If stylist and creative director Petta Chua has learned one thing about Australian style, it’s that it’s all about great basics.
“You never really think about what Australians look like until you go overseas and you’re like, ‘That’s an Australian’,” says Chua, who as well as making waves as a freelance creative, has worked stints as the fashion director of GQ Australia and contributing fashion editor at Vogue Australia. “There’s something classic, almost reserved and a bit minimalist about the way we dress that’s really recognisable.”
For Chua, Australian winter fashion is about layering the classic, quality pieces you already have in your wardrobe with on-trend colourways and new silhouettes. With winter looming, we asked for her fashion tips on what we should be looking out for – and where to get it.
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Bally – for a really great coat
Throwing a really great coat over an outfit is all you need to get through winter in Australia. For coats, Chua loves the luxury Swiss brand Bally, which has been around since 1851 and blends engineering and craftsmanship to create functional clothing like this belted cape. “This brand really nails outerwear,” she says. “You’re going to find a coat there that will serve its purpose of keeping you warm, but it’ll also be classic and elegant and innovative. The craftsmanship is amazing.”
Hunter’s Cashmere Collection – for cashmere knitwear
Hunter’s Cashmere Collection is a small store inside the QVB that sells luxurious knitwear in every colour of the rainbow. The Australian company has been around since 1998, sourcing its quality wool from all over the world, but manufacturing everything locally in Chatswood, Sydney. “Everyone loves a cashmere jumper,” says Chua. “They’re a great trans-seasonal item. It’s something that won’t date, which again is important for sustainability.” Great for a winter layer, and an investment that will last for seasons.
Country Road – for a new silhouette
"For me, seasonal wardrobe updates are less about buying new pieces, and more about having classic pieces in your wardrobe, then finding a fresh silhouette or new colour to weave into what you already have." Country Road, a heritage Australian brand with its flagship store at the QVB in Sydney’s CBD, is ideal for this. “They always have a really good take on the colour of the season, as well as great basics for layering and interesting silhouettes.” After last season's Valentino show, Chua is predicting a lot of pink coming through, singling out this voluminous gathered blouse.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with QVB.