I couldn’t find the clothes I wanted, so I designed them’, was the inspiration and then campaign slogan that launched Margaret Porritt’s iconic Melbourne fashion brand, Feathers. A giant in the business and fashion worlds, Margaret has seen many a retail storm come and go while Feathers has endured, standing tall with over 15 retail stores and Myer concessions both here and in Sydney. But while Margaret’s adapt and evolve approach to business has kept the Feathers brand #foreveryoung, it’s her unapologetically bold personal style, that has kept this fashion icon at the top of her game and influencer lists, into her 60s and beyond.
Designer Leonie Struthers is the creative force behind limited edition, sustainable fashion brand lj struthers, thoughtfully realised and hand-made in Hobart. The timelessness of each lj struthers piece lying not only in its premium craftsmanship but it’s rebuttal of conventional stereotypes relating to ‘womenswear’ and ‘age-appropriate’ fashion.
We talk to the maker herself about the beauty of hand-made, the limitations of conventional fashion and how older women should embrace the opportunity to shape their lives and build their own idiosyncratic wardrobes, and inspire younger women to do so in the process.
When we meet fashion designer Andrea Nicholson she is pinning up a toile, a calico prototype of a Japanese inspired Aragato Duster Jacket. She talks to us about how she is revisiting some earlier influences, of Japanese costumery prevalent in the Kabuki theatre, and the work of Kenzo Takada during the 60s and 70s.
Linda Jackson can see into the future. Although the iconic artist and fashion designer, who made a generation fall in love with the dazzling shades and dramatic shapes of the Australian landscape, came of age decades before we trawled Instagram for inspiration, she’s long believed the images we look at help us get to know the world.
Broad is the premier publication dedicated to the life, style and beauty needs of mature Australian women. We put women aged 50-plus centre stage, to disrupt the stereotype of ageing through quality journalism and a design lens that embraces the beauty of being older.
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