Lucianne Tonti

is The Saturday Paper’s fashion editor.

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Life May 20, 2023

Alix Higgins’s Australian Fashion Week collection

Alix Higgins has harnessed a strong sense of community and a love of words in his new collection for Australian Fashion Week, which flaunts his skill in textile design.

Life April 15, 2023

R. M. Williams’ carbon boot print

R. M. Williams’ iconic boot has become the marketing centrepiece of a multi-strategy campaign to boost the retailer’s environmental credibility.

Life March 04, 2023

The battle to lessen clothing wastage

The Australian fashion industry is finally trying to curb overproduction, which is a big contributor to the 227,000 tonnes of clothing – much of it never worn – that winds up in landfill each year.

Life January 28, 2023

An Australian design duo’s dystopian vision

Two friends from primary school went on to create an internationally successful fashion label that draws on rebellion as well as discipline.

Life December 17, 2022

The beautiful contradictions of Lee Mathews

Change is the only constant in the fashion industry, as Lee Mathews knows from decades of experience in adapting her materials, manufacturing and mindset.

Life November 19, 2022

Inside the NGV’s Alexander McQueen retrospective

Curator Katie Somerville sees the personal touches of Alexander McQueen’s genius among the pieces that are part of the NGV’s next blockbuster exhibition.

Life October 22, 2022

E Nolan’s strong suit

Making shirts, pants and jackets tailored to real bodies is Emily Nolan’s calling.

Culture October 15, 2022

Tatiana Bilbao at the NGV

In a new installation at the National Gallery of Victoria, Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao asks us to consider the labour of care.

Life September 17, 2022

Jobs for the girls

A push at the government’s recent jobs and skills summit to increase women’s workforce participation has highlighted the need to financially support apprenticeship programs in the fashion industry.

Life August 20, 2022

El Agua Mágica

Holly Ryan’s new collection of jewellery is a sweet homecoming, fashioned from recycled materials and inspired by her lifelong fascination with the ocean.

Life July 23, 2022

Can the cotton industry ever be sustainable in Australia?

The fashion industry is on the cusp of a sustainable revolution, provided that more cotton farmers turn to regenerative and water-efficient strategies.

Life June 25, 2022

Mythos by Common Hours

Combining prose, art and music with plush fabrics and exquisite detail, Amber Symond lends a layer of storytelling to her latest Common Hours collection.

Life May 21, 2022

Australian Fashion Week 2022

Australian Fashion Week showcased wearable clothes in fresh silhouettes alongside body- and gender-diverse clothing, as well as some derivative and unimaginative offerings.

Life April 23, 2022

Have We Emerged Yet?

Edward Cuming’s Autumn/Winter collection is a reimagining of garments he bought as a teenager in second-hand shops, realised in luxury materials and exaggerated proportions.

Life March 26, 2022

Gabriella Pereira’s Beare Park

Gabriella Pereira’s Beare Park, launched just last year, seeks to balance fashion with style, creating locally produced, high-end clothing made from natural fibres.

Life March 05, 2022

The future of Indigenous fashion

Entrepreneur and mentor Rhys Ripper is curating the First Nations runway show at Melbourne Fashion Festival and is determined to make Indigenous fashion mainstream.

Life February 19, 2022

Rebirthing fashion for a good cause

A Melbourne streetwear brand is taking excess and damaged stock from other labels and remaking it. Each Reborn piece – from the social enterprise HoMie – is unique and the profits fund initiatives for homeless youth.

Life January 29, 2022

Jordan Dalah takes a bow

Jordan Dalah’s new line features giant sleeves and puffy bows, face-covering designs and foam rings. It’s spectacular, technically skilled and surprisingly wearable.

Life December 18, 2021

Christopher Esber’s escape from reality

Christopher Esber used the enforced isolation of lockdown to embrace the idea of a Mediterranean escape inspired by Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ and Neoclassical art.

Life November 13, 2021

Fashion label Worn

With the launch of Worn’s latest collection, the duo behind the label intend to make their mark on the fashion world – while leaving a minimal trace on the environment.

Life October 16, 2021

Sydney fashion label Commas

The designer behind resortwear label Commas has attracted local awards and international interest for his relaxed beach aesthetic paired with high-end materials.

Life September 18, 2021

Esse Studios’ Edition Five collection

With the launch of her latest collection, Esse Studios founder Charlotte Hicks reiterates her commitment to creating feminine styles that are reliable and comfortable, and that focus on how a woman feels within herself.

Life August 21, 2021

Maticevski’s Pre-Fall 21 collection

Toni Maticevski’s Pre-Fall 21 collection acknowledges Australia’s sense of imbalance and anxiety in lockdown – meeting it with strong sculpted forms and the occasional surprise.

News July 24, 2021

China and the Australian wool industry

As relations with China remain strained, Australian wool exporters used the pandemic to shore up a market that takes 90 per cent of their product.

Life June 19, 2021

Keeping up with David Jones

Australia’s biggest retailer has committed to supporting local fashion designers, as part of a reboot prompted by the global pandemic. But at the retail level, their actions are not matching their ideals.