High Summer

HIGH SUMMER 15: BEHIND THE CAMPAIGN header The skies are clear, the air is warm, and things seem lighter, brighter somehow. You can smell it on the air: summer is here. It’s a season that calls for effortless confidence – it’s time to experiment, to loosen up. It’s time to welcome the new. At SABA, we’re inspired by makers, creators and doers; by art and architecture, by music and photography, by thoughtful design and passionate creativity. We seek out innovators and inventors, and we’re endlessly inspired by those who make their mark on the world. We share the same drive – to do things differently. So to mark the summer season, we’ve created a campaign like no other, juxtaposing our new collection with a live-performance art installation unfolding in the background. It’s a concept that playfully breaks the mould, embracing the artistic instead of the predictable and welcoming a sense of spontaneity and excitement. With this in mind, we turned to mixed media artist Cindy Kavanagh to bring our vision to life. IMG_2133 IMG_2162 Kavanagh is a creative multi-tasker has worked as a fashion photographer, TV commercial producer and artist, and describes her work as “slightly tongue-in-cheek, although usually a little dark.” Her work echoes with intimacy and emotion conveyed via large-scale collages that combine her own photography with acquired material and imagery. “I’m influenced by Sally Mann and Dadaism,” says Kavanagh, explaining that she’s attracted to the surrealist techniques of and uses the nude as “a canvas to explore the hidden wonders of the world.” IMG_9388 Kavanagh was tasked with creating three artworks that would evolve over the course of the SABA high summer shoot, and provide the backdrop to the campaign. “Prior to the shoot, I created a number of mockups of different concepts at around A4 size to get a feel for the shape, colour and content of the piece. Once I’d decided on the final artwork, I had to scale all the individual elements up by 10 times their original size, in order to fit the 3m high and 4.5m wide finished canvas size, and have them recreated by a commercial printer.” 140810_SABA_M11_0018 When it came to shoot day, Kavanagh was ready to create the installation. “Having worked in the advertising world commercially for many years, coming onto the set was like coming home,” she explains. “The installation itself was super intense. Physically, it was very demanding to work on an installation of this scale, but the whole process was fun.” 140810_SABA_W21_0002 The finished artwork is striking: surreal figures pose on a stark black background, their proportions weirdly elongated. At the centre of the frame, a circular cutout resembles both a lunar scape and the ocean, while a tiger stands calmly in the foreground. Cut-out lips, apples and paper sailboats haunt the frame. “I wanted to create a piece that evoked a sense of the transitory nature of the world we live in,” explains Kavanagh. “I wanted to have a little fun and inject a sense of humour into the piece. My intention is always to create a mood that uplifts and asks a question.” IMG_2214


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The Story Of Linen


It is one of the world’s oldest textiles, dating back thousands of years when ancient Egyptians used the fabric for currency. Derived from the flax plant, linen is known for keeping its cool in the heat, making it an ideal fabric to sport in summer – in fact, you could say that summer and linen go together as naturally as gin and tonic. Our linen suiting is made from a luxe wool-linen blend sourced from Italy – the wool adds resilience, the linen keeps things light, and both fabrications are natural, breathable and a canny choice for warm weather.


Make linen suiting feel modern with tonal shirting and tan or chocolate leather accessories. For a weekend-friendly take, break up the look by pairing a linen jacket with casual chinos and this season’s Lindeman shoe. Once the weather warms up, forgo the jacket and opt for a breezy linen t-shirt – paired with cropped pants or relaxed shorts, you’ll strike the right balance between staying cool and looking smart.M12_140603_SABA_0013



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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Our Denim


Here at SABA, we take our denim very seriously. Each and every pair is crafted from the finest quality fabric sourced from the world’s best denim mills and engineered for a flattering fit. For women, our best-selling Rae Skinny is prized for helping legs look longer and leaner, while the relaxed Meg Tapered delivers laidback sophistication. For men, our new selvedge range is made with denim obsessives in mind – with fabric made on traditional post-WWII Japanese shuttle looms, they offer highly prized variation in texture and an authentic deep indigo hue.

But there’s more to our denim than meets the eye. Find out just how much thought and expertise goes into bringing you your new jeans…



1. It all starts with the fabric. Our designers don’t do anything until they’ve found the fabric that fits their exacting standards – and they scour the globe for it. This season, our designer team travelled everywhere from Turkey to France to Amsterdam to Japan to bring you denim that looks great and wears even better.

