Autumn is but 14 days away. 14 days until the gentle crackling of leaves underfoot and the soft whisper of a cooler breeze. Until the satisfying button-snap on a crisp new blazer and the heart-rushing swoosh of a textured trench against freshly sequinned trousers. Or such is the chic, romantic dream conjured by the Cue 2019 autumn collection.
Last year, Cue made headlines with news of its milestone birthday. The fashionable Australian woman has now been privy to Cue’s work-hard-play-harder aesthetic for half a century. It’s been 50 years since a young Australian law student named Rod Levis sprouted a small Brit-pop-inspired T-shirt range that would form the beginnings of his future label, Cue. A name derived by Rod and his wife in the late 60s for a branding they foresaw to always have its finger on the pulse. All these years later, they could not have been more correct.
It’s fitting then that this season, autumn 2019, is both a confident stride into the future and a decadent celebration of nostalgia. A vintage seventies, Brit-mod atmosphere envelopes this collection with texture and tone at the forefront. Sleek leathers harden demure marigold blousing while brushed-mohair cocoon coats sit shapely over georgette shirts. Inspired military coats in emerald green complement scarf-print trousers, while a gold-sequinned disco suit is the show-stopper you never knew you needed. And sure to be a bestseller? The animal-print faux-fur, cropped jacket. As we’ve seen from the street styles of current fashion weeks winter coats of a fluffy nature are absolutely everything this season.
While it may sound like a departure from the Cue work-chic staples we’ve all grown up with, its pleasing to note that this collection cleverly blends its directional trend pieces with classic cuts for the office. In fact, the featured sharp double-breasted charcoal suit would absolutely be categorised as both. As would the volumed-sleeve snake print dress, perfectly modernised by leatherwear in the form of black patent boots and a waist-cinching belt bag.
We would love to time-machine back to 1964 and nab one of Rod Levis’ Beatles-themed T-shirts. In fact, they would suitably pair back with any of the ensembles from this season’s collection. Standing there, it would be hard to imagine this one-man start-up would go on to become a staple of Australian fashion and part its cultural tapestry. A fashion company still helmed by its founder, that is the largest manufacturer of of fashion in Australia and has accreditation from Ethical Clothing Australia. A company with a 2019 campaign featuring some of the most inspired pieces on the ready-to-wear radar right now, sensationally captured by famed Australian photographer Georges Antoni. Cue was always destined for great things, and at 50 years young, it still feels like just the beginning.
All images supplied by Cue