SYDNEY fashion designer Tim O’Connor launched his women’s fashion label in 1995 and has since garnered a reputation for creating modern clothing with a timeless aesthetic.
O’Connor designs to a modern and uncomplicated visual and is inspired by beautiful fabrics and flattering shapes.
Every collection encompasses a fusion between the fundamentals: tailored, sophisticated, cocktail mixed with soft, casual and sportswear.
O’Connor celebrates diversity and individuality in his pieces with a cross reference between rock chick and lady-like glamour always prevalent.
His autumn/winter collection is a dark anthology of mood-provoking silhouettes and structures.
This dramatic collection, titled ‘Into the Wild’, encompasses the label’s influences of nature and the elements, drawing inspiration from the Alaskan rainforests, in particular the natural beauty of the running water and dense woods.
With an impressive list of clientele, including Kristin Davis (Sex and the City), Delta Goodrem, Jackie O , Charlotte Dawson (Australia’s Next Top Model) and Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings), O’Connor has certainly made his presence felt.
n When did you realise you wanted to become a fashion designer?
In my late teens, and from there, I enrolled to do a course. But I was interested in fashion for as long as I can remember. Apparently from when I learnt to dress myself.
- What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?
The first piece was a Mondrian-inspired evening dress for my sister, and she still has it somewhere in a wardrobe. It was a ’60s silhouette full-length dress colour blocked in brights with black dividing panels.
- Who is one of your favourite local models to work with?
One of my favourites would be Cassie Van Den Dungen (runner-up in Australia’s Next Top Model a few seasons ago) because she is such an amazing natural beauty and quite mesmerising to watch.
- Who are some of your favourite designers?
Stella McCartney, as she has a classic but quirky edge and uses beautiful fabrics, and I love Givenchy at the moment.
- What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers?
I would say to be confident in yourself and remain true to your personal style and vision as you really need to own what you are doing to make it viable.