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Camilla presents the ‘Babylon’ collection poolside at The Olsen

Brightly coloured creatures in nature usually warn of danger. Not so here, as Sydney designer Camilla Franks launches her ‘Babylon’ collection poolside at the arty Olsen Hotel. This is the first time Camilla has shown her resortwear in Victoria and the range makes a vibrant  impact against Melbourne’s stormy, grey skies.

The designer herself commits to the look. Dressed head to toe in her own pieces – including divine matching heels and glittery make-up – she looks like the most decadent rainbow lorikeet you’ve ever laid eyes on. Camilla explains the origins of her label; once upon a time as a theatre actress she was typecast as the faerie, the gypsy, any generally free-spirited character. She despised the costumes she was forced to wear so began fashioning her own. The designs soon became the stars of the show and Camilla the label was born. ‘Babylon’ is one of many childhood names she gave herself; it’s not a hard stretch to imagine a young Camilla possessing a rich sense of fantasy.

As the heavens shut off the rain temporarily, models danced and swished by like tropical fish or exotic birds. Camilla’s talent lies in creating prints that mesmerise; like Rorschach ink-blot tests on acid. Vibrant digital explosions of colour are mixed in with animal print, flora in the form of palm leaves and water motifs. The floaty, silky silhouettes of kaftans, ponchos and maxi-dresses are a signature.

The recently launched terrace and pool at The Olsen hotel made for a magical setting as Camilla’s creatures were drenched in both colour and the rain….

Camilla Franks 'Babylon' fashion show at the Olsen hotel

Camilla Franks 'Babylon' fashion show at the Olsen hotel

Camilla Franks 'Babylon' fashion show at the Olsen hotel

Camilla Franks 'Babylon' fashion show at the Olsen hotel

Camilla Franks 'Babylon' fashion show at the Olsen hotel

Camilla Franks 'Babylon' fashion show at the Olsen hotel

Camilla Franks 'Babylon' fashion show at the Olsen hotel

Camilla Franks 'Babylon' fashion show at the Olsen hotel

Camilla Franks 'Babylon' fashion show at the Olsen hotel

Also, pretty ladies dancing…

Inventive images & film by Ashley McLaren

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