So loud was the music that heralded Alex Perry’s spring 2011 collection that its opening look might have gone unnoticed were it not for the fact that it was a statement white gown that had all the colour brilliance and detail that such a piece ought to. It was also a dress that was every bit the style that the Australian designer has made his trademark: it was event-wear.
As that opening music continued to reverberate along the RAFW (Australian fashion week) catwalk, look after look lived up to that trademark as well. Each was long, flowing, and had all the stereotypical glamour that makes many of Perry’s pieces seem akin to something that you might otherwise see on the catwalks of Milan. But that same trademark also made the pieces typical, something good and bad for a catwalk showing. The bad is that you might come away feeling that you’ve seen it all before. The good is that Alex Perry knows who his customers are and, in collection after collection, he’s giving them what they want.
Where the collection was set apart, where it wasn’t trademark or typical, was in its slender pieces each of which hugged the figure, appropriately curving up derriere and back alike. Sometimes in loud pinks and with embellishments that I’d personally recommend you avoid, this component of Alex Perry’s spring 2011 collection worked best for the fact that it relied heavily on dark florals, the sort that seldom get an airing outside of autumn and winter. These pieces were by no means revolutionary and you’ll find their cut elsewhere, but they don’t have the trademark Alex Perry aesthetic nor are they strictly limited to the ‘event gown’ that is mostly associated with the designer. For that reason alone it was easiest to remember them amongst a sea of floating, floor scraping hemlines.
The second showing of Alex Perry‘s spring / summer 2011 / 2012 collection, as featured at Australian fashion week, can be seen by clicking on the thumbnails below and browsing through the gallery.