My name is Amber Gwynn. I am the director of Nyata designs, a Geelong based boutique fashion label. My background is in nursing, though turning the big 30 last year, it was time to start a new life path and chase my dreams.
And so Nyata was born. Nyata is much more than a fashion label. It is a combination of my life and all that I love which has inspired this label.
Through my nursing background, I understand the importance of living well, and that to feel amazing on the outside we must first feel amazing on the inside. Our inner beauty is projected externally, so to feel confident in what we are wearing, we must feel confident about how we feel about ourselves first. Fashion is just the finishing touch.
As a curve model for BELLA Model Management, I understood the limited options for curvier women in finding beautiful boutique wear which compliment and enhance their gorgeous curves. I also became aware of the strong compartmentalisation between plus and regular sizing.
My nursing background, modelling experience, as well as my creativity and love for fashion saw the creation of Nyata which is a label which strongly promotes fashion confidence, positive body image and beauty at all sizes. Nyata means ‘real’ in Indonesian where the label is manufactured, understanding that all women are real women and all women deserve to feel as beautiful as one another.
The label accommodates sizes 8-30 and does not have standard size labels rather words which are size specific as we are so much more than a number or a size. We are currently stocked in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia and I am so proud to see the label grow as much as it is.
Since I created my label, I have had amazing opportunities presented to me that I would never have dreamed of. This is one of them. I hope that you find inspiration from my fashion segment, and may you understand how unique and gorgeous you are. Enjoy.
At last, the best season of all (in my opinion) is upon us once again and that can only mean one thing – it’s time to update your wardrobe. Winter is by far my favourite time of year. The weather is cooler, the clothes are funkier and the nights are cosier – what’s not to love?
WELCOME TO WINTER ‘15.
Here, we talk about what is hot this season, and what to keep an eye out for in giving that wardrobe of yours a bit of a revamp. And remember ladies, it is always important to wear what you feel makes you feel confident and amazing, what feels right for you. If there are trends that don’t represent who you are then walk on by. Always choose your own fashion pieces that bring out your inner sparkle, whether they are “in” or not.
It is a sad time, in a way; summer is over, but the party is not with this winter having a strong 70’s influence, giving us plenty of opportunities for fun and excitement. Think suede, fringing and burgundy tones. Most of all think flares. Flares are back in a big way!
High waisted flairs are really the way to go, given they elongate your legs. The length of flares is also important - ensure they are ankle length. Classic denim dark indigo shades, black or tan trousers with a jumper and shirt, as well as bold accessories look fab.
This is a trend that has become popular due to the healthy lifestyle trend we are seeing more of in society. Workin’ out has become the new workin’ it. Many labels are introducing gorg’ sports-inspired gear which would be a shame to just save for the gym, or lazing around the couch. Think tapered tracksuit pants, bomber jackets, boxing-inspired culottes, denim joggers, and tank dresses, slimline tees, teamed with sneakers.
It’s about the ultimate style contrast – a female body in a male silhouette. Tailoring is critical, with a variety of cuts and colours, as texture and fabric selection is important to ensure a flattering fit. Suits with high waisted pants and broad shoulders are a good way to accentuate a small waist and elongate the body. Rock this look with confidence.
Winter is all about keeping it basic with neutral tones of blacks, whites and greys. Classic pieces like these are great because they can take you from season to season and you can use your favourites pieces from summer to layer it up this winter – you savvy shopper, you!
If you are a colour lover then there are options coming through too. The strongest colour trends are burgundy, maroon and navy.
Pastels are also popular and are a great way to add a pop of colour into your favourite outfit and still feel like you. Pastel tones are feminine and sexy, but add a leather jacket or pair of leather tights and you’ve instantly got an edgier outfit with a twist.
MID-LENGTH & PLEATED SKIRTS
I know how we all love to throw on our favourite pair of boyfriend jeans, but this winter it will be all about embracing the midi skirt. Pleated long flowing skirts, fitted knit tube skirts and, of course, my personal favourite, the leather pencil skirt, will be a great way to dress up for a night out on the town. In my opinion, these skirts are much more flattering than a too-tight mini skirt, its all about effortless glamour.
CARDIGANS AND KNITS
This season it’s all about comfort (all hail the fashion gods) and effortless style. Wraps, slick knits and long line cardigans are everywhere this season with plain and printed versions available. These are perfect for those rainy days where you want to be comfortable, yet still want to look good on your sneaky trip to the shops for chocolate. Who doesn’t love the idea of just being able to throw on an oversized knit and still look effortlessly glam?
Last but certainly not least, the winter coat. By far my favourite winter item, the coat can take your outfit from drab to fab in a matter of seconds. Whatever your day is like, good or bad, the coat can instantly make you look and feel super glam! I will always choose to invest in a great statement coat and be a smart shopper when it comes to my basics. A good coat will last years and you really can’t go wrong with a classic black or grey. Mind you though, oversized pastel pod coats are the “it” item for winter, so be sure to keep your eye out. I purchased my own pastel blue as my treat to me for this winter.
Each edition, Amber will be out and about spotting fabulous women across Geelong who are rocking their street style. Look out for Brylie, Lauren and Helen in this issue.