Catriona Rowntree - The Travel Issue
Catriona Rowntree - The travel Issue


The Travel Issue

letter from the creative director

Bienvenue to our very special ‘Travel Issue’ of L’Édition.

You may not know this, but Blue Illusion began its legacy as a French-inspired fashion brand many years ago when my husband and company co-founder Danny and I first had the opportunity to fly overseas and experience the thrill of travel that would change our trajectory forever.

It was that first trip that would lead to my discovery of the endless possibilities in both women’s fashion boutiques and the unforgettable customer service I encountered there.

It’s fair to say that over the past three decades since that first trip, my love of travel has only deepened and today stands as strong as ever. There’s so much to be discovered with each adventure and every time I return home, my heart feels completely full as I impatiently await my next voyage.

When the opportunity to team up with my dear friend and celebrated ‘Getaway’ star Catriona Rowntree presented itself, I was beyond excited. I knew that combining Catriona’s love of travel and expertise in Australian wool would serve to create a truly beautiful capsule of clothing to inspire many well-dressed adventures.

Avec amour,

CEO signature

Exquisite expedition

Our exclusive Catriona Rowntree travel capsule has arrived.

Infused with her feminine yet functional personal style, aussie travel veteran Catriona Rowntree has co-created a collection of 5 stunning pieces with accessories to match, you’ll want to add to your suitcase this winter.

Runway beauté

A head-turning dress that won’t crease.

Step out at your chosen destination with confidence in our stunning Shirred Midi Dress dress. Crafted from 100% viscose with jewelled buttons for an eye-catching touch, the best part about this dress is you can throw it on on arrival sans iron or steam and it will look absolument magnifique!

Jetset style

Add a splash of colour to your next adventure.

Meet the favori hue of travel-queen Catriona Rowntree— pink! This collection’s palette is designed to elegantly uplift while on the move. Energise your look with the très jolie frill detail of our Jacquard Wool Jumper, add our crease-proof Wool Lace Insert Pant, et voila.

L’art de travel accessory

Pick the right key pieces and you’re all set.

When packing, it’s so important to select a few beautiful accessories that have both versatility and functionality. A scarf on hand is essential to both warm and finish an outfit, while a crossbody bag makes for smooth travel. Catriona offers both in our exclusive collaboration— with thoughtful detail to boot.

“What did I wear constantly on my most recent trip? The scarf and crossbody bag.” — Catriona Rowntree in an exclusive interview for Blue Illusion.

Read the full story here.

‘Dans ma valise’— In my suitcase

Catriona Rowntree and Creative Director Donna Guest share their packing essentials.

Donna Guest

“In my case you’ll find a pair of chic sneakers for exploring by foot, one or two pretty dresses for the evening, lots of colour in throw on and go pieces, and finally, a box of my favourite organic Pukka tea for emergencies.”
— Donna Guest

Catriona Rowntree

“Dark pants. Any kind of shoe that won’t slip on cobblestones (sorry, just being honest) and you really want to amp up your accessories. But remember, the French turn their nose up at obvious labels, so subtle chic is key.”
— Catriona Rowntree

The parfait essentials

Packing staples for French-girl sophistication

No matter where you’re headed this season, we’ve got you covered. The French have always understood the value of high-quality staples as the foundation for effortlessly chic dressing on-the-go. A classic solid T with a ponte pant or our deliciously soft Bengajean® can be dressed up or down by simply adding a touch of rouge. Switch out your sneakers for heels to transition from day to night en toute simplicité.

*Some items may be available exclusively online and at selected QLD boutiques

Blue Illusion presents ‘French Experiences’
Book now to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Join Catriona Rowntree and Blue Illusion Creative Director, Donna Guest at Château de la Carrière in France this September for an exclusive travel experience that will delight, inspire and enrich your inner Francophile!

Catriona Rowntree and Donna Guest will be attending the week-long stay at Château de la Carrière for the dates of Sept. 7th - 14th 2023. Places are limited so book your trip now

Printed Maxi Dress
Printed Maxi Dress
Printed Maxi Dress
Printed Maxi Dress
Printed Maxi Dress