Monday, May 8th, 2017
“The Eclect woman adores monochromatic tones,
structured silhouettes and feminine undertones.”
—Owner, Anna Zuo.
Current owner, Anna Zuo, began the Sydney based fashion label just over a year ago now. “We saw an opportunity for a fashion forward, edgy brand with a European influence,” Anna says. The rise of minimalism has taken over our social media feeds and our wardrobes and thus Ecléct’s success began. The brand has now expanded to include a team of brand and marketing managers. “Everyone plays a part in bringing the brand to life and we consistently deliver to our loyal customers,” Anna says.
The Ecléct brand features simple and minimal designs with bold embellishments and detail. “The Ecléct woman adores monochromatic tones, structured silhouettes and feminine undertones,” Anna says. With a constant push to create an edge to her brand, she frequently travels to Europe to gain inspiration for her designs. “I feel the brand represents a fresh new take on the minimalism trend. A lot of the designs are simple with sophisticated detailing,” Anna says.
Ecléct’s Summer 17 collection features crisp whites and contrasting blacks but it was the detailing of the eyelets that captured everyones hearts. “I wanted to create a range that portrayed a call to femininity with a touch of edge, hence the silver hardware and eyelet detailing,” Anna says. The upcoming Winter 17 collection will incorporate oversized shirting, vegan leather and burgundy tones. As for the rest of the year, Anna says to expect fresh pops of green and botanical florals.
To shop the Summer 17 collection, click here.
Ecléct Lace Up Blazer (cream)
Finders Keepers flares (old)
Mark & Spencer slides
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
Jett Black suitcase & make up bags.
Unfortunately packing light is not my forté; the contents of my carry on luggage often overflow into my boyfriend’s and I’m left thinking why on earth didn’t I just pay for checked baggage? But I’m working on it and the last few holidays I haven’t been half bad! Here are some tips I’ve picked up:
How can you be expected to pack well when you don’t have a good bag to start with? Get a suitcase with lots of pockets—I mean lots. The whole process of packing is made so much easier when there are designated spots for your stuff. My Jett Black ‘Check Black‘ suitcase has a pocket for shoes, a pocket for underwear and a secret pocket at the bottom. The added bonus of an organised suitcase is that living out of it for a week suddenly doesn’t seem so bad!
If you’re only packing carry on, you’re typically headed somewhere for a couple of days (if not, get the checked baggage!) So there’s really only need for one of each—one jumper, one pair of jeans, one pair of trackies, and one jacket (splurge on the underwear and t-shirts please).
Before you begin packing, plan your outfits—that way you only bring what you’re going to wear. Try to limit the pair of shoes you bring too. It’s not outfit repeating if it’s just a few key pieces!