A riot of colour and pattern at Romance Was Born

A riot of colour and pattern at Romance Was Born

Cooee couture

Text: Yeong Sassall

Walking away from today's Romance Was Born show without feeling completely and utterly inspired? Impossible.

Expectations are always high for a Romance Was Born show - the label is known for throwing extraordinary, OTT events with I-can't-believe-what-I'm-seeing looks. And this year? Fearless design duo Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales didn't disappoint. Set at the Art Gallery of NSW and inspired by Australiana - complete with 'Cooee' scrawled above the runway - their show delivered a kaleidoscopic, non-kitsch collection that took us on a vivid journey across the Australian landscape.

Titled Opal Romance, the spellbinding collection is the result of Romance Was Born's collaboration with artist, fashion designer and fellow free spirit Linda Jackson, who hand-painted each and every garment on show. The intense jewel-toned dresses, mixed prints - including a striking beaded Waratah design - bold texture and glossy black plummage were accessorised by bright ceramic jewellery custom-designed by another iconic Australian label, Dinosaur Designs. We particularly loved the enamel gumnut necklaces and earrings. 

It was a show that lifted the spirits of the tired fashion pack as we head to the end of the MBFWA.  Scroll through the gallery and prepare to be amazed. 

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