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New kid on the block: Karla Spetic

Symphony, The Dubai Mall is extremely excited to be bringing young designer Karla Špetić’s collection to the Middle East for the first time…

Karla was born in Dubrovnik, Croatia and immigrated to Australia in 1993 with a dream of design. With two suitcases and a vision for creating timeless designs with a unique twist, she began her foray into the fashion world. Karla studied at East Sydney Fashion Design Studio, graduating in 2005. Following on from her studies, Karla collaborated with 5 designers from the Fashion Design Studio to set up The Graduate Store in the Strand Arcade, Sydney CBD. Since 2006, Karla has been bringing a highly aesthetic vision and an innate sense of beauty in detailing to her designs.

The subtle nuances and intricate design techniques of designer Karla Špetić s self-titled label has garnered the attention of the fashion industry. Karla Špetić’s label is a resplendent celebration of a designers’ journey with a unique vision. Sculpting distinctive shapes with a high-end quality finish is paramount to all her collections. Karla designs for a modern, fashion-conscious woman with an inimitable sense of style; poetic and timeless designs that transcend beyond seasonal trends. The results have seen her collections garnering such attention from the Sydney Magazine, who have named her as one of the “Top 10 People to Watch” and other editorials in VOGUE Australia, Harpers BAZAAR, InStyle, Grazia and Wallpaper to name a few.

Every element of Karla’s design weaves a beautiful story, a wearable art with a scope for a promising future. Inspired by every day surroundings, Karla Špetić’s new collection entitled ‘Borderlands’ evokes the essence of Sydney suburbs. This season, Špetić was drawn to coloured terraces as individuals and grouped in their mix of mismatched rows, to form her bold collection.

The unusual colour combinations and contrast between old run down terraces with ornate detailing provide the essence for beautiful prints, camouflaged between heavy winter fabrics. The use of photographic prints is now signature to Špetić’s collections, providing a backdrop this season are ‘Front Porch’, ‘Factory’, ‘Suburbs’ and ‘Yellow House’ prints which are layered and cropped amongst blocked colours. Špetić says, “This is where my choice of colour came from. Brick Red, Saffron and Teal paired with soft pink shades. These are predominant colours along with black.”

Multi paneled dresses offered in A-line and pleated skirt variations feature gathering and cut outs all awash with Špetić’s prints. Silk blouses with teardrop cut outs, printed t shirts and everyday shirts can be mixed with sculpted skirts in heavy wool angora or silk with leather backing. The tailored double breasted blazer is offered in two lengths and is ideally paired with a waisted or low waisted trouser.

Špetić has interplayed fabrications of angora with silks and leather to create depth and unexpected elements which broaden the range. Špetić says, “The pieces are based on styles that I would see myself and my customers wearing. I took the idea of street fashion and easy pieces that you see styled by people on the streets.” “I like the idea of each individual person creating their own style and taking that as an ever evolving ‘trend’. In this collection I was absorbed by street fashion and the way people style themselves. I found that very fresh and inspiring.”

Borderlands by Karla Špetić will be exclusively available at
Symphony, The Dubai Mall from mid-late April 2011

Ground Floor, Fashion Avenue
The Dubai Mall
T: +971 (0)4 330 8050

Karla Špetić ‘Borderlands’ at Symphony, The Dubai Mall
as featured in Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, April 2011

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Guess who is paying a visit to Dubai later this year…

Kim Kardashian!

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Whilst many magazines clamber to launch digital editions as the world asks “is print dying?” have done the exact opposite and revealed that they will be launching a glossy print edition this Autumn…

Six months after it took over, the Conde Nast Fairchild Fashion Group plans to launch a print edition of its coveted website in September 2011 – during the Spring/Summer fashion weeks. Although details have not yet been officially confirmed; the new mag is said to be a seasonal publication which will serve to surmise New York, London, Milan, and Paris Fashion Weeks, complete with runway reviews, show photos and trend roundups. Unlike fashion week trade insider magazine The Daily, magazine will be a glossy that rolls out internationally; targeting ‘the consumer’ as well as the fashion industry insiders. Fairchild Editorial Director Peter Kaplan & Editor-in-Chief Dirk Standen are developing the new publication now. We can’t wait to see the new print spin-off of easily one of the most respected fashion websites in the world…

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Music Monday

Song of the Week: Sweet Disposition by Temper Trap
Every Monday we feature our ‘Song of the Week’ from the in-store Spring/Summer 2011 playlist at Symphony, The Dubai Mall

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Cosmopolitan Middle East is here!

Ahead of hitting the shelves tomorrow, Cosmopolitan Middle East revealed their first cover today featuring none other than Khloe Kardashian! The news of Khloe’s first Cosmopolitan magazine cover has created quite the buzz, and has been featured on the likes of The Huffington PostRadar Online and X17 today. Khloe also posted the news on her blog. We can’t wait to pick up the new issue tomorrow!

HUGE congratulations to Kerrie and the Cosmo team from the Symphony Style family


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