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FASHION & DESIGN really basic cottons with lots of utilitarian pockets and classic shirting. It’s that mixture of “What would you wear to a really wicked party at a desert oasis if you had to travel all day to get there?” (Laughs.) Can we have the launch at a desert oasis?

In our eyes, your tailoring has really elevated Standing Armed above many of its local counterparts. What should women look for to identify a well-tailored garment? It’s the finishings again. There’s

special twist or unique detail is investment-worthy. Good fabrics are also important—I work a lot with natural fibres like wools and silks, not that there aren’t great synthetic options as well, just make sure it’s the right fabric for the garment. With something like a

the [next collection is] that mixture of ' what would you wear to a desert oasis if you had to travel all day to get there?' " That’s one party we wouldn’t want to miss! Tell us, how do you balance marketability and creativity in your collections?

a whole other world of tailoring that I would have to go back to school to learn, but you can tell quality buttonholes, cuffs, and collars. There’s definitely an art to it.

I think my designs are naturally more on the marketable side… although my grad collection was all high-end, theatrical evening wear. It’s very fun to go over the top that way! This year I’ve compromised and decided to send two gowns down the runway. They’ll be show-only and special order—they’re more showpieces but it will build awareness for the brand, they’re fun to create, and they’re still going to work into the rest of the wearable collection.

We love that you’re a big fan of investment dressing; do you have any tips for building an exciting yet edited wardrobe?

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My biggest tip is to know what shapes and cuts suit your body. Then, invest in the classic pieces—don’t spend a lot of money on a trend item that’s going to go out of style in 3 months! For me, a dress shirt is a wardrobe staple, but finding a classic shape with an extra

winter coat, wool is probably one of your best investment options. We couldn’t agree more. It’s pointless to spend a lot of money on a classic shape if the fabric is going to let you down in a few months. Definitely! I’ve also recently gotten into consignment—if you have old items you don’t wear any more, consign them and when you sell a few pieces you can go ahead and invest in one new garment to replace the ones you sold. If you’re done with something, let it go to someone else and move on. fw

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Framework Magazine Issue 4 - September 2012  

Framework Magazine is an online women's publication dedicated to the essential elements of stylish living. From interviews and how-to’s, to...

Framework Magazine Issue 4 - September 2012  

Framework Magazine is an online women's publication dedicated to the essential elements of stylish living. From interviews and how-to’s, to...

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