Ambitious 22-year-old Adelaide girl, Catherine Maglaris, has recently launched a brand new luxury label: Dérma Department. Catherine has been working on the label’s launch since 2016, taking the time and care to create exclusive, high quality pieces for those on board with the slow fashion movement.

Although only in her early 20s, this is not Catherine’s first fashion project-turned-business. “From a very young age I’ve always had an affinity and fascination for both fashion and business,” says Catherine, “at the age of 13 I started my first business revamping vintage clothing and jewellery, which was sold online as well as at market stalls.”

During her time at school, Catherine took dressmaking courses and studied Fashion Design and Technology at TAFE SA. Following high school, Catherine’s passion took her to the College of Fashion at the University of The Arts London. When she returned to Australia, she began designing for Alexis George’s diffusion brand Lexi Clothing, where she worked for two and a half years under the mentorship of industry icon, Pat Georgiou.

Throughout her surreal career, Catherine’s work has been celebrated on an international scale, with celebrities wearing garments she’s created, including: Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima, Demi Lovato, Ciara and Nicole Scherzinger.

Establishing her own high fashion label was a natural progression. Dérma Department reflects Catherine’s eye for classic trends with the debut collection featuring staple pieces that would be suitable for any girl’s wardrobe. “The ultimate Dérma girl embraces classic trends, exudes confidence and style, and understands the importance of investing in quality, timeless pieces that get better with wear,” says Catherine.

Catherine’s focus on the fashion industry and consumer needs has led her to design pieces that customer’s will love forever. The market has been saturated with cheap novelty pieces that people quickly tire of and discard. This wasn’t the impact Catherine desired—quality and longevity are at the forefront of her designs. “When deciding what direction I wanted to take the brand, I reflected on recent changes in the fashion industry,” Catherine says, “we’re moving away from fast fashion and ‘wear once’ pieces—people want quality, longevity and timeless style.”

“The first collection, ‘Essential,’ consists of staple leather pieces. It exemplifies our ethos of creating multifunctional, cutting-edge designs that are at the forefront of modern fashion,” says Catherine. “I am dedicated to sourcing unique, textural, quality leather fabrications, like our hand cut fringing and snake embossed leather. This is always my first point of inspiration when putting together a collection.”

This is a label that could surprisingly be embraced by tomboys, minimalists, lovers of rock ‘n’ roll or ultra-chic girls (or guys). Our favourite pieces of the Essential collection are the ‘Zali’ jacket in green—perfect to toughen up any outfit—and the ‘Zakeya’ skirt in black.

The next step for Dérma Department is an eveningwear capsule collection, specifically designed under the guidance of the label’s Hollywood-based PR agency. We look forward to what’s on the horizon for Catherine and Dérma Department; we’re predicting big things.

You can shop the Essential collection here.

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