Australian fashion people style an outfit they’ve made themselves.
WORDS BY MAGGIE ZHOU
Ellie Vallely, she/her, Founder and Designer of Squint Clothing
This outfit is a true representation of my design journey! My sweater is from my grad collection at uni all the way back in 2016. It’s a lovely soft, thick cotton jersey and was inspired by skateboarding streetwear. It never made it into my final collection but it has become a staple of mine.
My kilt is one of my newest designs. As a Scot I’ve always loved kilts so I’m really enjoying their moment in the spotlight. I wanted to create a summer kilt so I used this beautiful lilac linen/Tencel with leather buckles I made from discarded offcuts. The fabric was a little tricky to work with because of its drape but to combat that I stitched the line of the pleats which helped a lot.
I made it in a haze of new design excitement so it came together pretty quickly. Working out the maths for the pleats was a bit of a challenge though, as I was working with leather for the first time. I’m really happy with the way it came out and I love that it feels true to a classic kilt but I don’t have to give it up in the Aussie weather!
Read the complete article here, and thank you as always to Maggie for featuring us 🙂