While local label Myles Melros was influenced by Perth’s coastal lifestyle, it was a recent trip to China that convinced designer Fiona Miles to hold her first runway show.
She attended several lectures in March at Intertextile in Shanghai, an apparel and fabrics convention. The talks by leaders in the industry covered current trends, colours and fabrics.
“It was truly amazing to see the scale of the industry.” Says Miles. “It makes you realise how small you really are and how small Perth is. This is where I found my inspiration.”
Established in 2013, Myles Melros is a celebration of exotic resort chic and beach-club fun: think Ku De Ta and Potato Head in Bali, or Ocean Beach Club in Ibiza. Miles’s recent trip to Shanghai exposed her to dragon-fruit pinks, fruity yellows and turquoise blues. These bold shades laid the foundation for this collection’s palette.
“I have some very colourful and bright prints in this collection, so the designs have been kept simple,” says Miles. “Beach dresses, floaty dresses, shorts and kimono-style light jackets are designed to be teamed up with any kind of swimwear so you can easily go from the beach or the pool to the bar. I’m very excited to be hosting my first runway show, but it’s also scary at the same time.”
Myles Melros launches its SS16/17 collection at 3pm on Sunday October 23 at Common Ground Collective, 82 High Street, Fremantle. Entry is free but online RSVP is essential.