Fashion Week for photographers can be one hectic, sleepless, unintentional meal-skipping time. It can feel like you are jumping into a whirlwind of colours and fabrics, show after show, the week turning into one big extravagant blur. Every now and then, however, there are shows that just stick in your mind. They create a series of “Wow’s” throughout the media room. This was, to me, the best time of the week – that rare quiet time where I could to pick and choose my favourite moments. The countdown has already begun for next year, only 10 months to go!
I’m a sucker for a great venue and this was possibly, the best of the week. The natural light coming through the halls of The Art Gallery of NSW, the gorgeous stone floors turned into a runway for those incredible floaty fabrics. Lisa Ho‘s SS12/13 show made it worth the race to the venue in peak hour traffic with barely minutes to spare!
Bec & Bridge
The sheer feminine printed fabrics, hints of floral and the very on-trend peplum, Bec & Bridge put on a show which made you long for the summer days to return. And that plant wall, what more I can say?
The venue was small and moody and the clothes were popping with florals, sequins and vibrant neon hints. The music had all of the media and some noteable front row-ers tapping toes (or in my case, mouthing the lyrics) to Die Antwoord, M.I.A and Santigold.
The colours were punchy, the mood was exotic and the children in the finale were so sweet. Camilla stormed the runway with her SS12/13 collection, bringing such a presence in her designs that more than a handful of female photographers were oo-ing and ahh-ing about after the show. My favourites in particular were the Kimono style kaftans and the brilliant tribal patterns.
Babushka doll chic! It’s hard to shoot some collections with a strong theme without thinking they could never be worn in real life, but this show convinced me that Alice McCall’s new summer line will translate directly from runway to street. I loved the splashes of yellow, pastel blue and metallics, and even though I am usually too afraid to wear white as a feature in my outfits (mostly due to klutzy issues with food) I was swayed with more than one outfit in this collection, for sure.
Jenny’s presentation felt to me like the first to utilize (the new MBFWA venue) The Box correctly. It transported you straight into her fabulous fantasy world. Her line was just so decadent, there was so much rich texture and beautiful fabric I wanted to shoot every little detail in the short time we had, barely able to draw myself away without feeling I had missed something hidden amongst it all.
Words & Photography by Jessi White