I am officially going to go broke this season. Of all the runways so far at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week I find this line-up the most alluring in terms of want-to-wear-ability. Tomorrow’s Heroes is dedicated to emerging and perhaps slightly under the radar (for now) labels. Stylist Connel Chiang has an affinity for working with the up and comers. As well as this particular show he also styled the Parallel Tensions exhibition for MSFW, curating even more off-beat designs.
“Of all the things I find inspiring it’s getting into the designer’s headspace”, explain Connel. Newer labels are more “open to things, still keen and developing.” So what’s a good stylist to do when playing mother hen to a handful of fledglings and a world of possibility? “You give them a grounding and a base point.” When it comes to styling and collective show Connel aims to find a balance between “providing atmosphere for the viewer while still holding onto the individual aesthetics of the labels.” For Tomorrow’s Heres this translates to inky cropped wigs, various white hats and a fresh attitude.
The Tomorrow’s Heroes runway featured Catherine Leon, Kinoak, Livia Arena, Neo Dia, Orri Henrisson, Pageant and Thursday/Sunday.
Photography by Claire Alice Young