Flare Street Blog
Early this year, Nolan’s beautiful artwork caught our eye as the backdrop to an Anna Sui runway show. We fell in love, reposting the wonderful colours and motifs on our Instagram story for days... We couldn’t get it out of our head, and so we trawled through Nolan’s Instagram page, falling in love with his delicately hand drawn pieces and ability to draw on 1960’s inspirations, whilst creating a whole new world from them!
We couldn’t wait to have our own Flare Street exclusive by him! Chatting about the main 60’s influences, art styles and favourite vintage fabrics we love, it didn’t take long to start creating the magic!
Below is our latest interview with Nolan, chatting all about his influences, inspirations, things he loves as well as some of our favourite images by him...
What is your favourite music genre?
C-86 and other jangly guitar pop. I love all the 80s UK bands from that era (Orange Juice, the Pastels, the Brilliant Corners) and also listen to a lot of New Zealand and Australian pop from the 80s and 90s (Flying Nun Records, the Cannanes, the Church). Australia has done a great job of carrying that flame, and a lot of my favorite modern bands are Australian: Tam Vantage, The Stevens, Chook Race and a long list of others.
Where did you get the inspiration for this print from?
I collect a lot of inspiration images from auction listings, antique catalogues, and antique textiles. This print for Flare Street is based on a 19th century stained glass window. I love taking old elements and giving them new life.
What is your routine as an artist?
I like digging around my library of books, and online inspiration from various auction sites and archive.org. I usually start with an older piece of art for inspiration, and start drawing, all the while refining, adding designs, patterns, and other elements until the original source material is unrecognisable. Once the basic layout is complete, I go in and add detail, then more detail, and then even more detail until the whole picture is vibrating with pattern and colour.
What is your favourite style - personal as well as artistic?
I love what I call "Psychedelic Victorian"—art and design from the 50s, 60s, and 70s that takes inspiration from Victorian designs but modernises it with electric colours and a clean design. My wife and I live in a Victorian row house covered in shag carpets, plants, spaghetti lamps, and antique books. My personal style is a lot of patterns, golds, mustards, and oranges—corduroy jackets, and vintage western wear.
If you could describe your first impression of our flares in one word, what would it be?
And if you haven't already checked them out, the designs on our Chiara Flares by Nolan can be found here in our latest Tuscan Dreams release.
Just when you thought it couldn't get more comfortable than our flares... it's time for wide leg velvet flares!
For years we've been asked to make a wide leg version of our flares, and we're happy to finally say here they are!
It took us a long time to perfect these pants, as we wanted to make wide leg flares that flatter your body, flare at the knee but were loose and comfortable pants to groove around in! Made as an alternative to our wildly popular, Burgundy Velvet and Black Velvet Flares.
Researching our favourite 1960's brands, we noticed a lot of them were influenced by 1920's style - our wide leg flares are a throwback to these era's, encompassing a higher waist, thick waist band and a delicately placed curved flare to elongate those legs!
Notice from the images, how the waist falls without clinging to your hips, silhouettes the hip bone and thigh and then curves delicately at the knee to give that wide leg flare look!
They're made from a plain, non-crushed, deep burgundy, plum wine velvet, are super comfy and contain a lot of stretch and amazing flow of the flare. They are soft to wear and perfectly flared for any season!
These flares have a wide elastic waist band, and sit slightly higher than our original flares.
See below our inspo images from Biba Boutique as well as the original wide leg flares from the NYFW runway!
We get way too excited about our flares and this was one of the hardest secrets to keep! These flares have been hanging out in our studio for a year now, waiting for Splendour and the summertime festivals before they could go out into the world... for those of you who have swung past the studio since last year would know all about these!!
Sourced from one of our fab local suppliers around the corner in Melbourne, we snapped up all of the sequins that had to make this collection come to life.
With massive inspo from Studio 54 days, where Keith Richards met Patti Hansen, Diana Ross and Cher got fabulously groovy and Bianca Jagger rode a white horse across the dance floor.... you can only imagine how outrageously fabulous the outfits were!
Captured in the forrest of Idyllwild, California, last September, when the sun was peaking through and the light was mystical. We shot these flares in the cosiest little 60's cabin in the woods and highlighted the dreamy, phosphorescent vibes they emanate.
They're so limited and made to order!
Diana Ross at Studio 54 getting her groove on!
Nestled away in the hills of Warrandyte, on a scorching hot summers day, these gorgeous girls grooved around in a range of our flares for a collaborative shoot by Anna Snowswill.
Here are the full images as the girls rocked the catwalk at NYFW. Up close pics of our new Cosmic Velvet fabrics snapped by professional photographers for Getty Images as the girls moved and grooved in our new collection.
We'd love talking about our fabrics, printing ethics and inspiration so have a read as we explain the details of these Flare Street pieces as you scroll.
For the last few years, all we've had in our mind is to create a Peter Max inspired velvet dream. We worked with Jas from Harley & J to bring this dream to life, mixing the Peter Max iconic sun motif with Jas' unique celestial prints. As a nod to the late 60's we chose a bright, psychedelic colour palette (our Astro Blue colourway), for the 70's a Terra Nova Rust and a modern day take of Cotton Candy pinks.
Our classic Azura Flares are a staple for the flare-lovers out there. Seen here with delicate fringe details and a matching high neck top, this print is featured in the Dhana Dreams print and their colourways match too. We added fringing for the show but message us if you'd like a custom order, they add extra length and extra glam!
Our Hendrix Night's flares feature a very, very special Moon Lady motif. Hand drawn by Nik's talented sister, Shell, she sparkles brightly between a falling galaxy of twinkling stars. Our Moon Lady embodies power, independence and encourages you to dream big and reach for those stars. She's alluring, calming and nurturing and inspired by the latest tattoo that designer, Nik, created.
Hand patchworked wide-leg flares. These beauties are authentic patchwork, taking 24 hours to make. We hand-cut each velvet piece, ensured the colours ran the right way, placed the pieces perfectly, sewed the panels and then turned them into our latest design of wide-leg flares!
The runway at the end of the show featuring all our Cosmic Velvet designs and wonderful models.
Nik hand made this chain belt in the NYC garment district a few days before the show.
All of these velvet fabrics are commissioned pieces of artwork making them so, so unique. We work with a sustainable printed in Sydney and sew all our garments in Melbourne.
Have a read about our fabric printing on our product pages of any Cosmic Velvet piece.
Front row ladies!
Rhyme in our Azura Flares in Terra Nove
Designer, Nik Shimmin, in a custom French Lace Flare set
For a full album of the show head to Getty Images here or have a peak at the film recording of the runway show here:
We captured some of the backstage magic at the NYFW show, snapping Polaroids from our 600-Type 70's instant camera. The NYFW models looked so fabulous, decked out in our new Cosmic Velvet collection. A collection full of colour, velvet and celestials dreams. Check out the images below and shop the collection here!
Show by Fashion Palette
Hair by: Davroe
Makeup by: Alison Jade Cosmetics
Watch the whole show here!!