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.