I am absolutely loving Suboo’s just released second summer rangeViva La Vida“.  This gorgeous label really captures the Australian spirit, with colour ways ranging from the outback burnt oranges to Bondi blue and white.  Whilst the 1st Suboo summer collection was predominantly sweet summer pastels, the 2nd collection is bold and sexy.  The accessories are also absolutely fantastic, this really is brand brining you everything you need to be stylish throughout Summer.

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Sue Di Chio is the innovative founder and creative force behind designer resort label Suboo.  Suboo’s beginnings were serendipity at play. When Sue couldn’t find a fashionable beach umbrella one summer, she went about revolutionising a faded Aussie icon. Sue launched her debut collection in 2007 which quickly gained a loyal following of fans in Australia who appreciated the stunning individuality of the Suboo product. This initial success paved the way for an expansion into apparel and accessories.  From here Suboo has become a multinational label designed for women that have moved beyond the surf labels of their teens in search of a more sophisticated label which embraces the mood and essence of the unique relaxed Australian lifestyle.

Sue’s brand may have evolved but her design philosophy remains the same; to produce relaxed, feminine resort wear that’s uncomplicated yet special.  Her background in Fine Arts has given her an appreciation for clean lines and gorgeous detail.  Inspired by the vivid colours of Australian summers and the natural coastal setting of her beloved hometown Sydney, Sue has a talent for translating fashion trends into chic, wearable resort collections.

Check out the fabulous new collection, and some fantastic sale pieces too, at www.suboo.com.au

I was jumping for joy when the name Lea Lazaric came across my desk.  Looking at Lea’s debut collection is the equivalent of reading her biography,  you can really see and feel the many nations of her upbringing vying for attention.  I love the fact the the collection is so varied in fabric and choices of embellishment however is also very cohesive is it’s design.  Lea has priced her collection perceptibly well,  offering real value for money, which in the kaftan market is proving very difficult to come by.

Lea Lazaric has always been fascinated by fashion and has found inspiration from women around the world that she has met on her travels. A native Croatian, Lea has spent much of her early years in Iran, and has since built a home in London. Her family has lived in Brazil and India for many years and Lea can often be found soaking up the last rays of sun on a Rio beach, or immersing herself in the vibrant markets of the subcontinent that continue to offer the eclectic mix of old and new, tradition and style.

In her debut collection, Lea’s creations seek to capture the wonder of travel, drawing on the fabrics, colors and accessories from around the globe. Fine silks, unique embroidery and dramatic hues – all form the basis of style behind each product. She looks to enhance a woman’s beauty with simple designs and garments that have a strong sense of flow and movement. Reflecting the lifestyle of some of her favorite places that allow the traveller to step off the beach and into a vibrant space such as Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, Cape Town, Beirut, Ibiza or Hvar, Lea’s fashion debut falls naturally to a sumptuous collection of Kaftans.

The energy she brings to her designs come from her life. Lea still works in the finance industry, dividing her time between NY, Asia, Eastern and Western Europe. She also often heads to old favourites such as visiting her early childhood in the Middle East, dipping into the Adriatic Sea off her native Croatian coast and exploring new ground in Africa and Australia. Lea captures this variety of culture and charm in pursuing her dream of building designs that infuse her love of life and fun as well as tradition and elegance.

To see the entire collection www.lealazaric.com

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Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.  ~Leonardo DaVinci

Oh, don’t misunderstand me …. there is nothing simple about this coveted clothing line by Anita Ben, but each piece has a stand alone, clean, simple elegance.  What ANU manages to carry off, is similar to the great masters, to hide the hard work behind finished product.  The stunning draping,  hand finishing create a dignified garment, a dress that doesn’t require huge amounts of embellishment to make a stance.  I see these gorgeous designs as a Jackie O, amongst many Marilyn‘s …. stunning, timeless, elegant.

My wardrobe boasts a pretty impressive array of kaftans and maxi dresses, but I caught a serious case of frock-envy when a girlfriend cruised in to meet at a restaurant wearing an ANU strapless full length silk dress.  It honestly looked like she was just floating …. the masses of silk flowing behind her, so it was that my love of ANU began.

The rich, cultural kaleidoscope of India lays the foundation for the label Anu, born from the designer Anita Ben’s deep connection with her heritage. The visual splendor and romantic decadence of the subcontinent act as inspiration for her collections each season.

All her pieces are hand printed, beaded and crafted to ensure the highest attention to detail and individual finishes.

The spiritual and cultural diversity of India is mimicked in her collections with myriad textures, colours, prints and finishes combined with classic silhouettes. Maxi dresses, batwing kaftans and tunics in exclusive prints including tie-dye effects are dusted with a mix of bugle beads, miniature sequins plus hand sewn French knots and embroidery. The result is a sophisticated, modern and elegant brand with a unique, expressive edge.

To see more of ANU go to www.byanu.com

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Getting my mittens onto one of these delicious creations is at the top of my list this summer.  For those of you (yes, you know who are) who claim that kaftans aren’t sexy, all I can say is TAKE THIS!  House of Iluka has managed to create an entire range to dispute this claim.  One of my favourite pieces, the Sunset Plantation long caftan, just screams ‘ADORE ME’, with its divine silk chiffon embellished with metal and glass beading.  Designer/Owner Amanda Nelson has a gift with her fabric creation and selection of adornment, the outcome of which is both sensual and elegant.  I’m loving this fashion house for it’s va-va-vroom factor, I can’t imagine any woman feeling less than goddess wearing one.

