We kicked day three off with Alice McCall, where the designer showcased one of her best collections to date. With an ocean theme it was the perfect prelude to We Are Handsome’s fun and playful collection of bikinis and boardies. There must have been something in the water, because they weren’t the only ones channeling the sea on day three. Watson X Watson sent cool surfer girls down the runway, with what could be our favourite beauty look of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA). And with the sun coming out, we snapped the fashion pack in some super sweet summer ensembles.
OFF THE RUNWAY
Unfortunately with Lisa Ho opening the day offsite, these guys were all running from one show to another. We caught them on their way into Alice McCall with some paparazzi street style shots.
I wore a beautiful neon yellow silk top and printed pencil skirt by up-and-coming label Natalie and Sarah. This is definitely a label to watch and we can’t wait to see their MBFWA debut at the New Generation show on Friday. Worn with Jeffrey Campbell wedges, Chronicles of Never sunnies and Alexander Wang bag.
ON THE RUNWAY
Alice McCall drew on an under-the-sea theme for her collection, taking inspiration from German botanist illustrator Ernst Haekel and the Art Nouveau jewels of French artist René Jules Lalique. Her signature appliqué and cutout lace work gave reference to sea creatures with soft and rounded silhouettes, and transparent layering. Models wore hair in low ponytails with knots and texture, to look like they’d just emerged from the water. Powder blue lashes and silver rings on every finger completed the look.
Colour palette: navy, pale blue, pale peach, white, gold and grey.
Watson X Watson
The sister team sent surfer girls down the runway with casually tied-up beach hair, pretty pink lips and dewy, sunkissed skin. From the very first look, it was clear that grungy 90s surf culture was at play. Plaid prints, neoprene fabrics and unexpected layering with mesh under racer-back singlets and flannies tied around the waist. Models looked effortlessly cool carrying surfboards and a whole lotta attitude.
Colour palette: white, black, grey, nude and blue.
We Are Handsome
Staying true to the loud prints that they’ve become known for, We Are Handsome presented another solid collection of bikinis, one-pieces, leggings and mini dresses. This season they added sheer, floaty singlets and shirts (our money’s on the black and white tiger) to their repertoire, along with beach towels and board shorts for the guys. Models cruised the runway in beach cruisers that we can see right at home on the promenade in Bondi.
Colour palette: black and white, purple and red, green and tan, blue and pink.
Photos by Lizi Hamer for This Island Life.