2. We’ve thought about the weather. A stiff, heavy denim just won’t work for the Australian climate – so we customised our fabrics to suit. Denim obsessives will appreciate that our raw denim is a lightweight 11 oz. making them comfortable to wear even during the summer months.

3. Every pair of jeans is hand-finished. Whiskering, subtle bleaching or using sandpaper to achieve the perfect fade, it’s those hand-applied variations that give your jeans a unique, authentic feel.

4. It takes the hands of many to make one pair of jeans. We tap into the combined knowledge of a team of skilled artisans to perfect our denim – from experts in indigo dye to fit specialists.

5.Your jeans have a secret. All of SABA’s new denim has a secret softening treatment added to the laundry process for a comfortable, luxury feel – and it’s exclusive to our Turkish mills.

Now that you know the story, it’s time to find your perfect fit. Discover the new SABA denim.

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3 Ways To Tie A Tie

Don’t know your Windsor from your Four-in-Hand?

Whether you’re headed to the office or a day out at the races, a tie is an essential part of your kit –which makes it a prime avenue to express your sartorial personality. So it’s important not just to develop a wardrobe of ties in different colours, fabrics and textures, but also the knowledge on how to tie them. With that in mind, here are three knots to know.


The Four-in-Hand

Perfect for narrow spread collars as well as button down collars, this knot is neither too big nor too small nor too perfectly triangular.Some would argue that it’s the only knot you really need to know.




Step 1. Start with the wide end of the tie longer than the short.


Step 2. Bring the wide end around and behind the narrow end to form a complete loop.


Step 3. Pull the wide end up behind the crossed sides, and then pass the wide end through the loop you’ve created.


Step 4. Pull it down and adjust the knot until it looks right. FourInHandKnot-Step5


The Half-Windsorhalf_windsor_8

A confident, symmetrical knot that works well with most collars.                                                                         The Half-Windsor is larger than the four-in-hand but smaller than the Windsor knot from which it is derived.



Step 1. Start with the wide end of the tie longer than the short.


Step 2. Bring the wide end around and behind the narrow end to form a complete loop.


Step 3. Pull the wide end up behind the crossed sides, and then pass the wide end through the loop you’ve created.


Step 4. Pass the wide end around the front from left to right.


Step 5. Pass it up through the loop and down through the knot in front, and adjust it until it looks right. half_windsor_7


The Windsorwindsor_knot_7

A bold knot that works best with wide spread collars – keep in mind that the Windsor knot requires two passes, so choose a tie with a longer length to make it work. Because of its large size and refined shape, the Windsor adds a certain authority to an outfit.




Step 1. Start with the wide end of the tie a good bit longer than the short. 


Step 2. Cross the wide end over the narrow to form a complete loop, and then bring the wide end up through the loop.



Step 3. Drop it back down and wrap the wide end behind the narrow end from right to left.


Step 4. Pull the wide end up through the loop again.


Step 5. Bring the wide end down through the knot at the front, and adjust it until it looks right. Windsor-step6


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The Textured Rope Braid

Six steps to perfect race day hair

The Textured Rope Braid

It’s those finishing touches that will really help you stand out on the field. Your hairstyle is as important as your dress (and if you haven’t yet settled on one, we have some suggestions here), so we asked Richi Grisillo, Art Director at TONI&GUY HAIRDRESSING Australia, to come up with a chic, modern hairstyle to complement any spring racing look.

“At London Fashion Week, there was a move towards hairstyles that showcased natural texture rather than an overworked finish,” says Grisillo. “It’s a look that translates perfectly for spring racing.” He recommends choosing a hairstyle that’s purposefully unstructured so that you don’t have to worry about it staying in place throughout the day.

“This textured rope braid is ideal because it’s a style that looks better and better as the day goes on – even if it’s windy or you’ve had a little too much champagne! It has a beautiful, imperfect texture that feels quite effortless,” he says.

Here’s how to get the look:

Step 1: starting with damp hair, prep your locks by working through a lightweight volumising product like Label.M Volume Foam, then blast with a hairdryer until the product is dried in.


Step 2: using a tail comb, section off the top layer of your hair (parting from ear to ear). Secure the top section with a hair grip, and tie the bottom section in a ponytail at the nape of your neck. You can leave a few strands loose at the front.

