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The search is finally over!

Have you been searching for the perfect cocktail/evening dress for like forever? Well, look no further. Let me introduce you to the amazing Melbourne based label, Cathleen Jia! 

Cathleen Tan is the artistic director and designer behind the label. Cathleen Jia was launched 2011. After having had worked with established Melbourne designer, Anna Campbell, Cathleen had a desire and passion which led to her fulfilling her dreams of creating her own label. What an absolute inspiration for upcoming designers!

The launch of Cathleen's new Autumn/Winter '12 Premiere collection took place last weekend, at the opulent Domain Flowers, South Yarra. This was the perfect venue to showcase this superbly crafted collection. Guests were treated to cute cupcakes in Cathleen's signature colours, thanks to the sweet people at Cupcake Central, along with wine, courtesy of Tucks Ridge.

Miss Audrey Dress
Cathleen Tan with model

Signature cupcakes

 Most of you know already that I absolute love silk! Silk is my favourite fabric as it breathes, wears well and looks simply gorgeous! Cathleen sources all of her fabrics locally and chooses only the highest quality. 

Cathleen's point of difference is her seasonal limited edition colour palettes. This season the limited edition colour is chartreuse. In addition to this, delicate lace and beading compliment each garment intricately. Another point of difference is that the garments are handmade locally! 

Madam Vivien in Chartreuse
Sweetheart Lillian Dress
Princess Grace Dress in Oyster
Miss Audrey in Black
Sweetheart Lillian Dress

Back of Sweetheart Lillian Dress
Dame Ava Dress in Chartreuse
Dame Ava Dress in Black
My absolute favourite garment from this collection has to be the sophisticated and timeless Dame Ava dress. The cut is perfect for an LBD and I am in love with the way it drapes on the female silhouette. I prefer dresses which are covered at the back, and this dress has a panel of silk chiffon. I just have to have this dress!

For me, the search is finally over for the perfect dress for any occasion, be it a girly afternoon tea , wedding or dinner out with my husband. If you're ready to tune into your romantic, feminine side, be sure to check out the beautiful Premiere collection, available at Cathleen Jia now.

I hope you are all enjoying your week! Take care until next time.

Yours in style,

Suzi x

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Special thank-you to Cathleen & Lisa. x


  1. All the dresses are really nice - the Ava is a perfect LBD! :)

    1. Cathleen has exquisite taste, hasn't she? I would love to own the Dame Ava LBD!!
      Suzi x

  2. Suzi your theme is amazing and you always present them with such flair and style. Love the little black number. Thanks Suzi :) x

    1. Thanks for your lovely comment!! Yes, the LBD is just perfect. I can see it hanging ever so elegantly in my boudoir!
      Suzi x

  3. lovely pictures (:

  4. such sweet photos :)


  5. wow looks like a fabulous evening! i love finding about new designers thanks for sharing :)

  6. pretty dresses!!!


  7. Wonderful blog & good post.Its really helpful for me, awaiting for more new post. Keep Blogging!

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