Ahhhhhhhh. To sum up the latest shows at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (RAFW), let me put it in two words: Mind. Blowing.
The Greek trifecta of designer Alex Perry, makeup maestro Napoleon Perdis, and hair stylist Renya Xydis came together for Perry’s massive show held in an equally massive off-site space. Looks started small (think Gaga/no pants), and literally grew into a spectacular display of frothy frockery. With all the lace, sequins, and embellishment, much of this collection falls into the special occasion category. But the Greeks promised an OTT delivery, and they made good on their word.
Here Napoleon Perdis describes his recipe for the Arabian princess look:
And the show…gotta love a final strut to a Kelis Milkshake remix.
The Bowie/Ziggy Stardust-inspired S/S 2010 Ellery collection gave me goosebumps. The leather pieces…skinny pants and little dresses…have me thinking I need. Leather. Now! Sparkling bell bottoms and a palette of neutrals accented by metallics definitely kept this show very 21st century, even if the inspiration was all 70s. View the complete Ellery collection.
Manning Cartell. I’m smitten with the sculptural earrings. I am in lust with the lace tops and dresses in contrasting black, grey, and white. I know it’s blasphemy, but I can just see that black asymmetrical lace dress thrown over some Sass & Bide Black Rats for everyday life. And the nude lips and center-parted, sleek ponies? Ouuuuuuuuiiiiiii! Love. View the complete Manning Cartell collection.
Side note: You must see the Manning Cartell Autumn/Winter 2010 collection out now. Go to www.manningcartell.com.au. Gorge.
P.S.: Don’t forget RAFW to read Loving and Loathing: Day 3 by Vogue Australia. We’re on a roll now.
P.P.S.: Tomorrow: DION LEE!!!