Meet Rebecca Vallance. This new face on the design block has just launched her first ready-to-wear winter collection, for which she is garnering international recognition. And she’s already got some high profile fans, including singer Delta Goodrum, who was spotted wearing Vallance’s leather mini skirt (with an Hermès top) while out with boyfriend Nick Jonas earlier this week.
Vallance, who started by launching a selection of kaftans, has now extended her collection into more ready-to-wear pieces. Not bad going for someone who fell into design accidentally.
“I started modelling when I was 13 and then went into fashion publicity for nine years, but I had a love for fashion designing all along so it felt like a natural progression. I ended up living in Malta and being such a hot country, all I wanted to wear was beautiful kaftans but I couldn’t find what I was after.
“I spent a lot of time travelling and started to pick up cool fabrics in Turkey, India and the Caribbean and just ended up making my own kaftans. I would go to parties and dinners and people started to ask where I got them from so I would offer to make them one, and one thing led to another and I ended up selling it to stores and the business flourished from there.”
With her collection being made in the same factory as those by Anya Hindmarch and Elie Saab and beading applied by the same maker used by Matthew Williamson, it’s no wonder Vallance is taking the industry by storm with her ‘accessible luxury’ collection.
Pricing starts at $180 for a silk blouse and ranges to $990 for the exquisite beaded pieces. The Audrey Hepburn-inspired collection offers impeccable quality (with all the fabrics sourced from Paris), while the label’s array of sizes and styles ensures there’s something to suit all shapes and ages, from tulip skirts to evening gowns.
Nationally stocked in boutiques here and in the Middle East, Vallance is also about to meet with luxury London-based retail giant Harrods, which may see her joining other high profile Aussie designers such as Sass & Bide, WA designer Ruth Tarvydas, and Akira Isogawa in the famous department store.