Aurelio Costarella Spring/Summer 2014/15
If anybody knows how to inject a bit of glamour, it’s Aurelio Costarella. With bright fuchsia, tangerine and aquamarine tones intertwined with silk-like ostrich feathers and delicate sequin patterning, these are the kind of dresses that would bring any shrinking violet out of her shell. The movement of the models brought each piece to life, making much more of a grandiose statement than could have been made from a presentation viewing alone – Costarella’s medium of choice at MBFWA last year. Embellishments are a signature of the designer, which is evident in the fine handiwork, and careful detail in the construction of each piece. It almost feels like a return to the Gatsby era, the flapper swinging dresses of the early 1920s, and excessively indulgent wardrobes – which, by all accounts, is just fine by me.
Photography by Prue Ibbotson
Natalie wears Bec & Bridge t-shirt (next season), Alex Perry skirt, Zara heels and Prada handbag
All things considered, making a brocade midi skirt seem daywear appropriate is no easy task, yet Natalie makes it look so effortless; especially when paired with a fun printed tee, and those covetable mules from Zara.
Karen Walker cricket jumper and skirt, Alexander Wang heels, Cuyana tote bag (similar here), Karen Walker rings
Shades of blue with the highest heels I own – cos Fashion Week is always the right time to break in a new pair of shoes… Right?
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Photos by Prue Ibbotson
Bassike stripe dress, Witchery cable knit jumper (similar), Zimmermann chelsea boots (available here & here, Proenza Schouler PS11
For the first time in weeks, it finally feels like Fall in Sydney. Brown leaves line the footpaths, the rain has been relentless, and the mercury has begun to drop – so much so that I’ve had to pull out my winter sweaters. It’s the kind of weather that makes you want to curl up on the couch with a hot cup of tea, catching up on TV and watching your favourite movies on repeat. Just the perfect kind of weather to take my new chelsea boots for a spin (currently on sale !!) – while it’s not raining of course.
As luck would have it, five minutes after I left the house sans umbrella and with my camera so casually slung over my shoulder, the tiny raindrops from the sky turned into nothing short of a downpour. Suffice to say, I was completely and utterly drenched by the time I made it home – which as far as I’m concerned is a good enough excuse to spend the rest of the afternoon bundled up indoors. As for the boots? You’ll be hard pressed to find me wearing anything else on my feet this winter, except for maybe.. a pair of gumboots.
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Alice McCall ‘In my dreams we were flying’ Cruise 2014/15
The Alice McCall aesthetic is so heavily entrenched; it’s fun, it’s playful, and just a little bit sexy. And McCall delivered. Her eponymous label, celebrating its 10th anniversary, certainly lived up to expectations; a hanging installation of planets, birds, and various other objects only giving a small clue as to what was to come.
The designer presented a collection of sweet bloomer shorts, full skirted mini dresses, complete with her signature scalloped edge detailing, adding in some polka dot mesh netting and pops of candy floss pink for good measure. With glitter strewn through their hair, and a dazed look on their faces, the model’s seemed every bit the dreamer, their heads up in the clouds.
Oscillating between the saccharine pastels to something a little more ‘out of this world’ came an explosion of colour, as we burst through the clouds into the creative wonderland of abstract landscapes; a sartorial collision of the earth, the sky and the stars. Not particularly the easiest of elements to effortlessly meld together, yet McCall makes it work ever so seamlessly – bringing into reality the far-flung concepts of our dreams.
Fashion Week may now be over, although with so many more photos to share, you can continue to expect a few more updates in the coming week. But to break it up a little, is this shot of gorgeous model Gabby Dover channeling the type of effortless cool that usually only the women of Paris are able to muster. And um that Celine? Yes please.
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Strateas Carlucci ‘Fracture’
I started Monday morning with the best of intentions. Somewhere along the line I decided it was completely possible to head to Carriageworks for Kahlo, return to work, and somehow still make it back to Carriageworks for the Strateas Carlucci show. Of course in the hype of Fashion Week, I didn’t for a minute consider how unrealistic it was, which incidentally meant missing one of the shows I was most looking forward to. Striking the right balance between androgyny and sensuality, designers Peter Strateas and Mario-Luca Carlucci completely hit the mark. Womenswear combined woven textures and wispy slips of silk in beautifully draped layers, with origami-like folds in what the designers refer to as “Metron-morphosis”. This technique is seen heavily throughout the collection, with geometric double lapels and cross cut jackets. Menswear was quiet and understated, the careful tailoring playing to more classic sensibilities; a subtle elegance. Well rounded, it was a strong collection, which undeniably spoke to the label’s structural and minimal aesthetic.