Who started it? Australian label Song for the Mute was founded by creative director Lyna Ty and managing director Melvin Tanaya in 2010. Ty, who is of Chinese and Cambodian heritage, was born in Paris but moved to Sydney in 1997. She studied at Australia’s Whitehouse Institute of Design and the renowned Accademia Italiana di Moda, in Florence. Sydney-based Tanaya studied visual communications and graphic arts.
Song for the Mute was initially a menswear brand and notched up several accolades including the 2011 L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Award. For spring-summer 2016, the brand unveiled its second capsule collection for women, with a complete collection due in autumn-winter.
Why we love it: fans of unique textiles, Song for the Mute is for you. Fabrics are at the core of its collections with more than 90 per cent made from scratch by mills in Japan and Italy, before being sent to Australia to be turned into relaxed yet tailored silhouettes. Highlight fabrics for spring-summer include screen-prints of hand-drawn artwork and cotton and linen sun-dried for a minimum of two weeks to create a permanent crinkling effect.
Design staples include cropped tops and trousers injected with a zen-like vibe. It’s all about ease and fluidity. Dresses and skirts come in varying lengths and shapes, and are designed to look relaxed but feel luxurious.
What we’d pick: elevated staples such as the distressed paper cotton jumper with shredded panels (above; HK$4,600) and the fold-over cotton and silk culotte jumpsuit (top; HK$9,900). Other must-haves include the sleeveless crop top (HK$4,000) and fold-over drop-crotch trousers (HK$5,200; both below).
Where can you get it? Song for the Mute is available at Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central.