Style Melbourne

Smooth as Cylk

Designer [singlepic id=15671 w=320 h=240 float=right] Emily Nasr and brand manager Keshia Abeysekera are the brains and beauty behind cylk,  a label that predominantly produces garments in a seamless knit. They use a circular knitting technique to create their seamless and shaping underwear, as well as fashion outerwear pieces that are ideal for layering.

Cylk began in 2006 with a capsule collection of pure silk knit garments. The range has now expanded to include contemporary basics and essentials as well as ready-to-wear pieces available in bamboo, silk and modal blends. The cylk silhouette is “clean, modern and shapely, which works as undergarments for layering or as classic pieces for stylish outerwear.” Pieces are designed to be timeless, whilst enhancing and supporting the feminine form.

As a child, Emily sewed all of her Barbie clothes herself and instinctively knew from a young age that she was destined to work in the fashion industry. At 12 years old, Emily decided she wanted to study fashion design at RMIT. On completion of her studies, she travelled to the UK where she worked with Betty Jackson and Paul and Joe. Emily believes this experience was instrumental to her career when she returned to Australia and landed her job with cylk two years ago.

The Autumn/Winter 2010 fashion collection, ‘Femme Fatale’ draws inspiration from the film noir period of the 1940s and the feminine form. Rich, moody hues such as burgundy, aubergine, ink and ruby are used in bandage dresses, skirts, leggings, tanks and long sleeve tops. The simple beauty of the knit is showcased through rich colours and textures, enhanced with jacquard techniques including matt and shine contrasts, ruching and draping. Garments in modal, silk and bamboo blends are fine enough to be layered to create outfits with a unique handwriting and versatile enough to be accessorised, producing limitless looks.

Emily and Keshia are excited about the trends for Summer 2010/2011, noting slub (a technique that creates texture) and loose knits in luxury blends with subtle details including pockets, buttons, pleats and folds as key. Innovation in fabric blends and knitting construction is important now that stylish shapewear pieces have become more positively received by women.

We can let you in on a sneak peek of cylk’s Spring/Summer 2010/11 collection, ‘Reverie’. Reverie means to dream and wander, lost in thought, explains Keshia. The shadowy pastel palette of charcoal, milk, silver, pale pink, fuchsia and Russian blue appears across a collection of fitted dresses and loose tanks in signature seamless jacquard as well as a new linen blend slub knit. cylk pieces are timeless and versatile, designed to be mixed easily with existing items in one’s wardrobe.

cylk has a temporary pop-up store in Melbourne’s QV centre (25 Albert Coates Lane) which will be open until of April 19th. cylk is currently stocked in David Jones and other luxury boutiques in Australia, the US and Europe.

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Wise words by Courtney Symes

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