Cameron & James

Fashfest 2016 Runway Review – Cameron & James

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Going into Fashfest there were already a few designers who’s collections I was particularly excited about, and one of these was the latest offerings from Melbourne based Cameron Dixon and his label  Cameron & James.

After the success of his collection for Fashfest 2015 I’m not embarrassed to say that I have become something of a fan-boy of Cameron’s work, and I had fairly high expectations for what I was looking to see from him this year. My mind had painted a picture of the same strong understanding of the importance of a garment’s cut, paired with his unwavering dedication to black and white.

And on the first night of Fashfest 2016, during the second show for the evening Furore, what we got from Cameron & James this year was beautifully aligned with the label’s history, but a clear and determined step forward. (more…)

Fashfest 2016 Designer Profile – Cameron & James

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Cameron Dixon wowed Canberran audiences with the launch of the Dark Paradise collection for his label Cameron & James at Fashfest 2015, and paved the way for a host of new talent from outside of our nation’s capital to showcase their designs on a national stage.

His collection was bold, punchy and stark: and army of models in simply tailored and draped menswear and unisex cuts in an achromatic pallet of black and white marble print cottons (before marble was cool). And while I don’t tend to wear much of anything that isn’t a shade of blue, I was instantly smitten with the genius of the collection, the post-apocalyptic chic styling, and Dixon’s design sensibility.

You can imagine my delight then to find that Cameron and his label Cameron & James would be returning to the Fashfest 2016 runway with a new collection.

After the success of his collection at Fashfest 2015 Cameron went on to further develop the Dark Paradise collection, and to showcase his style on the Undressed runways in multiple cities, at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival and in Stell and Pump Magazines.

It is very easy to see the appeal of Cameron & James clothing. Accredited since 2012 with Ethical Clothing Australia, Cameron strives to create a label that meticulously adheres to his belief that fashion and sustainability can coexist together. The Cameron & James label achieves this through the pairing of careful fabric selection and ethical production techniques, with designs made-to-order rather than being mass-produced.

Returning to the Fashfest runways for 2016 (second show on Thursday evening – buy tickets here); I was eager to get in touch with Cameron to find out what he had been up to since we saw him in May last year, what he’s learned for his business in this time, and of course, what we can expect from his 2016 collection. (more…)

Monthly Favourites Vlog – August

I have been a big fan of Monthly Favourites videos on Youtube for a while now, and I follow a lot of great Youtubers who produce this video every month. I think that they’re a really great way to learn more about your favourite Youtubers; but also to discover new products/gadgets/brands to try, or to confirm your thoughts about something you have been thinking of trying for a while. It seems only natural then that I would want to start sharing my own monthly favourites with you in Video format. (more…)

Fashfest 2015: Cameron & James

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In the week of Fashfest 2015 designer Cameron Dixon expressed that he was a little nervous that he had not pushed enough with his debut collection for his label Cameron & James.

He really had no reason for concern.

The Cameron & James collection presented on the closing night of Fashfest was a fantastic achievement of achromatic, unisex pieces in draped forms and cool cuts. There was something for everyone in the line up, with dropped-crotch pants, oversized t-shirts with exaggerated necklines, flowing tank tops and much more. The use of only black and white, accentuated by the addition of incredibly realistic looking marble patterning, kept the focus on the unique designs and clever construction.

My favourite pieces of the collection were the white long-line tank top worn by face of Fashfest Ken Scruton, and the white marble-fronted t-shirt with the exaggerated neckline. However my favourite piece overall wasn’t even officially in the collection, but was actually worn by Cameron on the night: a sleeveless collared vest with studded details. I am desperate to add it to my wardrobe.

All in all the Cameron & James collection was a great introduction to Canberra for Dixon, and I cannot wait to see what we can expect to see from him in 2016. Not only has he reignited my love of white, but he has also proven to me once and for all that designers can be environmentally conscious without forsaking the aesthetic appeal of their garments; and I’ll be forever thankful for that.
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