Stunning colour and print represent the merging of disparate cultures in Karla Spetic’s designs. The Croation-born designer marries the vulnerability of the indigenous people with her own experience as an immigrant to create a range of rich colour and fragile detail. Masculine silhouettes are softened by fluid drape and soft textiles. Digital prints depict the rawness of the outback, the palette of blush pink, ice blue and nude reflect the hues of the land while sequin-embellished sheer pieces mimic traditional body markings. Spetic introduces footwear for the first time this season, desert boots and clogs in gentle pastel shades and debuts accessories in the form of belts and a bag.
For the past three seasons, Spetic has incorporated Australian organic cotton jersey into her collection. “I feel it’s important to support Australian made products,” she tells HowBigIsYourEco. This sentiment is echoed in the production of 95% of her collection locally. “My summer knitwear and shoes are manufactured offshore,” she explains. “This is purely due to sampling and production capabilities which unfortunately we don’t have here.”
Aside from minimising the use of plastic bags in packaging product, Spetic is in the process of sourcing recyclable white garment bags to keep packaging environmentally friendly.
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