Saint Augustine Academy brought overtones of Americana to the Australian fashion week (RAFW‘s) catwalk, presenting a spring / summer 2011 collection inspired by author Tom Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, as well as hippy and biker fashion. Those latter two saw everything from the on-trend to the ever-green take to the catwalk, with references to the forthcoming experimentation with men’s trousers sitting neatly alongside 1970s sundresses and flares.
For all the on-trend elements, however, the statement pieces are few and far between. Instead Saint Augustine Academy, under designer Alvin Manalo, is pegging its fortunes on the the hope that we’ll turn to the label for the pieces which will enhance our wardrobe as opposed to the ones that will necessarily define it. So it is that pussy bow blouses, jumpsuits and shirts with ruffled plackets all feature in the collection, but do so largely in subdued hues.
Thus it can be said of Saint Augustine Academy’s next offering that it’s one to look at if you’re after highly wearable pieces with that extra something, or if you’re after pieces that offering a motorcycle, 1970s or Western slant without any of the ostentation that you might find elsewhere.
You can see all of the Saint Augustine Academy spring / summer 2011 / 2012 collection on the RAFW catwalk by clicking on the thumbnails below and browsing through the photos.
Tiah Eckhardt & the guitar that didn't (15 May 2011)