On Thursday night I had the pleasure of hitting up the VIP night for Therese Rawsthorne's first ever pop-up store. The store (located at 401 Crown Street, Surry Hills) stocks an extensive range of Therese's SS11/12 collection, Falling, together with her diffusion line T.R. Ensemble. The latest collection lives up to the ethos of Therese's brand as uncontrived and easily wearable, with signature garments alongside statement pieces.
I was lucky enough to have a quick chat with Therese who spoke about how the inspiration for Falling was derived from the nineties TV series, Twin Peaks.
TR: It's a bit of a tribute to a lot of the characters in the show and so there's a really nice blend of masculine elements mixed back with really soft feminine pieces. With the costuming in the show they use lots of iconic styles like trench coats and biker jackets and I tried to integrate those in but reinvent them by splicing them and putting them together in new ways. The outcome is obviously my signature still, but it's really pretty and really light, as well.
B&B: What's your favourite Therese Rawsthorne piece ever?
TR: Oh, ever? (laughs) I don't know if I could pick. It's kind of like you forget about pieces after a while and then you go back into the archive and you go "oh wow, this is great!" and out it comes again. But one of my favourite pieces this season is probably the Twist Smock, it's a really beautiful Japanese cotton shirt, or the Trench Biker jacket with the leather sleeves and trench coat body. They're a couple of my faves this season but it's always hard to choose.
B&B: Who are what are your biggest influences?
TR: I get lots of inspiration each season from different sources like film and books and artists. Overall I guess my taste is quite broad. I really love the beautiful designers from the '20s and the '50s but I think it's always changing. For me the inspiration is more about the woman who wears the clothes rather than a specific time period or a place.
B&B: So who would be one of your top style icons?
TR: Probably somebody like Patti Smith. She's got a really amazing personal style. She also had that ability to throw things together, that looked really effortless but she looked really great.
B&B: If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?
TR: Maybe a bowl of ice-cream. Big ice-cream fan.
In the meantime, I think I'll be beans-on-toast-ing it for a while so I can mother that insanely sick Trench Biker.
Make sure you don't miss out - the pop-up store is only open until 17th November. Therese's latest collection is also available for those internationally here.