Designers and bloggers tend to get together for all different kinds of collaborations. Usually the bloggers model the wares of the label’s latest collection, and other times they play a hand in the design process. The latest uniting of forces sees Sydney-based designer Kaylene Milner and top-notch blogger Carmen Hamilton of The Chronicles of Her coming together for one truly stylish piece. A made-to-order cable knit dress named “The Carmen.”
In March this year, Carmen was on the hunt for the “perfect statement dress” and found it in the form of a bold, orange cable knit dress by Milner. It was originally a one-off, but once Carmen posted it to her blog, modelled on her incredibly-engineered body, the demand for the piece was crazy.
After such a great response, Milner decided to invest in her own knitting machine to meet the demand of Carmen’s readers from all over the world. Now the dress is named after the popular blogger, with the designer tapping Carmen to strut her stuff in the design. “I’m so very honoured to have this incredible piece named after yours truly,” says Carmen.
Now the highly sought-after dress comes in both orange and gray, and even an alternative colour if you’re willing to pay more than the $595 price tag. Every piece is handmade from Woolmark-certified superfine Merino wool here in Australia, has an on-trend high neck, a revealing open back and spectacular cable knit detail. It’s pretty amazing. So amazing in fact, that Milner is now setting her sights on ethical, made-to-order knitwear.
“The introduction of this ‘slow-fashion’ line means I can create artisanal garments, which are designed to be worn and cherished year after year,” says Milner. “I love how a single yarn can create a beautiful garment, and I love how that garment works with the body, not against it.”
The piece is now available exclusively at Milner’s online store. If you’re keen, get your orders in now because it can take up to six weeks depending on demand.