House of Iluka is an Australian luxe resort and lifestyle label that captures the pristine South Coast spirit with a touch of the unmistakable Bondi flair.

It is a fluid story of hand dyed kaftans, 70’s bell leg jumpsuits, broderie anglaise rompers, crochet wraps, floaty 4 way dresses, and an edited range of bright, classic 2 piece swimsuits. Each story or colour is represented and named after a city the designer, Amanda Nelson, has travelled through – steel grey is Manhattan, fuchsia is Phuket, the signature high-waist 2 piece swimsuit is aptly named the Bondi.

This was not a venture that was born overnight but over the course of years, after Amanda returned to Iluka, the label’s namesake and her birth place.  She also took her time to perfect the craft of hand dying and beading of silks, which in the end resulted in depth and patterns that are uniquely House of Iluka. ‘It will always be a learning process, ‘ she said of her techniques, ‘sometimes the best way to make the perfect meter of fabric is to experiment, the most beautiful prints can appear by the most unusual treatment, like splashing bleach after lifting the silk from the dye to create this insane galaxy like pattern.’

All House of Iluka pieces are made in one size, with of course the exception of swimwear, due to Amanda’s idea of not putting women in big or small categories. ‘ It is about creating a collection that was comfortable, sexy and beautiful to mirror a summer south coast, ‘ she explained,’ I hope the women who wear House of Iluka can feel each piece embracing their body, as I find there is nothing more inspiring than seeing a woman feeling powerful and beautiful.’

The success of Amanda’s year old label is causing ripples internationally, with recent participation in the high-profile Mercedes Miami Swim Show in July, 2011, where she picked up stockists from the US and Europe.

I hope you enjoy viewing these beautiful pieces at www.houseofiluka.com.au

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For the glamorous sun-goddess this collection raises the bar when it comes to swimming and sunbathing in style.

Designer Guy Boucher combines exclusive designs and fresh styles. Zeugari means “pair” in Greek and Boucher’s Collection is the perfect pairing of chic concept style and unrivaled craftsmenship. Zeugari swimwear is known for creating modern and unique cut-out designs with curve enhancing tops – triangle, bandeau, and halter tops with removable cups and bottoms with back seams or ruching perfectly displaying a woman’s curves, but what I really love is the incredibly reasonably priced kaftans.

Using only the best fabrics from around the world and exclusive hardware designed by Boucher – Zeugari caters to clients seeking a captivating look that is uniquely their own. Your colours, vibrant or subdued, electric orsubtle – it’s luxe style made just for you.

The collection is well known around the world for its head turning monokinis and luxurious hand beaded caftans, sundresses and rompers for the confident, sophisticated woman on the beach or on the town!

Zeugari Beachwear has been spotted on Hollywood‘s starlets and fashion publications such as Life & Style, In Touch, Star magazine. Get noticed for looking fabulous – Zeugari.

See Zeugari’s beautiful kaftans at http://www.zeugari.com/shop/categories/collections/kaftan or shop athttp://www.zeugari.com/new-products

Island Jade’s journey started in 2009 with one beautiful and timeless kaftan.  It came about from, owner/designer, Meagan Sachr’s passion for women to feel wonderful in what they wear, and she believes in her sense for what makes women feel special.  Meagan is passionate about Island Jade because it has given her the opportunity to do what she loves best – her passion for design and balance, to work with beautiful fabrics, seek new and diverse designs from all over the world, and ultimately see the beauty of the final ranges come into their own.  Island Jade has inspired women to celebrate beauty and create peace in their own lives.

With ranges inspired by exotic destinations, Island Jade’s extensive range of kaftans are fit for a queen.  The beading is exquisite and the range of styles breathtaking, my particular favourites are the Sahara short kaftan and the Monte Carlo Long Kaftan.

Browse Island Jade’s über luxurious collection at www.islandjade.com.au

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The gorgeous, vivacious, delightful and talented designer and head of Nina & B, is a dear friend of mine so I’m very excited to be featuring her collection in The Pati0 Frock.  I simply love Gold Coast based Nina’s zest for life and her entrepreneurial spirit, both of which are evident her inspired designs.  I believe Nina & B have created the quintessential summer wardrobe, offering everything from rocking jewellery and stunning sandals to silky kimonos, stylish caftans and groovy bejewelled ponchos.  I was fortunate enough to be with Nina and her team, including photographer extraordinaire, Thor Elias, in Byron Bay to shoot her collection at an amazing home in the hinterland, aptly named Margaritaville.

Nina & B. is the fruit of contemporary Australian flair and classic european elegance.  Being based in Rome and foraying around the globe over the last decade, Nina & B.’s founder Nina has created a range to capture the essence of understated sophistication.

Combining only the finest fabrics for her unique styles, Nina has incorporated lessons learned whilst in Italy working for fashion labels such as Bvlgari.  After years of  ‘La Dolce Vita’, Nina has returned home to Australia to launch her fashion line, Nina & B.

All products are made with love and proudly designed in Australia and can be found and www.ninaandb.com.au or shop online at www.ninaandb.com.au/shop

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