Blondes to Brunettes engendered some community spirit last Sunday by gathering valued clients and special guests for a day of complimentary pampering and insight into the local beauty and fashion businesses. An entire day of stylish cuts for lucky recipients was capped off by a late afternoon high tea and a chat with the fabulously talented Nadia Pearse. Designers Airdrie Makim of Joolz, Jacqueline of Monette shoes, the Fluoro mag team, Rebecca George of Miss Green’s Wardrobe and fashion commentator Tania Braukamper of Fashionising were all on hand to listen while sipping organic RAW wines (they thought of greening everything!) As the designer of ‘Made in Donald‘ (check out the new collection – you’ll fall instantly in love with the unusual range), Nadia shared the pressures of being a fledgling, eco-minded label in Australia at the moment.
Railing against the disposable fashion that pervades the industry – Nadia makes most of her couture pieces to order and takes inspiration from the fabrics she has at her disposal. Sourcing organic and sweatshop-free fabrics is also an obstacle as she requires only a small amount of material for each piece. A portion of the ‘Made in Donald’ label is still, well, made in Donald; a country town in North West Victoria. This helps to support the local community from where she came and Nadia may even be planning a bit of a showcase of her range back home for all those who can’t make it to the big smoke to see it. When quizzed on what would happen if someone offered to take the label to the mass market Nadia replies “I just couldn’t”. There’s something to be said for sticking with your convictions.
A mini-exhibition of ‘Made in Donald’ designs will be on display in the windows of Blondes to Brunettes at 497 on High Street Prahran.
Words – Sarah Willcocks
Photography – Sandy Rogulic Fifty Four