There’s a reason why fashion folk wear sunglasses inside and on day four it became abundantly clear. After three nights of blogging into the wee hours of the morning, I had no choice but to work the wanker look I’ve always mocked. Luckily, there was a bunch of great shows on the schedule to keep my energy levels up and my fashion week spirit high. Suboo surprised us by taking the plunge into neoprene, Emma Mulholland gave us an explosion of colour and Shakuhachi presented the summer collection of our dreams. We woke up to a picture perfect beach day, so I ditched my pre-planned outfit for something more casual.
OFF THE RUNWAY
We’ve had some killer summer weather in Sydney this week, so by the time day four rolled around, I was dying to get into a pair of my Ksubi cut-offs. I’m pretty sure three days is the longest I can go without wearing denim shorts. I fashioned them up wearing a Gary Bigeni cape jacket and a ridiculously high pair of BCBG Max Azria wedges. Worn with Maui Jim sunglasses, Bassike white tee and my Fuji X10 camera.
Fashion week is THE best place ever for people watching and day four did not disappoint.
ON THE RUNWAY
Cult-label Shakuhachi closed day four with a killer collection that had the audience clapping, gasping and cheering from their seats. With a collection this hot, there was no need for models to carry novelty props. Instead the designer let her clothes do the talking, sending models down the runway wearing one of the most wearable collections we’ve seen all week. Floral prints and mosaic-like netting featured heavily, with ladylike hemlines sitting alongside super short shorts. Round coloured mirror sunglasses and a low ponytail with a side part completed the look.
Colour palette: white, black, fuchsia, silver, gold, metallic lilac and metallic powder blue.
Suboo moved away from their signature girly themed pieces and presented a collection with a new direction and a fresh aesthetic. The label replaced last year’s assortment of florals and lace with an edgy collection of sculptural neoprene pieces with clean lines and beautiful shapes. Looks like A.T.G won’t be the only ones stocking the shelves with neoprene bikinis this summer.
Colour palette: purple, white, black, grey, orange and cobalt blue.
Emma Mulholland isn’t known for her subtlety, but tonight she had her collection set to ‘stun’. In what can best be described as Tank Girl goes to the beach on acid, guys and girls stormed the catwalk in splattered neon, translucent plastified tops and jacked-up silver kicks. Accessories ranged from fluro plastic ninja star bracelets to tribal necklaces and surfboard leashes. Emma’s collections are best had in small doses. A skirt here, a top there, but on mass we we’re almost overwhelmed. Our retinas are still burning. Oh it’s a deep burn!
Colour palette: all the colours of the rainbow.
Photos by Lizi Hamer and James Page for This Island Life.