I have something horrible to admit, I haven’t always been a fan of Alice McCall! I know, what am I thinking? She’s a talented Australian designer whose challenged high end brands with her mixture of quirk and high end tailoring. Well this year, this show, this day changed my mind!
First of all, the show was done in a warehouse slightly offsite from MBFWA base. Secondly, there was an art installation, all in white! So naturally I was very excited and pleased. Then came the garments! I hate cute, I’ve never been a fan of cute, I don’t like pretty. I like chic, clean, precision, I like feminine and demanding fashion. Alice hasn’t always ticked those boxes. This year she came close and I loved it, and it was sort of cute!
There were pastels, sugary pinks and mint greens! There was sheer! There was lots of clean white gowns and pieces and then there was prints! I’m not talking generic mirrored florals and abstract paint splatters, I’m talking digital pieces of ART instilled on some very very hot pieces! My words won’t even begin to give justice to the prints Alice showcased. They were pop art inspired surrealistic photos of what only looked like a 1960s Egyptian summer, with an artistic feel.
Brava Ms McCall!
Side note: I hated the shoes! NUDE PEEP TOE PUMPS. Not in to it.
MATICEVSKI MADNESS: Not so much a fashion designer as he is an artist.
I can’t even begin to tell you what an absolute honour it was to be seated front row at the Toni Maticevski show this year. Despite the fact it was by complete coincidence and a lot of luck it was a truly god sent moment. Amongst a plethora of commercial labels such as Cameo and We are Handsome, Maticevski bought some much needed FASHION to day 2 at MBFWA.
This years collection demanded a lot of attitude as models donned some heavy gowns and some rather abstract pieces. I love Maticevski , I don’t think there is any Australian designer who comes close to Toni in creating the decadent and feminine style he does, his signature gathering and structure is iconic and the dresses themselves are an art form. What was an interesting addition this year was the sporty vibe he sent down the runway think racer back tops and trousers and some sleek cuts. Colours were minimal and applied with thought, this years favourite Jaffa Orange made an appearance amongst a sea of monochrome and marle grey.
Overall the show was a stunning visual experience that surpassed every expectation I had of Toni Maticevski. If the finale that saw models hold fresh orchid flowers in their mouth, matching the glossy printed runway wasn’t enough to make me fall in even more in love with the label, nothing ever will.
What I enjoy most about Fashion Week is the street style. We’ve all come to realise that street style at fashion week is strategic, staged and selective. However, it’s always a lot of fun! There’s a lot of skepticism and cynicism around street style at fashion week, given the lack of spontaneousness but fashion is fashion and that’s why we come!
There’s always polar opposites at fashion week, we have the sleek fashion bloggers and stylists who have become household names due to their online presence and influence think Jessica Stein and Nicole Warne. You’ll always find them in new season MBFWA brand wear mixed with Net A Porter finds. Then we have the eclectic cool kids each a blogger in their own right with a few thousand Instagram followers who sport the Discount Universe and and Nike thongs. It’s truly fabulous! There’s no less credit to either side and the mixture of both styles is so fun. It’s what street style is essentially all about, finding those who have brought themselves and the trends to the street, by any means possible!
SYDNEY STREETSTYLE: One of the most exciting parts of being at MBFWA is always capturing the street style, whether they’re bloggers, photographers, assistants or guests, somebody’s always got an outfit to show! After a successful first night at the Carla Zampatti show we had aussie favourites Jessinta Campbell, Jessica Gomes, Elle Fergurson, Tash Sefton, Nicole Warne and Tanja G bring the street style game up! Everything from Louis Vuitton (Gomes) to Alex Perry (Tanja) was on display, these ladies could do no wrong.