CamberwellUNICEF for 2009. The parade showcased SS09 collections from both chain stores and boutiques in the Camberwell area, styled by the lovely Lucy Kiraly of The Fashion Team.
After a message from UNICEF ambassador Claudia Schiffer on the cinema screen, the show opened with a funky Michael Jackson tribute which kicked off a dance infused fashion parade that Camberwell should be proud of.
Over 20 retailers participated in total which made it a long affair, but each store had their own take on trends and key looks for the season. An array of colour, ruffles, sequins and neutrals were paraded to inspire everyone to revamp their Spring wardrobe.
After all the fashion and frivolity, I asked Lucy what she thought the key looks of this season were and how to mix styles and pieces together.
Bright, bold use of colour. This trend was evident in the abundance of party frocks in vibrant oranges, greens and cobalt; signalling that it is definitely time to trade in your greys and charcoals and embrace colour for Summer. Pieces on my hit list included an orange Grecian style dress with flattering draping from Lella Smith; a stunning cobalt silk dress covered in ruffles by Country Road; and a lime green silk creation from Mimma Priolo with a striking bright blue panel and sequin detail. Lucy suggested clashing colours for a dramatic look, aqua and purple being one of her favourite combinations.
Muted neutrals. There was a lot of beige, taupe and stone mixed with the saturated colour on the runway, seen in both mens and womenswear. Suits in shades of stone were seen in almost every menswear collection and the neutral cargo short was back but with a twist. Pockets are no longer oversized to carry a pocket knife and rope as well as wallet and keys, but rather slim fitting for a more polished casual look. Designers that embraced the neutrals included Miss Kiki with floaty sequined dresses tied at the waist in a ribbon style; Sketa presented a more casual look, working white, beige and green together; Fletcher Jones teamed an off-white suit with a “candy cane” striped shirt in honour of the festive season. Lucy’s advice for wearing neutrals this spring is to work them in with metallic pieces.
Denim. This classic fabric never goes out of fashion; it is simply reinvented and reworked. This season denim shorts are back as seen in collections by Portmans and De Nimes. Accessorise with gladiator sandals and pair of fabulous sunglasses.
Lucy left me with the most important styling tip which was a reminder to have fun when putting together your outfits. Spring is the best season to experiment with accessories, hair and makeup to create a stylish look that is truly yours.
Wonderous words by Kimberley Smith
Fab photos by Anthony Licuria