Introducing: Dress Up

November 03 2014

Dress up. It’s a simple imperative, but set against the striking creations of Melbourne-based designer Stephanie Downey, it becomes an call to action for fashion as a means of emotional expression. For 8 years now, the Australian brand has been making waves with season after season of restrained elegance. Combining subtle yet considered details with a sensitive, artistic approach, Downey creates clothing that reflects the range of human emotion. With past seasonal collections such as Flora, an earnest exploration of the flowers of Downey’s native Australia, each collection of Dress Up tells a different story within the line’s refreshingly original aesthetic.

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This Fall, Downey’s naturalistic tendencies take an introspective turn with the collection Namaste. Inspired by the intentional movements of yoga, it explores the duality of movement and stillness: slowing down, stretching, relaxing, exercising and rejuvenating body and mind. With a neutral color palette of grey mare, chai, carmel, walnut and nude infused with bursts of mustard, chambray and cornflower, subtle contrasts take shape with both tight and textural shapes. Gathered waists, body-contoured styles, and relaxed playsuits and shorts sit side by side to create styles that complement form and femininity all while balancing fitness and finesse.

It’s a tall order, offering a remedy to the societal need to slow down, but Dress Up’s Namaste provides respite and reinvigoration

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With accolades from Vogue, Dossier, Nylon, InStyle, Harpers Bazaar and more, this rising brand’s unassuming style has received worldwide notice.

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