TFJ spotlights some of the designers from day two of MBFWA.
Pastels, florals and polka dot cut-outs filled the runway at the Zimmerman show. Swimsuits were selective in what they covered and a little bit of sports wear was mixed in with crocheted pieces. So what to take away from this collection? Brilliantly bold florals, soft pastels and carefully crafted swimsuits that are anything but ordinary.
Last year the pressure was on for Toni Maticevski to ‘wow’ us with his return-to-the-runway collection. This year, the pressure was on to out-do his previous show. How did it go you ask? Well that’s entirely up to you, but here’s what we can tell you. The collection featured structured shoulders, a peplum waist and a dash of metallic. The colour palette was mostly dark with pops of yellow and nude. Most noticeable was the mixing of textures and the sneaky sheer addition to many of the looks.
This collection brought neon yellow into the spotlight, not just with the colour palette of the pieces, but also the beauty! Neon yellow lips also complimented tan and white blouses, trousers and oddly cut skirts. Dresses were stitched and embroidered in a unique design but over all the collection was simple, loose and one particular black frock was quite glamorous [among other of course].
Speaking of glamorous, what’s more glam than an Aussie designer that’s dressed international celebs for the red carpet and chooses Australian fashion week as her next achievement? While you’re lost in thought over that one, let’s discuss Johanna Johnson’s latest collection. If my babbling about Hollywood glam wasn’t enough, Ms Johnson is here to enforce that that indeed is what she does best. The collection featured billowing [yes I do love that word] silk gowns, plenty of sequins and lots of delicate beading. She paired together leather and lace and in some cases added a feather or two. And while there were pops of colour [and by that I mean pale gold], the ever-so-elegant black was carried through the collection. Oh, and did you get a look at the headpieces? Sheer glamour my darlings.
Here in the land of Oz, we have designers who stay true to our ‘laid back’ lifestyle, and project it through their designs. However on occasion, we have the designer who instead, wants to make an elaborate scene and turn Aussie fashion on its head. Bowie Wong is one of the latter. He’s bringing the fishtail back with his latest collection and sending out full skirted gowns along side them. The first number of the lot was adorned in a sea of sequins, promptly followed by the aforementioned fishtail and a flock of butterflies. If you have no intention to make a scene, then stay away from this collection, however if you like to go out with a bang, this is definitely for you.
Image credits: Famous