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:: Spotlight :: Stacey Christie - Winds of Change

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Elegantly assertive style is breezing back onto the fashion radar thanks to young Melbourne designer Stacey Christie who is gently changing the pace on the red carpet this season. Christie’s style, lauded by her celebrity fans, heralds a change in the fashion forecast with a shift towards fresh glamour with unique graceful pieces, infused with intense colour and universal appeal.

Christie’s second collection was launched at the Fashion+Aid event and her recent popularity at the Brownlow Medal red carpet has made her a favourite. Aptly named Alkira, the new collection is inspired by the Australian sky, diarising its colours, movement and a distinctive lightness and freedom that is evident in all Christie’s designs.

Stacey said, “The Australian sky is unique in its appeal and character. Its vastness and separateness from the rest of the world evokes a sense of freedom and strength. It’s both powerful and yielding with incredible colours that I have tried to capture in my work.” Refreshingly, the collection celebrates the feminine form in all its varied shapes and sizes. To wear one of Christie’s designs is to revel in how a well made garment can fall in all the right places. She added, “I am committed to designing pieces that are empowering. The garment should flatter natural movement not restrict it. The fit of each dress is meticulously developed for each and every design.“

Preferring to specialise in elegant couture, Christie’s careful and studied approach to cut and construction uses classic traditional tailoring techniques with a thoroughly original flair that belies her age but not her long history in the industry.

At only 24 years of age she has enjoyed nearly a decade of industry experience with high profile labels, a family business and a successful association with one of Melbourne’s leading designers. Setting out on her own in 2008, Stacey noted a distinct lack of support for untried designers and decided to launch a flagship boutique in 2009. She hasn’t looked back.

Unique hand worked trims and original signature prints are standout elements in a collection that is a successful synthesis of daring meets demure. The sophisticated and joyous pieces introduce a simple timeless elegance to the fashion landscape and are drawing the attention of Melbourne’s inner circle. Stacey elaborated, "I do have some celebrity clients who will be wearing the dresses during upcoming spring fashion events and the racing carnival however I prefer to keep the focus on the dresses that inspire confidence in anyone who wears them.”

Her clients, Kelly Landry, Jemma Gawned, Pia Miller, Tottie Goldsmith and Kasia Z to name a few, can be seen receiving the same private fittings and attention as all her clients. A flexible approach means clients can develop their individual style choosing varying embellishments and colours from Christie’s original designs.

As word quickly spreads, demand has dictated another store opening and Stacey Christie will arrive in Sydney’s fashion central, Paddington’s acclaimed William Street alongside Collette Dinnigan and Leona Edminston in December 2010.

Stacey Christie Melbourne boutique is located at 6A Anchor Place, Prahran and is open by appointment.

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