New looks are fine and dandy

Emerging designer Charlotte Mackay’s debut collection from her label New Dandys.
Emerging designer Charlotte Mackay’s debut collection from her label New Dandys. Contributed

THE search for truth, the promise of freedom and the ethereal nature of love all play out in the designs of Charlotte Mackay.

Her debut collection for her label New Dandys is a fusion of old world style for new world ladies and gentlemen.

Natural hues of khaki, creams, brown and deep blues combine in structured styles and flowing capes.

Little Red Riding Hood meets Robin Hood in a wood-land fairytale.

Nineteen-year-old Mackay created the label as part of her final project for a Diploma of Applied Fashion Design at the Sunshine Coast TAFE.

Her designs walked the catwalk at the recent Ethereal Runway Fashion Show and have already received interest from a number of local boutiques interested in stocking her designs.

Her design career started as simply a desire to create her own clothes to wear and evolved from there.

"I just fell in love with it and now I couldn't imagine doing anything else."

But it was her mum that cemented Mackay's love of fashion and design.

"My mum studied fashion and she inspired me so much I wanted to follow in her footsteps," she said.

Her debut collection was born from her own wanderings through Europe.

"I fell in love with the fashion in London and Paris and wanted to created good quality garments that could be dressed up and dressed down and were ideal for travelling," she said.

Her fascination with capes and hoods came from her boyfriend's love of hoodies and she wanted to create a more stylish way to accommodate this look.

While she does design for both male and female it is the menswear she is most passionate about and hopes to pursue that angle further in New Dandys' second collection due out next year.


DANDY: also known as a beau or gallant, places particular importance upon physical appearance, refined language and leisurely hobbies. A popular term in the late 18th and early 19th century for upper to middle class British gentlemen.

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