If you’re as obsessed with The Luminaries by Eleanor Carlton as we are, then you need to keep reading. This season, the famous book serves as inspiration for Kate Sylvester’s fresh new summer collection, which takes us back to the gold fields of the 1800’s.
Encouraged by New Zealand’s iconic Heaphy Track on the South Island, Sylvester has created a rugged and moody collection of mesmerizing vintage style prints, palazzo pants, tunics and worker dresses. Bush ghosts, gold miners and the genteel Victorian ettiquette all play into the collection, inspiring an earthy palette and modern take on the times of the Gold Rush.
From mis-matched fabrics of delicate embroidery and embellishments to dramatic full skirts, we are whole-heartedly smitten with this beautiful collection.
To catch you up, we thought we’d chat to the designer to tell us more.
Myer: Who is the Kate Sylvester woman?
Kate Sylvester: She’s her own person, living her own way.
M: How do you start designing each collection?
KS: My collections always tell a story. I think about where in the world I want to be. For the main line, it’s wild tropical rainforest of the New Zealand west coast. For Sylvester, it’s the south of France.
M: Describe your design style in 3 words:
KS: Easy, preppy and happy.
M: Which designer past or present inspires you the most?
KS: Coco Chanel, she invented the modern wardrobe. I’m also really inspired by Claire McArdell – she basically invented American sportswear.
M: What excites you most about summer?
KS: Jumping into the sea again!
M: What’s your poolside drink of choice?
KS: An Aperol spritz slushie.
M: Yum, that sounds perfect! Thanks for chatting Kate.
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Store Availability: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Chadstone, Perth, Bondi.
Date Availability: from early August
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