The Alice McCall Resort 18 “Bon Bon” collection was full of beautiful and feminine yet edgy pieces. A heavenly colour palette of soft lilacs, nude, gold and black was predominant as well and textured highlights like embossed florals, sequins, ruffles, polka dots, oversized feather jackets and bags. A solid offering of signature Alice McCall dresses, play suits and top and pants combos ruled. From start to finish I was in a wonderland and I loved every minute. It’s obvious why Alice McCall is such an iconic and successful Australian designer who year after year amazes us with her genius designs.
I was just so excited to get to my first show in Sydney for MBFWA 2017. We used to sell a lot of the Australian brands for Janine Edwards Boutique so I used to go to the shows many years ago as a buyer, however this was my first year attending as a Blogger. I really wanted to make the most of it and take everything in.
Having fun, connecting with like minded people and taking in the first looks of the Resort 18 season was my number one priority. Adrenalin was running high and I pushed through the pain of three days straight in high heels. It was worth every minute.
I loved this whimsical and really wearable collection that portrayed a powerful and inspiring message. The models were all different sizes and ages from many different cultures, each wearing their outfit with pride and purpose. Beautiful fluid silks and cottons dominated with a magnificent floral print that worked it’s way onto bare skin, tying it all together. Every woman is beautiful and this message really resonated with everyone in the room. It was quite moving. Thank you Thomas Puttick.
Image Credit: Nick Azar
Killer. The Justin Cassin menswear was really strong with clean lines and meticulous attention to detail. The brand covers today’s urban and street style trends, whilst maintaining a sophisticated feel. A dark and moody colour palette with pops of greys and neutrals set the tone. With Australia’s latest model export Jordan Barratt walking the runway, it certainly upped the ante!
Image Credit: Nick Azar
Sheer silks in pretty shades were the main focal point in the Karla Spetic Resort 18 collection. It took shape in the form of lightweight jackets, pants and shirts that were incorporated back with trousers, dresses and crop tops. Plaid in aqua, soft orange and a black/brown combo was a delightful surprise and really palette cleansing. Just so pretty!
The Zhivago Resort 18 collection was nothing short of EPIC. Each piece was simply showstopping and I was instantly sucked into the glamour and “wow” factor of the show. I think everyone left the show on a big high, I know I did. Party dress anyone? Yes, please…
Sass & Bide
Sass & Bide returned to the MBFWA catwalk after 14 years and didn’t disappoint. The Resort 18 collection certainly stayed true to it’s distinct signature style with edgy styling and unique proportions. Even a pair of distressed denim jeans showed up which transported me back to the days when the Sass & Bide jean ruled. Sequins, ribbons, tassels, metallics and detailed embellishments were prevalent over a unique assortment of relaxed and body con silhouettes. Whilst black, ivory, gold and silver dominated, pops of red, orange, candy pink and aqua shone through lifting the offering to new heights.
What I Wore – Day 2
My first outfit covered two key trends for the season, cropped flares and velvet. I really loved wearing this combination and it’s probably the one outfit that received the most attention by street style photographers around the Carriageworks. This orange spice colour is also really strong right now, with so many similar shades of it popping up throughout the shows.
Image credit: Aicha Robertson
For the Sass & Bide show, I wanted to wear a minimal and classic monochrome look. We raced back to the hotel between shows which turned out to be a bad idea as we were stuck in traffic and missed the Steven Khalil show. I was devastated as it turned out to be one of the most beautiful shows of the week! Ah, lesson learnt.
Pants: Alexis – In Store at Janine Edwards Boutique, Top: Frame Blouse dropping in store in July 2017, Jacket: Hunky Dory Blazer, Boots; Manning Cartell Luxe Starter Boote, Bag: Chanel
Photography: Yvette Hardy
What I Ate
Oysters, duck pancakes and a Limonata for lunch at the restaurant inside the Carriageworks. Why not, right?
Wrap Up – Day 2
It was a great first day, I was totally exhausted! We arrived back to The Larmont Sydney to download images, begin the editing process, order dinner from the downstairs restaurant and get ready for the next day which kicked off at 9am with the Katama show offsite at the Andrew Boy Charlton Pool at the Domain. I prepped my outfits, charged all my devices for the next day and got to bed at 12am! Stay tuned for MBFWA Day 3 tomorrow! xx