RAFW - Day #2 & #3

Tuesday for me was a day full of back to back appointments which didn’t leave much time for shows. I saw the summer ranges for Something Else, This Is Genevieve, Uscari, Karen Walker, Who Am Eye and Jamie Fame. I loved each range in it’s own way and am dreading narrowing down my choices to place orders! I then finished off the day with the Nicola Finetti show, which was full of fabulous dresses and some cute little jackets. I didn’t make the Alex Perry show, but by the sounds of it the rest of Sydney did and it sounds like it was quite a show.
Wednesday was jam packed with a lot more appointments, all running late thanks to the fact that every show was behind schedule all day long. I started off the morning with the Therese Rawsthorne show held offsite at the Australian Technology Park. The setting was effective with a massive big circle of chairs set around an empty warehouse. We even got little cups of muesli, yoghurt and rhubarb to ensure the fashionable people were getting their breakfast. The clothing was drapey, muted tones (with a splash of red) and looked easy to wear. I was a little distracted by some of the models wearing really cool nude platform sandals with silver “anklet” features. Not sure who they were by. Then it was a quick trip back on site for Kate Sylvester. I was really impressed with this show. I loved the quirky but girly style, and it was refreshing to see a bit of a different colour palette to the prolific nude and black combinations, with some mint green and splashes of red. There were cute checked peter pan collars which I am not sure will form part of the range or were just a stylists touch for the show. Then it was time for me to check out the summer ranges for Beat Poet, Dr. Denim, Gram footwear, Chronicles of Never, Black Noise White Rain, and Limedrop. A lot more exciting things on their way! I missed the group show which I was really keen to see as it finally included some menswear, but got along in the evening to see Kontantina Mittas, which was dramatic evening type wear. The highlight of the whole day was definitely the Romance Was Born show. Set in a gothic hall at Sydney University, the whole room was set up to resemble a prehistoric jungle with incense burning down the runway that was lined with dirt. The anticipation was built by an obscenely late start, but finished in a standing ovation. The collection of “Renaissance Dinosaur” was extravagant, theatrical, and crowd pleasing. Whilst a lot of the pieces might be hard to wear for some, the over the top creative styling makes it harder to imagine the lowly person wearing, but there were some fantastic pieces that would certainly prove wearable to the right occasion. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="406" caption="Nicola Finetti"][/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="411" caption="Therese Rawsthorne"][/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="419" caption="Alex Perry"][/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="594" caption="Kate Sylvester"][/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="379" caption="Konstantina Mittas"][/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="417" caption="Romance Was Born"][/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="370" caption="Romance Was Born"][/caption]
Alex Perry

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