Kate Waterhouse unveils her first fashion collaboration

Kate Waterhouse unveils her first fashion collaboration

Off duty chic

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She's known for her sophisticated race day and red carpet ensembles, but Kate Waterhouse also knows how to nail an off duty look

The fashion journalist and blogger today unveiled her first ever fashion collection, a collaboration with Australian luxury basics brand Skin and Threads. The 14-piece capsule collection is defined by simple, wearable pieces that exude timeless sophistication - think collegiate cashmere sweaters, classic blazers and sheer silk shirts.

Waterhouse developed the collection with Skin and Threads' founder Penelope Cohen over the course of a year. "I jumped at the opportunity because I've worn Skin and Threads for so many years and I love their collections," Waterhouse told Buro. "I wanted to create my ultimate wardrobe staples."

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One look at the collection and Waterhouse's influence is clear - every piece looks like it's been lifted straight out of her fashion-focused Instagram account. The colour palette is muted, with tones of white, black, grey, navy and forest green, while the cuts are evocative of the shapes Waterhouse has always favoured. "Because it's a capsule collection I wanted it to really reflect the pieces I would have in my wardrobe," she says. "So there's lots of sheer pieces because I love to wear beautiful lingerie underneath, or put a little cami underneath for more of a daytime look." There's a jolt of the unexpected, too - a gold foil-coated denim mini adds a playful note to the collection.

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So how does a fashion journalist turn her hand to fashion design? Waterhouse compiled myriad moodboards of her inspiration and ideas, as well as drawing sketches of the shapes she had in mind for Cohen and the Skin and Threads team to work from. "There's been lots of design meetings," she says. "I wanted the perfect T-shirt, the perfect black blazer, the perfect jersey skirt - when you put your name to something you worry that they'll take creative control, but Skin and Threads gave me free reign and were so good at taking my ideas off the pages and bringing them to life."

The exclusive collaboration is the second of its kind for Skin and Threads, following a successful line with Rebecca Judd in early 2014. The collection is available at Skin and Threads boutiques and online at 

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