ROMANCE WAS BORN IS THE MOST EXCITING FASHION BRAND YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF

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Models walk in the finale of Romance Was Born's Resort 2017 show. Photo: Getty ImagesModels walk in the finale of Romance Was Born's Resort 2017 show. 

When the fashion industry talks about centers for exciting new talent, it's all about the avant-garde designers of London or the young up-starts of New York City. Perhaps that's how Australian label Romance Was Born has been flying under the radar for 10 years now, quietly producing and showing some of the industry's most forward-thinking collections in Sydney, a pricey 20-plus hour flight away from any fashion capital. 

All that is about to change. After a solid few seasons selling through Moda Operandi, Romance Was Born has been approached by Saks Fifth Avenue to sell on the retailer's new contemporary floor. And thanks to local buzz, their resort 2017 presentation was the one everyone in Sydney said was a must-see. Inspired by Liberace and set in an incredible private home on the water, the high-flash of the sequin-and-feather filled collection had everyone buzzing, as did the plenty of nod-and-wink styles (like a smoking jacket with sequined cigarettes and a silk cocktail dress with a literal cocktail print).

It's been a long time coming. Designers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales met the old fashioned way — at fashion school (Sydney Institute of Technology), where they found a shared aesthetic while collaborating on projects. They entered the ITS#Four competition, an early iteration of the International Talent Support, and were offered internships with John Galliano. Not yet ready for a move to Europe, Plunkett and Sales returned home to Australia and started Romance Was Born in 2005.

From there, the brand has always grown organically, focusing more on slow-and-steady pacing and connection building over flash-in-the-pan buzz. "We didn't have the infrastructure to grow and finance," Plunkett explains. "We're the owners of the business and we're really involved, so we don't just sit around drawing. There's running the business, and making sure everything gets done on time, so it's a bit challenging, but that's why we're hoping to grow and get more people working with us."

Ten years on, though, the timing is finally right to pursue international markets. There's the Saks deal, which will bring them stateside in the next month (New York buyers and editors, make your appointments now), and goals of showing in Paris one day. ("I think Paris is where people might understand us best," Plunkett says. "You think of America and it's really clean and minimal.")

"We have our people here, and we're really comfortable with how it works, and it's about finding those people [abroad]," Plunkett says. "We're almost starting again as well, because we've grown up with the brand, and now we're totally different and it's the next chapter. We're going to do some rebranding, because it's been 10 years. It's just a natural progression, things change and you have to move on."

Of course, that doesn't mean they'll be abandoning the Australian fashion industry, which has supported them from the start; fellow Aussie designer Toni Maticevski introduced the duo to Moda Operandi, and the newly formed Australian Fashion Chamber helped support the brand's first showrooms abroad. "It has opened the rest of the world up — it sounds fishy, but it's true," Plunkett says of the AFC. "We just didn't have the opportunity or the contacts. It's small as well, so you have to look after each other."

They've got the celebrity support in place already too, counting fashion cool girls like Daphne Guinness, Miley Cyrus and Grimes amongst their clientele. In another show of Aussie solidarity, Cate Blanchett wore a dress of theirs for an appearance at the Sydney Theatre Company. While they understand the importance of red carpet dressing ("I think that's the hugest honor, when someone you look up to gets what you do and wants to go there as well," Plunkett says), they're not interested unless it aligns with the message of the brand. 

"I think the idea of celebrities wearing our stuff is not cool unless you're into the person," Sales says. (Dream client Bjork will be in town soon, though, and Plunkett and Sales already know which dress they would put her in — a multicolored feather number from the resort runway.)

"[We're about] the idea of wonderment and beauty," Plunkett says. "We just try and create stories, create emotion. We've always said we want the customer to want it and wear it because they're emotionally connected to it, not just to be cool or be sexy, those things that magazines tell people to do."

Whatever the future holds for Romance Was Born, it's clear the brand has already made its mark at home. "From the beginning we've been collected by art institutions in Australia, and I think that's really, really exciting," Plunkett says. "That's how we've discovered things, and to think we might be the next generation of creative force — that's pretty cool."

