Monique Hope and Rhiannon Stevens launching their new fashion label,
Monique Hope and Rhiannon Stevens launching their new fashion label, "Free Bambi" at Lismore. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Young fashion queens hit the runways

TWO local young women, armed with their style, scissors, fabric rolls and sewing needles, are preparing to take to the European runways.

Monique 'Mini' Hope and Rhiannon 'Rhi' Stevens, both local women in their early twenties, met whilst studying Cert 4 in Fashion Design at Wollongbar TAFE, where their friendship grew from a mutual love and belief in each other's design abilities and positive outlook on life.

While they had both been working on their own individual projects before that, they decided they might work better as a duo, and merged together to form their clothing label, Free Bambi, earlier this year.

They said the partnership also skyrockets their creative capabilities, not just in terms of skill combinations, but in ideas and vision - they said they both are inspired by the other constantly.

"Having two different styles coming together works creatively," Mini said.

Rhi said that while she has a very bohemian and vintage, crotchet infested style, Mini is a bit more rocker.

Free Bambi then, they explained, contrasts free flowing, bohemian, vintage stylings with punk rock attitude.

You can follow Free Bambi online on their Free Bambi Facebook page or at their soon to be launched website.



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