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Five Signature Pieces, Two Occasions!

Five Signature Pieces - Two Occasions!

Whether you want something casual, a perfect work outfit or a lovely evening ensemble ‘The Ultimate Essentials’ Collection sees that every piece pairs perfectly with the other. Dress things down during the day and add a little something extra to turn your clothes from day to evening. 

For a day look wear this gorgeous Moss Tweed Bias Mini Skirt (AU $229) with the Classic T-shirt (AU $139) in black and the Stewart Weitzman Manila Menswear Inspired Loafer (AU $795.00). For evening change it up with the 3/4 Sleeve Top (AU $179) in Black, add the Albany Cuff (AU $135) by Harper Lane Jewellery and our elegant Modern Jacket (AU $389) with the Stuart Weitzman The 5050 Boot (AU $1,140) and be ready to turn some heads! 

This stunning Navy Bustier (AU $359) is great for casual or evening looks. For a relaxed day outfit for those lunch or shopping dates, try the bustier with the White Silk Faile Pants (AU $499) and the Stuart Weitzman Twotassels Flat Open Toe Slide (AU $325.00). Transition into the evening by swapping the pants with the sexy Slimline Triacetate Pants (AU $429) in Navy and adding the Navy Slimline Triacetate Jacket (AU $499), the Zara Studs (AU $59) and the super fun Stuart Weitzman Simplemid Glitter Heeled Block Sandal (AU $730.00) for a co-ordinated, classy look perfect for any evening event.  

The Essentials Linen Silk (AU $279) is so versatile! Keep it simple for work with the Classic T-shirt (AU $139) in white paired with the Wide Leg Pant (AU $299) and the classic Stewart Weitzman Nulogopower Block Heel Pump (AU $715.00). This super lightweight wrap will see that you want to wear it day or night! Switch it up with the Maxi Slip Dress (AU $299) in Black and accessorize with the Domenica Earrings (AU $100) and the Stuart Weitzman Myex Slim Strappy Sandal (AU $795.00) for a more glamorous evening look. 

This Classic Wrap Dress (AU $459) in Navy is the perfect outfit for literally any occasion making it easy to transition from work to leisure. For a day look couple this dress with a pair of Stewart Weitzman Nulogopower Block Heel Pump (AU $715.00) and the Cerys Necklace (AU $95). If you fancy this dress for an evening look add the Short Trench Coat (AU $699) in cement and the Zandra Necklace (AU $175) to create an exquisite ensemble. 

Brighten things up with this vibrant Silk Blouse (AU $259) in red! For the perfect work outfit pair the blouse with the Knee Length Bias Skirt (AU $279) and the Stewart Weitzman Manila Menswear Inspired Loafer (AU $795.00). Take this top from day to night by adding the super stylish Crop Leather Jacket (AU $799) and the Slimline Triacetate Pants (AU $429) in Black, the Haven Earrings (AU $95) and the Stewart Weitzman Nulogopower Block Heel Pump (AU $715.00) and you're ready for your night out!

Behind The Ultimate Essentials

Behind The Ultimate Essentials"Secretly I think every fashion designer is designing clothes to express themselves through their creative canvas...The clothes we wear every day express how we feel and how we want to present ourselves to the world. It's our creative voice.

I have been compiling the 'Ultimate Essentials' collection over the last few years.
These are the pieces in my wardrobe I can't live without, they are my absolute favourite shapes, fits and tried and proven looks that work. They are the must have pieces to build the perfect wardrobe, core items, the basis from which we build the rest of our wardrobe. The core essential items from this collection complement our special occasion pieces to shine. It helps to achieve value and longevity from our on-trend pieces.

Using my extensive knowledge in textiles and design over many years, I have researched the best performance high-tech and luxury fabrics from around the world. The shapes are ergonomically balanced, tested on our loyal Tengdahl ambassadors and beautiful to wear. For Ultimate Essentials I wanted to bring in another element. I hand-picked a selection of jewellery to enhacne and reflect the timelessness and simplicity of the collection. 
My purpose and vision for this collection in all of life's craziness was to make life a bit easier, to build a sound wardrobe and to bring trust, integrity and love to what we do here at TENGDAHL and that is to serve you." 

JT x

Behind the Eden

Behind the Eden

Looking for the perfect transitional piece? Here at Tengdahl we embrace transeasonal fashion. We do this by sourcing fine fabrics and unique prints that compliment each other all year round. The ‘Eden Collection’ radiates sophistication and beauty. Each piece can be dressed up or down making it perfect for a morning brunch, a late evening date or the perfect wedding attire.

Sourced from across the globe the luxurious fabrics include lace, silk chiffon and my favourite Italian cotton-lycra tulle. It’s always essential to have that perfect balance of the classic black and white and a signature print. For the print I chose an incredibly sweet floral that features divine yellow and lilac hues and immediately reminded me of the Garden of Eden.

The Jemma Sequin Cami’s are an all time favourite and are embellished with mini sequins adding just that extra bit of luxury! If you want to exude romance and confidence, the ‘Eden Collection’ is certainly for you!

 

Work Wear

Work Wear Pieces You’ll Love to Wear Everywhere

 

Only one more week!?

