On Thursday night, Tim and I braved the chill to attend the Spring Summer 2011/2012 collections show for Australian department store MYER, which was held at Sydney's grungy Carriageworks building.
|Dress: Cooper St|
Shoes: Nine West
We more or less knew what we were in for, having already seen most of the designers' offerings at Australian Fashion Week in May and again in the MYER catalogue last week, but it is interesting to see it all remixed and to view MYER's take on the key trends from each brand.
Michelle Jank took a break from designing killer jewellery to style the show, choosing Sass & Bide to open with a wash of Summer brights, reflecting the vivid colours of the Australian landscape. Models wore slick buns adorned with glitter ("Sparkles! Shiny things!" my inner monologue cried as my pulse quickened; I am a bower bird at heart.), while Jennifer Hawkins strutted out rocking her usual look of bronzed skin and straightened blonde hair. It would have been nice to see her go with something a little different and daring, but she still looked a million bucks. Dayum.
|Sass & Bide opens the show with mouth-watering bright colours|
Nicola Finetti's collection was represented by cute ensembles of fitted bodices and full, short skirts in mushroom greys and pearly whites.
Next, Maticesvki gowns in muted hues wafted down the runway, with layers of raw silk chopped into A-symmetrical hemlines a la Viktor & Rolf.
|Eclectic travellers by Arabella Ramsay|
|The perfect Kate Sylvester dress to wear whilst hosting my next dinner party. Martini, anyone?|
|MYER menswear ambassador Kris Smith does office cool in Blaq|
|Okay Charlie Brown, this is pretty amazing.|
|Jennifer looking gorgeous in the Wayne Cooper dress I wore to the Water For Elephants premiere... I still love you, my fluoro friend!|
I felt an an odd choice was made when Bettina Liano (which I thought was in liquidation?) was represented by just three looks, all in the same yellow floral print and fairly interchangeable.
Cozi, Jennifer Hawkins' swimwear label, followed and was accessorised with bunches, garlands and capes of leaves and flowers.
|Jennifer Hawkins models her swimwear label, Cozi|
Again, I was surprised at the choice of Seafolly pieces shown, expecting their usual unique prints and colour combinations, but instead proffered five simple black swimsuits. I did like this vintage-inspired one-piece, though:
|Simple swimwear by Seafolly|
|Key looks from Manning Cartell|
|Beautiful evening dress by Yeojin Bae|
Chic eveningwear by Jayson Brunsdon. I love the black maxi with the glittery trim!
Origami-esque floral headbands accompanied lovely maxi dresses by Matthew Eager, in shades of bold red and shocking pink. I used to despise red and pink together - the 2006 Louis Vuitton campaign in which Gisele wore red lips and hot pink nails irritated me endlessly - but I've grown to love the two together and quite enjoy the deliberate and well-executed breaking of a "style rule".
|Matthew Eager's intense red and pink creations|
|Jayson Brunsdon 'Black'|
|Jewel-toned delights by Aurelio Costarella|
|Magdalena Velevska's kicky fluoro frocks were matched with fabulous neon pink-soled heels|
|Chic white, black and gold pieces tailored brilliantly by the lovely Fernando Frisoni|
Ellery was selected to close the show, toning things down a little with a laid-back colour palette, while still inciting excitement with rad flares and Jen's dazzling finale dress.
|Ellery designs close the show|
In conclusion, the show was wonderful, Summer is set to be very colourful and I will definitely be putting glitter in my hair soon.