MBFWA DAY 2: the best moments from Australian Fashion Week 2017
Starting the day off on the right foot, (in strappy, daisy-embellished pumps, of course) was a sweet offering from Alice McCall. Aptly titled Bon Bon, McCall's Resort '18 collection was a celebration of what she does best: flirty, fun, femininity with the edge of a girl completely in charge.
Model's fluttered down the runway in glittered ostrich feather jackets, collars and bags, barely-there micro mini looks in frothy ruffles, rock-chic suiting in black and gold devore, inspired by the idea of a rebellious socialite progeny rifling through her mothers closets. "Like a lovely rose in its last days, it's about to wilt but it smells so heady" explained McCall in the show notes. "There is no sugar without spice."
Bianca Spender's Souvenirs Improbables collection was inspired both by the ethereal work of 1970s model and photographer Sarah Moon and Spender's own arm injury which inhibited her traditional way of draping. Fabrics were discreetly sumptuous, as they so often are with Spender, an almost-hidden tropical animal motif over navy tailoring, molten metal midi dresses, precision-cut suiting that borrowed from the Demna Gvasalia school of design, all finished with sculptural gold jewellery that wrapped around the waist and ears.
Casting was a talking point for the middle of the day; At Thomas Puttick, diverse model line ups spanned the spectrum of ages, ethnicities and body types, proving that one does not need be 6 foot, size 6 and 16 years old to be strikingly beautiful. Also of note, the head-turning Jordan Barrett and footballer/DJ Tom Derickx walked the catwalk at the Justin Cassin men's show amongst a line up of directional, urban looks.
Of the collection, Jordan Barrett, (@iblamejordan) told Buro exclusively, "[Justin Cassin] is amazing. I think he has a really great style and I'm really happy he put his own style into something made for men, and can bring it to Australia. It's great to finally start something that we haven't had in a while and to have a presence in fashion week."
Stylist Marina Afonina provided some respite from the Carriageworks grind with the only off-site show for the day at La Porte Deux space, using the airy, villa-esque interiors to play up the fabulous woman on vacation vibes of her collections. Around a simple lemon tree that sprung from the centre of the room, the collection entitled 'Lemon Pickers' was set to the soundtrack of everyone's favourite films set in far-flung locations, (Talented Mr Ripley, Lost in Translation to name a few). In a classic, refined palette, looks were worn with natural hair and barefeet - even suiting, relaxed and in linen though it was - the collection was inspired with a Sicilian vacation in mind. Buttons hinted at shells found across the coastline and culminated in an exquisite accessories collaboration with Ryan Storer.
Looks in holiday-ready materials such as silks, linens and cotton drills sat against the new additions of swim and lingerie, accessories simply with either a woven basket or a Sophia Loren-esque white ribbon tied about the head. We're just about ready for take off.
Continuing with the theme of getaways, Double Rainbouu design duo Mikey Nolan and Toby Jones presented their 7th collection for their debut MBFWA show since launching the brand last year. In the brands own words, "Hippie trips into acid house, Japanese psychedelia, dystopian landscapes with thorn and serpent motifs are realised through the graphic prints covering the wears." Colourful prints, fluffy muppet slippers and a dose of humour highlighted a collection debuting new categories for the brand including a Woolmark collaboration for knitwear.
Rounding out Day 2 was sass & bide, making their return to the Sydney Fashion Week calendar for the first time in 14 years with the launch of their Resort 2018 collection, the first designed by the new design 'collective' behind the brand composing of design room alumni from the days of Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke. Suffice to say their hands on experience with the brands founders before they left led to a celebration of the brands codes: embellishment, nomadic inspiration, bold styling. Heavy in glitter, surface detail, fringing, raw trims, beading and some particularly fabulous tinsel shoes, the collection was a firework of sorts, marking a new era for the brand.
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