Playing down the glitz at Alex Perry

Alex Perry started out fashion life as a couturier before transitioning to TV celebrity and general showman, but the flair for both the former and the latter – couture creation and showmanship – are traits that feed heavily into his ready-to-wear line. If you found yourself at one of Perry’s shows and unstructured, minimalist pieces started marching out before your eyes, you’d know you’d somehow wound up in the wrong venue. Sexy silhouettes and unadulterated glamour are Perry standards.

Onto the VAMFF (Melbourne Fashion Festival) runway last night, Perry brought both those things as expected. But unlike some of his past shows this one favoured elegant details over glitter and glitz.

A preview of Perry’s spring / summer 2012 collection, last night’s show had no shortage of boned corsetry and waist-cinching silhouettes, nor did it skip the sequins all together. Shiny paillettes on mermaid-like dresses were just right, at other times the sparkling details would have bordered on being a little too much for the more understated clientele.

The most successful of Perry’s offerings, though, were those ethereal ones constructed of white diaphanous fabrics, given a softly 60s infusion with 3-dimentional floral appliqués. Some of these dresses felt more aligned with what Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri have been turning out for Valentino the past few seasons – which is not a bad path for Perry to be intersecting with at all.

You can see all of the Alex Perry autumn / winter 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.

Also from this fashion show.

Alternative Runway

Photography by Kelly Defina