Taking inspiration from the fragility of natural beauty and merging it with the strength of man-made structures, Thurley founder and designer Helen O’Connor has put a luxurious spin on Resort fashion with her latest collection Prism.

After a visit to the Sydney Botanical Gardens, O’Connor was inspired by the tropical gardens housed in the modern glass pyramid on the grounds of the site. Regardless of the seasonal changes in the gardens, the atmosphere in the pyramid is kept constant to allow the plants to flourish. This concept is emulated in fashion’s increasing focus on transseasonal collections.

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Speaking about what inspired the collection, O’Connor said “I attempted to capture the relationship between nature and man through a number of mediums including fragmented tropical digital prints, manipulating natural fabrications with bonding and foiling techniques and reinforced it within the colour palette.”

O’Connor has taken Thurley’s trademark aesthetic, which walks the fine line between classic and modern with ease, and applied it skilfully to the new collection, challenging structural norms by utilising unique fabrications. Bonded cotton lace gives strength to an otherwise delicate material, while triple foiled cotton lace creates a futuristic, rubberised texture, perfect for giving volume to feminine frills. White broiderie anglaise dresses and jumpsuits add a touch of romanticism to the collection, while splashes of yellow and gold add a touch of brightness to the collection. Bold floral prints are sure to be a favourite at the races this spring, while sleek black silhouettes offer dramatic night time options.

thurley 7Thurley’s Resort collection shows just how beautifully strength and fragility can work in perfect harmony to create a collection which while modern in appearance, has just the right amount of classic to be a wardrobe favourite long after the season is over.

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Lisa Teh

Lisa Teh is the Editor-in-chief of, one of Australia's top fashion, beauty and lifestyle resources. She has worked on campaigns with brands including David Jones, Myer, Mecca Cosmetica, Simone Perele, Lenovo and L'Oreal. She recently appeared in Couturing's exclusive Australian Fashion Week reality web series, The Frow, alongside top industry names including Toni Maticevski and Maybelline Creative Director Nigel Stanislaus.

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