Gary Bigeni to my mind is the man behind the twists and drapes. In seasons past he took jersey and reworked it, twisted and turned it, gave it new life; one imagines he must have looked at his work and on the seventh day said it is good, and having completed his mission so fully, moved on.
Bigeni’s spring / summer 2012 / 2013 collection at Australian fashion week (MBFWA) still had little hints of that draping; but this time promoted from jersey to silk. The rest was elegant simplicity, as Bigeni is known for, only fresher and more elegant than ever. A minimalist piano score complimented the leather shell tops and floating skirts, the bold jewel tones set off against nudes, the clean open weave details and geometric prints.
The vocals of Wim Mertens broke the minimalist piano spell as prints got more prominent and outfits more resort-wear ready. But Bigeni’s collection culminated not with the leather-panelled dresses or bright cinched-in maxis but with a sharp white shirt worn under a zig-zag knit and contrastingly patterened silk pants – a look that stood out in a put-together yet mismatched way.
All in all, if its adherence to spring 2012’s mood is anything to go by, Bigeni’s sophistication will be a hit for spring.
You can see all of the Gary Bigeni spring / summer 2012 / 2013 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