Sydney fashion designer Lee Mathews is still in demand after close to 25 years. Here’s why

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As online shopping became nascent, Mathews knew she had to “develop a language to tell people who we were, what we stood for”. She spent “so much money” on consultants, trying to articulate the Lee Mathews brand, she says.

“These were questions I’d never really asked myself. For a very long time it was just, you go to work, you make some clothes, you sell them. I never set out to start a business.”

Before she launched her eponymous label, Mathews was an art director at Vogue Australia and worked at luxury boutique Belinda Seper and at Country Road. She discovered a love of printmaking and, with the sewing skills she had learnt from her grandmother as a child, she began making clothes for friends and family – who urged her to take them to market.

An early Mathews dress, sold at Belinda Seper, from the early 2000s. Steve Baccon

She ran her own race then, and runs it still. Growth has been organic, but is often still scary, she says. “As opportunities presented themselves, they begat more and more of them,” she says. “And there was very little planning until we got to about the sixth store, I think.

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Lauren Sanchez’s Style Evolution Through the Years: Jeff Bezos’ Fiancée’s Fashion History

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Lauren Sanchez, fiancée of Jeff Bezos, has had a robust history of memorable fashion moments. From her asymmetric Tom Ford gown at the “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” premiere in 2022 to her bold Lever Couture gown at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2024, the former journalist has sported a number of high-fashion looks that played with sensual silhouettes and bold colorways to make a statement.

Ahead, WWD is breaking down Sanchez’s style evolution throughout the years.

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Lauren Sanchez, 2005

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Lauren Sanchez at the Macy’s Passport Gala in Santa Monica in September 2005.

To the Macy’s Passport Gala in 2005, Sanchez donned a white tea-length dress adorned with black lace trimming and a matching black lace belt.

Lauren Sanchez, 2010

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Lauren Sanchez at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2010.

In 2010, Sanchez walked the red carpet at the Emmy Awards in a champagne-colored gown that featured a gathered waistline and a slim center cutout.

Lauren Sanchez, 2012

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Lauren Sanchez at a movie premiere in Los Angeles in May 2012.

Sanchez arrived at a movie premiere in 2012 while sporting a form-fitting V-neck minidress and accessorizing with

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Kate Middleton’s most incredible recycled fashion looks over the last 20 years

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It’s been more than two decades since the Princess of Wales stepped into the royal spotlight, and yet her sartorial prowess has never been more admired. 

From gracing the stage as St Andrews University It-girl to eventually becoming Prince William’s beautiful royal bride, the nation quickly developed an obsession with the way the Princess dressed – a phenomenon we now refer to as ‘The Kate Effect’. 

WATCH: Kate Middleton’s best outfits over the past ten years

“Women around the world wanted to be Kate Middleton, and in the early days when Kate mostly favoured high street brands, her fans were able to emulate her, even if it was just a token nod,” explains royal style expert, Miranda Holder.

“Kate manages to tread that awkward line between fashion and the restrictive etiquette limitations of the working royal perfectly – and all this makes utterly compelling viewing, keeping us hooked.” 

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The Princess of Wales’ sartorial excellence is captivating

Inspired by thrifty Princess Anne, Kate has followed suit in becoming one of the most prolific outfit repeaters in the royal family, often choosing to rewear clothes from her twenties, and even recycling most-memorable gowns for red carpet appearances.

In 2023,

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Jennifer Garner’s Fashion Through the Years: Pics

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100 Fabulous Years Of Wedding Gowns

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