Directional and accessible womenswear from Australian fashion designer Jolet Ucchino
Jolet is an emerging and promising Australian label founded by fashion designer Jolet Ucchino in 2008 – known for its distinctive stripped-back aesthetic that is both directional and accessible. Recently we were lucky enough to have a chat with Jolet herself, to find out more about her label’s fantastic Autumn/Winter 2012 collection.
What is the signature Jolet aesthetic and design philosophy you follow when creating your seasonal collections?
I tend to be more inclined to create minimal, stripped back designs, which reflects my own personal style. However, I try not to corner myself into a particular style or look as I prefer to evolve as a designer. The label is a work in progress. It parallels and reflects the naturally evolving progression as a person and a designer. With each collection come a more refined and assured aesthetic and a stronger individual style with directional design elements and an emphasis on wearability.
What was the inspiration behind the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection?
A romantic, passionate and idealised love story set on the streets of 1960s Paris has formed the focus for the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection. Taking inspiration from French culture and the decade-long magical relationship between musician Serge Gainsbourg and actress Jane Birkin, the collection incorporates distinctly Parisian silhouettes, draping and styling. An exclusive, delicate cityscape print details the idyllic capital, an image constructed of ordinary, man-made industrial elements that nonetheless create a beautiful whole, an idea that reflects the city itself and the collection.
Remaining true to the label’s philosophy of simple, subtle designs with a minimalist yet feminine sensibility, the collection comprises both tailored and draped pieces in quality silk georgettes, crepe de chines, cottons and wools, ensuring a trans-seasonal edge. With a colour palette drawn from elements in the print, the pieces are featured in tones of maroon, taupe, blush, black and lilac, allowing the attention to detail and superior quality of fabrication to shine.
What are your favourite pieces from the collection?
That would have to be the Artificial Element print styles, in particular the suit and pleat dress. These styles are definitely sophisticated, statements looks without being over the top.
What is next for Jolet in the coming seasons?
With every season I try to create an even more refined and beautiful collection then the last>