First show up on Wednesday was Alice McCall. My oh my, was it a highlight of the week. I tend to find a lot of Alice McCall's designs a bit too floaty and feminine for my personal steez but I instantly fell in love with the Cruise 13/14 collection. Titled Les Galeries de Poison, the collection is oceanic-inspired with splashes of Art Nouveau jewel prints, utilising bold yet still feminine silhouettes (see tentacle-style drapery and amazingly oversized cap sleeves) in navy, ultramarine and oyster. It was like watching all the best bits of Attenborough's The Blue Planet.
The Serpent And The Swan show assumed a much more brooding ambience with the models dimly lit up on display alongside Serpent And The Swan jewellery. There is so much to be said about the inspiration behind this collection, drawing on the dark and macabre infatuation with the animal kingdom and the relationship shared between plant and human life cycles. On a more frank note, I will need that nude cami and leather harness stat.
In between shows I got a little pap-happy, spotting Kate Peck on a motorbike, and running into Tanja G (model and author of My Empirical Life), the lush ladies from They All Hate Us and the divine Ms Ellery.
Vanishing Elephant beckoned eager showgoers offsite to an industrial space at the Australian Technology Park to showcase their usual amazeballs preppy streetwear. The abundance of colour and kitschy pastel prints from the A Continuous Beginning range are surely more than enough to make your anti-hipster wearing-all-black alternative folk to jump ship.
Thursday greeted me with Bless'ed Are The Meek who opened their show with an amazing projection of landscapes, stunning skylines and a mystical full moon, really setting the scene for the Wanderlust collection. Think sheer, harness bralettes, highwaist print shorts paired with matching boyish vests and bodycon dresses with sequins and splits - ideal for the strong, confident and sexy woman. (PS. how adorable is designer Maria Maung?!)
Resort and swimwear label Suboo made me want to flip the bird to Winter and just don asymmetrical maxis and split skirts all year long. It was the same slinky and sexy beachwear only fresher and incorporating more on-trend eveningwear and partay styles.
All I can muster when it comes to Leroy Nguyen is: wow. Okay, that seemed a little underwhelming but seriously... I was in awe of his collection at the Innovators show... THOSE PRINTS. THAT BOMBER. HE SHOULD HAVE HAD HIS OWN SHOW. The entire collection floored me.
Then there was Phoenix Keating. I cannot believe this guy is only 21! The collection Humanoid was very 1940s soldier-meets-starlet, inspired by an obscure love story following the journey of a mystical creature who falls in love and then into despair.
I would have loved to have given my 2 cents worth of the Emma Mulholland show here, however due to a major uck up, half the patrons that were invited to the show, weren't let in as the venue was "at capacity".
Final day. Two of my favourite up and comers were the highlight of the New Gen show, they being Tristan Melle and Jamie Ashkar. Again, I don't even know why they both did not debut with solo shows. Tristan Melle has tailored pieces down pat, with oversized suit jackets, embellished pencil skirts and Summery peg leg trousers utilising a neutral palette. Swoon. Jamie Ashkar delivered in the sport-luxe department (my fave) with sleek, modern skirts and cigarette pants paired with boxy tees and crops, contrasting grey marles with aqua and hot pink.
My last show (and their debut Fashion Week show) was Staple The Label. First off I need to comment on the ridic sci-fi inspired grunge girls, sporting lilac and silver metallic bob wigs and long, dangly earrings and facial chains. The collection itself was just as engaging. Metallics, crystal prints, silks, see-throughs vs blocking and man-style coats aplenty. It was very space cadet and out of this world.