Kookai: basics with detail

Kookai has always been an Australian high street go-to for basics. The typical Kookai store is lined with jersey pieces grouped by colour, though in recent times they’ve seen some reinventions take them into more trend-based territory. Showing on the runway at VAMFF (Melbourne fashion festival), their core business of basics was still key (need a basic black dress? You have your pick of black mini, black midi, black maxi in a number of variations). But their aim of keeping things a little cooler, a little more trend-based comes into play when you look at the details. There’s laser-cut detail on leather. Crochet panels on tops and dresses. Biker-inspired knee padding on black leggings. Pockets on chunky knit scarves. Some graphic prints on silk. And every so often there’s a colour that deviates from the rest of Kookai’s staples; the stand-out being an effortless ribbed maxidress in a soft peppermint green.

Aside from some fur gilets and tribal-inspired accessories there’s little in the collection that lives up to its name (the collection goes under the title of ‘Where The Wild Things Are’) but if you’re looking for where the basics are, Kookai is still a place to go.

Click on the gallery below to see more pictures from Kookai‘s autumn / winter 2011 collection runway.