Since its inception more than a decade ago, Melbourne-based label, Nique, has been offering the stylishly well-informed people of Australia, modern and monochromatic essentials. Deeply engrained in a sense of gender fluidity and androgyny, the curated collection of staples has since expanded into an array of street-ready pieces and tailored workwear alike. Led by Creative Director Nadia Jones, the looks have naturally progressed into punchy graphics and unique fabrics while minimal silhouettes are a continued motif throughout the label of which is set to be shown at VAMFF.
Ahead of GRAZIA and ICON’s VAMFF Runway 7 show in March, we spoke to the creative visionary for insight into the forthcoming Autumn/Winter 2020 collection.
ICON: What does showing at VAMFF mean to you?
Nadia Jones: “It is always exciting to show on the VAMFF catwalk brining the collection to life – the energy of the models, music and the theatre of it all in front of an appreciative audience. We are showing our Autumn Winter 2020 Collection – expect bold minimal silhouettes, with multifunctional details in the beautiful fabrics – the theme of the collection is Androgyny – inspired by the ’90s, menswear patterns that we have glitched.”
What can we expect from your collection at VAMFF?
NJ: “We are showing our Autumn Winter 2020 Collection – Androgyny. Expect bold minimal silhouettes oversized suiting back to over sized billowing silhouettes with multifunctional details in beautiful fabrics patterned with graphic, glitched, mini ginghams and menswear-influenced checks.”
Who or what has inspired you and inspires your design aesthetic as a whole?
NJ: “Annie Lennox was our inspirational muse this season, known for her stylish take on minimal androgyny in the late ’80s and early ’90s. This era was an exciting time with the Japanese designers breaking through with their striking silhouettes and modernity which is very NIQUE.”
How would you define Melbourne style?
NJ: “Edgy, cool, monochrome, layered.”
What are your biggest trend predictions for the year and why?
NJ: “Making sustainable choices – closed loop fabrications such as tencel, cupro – and mindfulness – buying quality clothes that will last and you will wear over and over again. Unisex-gender free clothing, tailoring, especially the oversized jacket, natural fabrics [including] linens, cottons and hemp.”
VAMFF Melbourne Fave Five
Restaurant: Kisume – beautiful food, stunning interior and great uniforms.
Coffee: So hard to choose as all coffee is so good but my favourite is The Hardware Society.
Shop: NIQUE of course but if I have to not be biased then Masons for their buy, in-store theatre and events.
Play: NGV – the best exhibitions.
Secret Spot / Tip: Tulum Turkish Restaurant on Carlise Street Balaclava – modern take on region Turkish food.