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Manning Cartell Winter 2010 Collection

Fashion Insider Q & A: Manning Cartell

Sisters Cheryl, Gabrielle and Vanessa Manning make up Manning Cartell, Australia's go-to label for sleek, sophisticated fashion with a quirky edge. The design trio have been producing their off-beat mix of statement prints, feminine shapes and luxe fabrics since 2006, showcasing their collections at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week to industry acclaim.

Fab caught up with the designers to see what's happening next on their designer schedule.

What’s the main theme coming through in your Winter collections?
This winter is about refined glamour with hints of mystery and magic. It's dark and alluring, with rich textures, prints, interesting finishes and detailing.

How do you get inspired each season?
We are inspired by art  movements, people in history, eras and periods in time. Each season there is a process of considering what it is that we want to be wearing, expressing that for the coming season, and working out how to translate it into a great collection. This inevitably involves a lot of research, print  development, visits to the archive and discussions with one another, but it's a process that is ultimately enjoyable and rewarding, much like a journey. And then we do it all over again for the next  season! read more Do you have a fashion muse?
Our muse is any free spirited, independent, style conscious woman. Which celebrity would you love to see sporting your  label?
Kate Bosworth. She is the perfect Manning Cartell girl - natural and effortlessly chic.

What’s your favourite trend/piece to wear this Summer?
The Manning Cartell cut out bondage dress.

Any new store openings or stockists we should know  about?
We have recently opened our third  boutique in Melbourne's GPO building. This follows our two Sydney stores (The Strand Arcade and Oxford St Paddington).
We are very excited to be in Melbourne now!

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