The shows that absolutely killed it at MBFWA
Last week Pulp was on the ground at the 2016 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia at Carriageworks in Redfern. Being the fashion event of the year, the week gives an opportunity for each designer to showcase their upcoming collection for release later in the year – this year the season being Resort. Having scoped all the fashion shows and designs through the week, here are some of our favourites that are sure to sell out on the department store floor come September.
Kicking off Fashion Week is a huge honour that comes no doubt with the pressure to have the best show to start off the rest of the week. So it’s only fitting that Australian designer Toni Maticevski went big and bold, his show taking up the new space ‘The Cutaway’ at Barangaroo, amongst the backdrop of Sydney sandstone and harbour waters. The collection itself took inspiration from the 18th century featuring plenty of dropped waists, accentuated hips and evening wear inspirations throughout. There were some questionable details including jewel-encrusted shackles, handcuffs and ball gags in attempt to give an edge to the collection.
New Zealand born designer Georgia Currie debuted her first Resort collection on the second day. The presentation was first shown on a dark runway lit only by lasers and smoke - not dissimilar to a nightclub - to confused audiences. Thankfully, the models did a second circuit on a fully lit runway showing off Currie’s simple silhouettes and constrasting black and white palette. Focus on oversized tailoring and structured clothing meant the collection boasted of refreshing takes on classic wardobe staples.
Bella Hadid. What more could be said about most anticipated show of the week? Designer Michelle Aznavorian brought out the Hadid sister to showcase her newest collection. Surprisingly, the 3 year old label is easily one of the most affordable brands showcased at MBFWA. This collection comprised mostly of black lace, corsets and shape-hugging fits, which looked excellent on the models and Hadid, who slayed while leading the pack down the runway for the finale ‘Bad Blood’ style.
For designer red carpet gowns, look no further than Steven Khalil whose Fashion Week line up included a $100,000 bridal dress. His other numbers were intricately detailed in the micro and breathtakingly bold in the macro. His focus on evening wear earnt him with a deserving standing ovation at the end of the show. These gowns may cost you and arm and a leg to wear, but boy were they something to look at.
For Bianca Spender’s Resort collection, the designer went back to basics with soft and structural elements that dabbled in desert hues, relaxed shapes and subtle exquisiteness in fabrics. As one of the more contemporary collections of the week, the muted colour block palate was effortlessly chic on the models. Blending together utility detailing and flowing summer silhouettes, Spender no doubt has inherited the best of her mother Carla Zampatti’s talent for fine tailoring and attention to detail.
Set at the Byron Kennedy Hall in the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, the show room that was decorated in a nature-inspired theme complete with floral arrangements and projections of trees, setting us up to expect a floral and stereotypically feminine collection. But in a refreshing twist, designer Jennifer McCloy’s collaboration with Aaron Favaloro produced simple and sophisticated looks to suit the modern woman. Her signature suede and leather was well fitted and the colour palate of burgundy, red and green was an intelligent ode to the room’s theme.
New York based designers Tome were inspired by the story of Nina Simone and created a collection around urban, modern adaptations of NYC classics. Billowing dresses, tailored shirts, trenches and denim were presented and were no doubt wearable by the chic, streetwear focused fashionista. The contrast between vintage and contemporary was masterfully balanced and captured the soul of Nina Simone with her music playing overhead as the models walked
Oscar De La Renta
The show everyone was fighting just to get a glimpse of, the Oscar De La Renta design house came to Fashion Week all guns blazing. Closing the week that was, the Resort collection honoured the late designer’s signature aesthetic, focusing on classic timeless looks. Showcasing dozens of enduringly stylist pencil skirts, structured gowns and cocktail dresses, the simple collection was a heartwarming reminder of Oscar’s legacy in the fashion world. Its final wedding dress stunned the audience into applause and sent the photographers’ gallery into a frenzy. The new pieces will be, without question, seen on the upcoming red carpet events of 2016.