PREVIOUSLY inspired by enigmatic subjects like Hitchcock’s classic 63 horror The Birds, rising Peppermint Grove designer Kim Barton has embraced assorted shapes and plenty of colour with her latest collection.
On show at the annual Perth Fashion Festival in September, her spring /summer 2012/13 range is all about vibrancy, taking risks and “going crazy”.
After working for French Connection in London and co-creating Sydney-based label Maise, the 26-year-old Whitehouse Institute of Design graduate last year launched her self-titled label with friend Jeremy Hughes (son of well-known motor dealer John Hughes).
Known for its cool sophistication, the brand is available at Hatch in Perth and Harry & Gretel in Leederville, and soon arrives at Miin in Perth and Mt Lawley, and Merge Clothing in Subiaco.
Tipped as ‘one to look out for’, Barton – whose creative flair stems from years spent drawing alongside her professional artist mother – makes her PFF debut in the Designer Capsule 2.
“My own style is effortless, feminine and slightly edgy.
“I like to wear a lot of block colour, layering and prints,” she said.
Her upcoming autumn/winter collection will take a typically masculine form, knight’s armour, and turn it into a bright and womanly work of art.
The Designer Capsules also feature garments by local talents Daniella Caputi, Zsadar, Lisa Marjanovich, The Butcher and the Crow, Steph Audino and Garth Cook.|