Well spring is here and it's the perfect timing to launch the new RANT collection, Fade To Grey.
The collection is divided into 3 parts:
The Australian made Bamboo jersey in awesome 'Sports Luxe' styles
The 'Archive' project - Zero waste project using archive fabrics and deadstock fabrics
Crisp cottons in summer tops and bottoms, mostly Japanese made cotton fabrics.
The Sports Luxe bamboo styles include a new dress, the Ashen dress. I have always been asked for a sleeved bamboo dress style, so finally it's here. I wanted it to be a style that you put on and go. No fuss, add accessories if you want and match with sneakers or sandals. The Ashen dress has great pockets inserted into side panels and a soft flared skirt that ends just below the knee, or longer on shorter people. It can be worn over our new Lanky 7/8 leggings or on it's own.
The Ashen dress comes in black and spirulina coloured Australian made bamboo jersey.
The Lanky 7/8 leggings come in black and storm coloured Australian made bamboo jersey.
The Lynne top is a easy fit sleeved top that has a looser fit body than the Viola tee. The short sleeve is a generous length as I like the look of a longer short sleeve and it offers good coverage. This tee will be easy to match with lots of things in your wardrobe as it finishes at hip level.
The Lynne top comes in black and spirulina coloured Australian made bamboo jersey.
The new spirulina colour is a beautiful green that's a little lighter than the spirulina colour that we did in the remedy wool, but the same tone. We love it and have put some of our classic bamboo styles in this new colour. The Greta singlet, Nancy top and Nancy dress are now available in spirulina too.
The Archive Project
We have collected many fabrics over the years and I use them in our collections, some just for pockets or trims, some are perfect for waistbands or hem panels. But some I had not found a use for because we only have small amounts left of assorted colours and they are soft and silky, so no good for pockets etc. So this season I created a couple of styles to make use of these fabrics and made them one size, so we could cut it all, zero waste.
The Archive top is an overtop, perfect over anything, adding sleeves, texture and making a simple outfit fantastic!
The pure silk version is made from crinkle silk which we prewash to make it crinkle more and we always prewash our silks so they don't need to be dry-cleaned. This makes them easy care and eliminates the need to use chemicals to launder.
It comes in ruby, black, plum and charcoal. They are sheer and perfect for a dressier look and to show off the shape of your top or dress underneath.
The Cupro version is soft and loose and looks totally different. I can see myself wearing this over many outfits as it can be worn dressier but works just as well with more casual pieces too.
It comes in taupe, black, green, white and charcoal.
The Fade and Mist skirts (pictured below) are also part of the Archive project using some deadstock viscose fabric we purchased from a fabric wholesaler who closed last year and a couple of rolls of silver Tencel we had stored. These full circle skirts come in two lengths, Midi and Maxi. The maxi skirt is over 7m circumference around the hem, so lots of fabric to twirl around your ankles. They have two front pockets which are bound in pure cotton. The waistband is pulled in with a cotton ribbon drawcord, so one size fits all.
The crisp cotton pieces will make surviving the hot summer super easy.
We love the Japanese made cottons, the quality is amazing and they last for so many years even being washed many times over summer.
The Ghost top is a new style that has contrast side panels at the front to add interest and elongate the look of the top. There is a casing which sits diagonally across the front and has two pure cotton ribbons inserted, so you can draw it in to make as fitted or loose as you want. The back has a similar treatment with a drawcord option, making this style able to be customised to your body shape. This way the top can be loose at the bust and under the arms so you feel cooler in the heat.
The three colourways of the Ghost top are shown below, Green, Charcoal and Black. I have also shown it with assorted styles of skirts and pants to show you how versatile the Ghost top is.
The crisp cotton bottoms for this summer are all easy wear and will match anything as they are essential basics. The Marmalade skirt is back again in black Japanese made cotton, a beautiful feeling fabric and perfect for high summer. The Helen pants are still available in a crisp black cotton, so we have the full length pants covered there.
The Montage pants come in two new versions this season. A black combo with charcoal striped pockets. This combo uses a stretch sateen main part with a different textured black as the waistband and side panels with an Italian striped cotton pocket each side. Plain enough to match everything but with subtle details.
Then there is the double striped Japanese cotton Montage pants, a totally awesome version of our fav summer pants. They are made with two different widths of charcoal and black stripes. You can match them with the Ghost top for a bit of matchy matchy or simply wear with a bamboo top. I also had fun with these at the photo shoot layering them under dresses.
So there it is, the Fade To Grey Collection.
The bamboo styles are ready right now and so are many of the other styles, however we are still making the Ghost tops and Montage pants so they will be available in a few weeks but you are able to pre-order to secure your size. We do attempt to get everything ready on time but there always seems to be one fabric that runs late! This time it was the two versions of charcoal/black stripe. Remember also that we are all locally made and we are pretty hands on in all of the production including the prewashing of most of the stock at our studio, in rainwater.