatum Jones. The exhibition also included a selection of this year’s regional finalists from the regions of Asia, British Isles, Europe and India, along with this year’s current Australia and New Zealand global finalists Ex Infinitas and macgraw (both from Australia). OLDEST MERINO STUD SHOWCASES NEWEST MERINO FASHION Garments from this year’s International Woolmark Prize were on show for the public at this year’s Anlaby open garden weekend in South Australia. “’Anlaby’ is a rare glimpse of the yesteryear,” explains co-owner Andrew Morphett. “Yet we also need to look to the future, finding new, innovative ways to excite and invigorate Australia’s wool industry. “Woolgrowers may not always think about high-end fashion; international runways are a world away from the shearing sheds. Yet global fashion plays such an important role in Australia’s wool industry, as it is the designers and labels who can truly show off the magic of Merino wool. The International Woolmark Prize allows young designers the chance to champion the world’s best fibre, and for ‘Anlaby’ to showcase these designs it's a rare chance for us to connect the world of fashion with wool’s humble origins.” MORE INFORMATION www.anlaby.com.au The oldest operating Merino Stud in South Australia, Anlaby, opened its extensive gardens and historic buildings to the public in October, showcasing the very latest in Merino wool fashion. OFF FARM 11
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