11 New-Season Buys You Need Now

With hero buys and styling hints that will lift your look, this is the JONES guide to everything worth knowing for autumn. Plus, meet the makers and muses behind some of the brands you need to know now.

1. Carry away

Designed by Naza Yousefi in London, handbag label Yuzefi transforms every functional gusset, bolt and chain into a thoughtful design feature. The result is less arts-and-crafts, and more structural chic. Find the pieces in the hands of everyone from Kate Bosworth to your favourite Instagram style star.

Yuzefi handbags

Yuzefi bag, $719.

2. Nab a Rixo

Rixo London was formed by best friends Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey, inspired by their love of all things antique. Using their background as buyers and their own savings, they started the label to fill a gap in the market for wearable, hard-working clothing. Three years in, Rixo has built a cult following for its quirky, nostalgia-tinged dresses, blouses, skirts and swimwear. Think luxurious silks, retro-inclined silhouettes – mood boosting clothing for any occasion.

Rixo shirt

Rixo blouse, $329.

3. Into the wild

No shoe-drobe is complete without a hit of leopard print. Edward Meller’s calf-hair capsule collection of animal-print ballet flats, ankle boots, kitten heels and loafers is full of fuss-free essentials that add some fun to your daily jeans-and-tee ensemble – all created exclusively for David Jones.

Edward Meller leopard-print pumps

Edward Meller heels, $655. Available instore.

4. Gallery girl

In partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria, Mimco is set to release an 18-piece capsule collection inspired by the Between Two Worlds exhibition from Dutch artist M.C. Escher and Japanese design studio nendo. Exploring themes of geometry, space and perception, Mimco has created floating, tessellated earrings, geometric necklaces and precious printed silks and totes.


Mimco necklace, $99.95.

5. Sea change

Swap your everyday delicate trinkets for supersized seashells for a look that’s just as good as a holiday.

Amber Sceats earrings

Amber Sceats earrings, $159.

6. Power Pair

What do you get when you cross iconic Danish design brand Georg Jensen with West-Coast-cool interior designer Kelly Wearstler? The Frequency Collection: a series of timeless silver homewares that embody both Nordic and Californian connections to the sea – catch the wave motif in beautiful vases, bowls and candle holders.


Georg Jensen x Kelly Wearstler bowl, $240. Available late February.

7. Hip to be square

For the new season, designer Kate Sylvester was inspired by another like-minded, irreverent New Zealand woman: artist Frances Hodgkins. Titled Frances, the collection reinterprets four textile prints from the Hodgkins archive to create graphic silk scarves in shades of moss, rose and lilac. “It was very important to me to bring the prints to life, not treat them as historical artefacts but to interpret them for a contemporary Frances and a contemporary world,” says Sylvester. Style it by weaving the silk through your belt loops or tying two scarves together to form a dress.


Kate Sylvester scarf, $89.

8. Disney x Coach

Take Snow White on your daily commute with Coach’s latest collaboration with Disney. Spot American pop culture icons on everything from bags to clothing and jewellery.


Coach bag, $505.

9. Lingerie, but not as you know it

Paris-based lingerie label Chantelle has a fresh new look. The creative whirlwind behind the brand’s change of direction? French photographer Renaud Cambuzat, the newly appointed chief creative officer of the Chantelle Lingerie (CL) group. Taking inspiration from Chantelle’s craftsmanship and innovation, Cambuzat brings an inclusive, spirited energy to the label – and the whole lingerie scene. And he has the accolades to prove it, with CL winning the Salon International de la Lingerie Designer of the Year 2019 gong, (the equivalent of a Best Picture Oscar for lingerie). “We believe beauty is not pretty,” Cambuzat says. “We’re here to shift perspectives [on lingerie] and ensure there is relevance and understanding.”


Chantelle black lace bra, $149.

10. JONES meets Inès De La Fressange

She’s the iconic French model, longtime muse to Karl Lagerfeld, first official face of Chloé, and now, brand ambassador for Roger Vivier. “I’ve never seen a woman enter a Vivier’s shop and like nothing. There are boots that are rock, ’50s style pumps… I think this is luxury, when there are a lot of possibilities.” As for her own style, the 61-year-old admits it’s evolved over time. “When I see pictures, especially of the ’80s, we had so much makeup; lipstick, eyes, cheeks... And we were wearing earrings with necklaces, bracelets and chains. Before, fashion was like a mask that you put on. Now the mentality has changed. Beauty comes from you and your happiness, which is much more difficult, ha!”


Roger Vivier heels, $2670. Available on Level 7 at David Jones, Elizabeth Street, Sydney.

11. Lessons from Johnny

After a decade in business, Johnny Schembri, the designer behind By Johnny, reflects on what he’s learned about work, family and fashion. It starts with evolution: “I’ve grown with my customer. When I was 22 I was designing things a 22-year-old would want. Now that I’m 32, they have evolved too; they’re mothers, professionals, creatives... It’s all about staying true to them and their stage of life.” Drawing inspiration from cultural cities like Paris, London, New York and Cuba, next he turns his attention to developing the brand’s cruise and resort offering. “Ten years on, we’re thinking about where to take By Johnny. 2019 will be a year-long celebration. We’ll release some reworked classic shapes and have activations throughout the year. We can’t wait.”


By Johnny lilac dress, $460.

Shop more of Autumn’s latest trends in the JONES edit