In 1982, Princess Diana wore one of designer Jenny Kee’s Blinky knits to a polo match while pregnant with Prince William. He propelled the Australian fashion powerhouse to even higher levels of fame around the world.
Fashion designer and businesswoman Kee is best known for her longtime collaboration with designer Linda Jackson. The couple opened the Flamingo Park store in Sydney’s Strand Arcade in the 70s and their shared love of Australian flora and fauna fueled the rise of Australian motifs in fashion and art at the time.
Now, 40 years later, Kee has relaunched the Blinky sweater for a new generation. She has teamed up with independent childrenswear brand Halcyon Nights to launch a special collection, available online from today.
“When the opportunity arose to collaborate with Jenny, easily one of Australia’s most iconic artists and designers, we knew we had to interpret some of her most iconic designs,” says Kym Purtell, Founder and creative director of Halcyon Nights.
The new collection of Halcyon Nights and Jenny Kee knitwear is called Halcyon Park – a play on the Flamingo Park era. It includes a cuddly new take on the 1980s Blinky knit for $79, a cardigan for $89, a cute beanie for $45, and a fluffy blanket for $99. Each is machine washable and made with cotton or a cotton-nylon blend.
“I want this new generation to grow into Jenny Kee’s designs, full of colorful and optimistic love for the nature of Oz,” Kee said in a statement. “Halcyon Nights is the perfect partner to make my dream come true.”
There’s also a Bush Paradise knit, cardigan, beanie and blanket featuring a cockatoo, koala, peace sign and desert spot, among other bush images. And for the bubs, there are jumpsuits, booties, bibs and scratch mitts in even smaller designs from Blinky and Bush Paradise.
The collection is suitable for children from birth to five years old. It is available exclusively through Halcyon Nights and select Australian stories and galleries.