Jonté Designs AW16 Galvanised Collection

Jonté Designs launched in 2012 and is the namesake label by local Perth girl Jonté Pike. Jonté Designs is known for unique and edgy fashion using only the finest quality fabrics including leather, silk and cotton. Jonté Pike is a talented designer having won numerous scholarships and accolades since starting her label. However not only is Jonté talented she is also one of the nicest, most caring and humble designers I have yet to meet. Jonté goes above and beyond her role as a designer to make sure every customer and client that comes through her Balcatta studio feels welcome and cared for.

Jonté launched the latest autumn/winter collection for Jonté Designs called the Galvanised Collection last Thursday and I was lucky enough to be able to sit with Jonté herself to talk about what is her best collection yet.

Jonté Pike of Jonté Designs photo by Aaron McPolin

1) Jonté, for those that don’t know you tell me a little something about yourself.

I grew up in South Africa and immigrated to Perth, Australia when I was 11 years old. I have always been interested in fashion design and mostly selected school subjects which where on the creative side. During high school I was awarded the Apex Teenage Fashion Designer of the Year in Western Australia and went on to win at the Nationals. This encouraged me to continue my studies with the sole focus on Fashion Design at Polytechnic West in Perth. I entered into many fashion design competitions. This was incredible valuable to my networking within the industry and of course meeting influential people who then provided me with the necessary guidance in what is a very colourful industry. My proudest moment has been opening the Jonté Designs Studio in Balcatta that allows customers to shop our collections and see all behind the scenes to our label. Other than designing I love traveling, eating out and scuba diving.

2) What’s a typical day like for you?

My days vary a lot as I’m always working on different projects and aspects of the label. Generally I start the day checking emails, follow up on production or work on new design samples in the Jonté Studio, spend time on social media (to keep connected with my followers) and can vary with work on my website/customer orders/meeting with stores/prepping stock for stores ect… Everyday is different which makes it more exciting!

3) Who is the Jonté woman?

Feminine, confidant, adventurous and stylish yet playful!

Jonté Designs Galvanised Collection

4) Your collections just keep getting better and better. Tell me about your latest collection, the Galvanised Collection.

Galvanised is one to empower its wearer, to embrace your femininity as well as make a strong bold presence. I really love how this collection came together – very cohesive, numerous styling options and played with juxtaposing textiles that is a signature to Jonté clothing. You will find some 3D hand beading and embellishments that add edgy playfulness to the collection. Every piece can be layered with each other and I can’t wait to see how my customers wear their pieces!

5) Where did you draw inspiration from for this collection?

My Galvanised collection revolves around inspiration drawn from elements of minerals and rock faces. I played with a mix of the contrasting an industrial feel combined with natural elements from natural rock formations and crystals. The collection includes linear exploration, a cool colour palette of steel greys, metallic finishes, black and hand dyed marbled fabrics.

6) Where do you see this collection being worn?

I have designed most of the collection to be worn either day or night depending on styling! Which is were the layering comes to play. You can wear pieces from the collection during everyday activities or work as well as style them into after 5pm wear and for special occasion. There are a few stand out evening wear pieces which would be perfect to wear to an upcoming ball such as Style Aid or the RQCC Ball to name a couple.

Jonté Designs Galvanised Collection

7) If you had to choose 1 item, what would be your favourite from the Galvanised Collection?

It is so hard to choose a favourite piece as I am so pleased with the final outcome of this collection and really want to wear every piece myself! I do love pieces that can be dressed up or down and styled in many different ways. The Galvanised Wrap Skirt (pictured above) that features permanent pleating detail and luxurious comfortable wearing cupro is definitely a stand out favourite. It’s the perfect statement boutique style garment, which embraces versatility; edginess and every-day wear thus making it to be my favourite piece.

8) How would you style/wear this piece?

I have styled the galvanised skirt casually during the day to lunch for example with flat thigh high boots and a lightweight knit jumper. Or alternatively I have styled it to the Launch of the Galvanised Collection with an embellished long sleeve metallic top, statement necklace and killer wedges by Rochessa!

And have so many more styling options for this skirt – its exciting when a garment can be worn so many different ways and to various occasions!

9) What are 3 things you can’t live without?

Laptop, high-heels & face-wipes (haha)

Jonté Designs Galvanised Collection

10) Lastly what are your future plans or ambitions for Jonté Designs?

It’s a rollercoaster ride working in the fashion industry! A very exciting, colourful, energetic and at times stressful environment – but one I absolutely love! I’m just going to see where the ride takes me next and hope to see more stockists around Australia and runway shows introducing my label to new markets!

Perth Favourite Four:

Favourite cafe or restaurant for breakfast: I love Odyssea at the moment for Brekky!

Favourite coffee spot: I don’t actually drink coffee – but have been enjoying the juices from Tropico

Favourite retailer: I love all my stockists and love shopping at their stores! This includes Varga Girl, Merge, Perlu & Method Clothing and online at Clique Arcade.

Favourite place to relax: The Beach or a weekend away to Dunsborough/Margaret River

 

You can now purchase the Galvanised Collection at the Jonté Design studio, online and the previously mentioned stockists.

Jonté Designs Galvanised Collection

Photo Credits:

  • Fashion & styling: Jonté Pike
  • Photographer: Aaron McPolin
  • Models: Danica Butler & Daisy Jeanes
  • Hair stylist: Jessica Panizza
  • Makeup artist: Holly Garvey
  • Photography assistant: Anastasia Bijou
  • Styling assistants: Michelle Pike & Haylie Roy

 

JB xx

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