EternalWillow’ and was a beautiful way to kick start the year in the world of Melbourne fashion. With colours ranging from deep purples and vivid blues to golds and burnt orange, it is easy to see that Kit’s inspiration for this line was the unique and awe inspiring landscapes of Australia, but more specifically a recent holiday to the Great Barrier Reef.
The designs are familiar yet daring and offer many new takes on the much loved classics of yester year. If Eternal Phi is anything to go by ( and in my personal opinion, it is!) sculpted shoulder pads are a must for all those who live for fashion. As shown by Willow, they accentuate without exaggerating and add an air of femininity to any silhouette. Delicate float and wave cut dresses with detailed shoulder and neck lines give the line a soft feel in blues, whites and bones, while the strength element is added in the angular cuts of the jackets, panel dresses and high waisted tight leg print pants in black and white and a colour that can only be described as burnt sand, but are simply breathtaking.
The show stopping pieces were Willow’s intricately detailed treasure trove dresses. Each was completed with countless mother of pearl button detail and are absolutely amazing. On a side note, many designs featured the mineral fossil belt as an accessory which also doubles as a necklace and is the perfect recession busting accessory for all those with a little bit of left over Xmas money who are searching for that perfect item to complete their summer wardrobe, and is a perfect excuse to go check out Willow’s brand new boutique in the GPO building in Melbourne CBD.
Wise words by Alex Schleibs
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