Aug 26 2013
You might remember Fay and Rachelle from our “Meet The Designers” piece last fall, the two started Aussie brand Kahlo about three years ago and their lines have been total successes ever since. The pieces are simple and beautifully designed with a focus on minimalism and quality. The SS14 collection is filled with gorgeous pieces accented by leather and simple yet striking lines. We had the chance to interview the amazing duo behind the brand about their SS14 collection, morning routines, inspiration and the closets they are lusting over. Kahlo will be showing at Capsule New York Women’s Sept 15-17.
We Are The Market: What prompted you two to start KAHLO?
Kahlo: After meeting through mutual friends at Fashion week 3 years ago, we soon realised that we both shared a passion for design. We discovered that we both embodied the same values and aspirations and were both striving for the same outcome: to create an inspiring brand that prides itself on beautiful, simple, quality garments that are made and received with love. We wanted a name that perfectly represented our vision; a name that would resonate in 20 years time and after a lot of thought we chose KAHLO.
Talk a little bit about the inspiration behind the SS14 collection
We drew inspiration for our SS14 collection from photographer Francesca Woodman. Her images exude an emotional depth created by the harsh contrasting black and white tones and the rich textures juxtaposed against the soft, flocculent blurred outline of the subjects. The same suggestions can be seen in our latest collection to create an ambience of obscure simplicity.
Describe the line in one or two words
What are some brands your admiring right now?
Within the Australian fashion industry, Christopher Esber is really building momentum for his incredible talent. Another Australian brand we are obsessed with is Michael Lo Sordo. Internationally we respect Jil Sander, Sportsmax and we were surprised but we really appreciate Victoria Beckham’s design esthetic.
What is one trend you can’t wait to see gone? Velour Tracksuits
When you wake up in the morning the first thing you do is… Check my iphone. We do live in a digital age, after all….
What’s always in your purse? A lucky English penny
Who inspires you to do what you do? Close friends and family
If you weren’t designing womenswear, what would you be doing?
Rachelle: I have always been interested in performance art. I studied it at university and am very fascinated by it.
Fay: I would be a forensic scientist.
Your drink of choice? Vodka, fresh Lime and Soda, or a good Merlot
Favorite place for lunch? MOJO in Sydney – its owned by our friend and celebrity Chef, Luke Mangan.
If you could raid any fictional or real person’s closet, whose would it be? Caroline de Maigret for sure! She has the most amazing, effortless style.
Click a photo to start the SS14 lookbook slide show!