Phoenix Keating: fetishism meets classicisim

There’s a reason why Phoenix Keating always show his trans-seasonal collection pre-MBFWA (Australian fashion week) and it’s not a financial one.

Keating has his own niche of clients; imagine the likes of Lady Gaga and John Galliano – that’s who he designs for.

Duly so, for his pre-MBFWA show in Sydney this week, a mini squad of Gallianos and Gagas gathered in a church to celebrate sex and fetishism in Keating’s latest offering.


The ambience filled up with calm vibrations of violins, but hell broke loose when Phoenix Keating’s latex-clad and roped models gushed down the aisle. The woven fabrics sculpted the body, so much so that we front rowers could hear the crinkle of leather on top of the background score. The silhouette was constricted and rigid, making the fifty-metre walk down the runway difficult for some models.

A snakeskin skirt was styled with an underlay of a sheer petticoat and structured shirts were worn with mesh pyjama pants, the fabrics used as bold as the aesthetic of the show.

The monochromatic palette sponsored the haunted setting, and avoiding the predictable, Keating also made two bridal gowns walk down the aisle. With soaring hemlines and unconventional fabrics, it’s safe to say that only the likes of Lady Gaga might wear them to a wedding.

You can see all of the Phoenix Keating 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.