Downtown New York City inspires Tulipani’s 2010 winter of casual elegance

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Time spent people-watching in New York City has shaped the latest collection from Australian label, Tulipani.

Noosa-based designers Nick Scalisi and Ilona Karme-Scalisi were particularly inspired by the morning routines of “Downtown” New Yorkers, gathering at coffee shops and restaurants and moving to and from yoga classes and their or design studios.

While the streets of New York may seem a long way from Queensland, Nick and Ilona said that this lifestyle was now universal.

“I think it represents a new-found sense of independence, both intellectual and material,” Nick said. “In today’s society, when less is more, when more women are pursuing creative-minded careers and the emphasis is on comfort and style that you can live and create through, it is important to have clothes that mirror this new sense of freedom,” he said.

Tulipani’s Autumn-Winter 2010 collection is aimed at the woman who has traded a fragile femininity for a more empowering sense of being a woman. This has been reflected in the chosen fabrics (silk wool-blend sheers, lambswool knits, brushed cotton jerseys and recycled fibres) and the casual elegance of the silhouettes.

The collection is enriched by the label’s trademark original prints (designed by Nick), giving the global-tribe look an even more individual and eclectic twist.

“I wanted to give a new approach to dressing for winter,” said Ilona. “I wanted the structure used in menswear applied in untraditional ways. I also love the idea of using eveningwear details for daytime and a soft-tailored effect for when we need to cover up more,” she said.

Look for diamante eyelets laced up with ribbons at the ankles of the must-have leggings; the motorcycle jacket in a wool burlap, softened by grosgrain ribbon, frayed edges and silk-satin lining; or the over-sized tuxedo-like tunic blouse in silk wool sheer, softened by an elongated silhouette that gently comes away from the body and drawstrings at the back.

“It’s a collection of very wearable pieces that can complement any thinking-woman’s wardrobe – or work together for a complete, savvy look that would feel just as at home on Hastings Street (Noosa) as in Mercer Street (Soho, New York City),” said Nick.


Queensland and New South Wales:  Narelle Hamson, Caxton Street Agencies, [email protected]; ph 07 3844 3199

Victoria and Tasmania:  Anna Krauze, [email protected]; ph 0400 009 894

Western Australia:  Wendy Ellis, Ellis Agency, (08) 9322 4864

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