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COMBINING high-vis orange, turquoise-green, lime yellow and rich dark purple isn’t for the faint-hearted, but fashion designer and milliner Jade Sargent’s latest line for her label Sovata is bold, colourful and just the way she likes it.
“I love bright, popping colours, and while I hadn’t intended this collection to be so bright, the colours just worked,” she says.
“Teaming the bright shades with black and white makes them look even brighter.“It sounds crazy but in the amounts used and with the right contrasting colour, they really work together.”
Jade says that when she graduated from CIT in 2012, she had been interested in using the methods of millinery to create clothing.
“Gradually, millinery became the focal point and the driving force for me, and now I want to create clothes that ultimately show off the headwear,” she says.
All Jade’s designs are zero waste in the way they’re constructed, and she says that figuring out how not to waste fabric is like a puzzle.
“I play with rectangles and triangles and the lines created when you put them together, and then use contrasting binding to make a focal point of the unusual shapes,” she says.
This is Jade’s fourth collection, and by far the boldest and most high impact she’s done, she says.
“I naturally really like colour, it’s a big thing for me – and I always like to include some green somewhere, as it’s my name,” she says.
“I want the clothes to be wearable, comfortable, flattering, interesting and sustainable.
“For me, these clothes are also 3D wearable art for the body. The viewer appreciates it as much as the wearer.”
Visit Sovata.com.au or facebook.com/SovataFashion to contact Jade for custom orders for spring racing. Sovata has a limited millinery range available at ShopHandmade in City Walk, 20 Allara Street, Civic
Photography: Andrew Campbell; model: Chelsea Marolt, HAUS Models; make-up artist, Ali Price; fashion by Sovata.