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


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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

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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 or shop online at

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