We're betting the rest of the world will catch up soon. See Romance Was Born's full Resort 2017 collection below.

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GUCCI SOHO LEATHER BACKPACK

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Been wanting to own a signature leather backpack without compromising style and comfort? Well well, why not take a closer look at Gucci’s Soho Leather Backpack?

A stunning backpack creation, this leather backpack belongs to Gucci Soho Collection. One can easily spot a Soho creation for its embossed GG logo placed on the center. The Gucci Soho Leather Disco Bag is its most precious and prized item from the collection but the backpack version is continuously running along in the competition.

The Gucci Soho Leather Backpack is minimal in design yet heavy on materials. It is made from resistant, textured leather thus protecting your belongings from getting soaked from the rain. It also features a backpack chain straps and a top handle for easy carrying. It has a front zip pocket which is quite accessible if you feel like reaching for your tissue or other essentials.

It also comes in two styles that you can choose from: Hibiscus red/blue leather and Black leather and measures 9′ x 12′ x 4.75′ inches (W x H x D) inches and is priced $1690 USD.

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Loewe Berlingo Coin Purse

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Big decisions have been made at the headquarter of Loewe and not only their sites have been changed dramatically (less sophisticated with white background), also the new Fall Winter Collection lifted my eyebrows: ‘Where is Loewe going?’.

Modernized with Loewe’s logo printed all over the bags, by the way, have you spotted the new Loewe Amazona Bag with Anagrams Print yet? The Anagrams print is the new thing; if you love Loewe then you must adore this logo too. Ideal if you want to flaunt from your house to the main street.

But let’s talk about the new Loewe Berlingo Coin Purse first. As you might have noticed, we do not feature a lot ‘Coin Purse’. First I hate coins (they’re heavy and dirty), secondly nowadays everything fits nicely in a big wallet. But there are times that a coin purse can be handy, or you can take it as an extra accessory/fashion piece in your bag.

The Berlingo Coin Purse caught my attention – it’s the shape and colors that got me mesmerized. I love the clean design then finished with the Loewe logo stamp. The style is like a wrap, doesn’t it?

Crafted from smooth calfskin, refined with polished silver hardware, it’s measured 12,5 x 6,5 x 6 cm.

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HERMES SILVER CONSTANCE BAG

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The Hermes Constance Bags are not easy to chase – they’re on the list of the ‘most-wanted’ handbags in the world. So lock them up when you spot one.

But really, when it comes to Hermes, it’s not about the hype. It’s about the impeccable craftsmanship, the quality leather and the amazing process from assembling to the finishing. Did you know that it takes 14 hours to create a Hermes Constance Bag? Did you now that each bag is crafted by a single artisan?

Presenting the newest Hermes Silver Constance Bag that’s released in store now. If you’re lucky, the SA has one in stock. If not, you need to hunt in another boutique.

The shiny-effect is not only beautiful, but also luxurious. The timeless design features the stunning ‘H’ logo on the front flap. And it comes with a leather shoulder strap to carry on your shoulder or cross body.

The Hermes Silver Constance Bag is ideal to go from day to night. It’s glamorous when you pair it with a matching dress and pumps while traveling from city to city. And you will love it even more when carrying it in Paris, on a sunny day sitting on the terrace, sipping a glass of whine.

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Dior Split Sunglasses Reference Guide

Categories:Jewelry & Watches

Introducing the Dior Split Sunglasses. The brand’s newest sunglasses features the classic Aviator shape which has two tone colors. There are different color combinations available, having gold or silver metal inserts and mirrored lenses with 100% UV protection in colors like pink, silver, green and blue. Rihanna was first spotted sporting these sunglasses during the Spring/Summer 2016 runway show.

Style & Price

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Dior Split Sunglasses $485.00 (USD) €430.00

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Look for Less: Spring’s Hottest Shoes and Their Affordable Counterparts

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