PROS & CONS OF FASHION WEEK
WORDS BY BIANKA FARMAKIS
The catwalk has officially closed for this year’s #MBFWA, and as the Summer/Spring ’19 designers take a break, we reflect on the pros and cons of fashion week…
The unfortunate exclusivity
If Prince Phillip could televise his own royal wedding, why can we not publicise one of the biggest events in the Australian fashion calendar. When’s the Stan exclusive mini-series coming? As exciting as the days are, I’d rather pay for a $10 subscription to see all the catwalks from the comfort of my own bed, than beg my way into shows in uncomfortable six inch heels and a dress not made for the human form.
More racial diversity on the catwalk
This year’s shows had a far greater range of ethnicities on the catwalk. Including a larger portion of people of colour, Australia’s MBFW made a considerable effort to ditch the ‘white washed’ palette it previously sported. Racial diversity is the new black, after all.
Where is the body diversity?
There is nothing wrong with being a size 0 if that’s your natural frame. There is something wrong with still only showing clothes on a ‘one size fits all’ model. It's 2018 for God's sake, where are my models sized 0 - 18?
Gone are the gender norms!
When it comes to fair work, male models do often miss out on gaining as many runway opportunities as their female counterparts. Luckily, this year’s shows used them to model ‘female’ intended (though not specific) garments. Men in skirts for Spring? Genuinely ground-breaking.
No one watches the shows anymore
For every single show was viewed through an iPhone screen, whether you were sitting at home looking at trending #MBFWA videos on Instagram, or there in the flesh snapchatting the shit out of it. It rendered the purpose of a live catwalk fairly redundant unfortunately. Must admit, I do love making everyone aware of where I am though.
A concrete playground for self-expression
Though image is everything at these events, the grounds to express your personality are as endless as the legs of the models on the catwalk. Carriageworks is the concrete playground for anyone who’s ever wanted to wear a floor length fur, their parent’s wedding dress or next-to-nothing at all.
Considerable classism in garments
That being said, you feel pretty ‘Bassike’ if you aren’t in Balenciaga like everyone else.
More support for emerging artists
There were more competition opportunities, more platforms for student designers and more recognition of up and coming labels than ever this year. Hooray, the struggling artist takes the stage!
Everything is fashionably late
I don’t have enough tutes left in my 20% leeway to skip when these shows keep running over their scheduled time, bye.
Comfort is in this season
Avant Garde is great, but who really wants to wear something that resembles a birdcage this summer. Luckily, designers have caught on and sewn in a degree of functionality in every fashion piece – sneakers and flowy pants, you are always welcome on this body. Also, it’s a great thing that looking like you haven’t slept in fifteen years is still intrinsic to the ‘high fashion aesthetic’ because end of Semester exams are coming up right on trend.
Parking is a nightmare
More than usual too – shitting myself thinking how many tickets I probably have tbh.