As the end of week, “edgier” official runway parade at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week for 2008, the Modern Odyssey show presented a range of names probably largely unknown to those outside the fashion set (with the exception perhaps of Gail Sorronda courtesy Designers for Target) . That said they are hugely successful within it and, finger crossed, on the cusp of greater things.
MaterialbyProduct opened the show in an innovative fashion. They dressed and styled the models on centre stage as they walked past which gave the audience insight into how their style is constructed. It also gave a sense of personal intimacy to a show considering it was held in such a grand space.
I had the pleasure to meet menswear designers Leopold at the Silk Road fashion week launch (they are both lovely to chat with by the way). They promised a bold show to give the guys something different. That they delivered with bright primary block colours of blue and red (and black for the purists).
Dhini should be a houshold name. I’ve loved her collections since her debut just a few years ago. She manages to do that quirky thing that many designers attempt by transforming one garment into another. Yet she pulls it off so subtley that you have to look twice, thrice to find the interesting parts. I love fashion that quietly unfolds to reveal itself like that.
The aforementioned Gail Sorronda stuck to her regular black and white flouncy style. I really liked the scarves and headpieces her section was accessorised with. Frisoni Finetti presented their usual sharp tailoring for men and James Cameron had some great individual pieces (canary yellow sweater, supple leather jacket)to add to the male wardrobe. Jessie Hill finished the show with a graceful tie-dyed gown – one of my favourite trends this summer when it is done properly (and it is, here).
Who can fail to love a show that ends in a conga line of models kicking up their (often not so co-ordinated) heels?
Words – Sarah Willcocks
Photography – Hannah Caldwell