Have you seen the glamorous dresses in the Winter ’17 collection? Ruth Tate garments offer a seamless transition from daytime elegance to night-time glam, in fabrics such as jersey, lace and leatherette, with laser-cut detailing and floral designs.
Daytime calls for understated elegance and classic all black is ever stylish. If you enjoy a pop of colour, accessorise your outfit with a large pair of statement earrings or a hand-printed scarf, along with your hair swept back. Let your personality shine in a Black & White Coat Dress, Flamenco Skirt, Leatherette Dress or Handkerchief Hem Dress. For an evening soiree, we love the Mesh & Leatherette Dress, and the Lace Dress in either black or black and white. Add some sparkly jewels and a super-sexy heel and you’re good to go!
Winter ’17 dresses work perfectly as stand-alone pieces - and if you prefer a minimalist approach, you will love garments such as the Bias Slip Dress in black or grey, the Bell Sleeve Knit Dress in red or caramel, the Boatneck Crepe Dress in black, or a Smokey Blue Ponti Dress. These garments are incredibly versatile, and feel special with details including French braid and lace appliqué. They are also easy to dress up! Simply incorporate a standout pair of stockings or your favourite designer clutch into your look – accessorising is entirely up to you and something you can have fun with, showcasing your own personal style.
For those icier winter moments be sure to rug up utilising layers: combine your winter dress with a knitted cardie, a coat and gloves or a pair of knee-high boots. For an edgy winter look, why not pair your dress with a Gold Leather Jacket!
Do you see a garment in the Winter ’17 collection that you adore, but envisage yourself with a slightly altered fit? Please enquire. Ruth is available to take custom-fit orders and will happily work with you to create your one-of-a-kind Ruth Tate design.
Design Collective and New Season Launch
It’s always fabulous to begin the launch of a new season collection with a Champagne Celebration, and on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th May, Ruth Tate did just that! Accompanying the new Winter ’17 collection at the May Design Collective in Enmore were artisanal designers Embellish Atelier, Barebones Studio, Kimono Yamamoto, Page Shoes and Scout the Label. All hand-made, timeless designs produced by incredibly talented designers, sharing their wares with friends and guests.
Glorious hats were on display by milliner Catherine Kelly of Embellish Atelier. Her work consists of bespoke headpieces incorporating traditional millinery techniques, along with silk-flowers, leatherwork and beading. High-craft designs tailored to an individual aesthetic.
Barebones Studio creates screen-printed silk scarves, with the addition of hand-painted artwork, to come up with truly one-of-a-kind pieces and luxury designs. Born from a desire to create comfortable wardrobe staples, Barebones Studio also offers a small selection of women’s wear. Stunning handbags were on display by Kimono Yamamoto - made from the fabric of Japanese Kimono’s, each bag and accessory has it’s own unique look and feel, due to the careful and considered placement of fabric across each piece.
Also available was handmade leather footwear by Page Shoes. Shoemaker Carole has over 37 years experience in her craft, and designs the ideal fit for you, with comfort in mind! Cute shoes in custom shades picked by you; Page Shoes can be crafted in flats, heels or boots.
Buds & Poppies provided beautiful floral arrangements, plants and succulents in interesting pots, they take orders for special occasions or deliver beautiful flowers on a regular basis.
Scout the Label joined the Design Collective on Friday night, bringing along casual woman’s wear with a touch of class. With a strong focus on fit and quality make, Scout the Label focuses on beautiful fabrics and simplified design.
The event provided a wonderful opportunity to mingle with guests, find the perfect fit or a special gift, and speak directly with the designers, who were able to offer personalised style advice. See you at the next Design Collective
Introducing Winter 2017 Collection by Ruth Tate
Ruth Tate is a champion of slow-fashion and sophisticated designer style. Her eponymous label is designed and made entirely in Sydney, and you will feel glamorous in designer pieces from the new Winter 2017 collection. Gorgeous earthy tones peppered with metallic pieces light up this season. The collection features the very best European fabrics, and in-fact, Ruth sources her Linton Tweed from the same factory that Chanel does!
