With luxury embellishments as her personal hallmark, thirteen celebrated collections under her belt, and a cluster of A-list stars walking the red-carpet in her creations, Australian designer Rachel Gilbert is on track to becoming a leading fashion figure in the UK and across the globe.
Fresh from training at the Whitehouse Institute of Design, Rachel began her design career in 2001 with iconic Australian label Lisa Ho, from there she was headhunted for Nicky Hiltons label Chick, a position which saw Rachel splitting her time between LA and New York to promote the brand amongst key buyers in the US. After two years at Chick, Rachel headed back to her homeland for the role of Womenswear Designer at Morrissey, with vast experience, industry contacts and a head full of ideas to break into the fashion world with her eponymous label.
Rachel launched her Spring Summer 2010 collection with a standalone show at RAFW, having previously shown her first collection at Mercedes Australia Fashion Week in 2002. Her luxury designs evoked critical acclaim and left the fashion industry anticipating her next move. Now based in Alexandria, Rachel Gilbert is taking the world by storm, her collections are selling through Net-A-Porter, 90 boutiques and e-stores throughout Australia. Rachel recently opened her first stand alone store in Paddington, Australia.
Alongside her evening gowns and maxi dresses, Rachel launched a Ready-to-Wear collection AW11 which features chic leather dresses, sequin shifts and cute separates.
Rachel’s current Spring Summer 2012 collection is inspired by the delusions of gender and how women identify their masculinity and femininity through fashion. This season the Rachel Gilbert woman empowers her confidence and embodies the title ‘Power Woman’. Wearable summer daywear and beautiful occasion pieces come with a couture-worthy status. A colour palette of sugar coated shades, muted pastels and brights – tangerine and metallic hues are lifted with dramatic teal and pops of forest green. From delicate beaded dresses to the hard edge ‘LBD’ to cropped leather trousers, the collection is versatile and perfect for every woman’s wardrobe.
The FW collection: “Aquatic luminescence”
Rachel Gilbert’s autumn/winter 2012 collection is inspired by translucency and the reflection of light through water: illustrated in the luminous sequin embellishments and aquatic colour palette throughout the collection.
Luxe daywear and statement occasion pieces create a wonderful allure with fluid silhouette.
Patterned entirely by hand, the collection includes exquisitely detailed embellishment including intricate sequin and beading. The colour palette is full of oceanic hues including teal blue and sea foam, and vibrant lime whilst gold and silvery hues of sun drenched sand dunes and inky iridescent black pearls sit amongst the rich tones of a rose sunset.
From dramatic evening gowns and ornate testament trousers to simply shaped and printed daywear, it would be difficult to find a better definition of sheer opulence, effortless style and grace.
The AW12 Rachel Gilbert collection is prices from GBP 400 and will be available at selected stockist nationwide including Harrods, Net-a-Porter and Fenwick from July 2012.
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