Fashion shows.

Gucci’s Hard Deco

If there could be a stronger way to cement the return of the ‘roaring’ 1920s fashion than to have it grace the Gucci runway, it doesn’t spring to mind. For spring 2012 Frida Giannini was inspired by “the opulence of the era of hedonism” – and opulence there is. But these pieces are also infused right through with the heat of Gucci glamour, from sharp…

Emporio Armani future snippets

The era-mashing trend continued over at Emporio Armani, whose relaxed futurism seemed to blend the thirties with the nineties. The latter came by way of boxy double-breasted blazers with contrast piping, while the former manifest in relaxed pants and knee-length skits that gave off a Deco vibe. Uniform models in blonde flapper bobbed wigs were like walking mannequins – or robots, if you fancy. Futurist…

Prada’s Marilyn moments: runway video

Crossing the boundaries between the ’50s and the ‘60s, Miuccia Prada’s collection for spring 2012 was as much Marilyn as it was modern. With prints and a vintage colour palette and hints of midriff above demure skirt lengths, it’s a Prada collection that didn’t shock, but did wow – especially where full-briefed vintage style swimsuits were on centre stage. If you can switch off from…

Topman’s Indian Summer

There was one celebrity who didn’t quite fit in at the Topman Design spring 2012 show at London fashion week on Wednesday. On a front row crammed with the usual suspects – Nick Grimshaw, Alex Zane, Rick Edwards and Jamie Hince – boxer Amir Khan, not someone known for being a dedicated follower of fashion, was a bit of an anomaly. But then, about half…

Gatsby girls & Arabian nights: Spijkers en Spijkers

Have you heard? The 1920’s will be roaring back into fashion come spring 2012. And apparently it’s all Baz Luhrmann’s fault. The Australian filmmaker is directing a remake of The Great Gatsby, out next year, which means that all and sundry will be jumping on the historical trend train: next stop, flapper town. It all started at New York fashion week, where Ralph Lauren referenced…

Sports, surf and Alexander Wang (video)

Cool, sporty, and with an effortless edge. That’s the essence of Alexander Wang, whose spring 2012 collection opened with a laser-cut mesh jacket and mini skirt, and then carried on the sporty perforated mesh theme until an update on surfer hibiscus print took over. The collection culminated in more feminine shapes – constructed of leather and sheer fabric – that will no doubt satisfy Wang’s…

Capturing the MSFW atmosphere

You’ve seen all the clothing that’s been down the runway at MSFW (Melbourne fashion week) (or if you haven’t, you can follow that link for all the coverage). But what about the rest of the experience that comes with a runway show? The lighting, the setting, the crowd, the entrances and exits? For anyone who wasn’t in Melbourne for the shows, you can feel like…
An alternative view of Designer Series Day 2
An alternative view of Designer Series Day 2
An alternative view of Designer Series Day 2
An alternative view of Designer Series Day 2
An alternative view of Designer Series Day 2
An alternative view of Designer Series Day 2
An alternative view of Designer Series Day 2
An alternative view of Designer Series Day 2

Dom Bagnato boxed suits at MSFW

Taking less of a revisionist approach to the cut of modern suit, Dom Bagnato’s spring 2011 offering took all the elements that go to construct a modern suit save for the cut – it wasn’t relaxed in so much as it was boxy. And while it’s hard to imagine not wanting to slim down the defined tailoring, it’s equally as hard not to be thankful for Dom Bagnato’s European…

White Sands swimwear on the runway (video)

Some collections can sufficiently be appreciated by the in-depth perusal of some high quality images. Others, where seeing them in person and holding them in your hand isn’t an option, are best viewed in video form. White Sands ‘Pirouette’ collection strikes me as the latter. Watching the video from their Miami runway show you get a much better sense of how the swim pieces hug…

Edwin Oudshoorn: Wie eine Hinde

On Friday, July 9, Edwin Oudshoorn showed his newest collection called Wie eine Hinde. The collection was inspired by a man called Joop Kortkamp. In 1943, when he was 20 years old, his parents turned him over to the Germans because he was a homosexual. He was deported to a workcamp, but escaped through his charm, his flair and his lust for life. He was…

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