New Zealand based label Sabatini White showed off their soft, deliciate, flattering Spring/Summer styles at this year’s Rosemount Australian Fashion Week. Here we get an insider’s glimpse into what goes into making a fashion show and what is takes to succeed in the industry.
Your RAFW show was amazing, what was the inspiration behind this collection? “The collection was inspired by the 50s movie, The 3 Faces of Eve. We focussed on Eve’s strength, Emmanuelle’s sensuality and Ella’s love of a good party.
High-waisted lingerie featured heavily (which we love, so flattering!) but why the return to this trend? “The core to a woman’s clothing is in her beautiful lingerie. This we achieved with simplicity and comfortability but we wanted to show our lacey trend and delicate individual fabrication.”
Ruffles were another trend, what is your advice for wearing ruffles well? “Ruffles showed the femininity of Emmanuelle. Keep ruffles to a minimum. It’s all in the placement! I love to wear the occasional ruffle with a maxi, tight tube dress.”
You worked with Napoleon on the show, what makeup tips did you pick up? “He is an absolute pleasure to work with! I don’t normally wear much makeup but now I love the sculptured cheek and thickened brow!”
Are there any backstage secrets/anecdotes you can reveal from the day? “We had a major disaster with our beautiful vintage lace accessory that was going to be draped around the shoe.This amazing feature was unable to stay up which ultimately lead to physically cutting them off the girls legs as they were hitting the catwalk! Total freakout!”
How did you celebrate the show’s success? “It’s always a huge analysis! This time, my brother Tony and a few special friends came back to our place and celebrated with French champagne. Then we went to Kit and Kaboodle’s lounge bar where guests and celebrities partied into the night and danced away the many stresses!”
What fashion or beauty trends are you loving at the moment? “Long, floaty knit cardis, leather bomber jackets and nude colors.”
What was the last thing you bought? “Over-the-knee boots which I am absolutely obsessed with!”
What has been your biggest fashion splurge? “I am firm believer in the classics so I can’t go past my patent Chanel clutch which goes with everything!”
Sabatini is a family business; does it ever get hard working with family? “Sometimes we can have a difference of opinion about “stuff” within the business, however that’s what brings more of the passion and life to the Sabatini brand.”
What are your tips for keeping the peace? “Having a good sense of humour and not sweating the small stuff.”
Whose style do you covet? “My mum used come back from Rome with amazing style.”
What do you need to succeed in the fashion design business? “I think you need to keep reinventing yourself at the right time.”
How can women who want to get into fashion design get started? “They need to have a strong sense of belief in themselves and a well thought out business plan.”
Where is your favourite place to travel to and why? “Paris is the most romantic city in the world for me! Everytime I go to Paris I fall in love again with fashion, music, food and lingerie. I love Paris because it makes me feel sooo feminine and I get inspired by the beautiful architecture, history and art. It always makes me feel alive.”