I started to do an Australian fashion week diary for A Shaded View On Fashion, but I only did day one! My bad. Here it is:
Dear Shaded Viewers,
I’m currently in Sydney for Australian Fashion Week, and thought I’d share some of my favourite moments so far. It’s the second day, and already I’ve seen some beautifully considered collections.
Conceptually, I think Gail Sorronda has presented one of the strongest collections, inspired by the idea of fluidity being interrupted. I met up with her before her show. She is the human embodiment of a wood nymph from the future. She has a sharp fringe, a pixie’s laugh, and always wears layer upon layer of black. She tells me there is a Charlie Chaplin film where you can spot a time traveler in the background. Excellent.
Finale @ RWB, by Ryan Kenny
As expected, Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett’s label Romance Was Born is responsible for the most theatrical show so far. Inspired byThe Never Ending Story, the girls marched around under the high roof of the incredible Mitchell library on Macquarie St. The wedding dress was clearly inspired by Falkor. Amazing!
Backstage @ Lover, by Jack Dunbar
Lover’s show was by far the most polished, and was held in the Sydney Opera House to celebrate the label’s tenth birthday. My favourite model of the moment, Julia Nobis, looked stunning as she opened the show. She walked past me today and I was momentarily breathless. I love meeting people nearly as pale as myself.
Backstage @ Arnsdorf by Jack Dunbar
Arnsdorf presented a fresh collection inspired by tribal embellishment where ‘mint’ featured heavily. Designer Jade Sarita Arnott recently made the move to New York, though she continues to support the local industry that has supported her.
Backstage @ Garth Cook by Ryan Kenny
One of the rising stars of Australian Fashion is Garth Cook. If only we’d had more time to shoot backstage images — he is such a talent that it’s a shame to share just one image with you.
As a side note, a friend and I met a wonderful woman at dinner last night called Carol-Ann. She was an elderly woman adorned with glitzy costume jewelry that introduced herself as “an old lush” and confessed to being “a bit of a pino-file” — somebody obsessed with pinot noir, as it turns out. She was very lovely, and shared a 1937 bottle of port with us, which was of course delicious.
Best from Down Under,