With a career spanning more than 45 years, Carla Zampatti is one of Australia’s most recognised and established fashion designers.
This season, the formidable style icon is one of our #mosthunted fashion collective and here she shares some of her style secrets.
When we see that great fashion item, our desire to find it and own it is like a hunt. Why do you love the thrill of the hunt?
When women go into a dressing room and try on something that is not their usual style, they find and discover a new self, sometimes even feeling like a new woman – I think that is a huge thrill.
What are you hunting for this season, and how are you planning to wear it?
I’ll be wearing a loose white blouse with tailored black pants, as it’s perfect for all occasions from relaxing at home to a cocktail party. For a cocktail party, I’d wear the blouse with a leather skirt and pair of heels to dress it up.
Tell us about your collection this season.
My [Spring Summer] collection features a lovely royal blue in a rich colour and a bright Chinese red I call it, which is like an orange red. Black and white will be the main staple, and there’s also a touch of lime.
Who is your style icon?
My customers. When I design, I think of women who share my lifestyle – women with busy lives and different roles to play, whether they are going to a meeting, going to the office, or onto a cocktail party or black tie dinner.
Any style advice for spring racing?
Black and white is very good for spring racing.
What’s your secret style mantra?
Keep it strong and simple, and stick with pieces that work with each other.