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She’s the new ‘it’ girl of Perth fashion: at 21, Natalie Rolt has opened her own
boutique, single-handedly designed and produced her own pieces, and had her
designs appear on runways such as the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival and worn by
Miss Universe 2012 winner Renae Ayris, Shiralee Coleman and Samantha Harris.
Describe the feel of your Applecross boutique.
It has a very fresh, crisp, open atmosphere, with lots of natural lighting and a lovely breeze that flows through. I also give
my customers an insight into the in-house studio and production area where I make all the pieces, where my clients can sit
down and relax and have a squiz at my studio – if they didn’t know I produced my garments myself, they soon find out!
What’s the life of a fashion designer like behind the scenes?
Mostly no sleep and a LOT of coffee – luckily my boutique’s next door to an amazing coffee shop called Coffea Fine Espresso.
Designing and manufacturing pieces is on top of the million other jobs you have to do on a daily basis to run a business –
running around like a crazy lady trying to beat deadlines that I always push myself to make.
Who is a Natalie Rolt-wearing girl?
The Natalie Rolt girl is confident, radiant and glows with an endless love of life. She’s the girl turning heads while walking
down the street, as her aura is contagious.
Your newly released swimwear collection looks awesome. Where did the inspiration come from?
I’ve just returned from two months in Europe, so I have tried to capture this within my SWIM14 collection). I also enjoy thinking
of designs that are suitable for a bigger array of body shapes and sizes – I love being able to create a design that looks just as
amazing on a size 6 to a 12, hence the use of rope in the collection. The rope is a major factor used so my customers can adjust
and mould their bikinis to their desired tightness or looseness.
Summer is here! What excites you most about this season?
I love everything about summer – the atmosphere is amazing, and girls just want to wear beautiful bright colours, which
is what I’m all about.
It’s been a good year for Perth local Dave Thompson, owner of award-winning headphone design
and manufacturing company Audiofly. His business hadn’t yet reached its third birthday when Tiësto
– a world-renowned DJ who’s worked with the likes of Kanye West, Coldplay, Katy Perry and Gotye –
approached him to create a range of state-of-the-art in-ear headphones priced between $30 and $150.
So what could have attracted the musical powerhouse to the Perth company? Dave says Audiofly’s
headphones are made “by musicians, for musicians” and built to “replicate music in a really honest way”.
“Our obsession as musicians guides the development of our products. It’s been a privilege to work with
Tiësto; as musicians, we share a respect for the accurate reproduction of music, and understand that
attention to detail and constant innovation will bring a new standard of excellence.” Find the whole
ClubLife by Tiësto range at Audiofly’s new store. 75 King Street, Perth.
• Think you’re ready for his-and-hers double denim, but
afraid of pulling a Britney and Justin wardrobe debacle?
Head to Cottesloe’s 2 Birds 1 Stone, a new boutique
selling coated denim from Koral, Paige Denim overalls,
and white cut-offs from Nobody Denim.
• Talk about perfect timing. Seafolly has opened
a new shop at Karrinyup shopping centre selling
all things summer – cossies, kaftans, floppy hats and
must-have beach bags.
• First Zara opened in Garden City, and now a second
location has arrived in the Murray Street Mall. How
lucky are we?
• And speaking of fashion juggernauts, Topshop has
opened just next door. The double-storey, 2000sqm
space is part of the revamped Carillon City, with
womenswear on the ground floor and Topman above it.
• WA label Gyptian, purveyor of lust-worthy jewellery
and bags, has just opened its flagship store in Claremont
Quarter. We’ll take one of everything, please.
• Start saving your pennies. Women’s fashion label
Willow has launched a boutique in Claremont Quarter.
• Reaffirming its rep as the home of all things quirky
and cute, Freo’s MANY 6160 has welcomed a slew of
double-moniker retailers, like urban streetwear shop
Billie & Rose, WA label Lions & Unicor ns, and the
cuter-than-cute local brand Ethel + Leo.
FROM LEFT Dave Thompson,
Tiësto, and Audiofly product and
design manager Matt Rowett.
Natalie (fourth from left) and her
models show off the designs that
have made her a success story.
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