Collection Spotlight: Thurley Winter 2016

Founded by Melbourne-based designer Helen O’Conor who made her debut at L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Week in 2006, the launch of Thurley was inspired by a scholarship awarded to O’Connor at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. In 2008, Thurley was a finalist in the prestigious LMFF Designer Award presented by Woolmark and from that foundation the label has continued to develop a strong following and reputation among those in the industry.

Drawing inspiration from experiences of travel, culture and art, Helen injects Thurley with a strong sense of personality. With its name passed down through O’Connor’s Irish descendants – from O’Connor’s great auntie to her mother – the label has personal relevance and history.

Each season the collection features timeless pieces that are both modern and classic, specializing in eveningwear with a focus on masterfully embroidered dresses, extravagant outerwear and elegant gowns. Thurley revitalizes ancient handcrafted techniques, sourcing skilled artisans to manufacture the pieces. It is this process and dedication to detail that sets Thurley apart.

About the Author

Having started her career in New Zealand as a fashion and beauty assistant, she then moved on to edit the online beauty magazine, BeautyBible. Since then she has created her own blog, The Refined Edit. Now based in the United Kingdom she has contributed to countless print and online publications including Style.com/Arabia. Follow her musing on Twitter and Instagram @gracieastewart.