sydney fashion week - day two wrapped up
Nostalgia meets sunny optimism as MBFW Australia finds its groove.
backstage at tome. photography hannah scott-stevenson.
Reflecting on Monday's MBFW shows, it's apparent that nostalgia was on the minds of the designers when sketching their Spring Summer 2015 collections. The day opened impressively with Tome's nod to the 50s and literary icon Sylvia Plath. Known not for her fashion but rather her words of wrath and a life-long dichotomous battle of inner light and dark, we saw the label interpret this with their own juxtaposition of masculine and feminine. Plaid coats teamed with soft silk skirts, ladylike blouses over thicker cut voluminous pants and sleeveless trench coats. Tome reworked their usually muted palate to include strong yet feminine plum and cobalt blue.
At Macgraw we could not resist their footwear debut; the glitter mules reminiscent of Saint Laurent come Rochas felt straight out of a our childhood dreams and L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz.
Bec and Bridge looked to the 70s, drawing their inspiration from the more obvious; supermodel Veruschka and the 1970s Marrakech. High split pants, cotton trousers and lurex in a palate that included highlights of metallics and plum. The highlight of the show was the effortless hair with middle parts by Alan White.
Our stand out show of the day was from Gary Bigeni, who outfits himself like the house-that-Hansel-and-Gretel-ate yet has a knack for detail not often seen on Sydney catwalks. Perfectly finished hems, subtle details such as backward tied shoestrings and unselfconscious thigh-high split skirts in fabrics sourced from Italy and Japan saw him depart from his usual draped jersey to present a smart and widely wearable collection, impeccably styled by Vogue's ex-Fashion Editor, Meg Gray.
Text Britt McCamey
Photography Hannah Scott-Stevenson