Amidst the craziness that was Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia , SHESAID had an amazing opportunity to chat with Jennifer McCloy – the mastermind behind Australian fashion label Jennifer Kate.
If you just can’t wait to get your hands on some of these designs, we are thrilled to announce that the runway looks are available this week through our friends at The Iconic.
Congratulations on the recent collection at MBFWA! What inspired you this season?
The collection this season is made up of the most buttery soft leathers, structured silhouettes and easy-to-wear suedes, and we have made the range very wearable – translating the fundamental beauty of the natural fibres to make leather relevant for any climate, any occasion.
As such, I would have to say our biggest inspiration is the people around us, what they are wearing and what they are enjoying.
Talk us through the design process. How does an idea or sketch turn into a finished garment?
We have a strong focus on tailoring, and it took us a long time to find suppliers that met with our standards. We have built incredibly strong relationships with all of our suppliers – they understand that we have high standards and they deliver on these for us.
If I am going to be honest, I would have to admit that they are likely to be frustrated by us at times, as we are often sending things back a number of times until it is completely perfect.
What is your favourite or must-have piece from the collection and why.
It’s hard to pick, but one piece I wear constantly is the Suede Capelet Blazer. With its strong shoulders, it is one of those pieces that can be thrown on with any outfit and really dresses it up to make a statement.
If you could see anyone wear one of your designs, who would it be?
I love Kate Moss. I know that’s a very standard answer, but no one can argue that she is the perfect balance between classic beauty and a little rock edge. Seeing Kate in a Jennifer Kate suede piece would be a dream.
What’s a typical day in the life of Jennifer Kate?
I always make sure I fit in some sort of exercise – there is always time, and I think that it is important to have that individual time to yourself every day. I think it is a good reminder that life is not always about deadlines and meetings, and that we need to all remember that. I also speak to my parents, who live in country New South Wales every day.
Lastly, when can we get our hands on the latest collection?
We are so excited to be collaborating with The Iconic to bring our runway collection to Australian consumers almost instantly! With the success of our collection internationally, we are super excited to be bringing it to Australian consumers – so excited in fact, that we couldn’t wait the usual six months after Fashion Week. Our runway collection will be shoppable for Australians this week – and we could not be working with a stronger partner than The Iconic.
As the leading online destination for Australian fashion lovers, The Iconic has been such a huge supporter of our business from the beginning and we are thrilled to be working alongside them to bring our collection to Australian shoppers – quickly, seamlessly and direct from the runway.
Images via Lucas Dawson