So here we are and it’s the final installment for Fashion Palette 2015.
Rounding out the thirteen designers are these final four talents, and better still more fabulous photos from the very talented Steven Godbee from Steven Godbee Publicity & Photography.
Thank you Steven, just loved working with you.
Not only does Steven have a great eye, but he is a true gentleman to boot!
So let us start with one for the gents, Lab Homme.
Vietnamese born Chris Cheng’s label Lab Homme was the only menswear designer of the night.
Combining European tailoring and Japanese shapes, Cheng sent out looks that were modern riffs on classic styles.
“Inspired by Belgian and Japanese design aesthetics, there is a gentle ease to this masculinity, a quaint approach to Modernism.”
Camouflage prints hit the runway in the guise of blazers and shorts in a most unmilitary way.
The print felt urban and fresh, nothing armed forces about it at all.
Speaking of blazers.
I really liked his interpretation of this classic wardrobe staple, especially the ombre sequinned version.
Cheng tapered form from white to silver in a very subtle shimmer – fabulous!
Black trousers with a white “paint splash print” teamed with a “drape coat” style long line jacket were a winning combination.
Then there was the underwear.
Well cut boxers and briefs shown to perfection by well-cut and endowed models certainly raised the temperature for all the ladies present in the Art Gallery of NSW.
Luckily we all had our programs to fan ourselves with!
This collection was an excellent take on what can be a touch staid at times. Nice to see some diversity for the guys.
Antonella Ianni is a designer who puts a masculine spin on feminine dressing.
To quote the designer “I believe it’s not only what a woman wears but how she wears it, which is the inspiration behind the tailored menswear techniques I have incorporated in my women’s range.”
A bold collection that showed great courage in sending a purely monochrome palette down the runway.
Shirtwaisters, a modern take on a mens shirt as a dress, had lovely waist details and sleeves finishing at the elbow.
Such a flattering length to a classic wardrobe staple.
Loved the leather waistband on a classic knee length skirt with a fluted hemline, this would go from AM to PM so easily.
Admired the tailoring and strong classic shapes from this Sydney based talent.
Next up Thomas Lazar.
“Turning pure imagination into reality, Thomas creates one of a kind pieces for women who want to be noticed and make a statement.”
His opening look was just that!
A voluminous cocktail dress with layers of tulle underskirt that gave a joyous flounce as it made its way down the runway.
Evening wear and bridal seems to be his area of interest, and he went to town.
There were dramatic splits and oversized bows, plunging necklines and mermaid shaped skirts.
Something for everyone.
Lazar used a myriad of fabrics, including sheers, tulles and satins that he sources both locally and overseas, this teamed with a romantic colour palette made for an interesting collection.
Would like to see what he produces next, as I felt that this show may have been a little rushed in some of the details.
That being said, it he has a good eye for the female form and the looks were very flattering on the body.
Last but certainly not least, is Arthur Galan with his label Arthur Galan AG. Since 1998 “Arthur’s skill, usage of superior fabrics and attention to detail has cemented a loyal and fashion savvy customer base.”
Wow, loved the strong colour palette and shapes by Galan. The biker jacket, so hot this season, looked amazing in both red and black.
The primary colour palette of red, blue and yellow, offset by black and white detailing was highly wearable to a broad range of ages.
Leather pencil skirts, block colour dresses with “Mondrian” feel borders and printed jumpsuits had clean silhouettes.
Standouts for me were the cobalt blue two piece of pants and frilled top, a marsala shade used in a leather dress, and fabulous harem pants in a red, white and black print.
All in all, I would have to say my absolute favourite from the collection was a fantastic yellow and black trench coat.
This is the coat of the season, and in yellow it just sang!
I had visions of an atmospheric grey winters day, with this shade of sunshine bursting through the monotony.
How to lift a mood in a minute! Divine!
So there you have it, the final round up from 2015 Fashion Palette.
The Circle and I would like to thank Sonya Mefaddi and her team for an excellent night showcasing fabulous talent in a stunning venue.
Personally I look forward to experiencing the event again in 2016.
However before that its Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia.
I’m off to polish my Jimmy Choo’s and plan my wardrobe for the week starting Sunday April 12th.
Do hope that you’ll join me.
Jo Bayley, Fashin Editor, The Culture Concept Circle, 2015