The pre-recorded roar of a motorbike sent vibrations through the tent floor before the escalating revs exploded into an auditory crash. Collision was the name of Carl Kapp’s spring 2012 / 2013 collection, though a collision of what the show’s limited notes made no mention. One could only assume it was the recurrent theme of contrasts – soft and hard, structure and fluidity, feminine and masculine – that were on the collision course in Kapp’s Australian fashion week (MBFWA) show.
The show’s raven black cropped hairstyles were the edginess of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo crossed with the strict fetish of Hemut Newton. But there were no Lisbeth-esque cargo pants or shredded tees, nor were there Newton-esque stockings and heels. The hair and beauty look collided against structured tailoring with origami-like folds and pleats, which regularly crept down one side of a skirt or dress while a thigh-baring slit sexed things up on the opposing side of the garment. Juxtaposing the tailoring, Kapp’s collection burst forth into a garden of flowering silks that billowed like sails behind the models. Each of these managed to pack both utter simplicity and breathtaking glamour into one piece; eveningwear that shone without the need for bling.
You can see all of the Carl Kapp spring / summer 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.
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Photography by Kelly Defina