This is probably what you’re thinking as you’re organising the last lot of activities for the kids, or thinking about the book you still want to finish, or maybe you haven’t gotten around to cleaning out that spare room yet. You might be lacking in spirit, as the days grow closer to early starts, peak traffic and organising a wardrobe consisting of more than just your gym tights and whatever shirt you picked out first.

We know it can be tricky deciding on work wear, especially when you’re busy arranging the kids school stationery that you promised yourself you’d organise earlier but never do.

So we thought we’d help you out and show you some of our favourites for starting back at the office. There’s nothing worse than going from comfortable, summer clothes to wearing last season’s trousers and dresses with the zipper always poking into your back. We’re not here to kill your holiday vibes but to keep you inspired while we wait it out til the next holiday.

We’re keeping it relevant by starting the season with some beautiful block colours, climate appropriate fabrics and fresh new shapes.

  

Japanese Cotton Culotte

These Japanese Cotton Culottes are so fresh for this season and incredibly versatile. You could wear them to beach on the weekend and to the meeting on Monday. Both comfortable and stylish this on-trend purchase comes in black, white and navy.

Saint Germnaine Top

The Saint Germaine is the perfect all-season top and a great way to inspire your wardrobe. You can go from work to the party with this one, with it’s off-the shoulder variation and adjustable draw string. The unique feature of the cotton damask fabric gives this top a more complex weave. If you’re looking for that extra sparkle add the sequin belt to cinch the waist.

Italian Linen Wrap Dress

One item that’s essential for any busy woman is the Italian Linen Wrap Dress. No zips, no buttons and no belts necessary. This century old fabric proves itself to be perfect for those hot Queensland days. It’s feminine, classic and cool.

Cosette Signature Print Wrap Skirt 

Of course no wardrobe is complete without a print! You might feel like you’re still on a boat sipping mimosas but this skirt is definitely appropriate for the city too. What a great piece to pull out of your bag for Friday night drinks. It’s hard to go past this skirt with its incredibly easy care and beautiful colours.

Cruise/17

Behind The Cruise Collection/17

   

“What I love about living in Australia is our multicultural community and our passion for travel. This 2017 cruise collection and the Cosette signature print was designed with this in mind. 

When I chose the print it reminded me of the French flag and the words liberty, equality and fraternity continued to inspire the collection. The liberty and freedom to travel, the equality in accessibility to beautiful things and fraternity representing our incredible Brisbane community.

In each collection it’s important to have the right balance. The Japanese polished cotton and the cotton embroidery anglaise have given the collection strength and structure and the Cosette silk chiffon and silk-crepe de chine captures the softness and femininity.

There’s more in less.

Hope you enjoy our first collection of the year.”

 

- Julie T

Ecdysis S/S 2016

Behind the Ecdysis Collection

 

 

ECDYSIS.[ek-duh-sis]. n. the process of shedding the old skin and casting off the  outer cuticle.
 
As with all my collections, inspiration is drawn from my creative thought process. Ecdysis is about transformation, change and regeneration. We can all identify with the concept of emerging from old thoughts, or old feelings, and the ensuing sense of re-birth – transitioning into the woman we are destined to be. The creation of Ecdysis has come about at a time in my life where change and regeneration is abundant – new decisions, new directions, and moving forward into a new journey.

 


 
The pieces in this Spring/Summer collection are designed to reflect this sense of transformation. Soft gauzes and tulles representing the layers of the skin, and the unique lacquered cotton being reminiscent of the chrysalis – a caterpillar yearning to come out of its cocoon and transform into a beautiful new being. Ecdysis is a collection designed to be layered, contrasting darks and lights with exsquisite line, shape and proportion. My focus with this new collection was to create something that is truly three-dimensional - pieces that are ergonomical and items to be cherished for years to come.
 
Once again, this Spring/Summer collection incorporates a signature textile print that was created in collaboration with local Brisbane artist Claudia Husband. A snippet of snakeskin is magnified and inverted, and subtle tonal colours are inserted before being printed on a luxurious crepe de chine textile. This limited edition textile is interwoven with the softest Italian cotton organdy – both resistant and flexible, just like our own regenerative journeys.

 


 
With pops of chartreuse and injections of Sophie Hallette lace against our signature print, Ecdysis is punchy, distinctive and yet translatable for everyday wear.
 
Ecdysis was launched at the Brisbane Arcade Spring Flower Show, and is now available in stores.
 
 
- Julie T

 

Campaign Photography: Sam Theiss

Behind the Scenes Photography: Christopher Hagen

Model: Eliza Baker

Hair and Make Up: Penny Antuar

 

Claudia Husband (textile artist) and Julie Tengdahl, Behind the Scenes.

 

Autumn | 16

Behind the Autumn | 16 Collection

 

 

When I started designing and gathering inspirations for the Autumn |16 Collection I was still wearing and absolutely loving the Amor Fati collection. I was wondering how to blend this next capsule with my previous collections - knowing and understanding that the way we dress is constantly changing and adapting. Autumn | 16 is about adding those special pieces to our wardrobes and updating them to get maximum value from what we buy and love for many seasons to come.

