Optical Oz

At the risk of repeating myself, Mercedes Benz Sydney Fashion Week is fantastic! And it continues to grow as a contender for a spot on the international circuit. Even if it is so damn far. First of all, you can’t beat that climate. Who doesn’t want to work to the beat of palm trees and sunbeams every day? Secondly, the schedule is organized, much like Paris. The way it works in Australia though, is that every visitor has to register with the sponsors so that designers can see who’s attending Fashion Week. The designers can send invites to any of the people who registered, who in turn receive a badge with all their seat allocations for the entire week. It’s pretty sophisticated.

A lot more designers showed this season. One of my favorites, Karla Speticremember the transparent dresses I was wearing last year? – presented a coherent, delicate collection that got everyone’s applause and was in personal top 3. Dion Lee, who usually shows in London, invited everyone to a fancy dinner at the Opera House and showed a small capsule while we waited for our soufflés. And Ellery, also in my top 3, flew in Hanne Gaby as an exclusive IMG model to open her show, which was a brilliant highlight. The rest of the shows were held at a different venue this year, an old industrial complex off the train tracks, with less of a view than the site at the Opera House, but more versatility and room for social interaction.

I had a blast this year. I was running around with the Green with Envy Boutique crew and they kept me busy until the wee hours. We did a million showroom visits, re-sees and buyer’s appointments which gave us a chance to see the clothes up close as well. And I got a tan. My vitamin-D-deficiency is well restored. Thank you once again, Sydney.

Optical cropped top and skirt with overlay by Ellery; Damask cream top by No. 21; Optical pouch by Pierre Hardy, available at Green with Envy Boutique; Cat-eye sunglasses by Ellery, available at Green with Envy Boutique; Turquoise wedges by Nicholas Kirkwood; Grey and white sweater by Josh Goot (new collection).

Photos by Toby Hudson.

April 22, 2013

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