Monday, 16 June 2014

BIRTHDAY OUTFIT + EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: TALULAH + ISLA BY TALULAH CREATIVE DIRECTOR KELLI WHARTON

Hey Readers!
I'm so excited for this post, as it's a bit of a 2 in 1. I have my birthday outfit to show you alongside an exclusive interview with Talulah and ISLA by Talulah Creative Director, Kelli Wharton
I have been an initial fan of Talulah for quite some time. Lustering over each collection for a few years. When ISLA was launched, I jumped on the bandwagon and loved what I saw. I was really interested to find out the difference between Talulah and ISLA, which you can see below in my interview with Kelli.

I was fortunate enough to snap up a piece from the ISLA Winter Collection. I am absolutely IN LOVE with this dress. It's so unique, comfortable and perfect for those cold nights when you want to hit the town. Every Winter I am in search of new clothes to go out with, for parties and events. This dress is suitable for all of those occasions and is definitely a head-turner, not to mention, it keeps you super warm! I highly recommend anything from the ISLA Winter Collection. There are so many bright colours throughout the collection and each garment can be easily styled. It's the perfect label for a young lady.
This is also a body-con dress and has a very sexy asymmetric hemline - a detail which I love.
I styled this dress with my favourite heels. 

Outfit details and my interview with Kelli will be down below!

Enjoy!






Dress: 'Kiss Me': ISLA by Talulah (ISLA Winter Collection)
Shoes: Windsor Smith

INTERVIEW WITH KELLI WHARTON

Kelli Wharton, Creative Director of Talulah and ISLA by Talulah.

1. What inspired you to branch off from TALULAH by creating sister brand, ISLA?
ISLA was born to serve as the creative expression of the jovial and playful side of TALULAH, as well as build a strong identity for the youth wing of the company. ISLA offers designer clothing for young women offering TALULAH’s key silhouettes and vivid prints and the inspiration from TALULAH’s main line but the interpretation is a little younger and quirkier which translates through different fabrics, finishes and prices.

2. The ISLA Winter Collection has some very unique prints, what inspired you to create them and what was on your mood board when creating this collection?
We select a range of digital prints sourced globally, to offer something unique, bright, feminine and fun. We draw our inspiration from florals, graphic design, and international trends building on the prints we featured in previous collections to offer something contemporary and on trend. On my mood boars I have everything; Tropical! Mosaic tiles, neon Brights, lustrous metallic, majestic islands, sundrenched sands, sunset soirees and heliconia florals.

3. What is your one "must have" fashion piece this Winter?
Any of the printed ISLA dresses as they can be worn to work with flats or out with friends teamed with high heels.

4. Your ISLA Winter Collection has the statement, "Think Less Live More". How does this collection represent that?
ISLA collections are made for the ISLA girl. With a wandering freedom, the Isla girl is youthful, spirited, healthy and happy and explores her everyday style as an expression of her individuality. She is similar to the TALULAH woman in her feminine style, but pushes the boundaries by exploring different fashion looks and mixing key trends, adding a touch of rebellion and individuality. The ISLA girl is not afraid to be the first with fashion, and will mix prints, clash colours and rock bright kicks with feminine looks to start a new trend.

5. Both TALULAH and ISLA collections are filled with bright colours, do you like to have a lot of visual inspo in your personal working area?
Yes is do however I am inspired by many things from the things I love, music, different colour ways, travel and the Australian beach lifestyle.

6. Who is your #1 style icon for 2014?
Cara Delevingne! Her natural beauty and individual style tie her perfectly to both the TALULAH Woman and the ISLA girl underlying design aesthetic - confident, imaginative and styles with elegance and sensibility.

7. What's coming up next for TALULAH and ISLA?
We are introducing some beautiful new product categories, and have also partnered with some amazing designers and partners to produce new diffusion lines, to be released later this year. Watch this space and keep shopping online at Talulah.com.au to see what’s new.

8. What is some advice you'd give for those who are wanting to pursue a career in the fashion industry?
Experience, experience, experience! I suggest working for a fashion brand or business where you can understand the different roles that form a company and operate a fashion business day to day. Find out what area you enjoy; accounts, public relations, marketing, design – there are many sides to the business of fashion you can be a part of. Fashion can be fast paced and tough – so have a can do attitude and try and get involved in all opportunities that come your way to grow and explore.

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  1. I love the collection statement, very inspiring. By the way your birthday dress looks stunning, I'm not usually one for animal print but the mix and geometric shapes work well :) Hope you had a great birthday!

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    1. Me too! So glad I was able to interview Kelli. Thank you so much, Amadee! It's a unique dress, that's for sure! I had a wonderful birthday, thank you :) X

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