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Australian designer Wayne Cooper talks of timeless style and his fashion journey.


Describe your style or collection
The Wayne Cooper Autumn Winter collection encapsulates the bold mood of the season, full of contrasting textures and sharp silhouettes, softened by sculptural ruffles.
With a mixture of structured tailoring, asymmetric draping and panelling, the collection is both empowering and sexually charged.
Colour is kept to a minimum, using black as a backdrop to the highlight colours of ecru, khaki, brunette, gerbera and ultraviolet.
The beautiful combination of pinks, browns and violet shades, the warmth of neutral golds, set against the sharp textural darkness of blacks, keep the collection fresh and exciting.
The silhouettes and fabrications combine perfectly to form bold tactile shapes.
Stretch wool styles feature sharp tailoring with pinched shoulders, inverted triangular shapes that elongate the leg.
Silk faille boleros and dresses form sculptural ruffles, cashmere shawl jackets drape and fold, leather is ultra soft with a tough biker aesthetic, and the denim has motocross detailing. Knitwear combines chunky cable hoodies, leather sashed shawl wraps and merino jackets.
Dip dye silks are softly graphic. Silk chiffon is billowy and featherlike, whilst the satin metals and coated taffettas are rumpled and bouncy.
The layering of textures works well with the combination of skinny leggings made in stretchy black snake and armour like matt black sequins underpinning key looks.
A fully realised collection, the styling is relentless, hard edged and extremely sensual.
Revolver will resonate with fans as the styles are provocative, feminine and thoroughly hardcore deluxe.
How and why you entered fashion Industry-
I have had an affinity with fashion since I was a kid growing up in London. My dad had the best wardrobe where his passion naturally rubbed off on me.
Then came the 80ís. London in the 80ís was the epicentre of fashion. If it was happening, London was all over it. I found myself getting drawn into the electrifying hues and the chiselled panels of the 80ís and I wanted more. So after finishing my law degree, I made my way to Australia and pursued my relentless passion to design by studying at East Sydney Tech.
Who has influenced you most in your life Ė
I canít go past the likes of Helmut Lang and Kathrine Hamnett. Something about their style really resonated with me. And the same goes for my dadís influence on me. He had style.
1.Why is it so rewarding to be a leading Fashion Designer?
With designing, each day differs completely to the next day. All the long days, challenges and hours of design amount to a collection that women want to wear. It is the best feeling to see women look empowered and confident in my clothes and seeing them have fun with fashion. Thatís what drives me....
2.Where do you get your inspirations from?
Where do I start.... film industry, music, iconic women... It changes season to season.
3.What has been your greatest achievement?
With regards to fashion, staying in this industry for this long is a start. But I canít go past being the first Australian to show at New York Fashion week. Personally, it is my 2 wonderful kids.
4.What has been your greatest challenge and how did you overcome it?
Keeping the momentum of fresh and exciting stories season after season is one of the biggest challenges but it makes it easier to overcome because the passion is still there. I love what I do and find that taking some time out stimulates new concepts.
5. Whose style do you most admire?
Faye Dunaway, Tina Chow, Jerry Hall to name a few. Strong stylish women.
6.What changes in your business, if any, have you made to adapt to the current economic climate?
Thankfully, we didnít need to make any changes due to the economic climate and thatís because we offer women so much more than just a tangible product
7.Divulge the fashion piece that you couldn't live without?
By far, Black Skinny Jeans.
8.What is your worst fashion faux pas?
Well, I donít have one. At the time it was cool. Hey, even bright parachute silk was happening at one time.
9.Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
No doubt we will continue to expand our collections i.e. jewellery, bags, menswear, kids, shoes...

10. What advice can you offer to emerging fashion designers?
Gain as much experience in all fields of fashion as you can so that you truly understand what fashion design is really about.
Carve out a niche in the market for your designs and make sure you love what you do. You needed to be fuelled with passion and driven. And then, you should excel. Donít forget - Walk before you run....

11.Wayneís FashionĎHOT TIPí Ė
Donít be a slave to fashion. Dress to your body type and accentuate your greatest assets.

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