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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia had a hell of a day 3, hoo boy. Coming in hot was an ocean of colour c/o Ginger & Smart – at the NSW Art Gallery, no less – business shirting gone rogue thanks to Anna Quan, florals, florals, florals at C/Meo Collective and an absolute banger of a production complete with strobe lighting for KITX in the eve. There was a lot happening, so let’s get right bloody into it.
There was no better location for the intriguing shapes and colour palette that was Ginger & Smart’s Resort ’17 collection. The 80’s has been a common theme for designers in this year’s offerings, and it was certainly there here, albeit more in the way of pattern and colour – the geometric design seen on many pieces would 100% not look out of place on, say, your mum’s oversize shirts from ’86. Many pieces looked like actual works of art, and you could see the care that had been taken in the way shapes moved with the body – very flattering, always chic. I’m thinking the next way to wear your sweatshirt is tied ’round your shoulders – you heard it here first.
Up next on our top show list – Anna Quan and her badass take on shirting. Bit about Anna Hoang, the designer behind the label – she showcased in Next Gen only last year, and landed a coveted solo spot for ’17. Boss level, 100. Back to the fashion – anyone who works in an office but likes to bring it in the style stakes, take notice. Anna is a tailoring legend – the always flawless Margaret Zhang is a huge fan – and her resort collection featured pj-style suits, structured long shirts and crisp office-worthy dresses galore. Looks like S/S will be equal parts slick and comfy.
C/Meo Collective clearly didn’t listen to Miranda Priestly‘s iconic statement “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” – and to be honest I’m 100% glad, because their colour-clash prints absolutely need to be in our wardrobe immediately. There were plenty of uber-romantic ruffles, so that trend ain’t going anywhere just yet, and – interestingly – mustard yellow, which I wouldn’t say I’ve ever been a fan of but absolutely loved in this collection. I’ve been in the market for a 70’s style jumpsuit for months now, and C/Meo’s black and white pleated version will be meeting my credit card very, very soon.
Ending an already epic day was KITX, and damn guys – what a show. Just give me all the strobe lights, always. The harsh lighting teamed well with Kit Willow‘s grown-up-party-girl pieces – there was a cool mix of tailoring and slippery silks that skimmed over curves, pops of royal blue and apple red alongside black and white disco wear.
We’re almost at the finish line now, friends. Stay tuned for our wrap of Day 4 tomorrow.