 

I wanted the Autumn/16 pieces to work seamlessly with my previous collections, while thinking about how we will wear the longer skirt lengths and the softer, more feminine shapes in shirting and dresses. My unique signature leaf print represents the changing of seasons, and is a traditional wax-resist batik print meticulously crafted by talented textile artisans in Gujarat, India. I collaborated with the makers to develop a sustainably-produced, limited edition batik print onto silk. The longline Rose Jacket is reminiscent of the winter rose garden that we know and love, and incorporates a divine combination of textures, colours and prints to take us into the cooler months.


The collection flowed into my thoughts from sketching through to sampling, and finally into our two boutique stores at the Brisbane Arcade and Emporium - it is the result of being creative and using my experience in understanding women's shapes and fashion over many years. I hope you enjoy wearing and loving these skillfully crafted pieces as much as I have passionately enjoyed bring them to life.

 

Julie T

 

 

Previous Collections
Cruise Collection 15|16
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Behind the love of fate

Meaning 'Love of One's Fate', Amor Fati is a Latin phrase that describes an attitude in which we can embrace everything that happens in life - and feel content with our reality. 

The concept has been used by philosophers such as Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius - and Friedrich Nietzsche, who wrote:

"I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. Looking away shall be my only negotiation. And all in all and on the whole: some day I wish to be only a Yes-sayer."    

Filled with rich shades of saffron and turmeric, alongside modern digital prints, the collection was inspired by 10 days I spent ‘off the grid’ in a remote desert on the Indian/Pakistan border earlier this year.

In search of inspiration, focus and the creative magic one gets when travelling on your own and exposing yourself to the "NEW", I wanted to experience that feeling of trusting in the unknown , trusting in discovering somewhere new and meeting people from a culture totally different from my own, taking me completely out of my comfort zone and forcing me out of the lifestyle that most of us lead on a day to day basis; where little is left to chance. I chose a desert in the far west of Gujarat; landing in a tiny cessna plane, I was the only caucasian Australian woman there.

Living in clay huts with subsistence farmers and loomers, I spent the days learning about the region's rich textile, spice and jewel trade history. Fascinating, arid and isolated, the journey crystallised my inspiration for this collection. At one point when I was standing in the middle of the Indian desert my memory took me back to when I was 16 and climbing Uluru, there was a moment of timelessness - and total connection to something bigger. 

The prints featured in this collection are digital recreations of ancient rugs and artefacts that I traded with the herders who were living off the desert land - they are strikingly beautiful and my interperation of the journey I took through the desert and walked a path less travelled. Back in Brisbane I collaborated again with acclaimed artist Claudia Husband, who brought the traditional patterns, weaves and embroidery to life in the collection, via digital format. 

I took home a great respect of the role fate plays in our lives, and an appreciation of what can happen when fear is replaced by faith and trust - and knowing that we can be safe walking into the abyss. Amor faiti

Every year before the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival, we photograph the collection that will appear on the runway. And so for this year's shoot, it was no surprise that our photographer, Sam Thies, chose to lead us across expansive countryside to a vast lakeside property to capture the campaign images with Dallys model Samantha Cannon. Breathtakingly beautiful and quintessentially Australian, the location was literally on the other side of the earth to where the seed of inspiration for this collection had been planted, but also somehow conveyed the sense of vastness, and completeness, that we have when we are connected to our surroundings.

I can't wait to share the collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival in only a few weeks!  

Samantha Cannon, Liz Sharp and Sam Thies photo shoot Brisbane

Sam Thies photographer and Samantha Cannon Dallys models

Tengdahl fashion shoot Ines site set up

Sam Thies fashion photo shoot Sam Cannon Dallys models

Samantha Cannon model Dallys Tengdahl fashion shoot

Julie Tengdahl Brisbane fashion designer spring summer Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival collection

Ines Schumann (assistant), Julie Tengdahl (fashion designer), Liz Sharp (styling & PR), Samantha Cannon (model), Sam Thies (photographer)

Yes, dear.

Deer skin luxury leather jacket skirts

Luxury, sustainably sourced textiles are one of my passions; when it comes to creating a garment, the story behind the fabric is just as important as the concept behind the design. So when I embarked upon a range of leather wear for Tengdahl's A/W 2015 collections, I wanted to find the softest, most beautiful leather - one that has been farmed and created ethically and sustainably - to shape my range.

Designer Leather jacket

Located in the small South Cantebury town of Timaru - one of the most breathtakingly green places on earth - New Zealand Light Leathers are deer leather specialists. Since 1973 they have been working with the world’s leading luxury fashion houses, supplying fine deer leather.

Each deer hide meets the highest standards of quality and consistency, ensuring each garment created from the resulting leather is of exceptional beauty and longevity. Their team of expert tanners and technicians craft each skin through more than 30 steps; and this is apparent when you wear any of the leather garments from this collection - the nappa features an incredibly luxurious finish, and is rich of colour.

This season I have designed a range of skirts, tops and jackets in fine deer nappa. To experience one of these items, visit our stores or shop at www.tengdahl.com/jackets

Watch the crafting process behind the leather creation: