Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Frock Star; Have Some Fun This Summer with Feminine Fashion Flitting from Retro Gingham Checks to Floaty, Flirty Florals

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Frock Star; Have Some Fun This Summer with Feminine Fashion Flitting from Retro Gingham Checks to Floaty, Flirty Florals

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Byline: WORDS: SALLY COATES

Steele the Label's latest collection, Valiente, translates to "brave" in Spanish - and that's exactly the way you should treat the trends.

"We took inspiration from the woman who leaves behind the comforts of familiarity for the indulgence of freedom," brand manager Natalie Stretton says.

"The spirit of the season is embodied by a timeless nonchalance personified by the modern boheme, unashamedly exuding femininity through considered fabrics that tell stories without borders.

"We draw inspiration from the quote by J. D. Salinger: 'She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together'."

While Natalie predicts those retro gingham checks are here to stay for 2018, Valiente also includes some classics.

"The collection references florals synonymous with sun-drenched days that roll into moonlit nights," she says.

"Textures come to life in intricately detailed cottons, lots of shirring and spontaneous injections of lurex and grounded by denim to allow elevated ease of wear. …

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