sydney fashion week – touches of theatre punctuate the final day

Romance Was Born and Gail Sorronda bring the much needed spectacle and style.

by i-D Staff
17 April 2015, 7:00am

The final morning of Sydney's Fashion Festival always promised to be special with wonder-kids Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales from Romance Was Born showing a collection, designed for the runway, across a couple of grand rooms at the National Art Gallery. Working with Sydney Theatre Company's costume director Alice Babidge on elaborate native floral sets, Dinosaur Designs on custom jewellery and Australian fashion legend Linda Jackson on prints, their 'Cooee Couture' show had all the makings of a spectacular production. All the flora, fauna and legend of the Australian landscape was beckoned to life via a multitude of fabrics and techniques and the result was a true manifestation of their grand and imaginative concept.

Romance Was Born Cooee Couture 2015

Romance Was Born Cooee Couture 2015

With multi-coloured dreadlocks (inspired by Linda Jackson's own hair), oversized resin neckpieces, bold eyes and exaggerated everything, the experience leaned towards the unhinged but it was safe in such capable hands.

Gail Sorronda spring/summer 2015

For her tenth anniversary Gail Sorronda produced a beautiful, coherent and impressively crafted collection entirely in black and white. Models wearing flowing tops with sheer circular details, bell-sleeved dresses, tasteful tulle and her signature ruffles floated down the runway past a giant, shining orb. 

The styling was refreshingly tasteful and striking with silver shimmer facial highlights, bold bowl cuts, white painted fingers and toes and flat hats or oversized pom poms completing the thoughtfully ethereal performance.

Scheduled in-between Romance and Gail Sorronda were parades by a number of young designers including Dyspnea with their crazy baby-doll looks including large doses of intentional tack as well as a new generation group show. In terms of trends over the week we saw a lot of sheer panelling, thigh-high splits, florals and, in line with the recent European collections, nods to the 70s with wide legged pants and gauzy shortage of proof that peace and love are still in.  

Read our wrap up of day two.

Read our wrap up of day three.

See our Fashion Week Straight Ups here. 

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