(RAFW) is Australias premier
fashion industry event. This year, the event was based at the Overseas
Passenger Terminal (OPT) at Sydneys
Circular Quay, the gateway to one of the most exquisite harbours
in the world. The week-long event showcases not only Australian
fashion talent, such as Sara Phillips, Camilia and Toni Maticevski,
but a selection of a few Kiwi designers including Kate Sylvester
and Stolen Girlfriends Club. In addition, RAFW
also showed rising designers such as Antonia Paris, Billi Keato,
Luela and Sally Koeswanto.
Kate Sylvester presented her springsummer
201112 collection, Into the Light, off-site at the
Inglis Newmarket Stables’ sales ring in Randwick. Sylvester’s
show was the highlight of this year’s RAFW.
The spectacular lighting and smoke created a show, which was unique
and won’t be forgotten for a long time. It was staged in a
dressage circle at Randwick. It was fast-paced as the models moved
quickly around the circle.
The garments were typical Kate Sylvester, wearable though served
up with a thought of high drama. Sylvester delivered a mood piece
inspired by the ephemeral oscillation of the moth’s wing and a reverie
to the revs of a motocross engine. The collection consisted of more
than 30 pieces, with inspiration influenced by the images of moths
and motocross, translated to washed silks and soft viscose. Moody,
dusty tones ruled supreme, interspersed with shots of vivid colour.
The collection was elegant, celestial, and feminine at the same
time. The hot roller flames along the hemlines of the skirts still
portray the boyish quality in all of Sylvester’s designs. The tulle
appeared on silk Ts and dresses, creating a scheming juxtaposition
between the masculine and feminine.
Girlfriends’ Club’s show took place at the Cargo
Theatre. Their collection, named The Big Comedown, is a tale
of the ups and downs of love and the heartbreak that every so often
comes with it. It’s all about falling in and out of
love. The lightness and dreamy state when you’re in that bubble,
contrasting with the pain, angst and bitterness of being dumped.
We’re always searching for two opposing themes for each collection.
We love the contrasts and juxtapositions,’ said the designers.
The unique textile prints, from the borrowed works of Auckland-based
artist, Karl Maughan, well known for his hyper-real paintings of
lush gardens and native fauna, were featured in this collection.
The garments themselves started with light wash-out
denims, detailed with leather panelling and bright garden prints.
A long sheer dress and a short A-line printed dress with big three-dimensional
ruffles were the prominent looks in this collection, before the
collection turned dark. The models had dark lips and wet-look hair,
distinguishing their rock-edge style. Deep blues and black were
the protruding colours for their look. The dark prints transfigured
into looser-fitting pieces and panels of georgette and chiffons,
to create a gorgeous tier dress as the finalé piece.
For springsummer 201112, Marnie Skillings
has taken her collection into the feminine side, starting with floaty
small-scale floral prints on a sheer orange tier dress. This collection
was a mixture of texture, mixed prints and soft silhouettes. There
was a clear 70s sensation in this collection. To style this
collection, Skillings collaborated with internationally known stylists,
Dave Bonney and Michelle Jank. As a result, the collection looked
fun and feminine with all the unexpected colour combinations, chunky
bangles and sheer socks. There were old vinyl records used as props
in the show, just to strengthen the vintage feel of this collection.
Stolen Girlfriends Club
Stolen Girlfriends Club