Song for the Mute
Everyone loves a winner - these guys just took out the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Designer award.
Fledgling menswear label Song for the Mute (led by Melvin Tanaya and Lyna Ty) has just been announced as the winner of the 2011 L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Designer Award. Their use of Australian wool, including the refined medium of boiled wool, grabbed the attention of the prestigious judging panel and Woolmark, who presented the award.
Song for the Mute's Autumn/Winter 2011 collection (their third ever), 'Milieu', is dark, delicate and fresh. It speaks to the Australian climate of a harsh environment but also European sensibilities of fine tailoring, reflecting the designers' cosmopolitan roots.
All eight finalists (Arnsdorf, From Britten, Lui Hon, Dress Up, Bassike, Laurence Pasquier, Ellery and, of course, Song for the Mute) were showcased in the L'Oreal Paris Runway Show this week. Previous winners of the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Designer Award include Romance was Born, Josh Goot, Dion Lee and Claude Maus.
Words: Madeleine Atkins