Step 3: release the top section and spritz with Label.M Texturising Volume Spray. Lightly back comb from the crown to the front of the hairline to emphasise volume, then twist at the base of the section and secure with a hair tie at the lower ponytail.


Step 4: take the ponytail (which now includes both sections of hair) and divide it into four equal sections. Take the section on the far left and bring it under the section next to it, then over the next section. Repeat the opposite for the section on the right: it goes over the section next to it, then under the next section. It may help to number the strands one to four to keep them straight in your mind. Start with the section on the far left as number one. Braid number one under two, then over section three. Section four goes over section three, then under section two. Repeat all the way down and secure with a hair tie.


Step 5: using your hands, gently pull on sections of the braid to release some strands and create an undone texture. Do the same through the crown to create volume and flyaways.



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A Day At The Races

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“Nowhere in the world have I encountered a festival of people that has such a magnificent appeal to the whole nation,” declared American writer Mark Twain on his visit to Melbourne in 1895. “The Cup astonishes me.”

More than 100 years later, the Melbourne Cup – and indeed the whole spring racing carnival – commands the same attention. But it’s not just about what happens on the track. With racing style garnering nearly as much attention as the race itself, choosing what to wear takes some serious consideration. And some serious style nous: each race day has its own traditions, etiquette and dress code. With this in mind, here is your guide to doing racewear right, on three of the carnival’s most well-attended days.


The oldest classic race on the Victorian racing calendar, the Victoria Derby was first run in 1855, six years before the Melbourne Cup. With an air steeped in prestige and tradition, the dress code is observed as keenly as the race itself – in fact, it was at Derby Day that British model Jean Shrimpton caused a scandal in 1965 by attending the race in a white mini-dress cut 10cm above the knee and opting not to wear a hat.


Even now, Derby Day has perhaps the strictest dress code of the whole carnival. With a pared back palette of black and white, the focus shifts to the line of a dress – so make sure you pick something sharp, like our Logan Dress. Your headwear should be striking, and similarly monochromatic.





Gentlemen, this is your opportunity to showcase a really fine suit, our Marcella Suit  – smart tailoring and impeccable fabrications will earn you the right kind of attention.

On this occasion, it’s best to uphold a sense of tradition, so opt for a black, grey or navy suit with a coordinating waistcoat if you like, a white shirt, and black dress shoes.

A tie is mandatory – although there is no regulation colour – and the official corsage is the cornflower.


First run in 1861, the Melbourne Cup was initially held on a Thursday – it wasn’t until the carnival of 1875 that it was switched to a Tuesday. Known as “the race that stops the nation,” the Melbourne Cup has the honour of being the only sporting event in Australia that gets its own public holiday – at least for those living in Victoria.

Look to the Melbourne Cup as your opportunity to showcase a sophisticated, modern look – a sleek bustier dress in a standout colour, is a sure bet, as is a dress with a refined pattern, like our Mosaic dress. Distinguish yourself on the field with your choice of headwear: it should be chosen to balance, not overwhelm your look. If you’re not a fan of hats, a silk scarf tied into a chic turban serves as a daring alternative.


For the gentlemen, Melbourne Cup offers the chance to express a little more personality than the strict traditionalism of Derby Day. Choose a well-tailored suit in a dark colour, a lightly coloured shirt, a tie or bow-tie in a bold hue or striking pattern, and perhaps a pocket square to add flourish. Keep in mind that the official corsage of the Melbourne Cup is a yellow rose – a flower that will look superb next to navy, or indeed any iteration of blue.












Commonly known as Ladies Day, Crown Oaks Day has developed into a celebration not only of horse racing but also of women in the horse racing industry. Crown Oaks Day sees the judging of the Fashions on the Field competition – so expect the standard of dress to be high.

With that in mind, opt for pastel shades and feminine shapes: try ladylike hues of soft pink or lilac, or maintain a sense of occasion with an elegant dress. As with all race days, your headwear should match the mood: try something with a touch of fun, like a vintage-inspired boater, or play up the femininity with a floral headpiece.

Although it’s known as Ladies Day, that’s no excuse for men to fall behind in the style stakes. The look should be relaxed, urbane but still switched on: try separates rather than a full suit for a more contemporary take, and don’t shy away from lighter colours. Complement your date’s outfit with touches of pastel or pattern, and finish your look with a pink rose, the official corsage.

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