Today marked day 1 of Mercedes Benz Australian Fashion week, “a celebration of fashion and culture”, where for the next five days (30 April – 4 May) Australia’s leading & innovative fashion designers will be showcasing the contemporary Spring/Summer collections for 2013.
Day 1 of Fashion week was jam-packed with talented Australian designers, starting with Romance was Born:
“The exuberance and talent of Romance Was Born designers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales produced a polished and powerful opening show for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.
A collection inspired by the comic book art of Jack Kirby managed the near impossible task of upstaging a Sydney Harbour Bridge backdrop, with assistance from a pop-up set by paper artist Benja Harney.
The comic book inspiration was at its most playful in shirting printed with rippling torsos and dresses featuring superheroes ready to pounce above colourful, zig-zag bugle beading… A paillette skirt and cape were works of chic elegance and embellished bustiers packed a punch.. Standouts were a tailored, sleeveless dress with clashing prints of stripes and dots artfully arranged to evoke movement and action before the model had even stepped onto the runway and quilted cocoon jackets in a palette of pinks, greens and blues borrowed from Versace that were more playful than the Prada car print blouses worn by stylists in the fashion forward front row.” (the Australian).
“Gary Bigeni clearly had the blues when designing his Summer ’12/’13 collection, as today’s MBFWA offering was filled with every shade of the sea. Cobalt, aqua, teal and sky-blue gave a distinct Summery feel to a range that was equal parts breezy as it was polished. Easy separates, highlighted by the perfect man-style pants slung low, were presented in silky fabrics that hugged in all the right places, while unexpected pops of retro geometric prints and buttery leather gave just the right amount of mix ‘n’ match we all crave in our wardrobes.” (from Fab Sugar)
Camilla by Camilla Frank’s show was as bright, bold and colourful as ever, featuring multicoloured prints, tribal looks, American Indian and cowboy influences. Camilla combined prints and every colour of the rainbow – pinks, oranges, blues, yellows in her signature silk kaftans, as well as silk jumpsuits and dresses.
“The mood was set walking into an unassuming looking foyer today for Manning Cartell. A modern cathedral-like space provided the locale for the narrow runway; the high concrete walls, marble surfaces and linear intersections of roof, stairs and floor making for a surprisingly dramatic setting. Similarly, the clothes surprised. Earthy desert tones, leather fastenings and clever rope-knot textures and trims spoke of the designer’s elegant take on tribal dressing, whilst the fluid silk draping, abstract prints and metallic suiting wove a modern vibe into the Spring/Summer collection. Featuring modern tribal look, coloured trousers, jumpsuits, halterneck dresses, suede. Terracotta, mustard, cobalt blue, white and gold colours. Models donned large gold sculptural hoop earrings and neck pieces, gold spiked stilettos and leather strapped heels. Some of the key look included white textured leather fringe and sequinned tunics, metallic gold suits, mustard silk separates and black and natural wooden bead bolero jackets.” (from FabSugar)
Other highlights of Day 1 (happening this evening as I type!) include Aurelio Costarella, Ksubi and Ginger & Smart.
I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for Day 2 of Fashion week tomorrow. Key designers we’ll be looking out for include Zimmerman, Maticevski, Michael Lo Sordo, Jayson Brundson, and after all the hype of her dresses in the Hollywood red carpet, I look forward to Johanna Johnson’s collection.
On another exciting note, I’m very excited to announce that the wheels are in motion for the creation of J’adorais global online boutique. Be the first to register on our site and receive 10% off early access discount and be the first to know when our e-boutique launches!!! Checkout www.jadorais.com. COMING SOON!!!!