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Beyond the Bale : June 2019
Designer Gabriela Hearst examining superfine Merino wool in August 2017 during a visit to Dave and Skye Wards’ ‘Spring Ponds’ property near Goulburn, where she also hosted an intimate lunch with the region’s fellow women of wool. Australian model Victoria Lee wearing the 100% wool Kira dress by Gabriela Hearst at the launch of the Gabriela Hearst Spring Merino collection at the brand’s flagship store in New York in April. Victoria, currently based in New York, is from Narrandera in the Riverina region of NSW where she has many friends and family who work on the land. Pictured behind Victoria is part of a stunning Merino wool and silk art installation crafted by Australian textile artist Jacqui Fink. Partnering with The Woolmark Company, Gabriela Hearst unveiled the Spring Merino collection in April at her new flagship store on Madison Avenue in New York. The designer has become known for redefining natural textiles for a new generation of fashion. Forming part of her wider Spring/Summer 2019 collection, the new 40 piece Spring Merino collection highlights the fibre’s trans-seasonal properties and suitability for timeless luxury apparel. Growing up on a working sheep ranch in Uruguay, the principle of farm-to-fashion has always been a huge part of her DNA, resulting in the use of natural fibres that lend themselves to women’s suits, evening gowns, superfine Merino wool sweaters, knitted bodysuits and trench coats. “My passion for this noble material is personal, being a Merino sheep grower myself and because it is one of the most complete fibres in the world,” said the designer. “It is a luxury fibre and one of the best insulators that can be used in cold and warm weathers. It is incredibly soft, for the modern luxury markets that require textures to feel smooth, durable and season less, allowing us to create a collection that speaks to our values of luxury and quality.” The collection is available now, online and via major international retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman, Net-A-Porter, Matchesfashion.com and MyTheresa. MORE INFORMATION www.gabrielahearst.com 2017 International Woolmark Prize winner Gabriela Hearst, who was brought up on a Merino ranch in Uruguay, recently launched her new 40-piece Spring Merino collection. MERINO MAGIC 14 OFF FARM