Being a textile designer, Ruth is passionate about her fabrics, trims and embellishments. Think 100% pure wool garments, laser-cut Italian fabric and design inspiration gathered from all around the world. Designing a collection is an extremely creative process for Ruth. She loves fashion illustration, finding it a major source of inspiration for invoking the mood or feel of a garment. Looking to the international runways of Japan, South America and Europe, it’s often unique details that catch Ruth’s eye and which inform the design process of her own collections. Perhaps it’s a motif here, a button there, or the way a colour is used. After incorporating different design elements and sourcing fabric it’s sketch, sketch, sketch, and each garment is patterned and cut by Ruth Tate herself.
With a foundation based on chic silhouettes and updated classics, each collection is produced in strictly limited quantities, and Winter 2017 is no exception! Ruth is an eco-conscious designer and sources enough fabric and trim to eloquently produce each collection. Her garments are designed to be long lasting - the ones you want kept in your wardrobe season after season. They are staple style pieces enabling you to build and refresh a personalised wardrobe, truly reflecting your own signature style!
With such care and detailed design practice, Ruth Tate garments are also customisable. Yes, they may be made-to-order especially for you!
So browse online, shop in-store and keep up-to-date with Ruth Tate by following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We look forward to bringing you style tips and information on upcoming events held by Ruth Tate. Happy shopping!
Join us for champagne and nibbles on Friday 14 October from 6-9pm. We'll also be open on Saturday 15 October from 10-4pm
A fashion designer shows us her backyard retreat, where she creates beautiful seasonal clothing
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is a Sydney-based fashion designer who creates seasonal wear from her cottage studio at the back of her home in Enmore. The studio is tailored to meet Tate’s needs, and she is very happy working in here, particularly as she enjoys having a place to retreat from her home life and let her creativity flow. There’s no doubt, as soon as you walk into her space, that it belongs to a fashion designer – from her reference books to mood boards and pattern cutting tools, everything necessary is at hand to allow Tate to produce beautiful clothing.Creative Space at a GlanceName: Ruth TateAge: 49Occupation: Fashion DesignerLocation: Enmore, NSWWhat’s made here: Beautiful clothes for the discerning woman, in standard sizes or made to measure.
Tate has been living on this property for 10 years. Before the studio at the back of her home became her fashion house, it was a guest house for visitors. The only changes she made to it when it was converted into a work space were giving it a fresh lick of lime green paint inside, adding built-in shelving and then kitting it out to suit her taste and the needs of her work.
Tate studied Fashion and Knitted Textiles at Winchester School of Art in the UK. She finds inspiration in history, film, vintage fashion and nature, as well as past masters of the fashion design industry, Vionnet, Gres, and Chanel.
She explains that every collection is a creative challenge, which she thrives on. “Turning my 2D ideas into 3D reality and selecting which ones will go into the final collection is all part of the fun,” she says.
Hanging on the portable racks in her studio is her latest collection. A work-in-progress is displayed on the mannequin
Tate can’t live without this large work table, which has been built at the perfect height for her. It sits in the middle of the studio and can fit every swatch and roll of fabric comfortably.
The table also looks out to the garden, which is where the majority of the studio’s natural light comes from. Cool breezes travel through the window throughout the day, helping to keep the creative juices flowing.
A large mood board is hung across from the work table to give Tate inspiration. She pins her favourite looks from magazines and people she admires on here.
Some of the items in this designer’s tool kit include a measuring tape, heavy-duty scissors to cut through different weights of fabric and, of course, lots of pins.
Tate has been in the fashion design industry for over a decade, and so files and files of drawings are stored away neatly in folders and boxes across the back of the studio. She added this shelving system to the space when she first started working from here, to make it feel more organised.
One of Tate’s favourite items in the room is this desk, which once belonged to her grandmother. “It may look like a regular cabinet, but when the drawer is pulled down it turns into a work desk,” says Tate.
Ruth Tate designs will be showing at Sydney's Paddington Markets from Saturday 26th September, come and see us.
Swaine Adeney own label for Summer 95, in crisp linen, very Raj.
At First Traditions we designed and manufactured high quality garments for Swaine Adeney, as shown here in their Piccadilly shop window in London