MBFWA Day 4: the best moments from Australian Fashion Week 2017
The Art Gallery of NSW provided a striking setting for Ginger & Smart's Resort '18 show yesterday morning. Models walked against a backdrop of the Emily Floyd artwork Kesh Alphabet, as the collection was described as a "joyful, optimistic celebration of women in the arts".
For the Australian label, this manifested in geometric prints, voluminous sleeves and a series of fringed, appliquéd and plissé treatments that gave individual looks a 3-dimensional effect. And given the tones of Floyd's artwork, it was no surprise to see the collection feature shades of dusty pink, navy, leafy green and lemon. By turns fluid and flouncy, Ginger & Smart provided a collection that really lived up to the ease and simplicity of resortwear.
Later in the evening, emerging denim label Vale made their MBFWA debut to the lofty sounds of Enya's Sail Away, remixed of course. Inspired by boat-wear, the 'Vale Yacht Club' girls was a fun take on utilitarian and wardrobe staples in a classic tricolours with primary yellow pops. Fresh fits and effortless silhouettes ensure that this collection will walk quickly off the catwalk to the closet.
The finale runway presentation of the day was perhaps its most anticipated and KitX delivered on expectations. Inspired by the idea of transparency, Kit Willow worked with sheer silk organza and fine French cotton fishnet to sculpt shirting, tailoring and masterful twists and drapes for which she is so well known. In keeping with her eco-conscious fashion practise, Willow sourced handmade buttons crafted from recycled glass in Ghana and reclaimed horn and bone from Nepal. Looks were anchored by exquisite wax cotton and leather shoes created by a small family of shoe makers in Tuscany.
Rounding out the penultimate day of Sydney Fashion Week was a homecoming of sorts for celebrated Paris-based Aussie designer Kym Ellery. Realised in conjunction with Etihad, a retrospective exhibition of her best looks from the last decade of the label was surrounded by a sizeable crowd of revellers, though fashion-fatigued, keen to toast woman of the hour.
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