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Gusto – [guhs-toh], noun – a keen appreciation, individual taste, zest, spirit

Élan – [ey-lahn, āˈlän;], noun – combination of distinctive, stylish elegance and vigor

Gusto & Élan is an exclusive fashion boutique which boasts an array of exciting local and international independent designers.

Nestled right in the centre of Melbourne’s trendy and bustling Brunswick Street, Gusto & Élan make a unique and affordable fashion statement with an element of pizzazz.

April 7th saw this concept emulated in the launch of the much anticipated SONYA KRAAN collection “The Recovery”.

Guests were treated to champagne and sweet and savoury nibbles as browsed the decadent collection. Sonya2

Sonya Kraan is a Melbourne based designer who focuses on creating beautifully crafted women’s wear. She specialises in tailoring with hidden functionality and transformability.

The SONYA KRAAN label is driven by the belief that the fashion design discipline must be met with equally weighted rationalism and creative expression.

Her work suits the woman on the go – functionality is always carefully considered and some garments have a unique transformability. This may be as simple as removable sleeves or layers for acclimatisation or as complex as garments that can be reconfigured entirely.

Not to be confused with the utilitarian style ‘pants with the zip off legs’ Sonya Kraan’s designs borrow this concept and hides it within beautifully crafted pieces.

The ‘SONYA KRAAN woman’ can go from a corporate look during a day at the office, and with a few tweaks, and unbuttoning of layers, sleeves or collars, can quickly transform into an evening goddess, ready for a cocktail at the bar.

This consideration of design is relative to the label’s approach to sustainability. Sonya believes that if we inject more ‘options’ into a garment and create something less static, we will increase its use.

“I hope to encourage a shift in customer’s expectations of a fashion product. A garment should posses longevity in both aesthetics and quality. It should last years not months, be worn and enjoyed , not thrown in a landfill.”

All collections are manufactured locally and ethically from high quality fabrications.

Check out Sonya’s ‘The Recovery’ Trans-seasonal 2013 Collection here, and see photos from the launch night below.

Images courtesy of Gusto & Élan, Sean G’ran and Sonya Kraan

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Thara Vidyaratne

Thara is a journalist and blogger who loves Earl Grey tea and speaking in broken French. BLOG: INSTA: @tharavids

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