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Into the woods

Written by Helene Pilhage


Posted on April 12 2017

It’s that time of year again – I’ve brought my doona out the fans are finally still, my morning mango has been replaced by a bowl of hot porridge, the frangipanis are falling fast and the evenings come dark and cool. As regretful as I am to say farewell to a Sydney summer, I do love autumn in this town. Bright and crisp and lovely, autumn puts the spring back into a step that has been weighed down for months by heat and humidity. Out come my ankle boots and a palette of colours that reflects the shift in the weather – Sydney still sparkles but my airy blues, tropical aquas, prettily embroidered whites, and whisper soft pinks make way for ruby red, deep navy, charcoal, chocolate, black, cream and dusky rose.

lovisa-top-morel    yvonne-top-maroon

While the city is very much my home and the harbour and beaches are so close by, autumn tends to lead me away from the sand and toward the bushland that edges our neighbourhood. It is dense with colour and texture and bird song and I’m always amazed by how quickly the city recedes as the forest embraces me.

It’s this feeling of heading into the woods with a sense of adventure and mystery and closeness to the natural world that inspired our new collection for Kaja. We wanted to create pieces that would translate easily from the indoors to the outdoors and keep the wearer looking as elegant as she felt comfortable in any setting.

Working with layers is always a key part of our style and there are plenty of opportunities with this collection to play with different lengths, textures and prints. And if you are not ready to dive into the depths of a winter palette, there are pops of vivid colour and washes of pale dusky tones to keep the gloom away. My favourites are the Ines cardigan in dusty rose or the jewel-like Linda tunic.


Jeans become a staple at this time of year and I’m always on the hunt for ways to make them look fresh and interesting. I love the soft boho drape of the printed Sandra top or the chic relaxed elegance of the Hedda button up shirt in black. Tops with flattering lengths, smart tailoring and beautiful detailing take the generic out of jeans and make for a style that you can truly put your own stamp on.

hedda-top-black    sandra-top

So come into the woods with us this season. Autumn has never been more inviting and our new collection will take you from shadowy forests to sunlit glades and all the way home to your fireplace with a light and stylish touch.



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