Blacksmith's Workshop, at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney, played host to one of the most anticipated shows during the Australian counterpart of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2013/14, as it all finally came to fruition with the Vanishing Elephant show itself and its guests both arriving fashionably late. Among them, Vogue Australia Senior Fashion Editor, Christine Centenera, captured the crowd's attention as she walked inside the venue with her posse, decked out in checkered Louis Vuitton and local model Kate Peck introduced a new accessory trend by bringing her multi-coloured motorbike helmet along for the ride (pun intended). The industrial setting for the Sydney-based label's debut show couldn't have been more appropriate as the collection speaks of a workhorse nature.
Recurring palettes of black, olive, navy and yellow were sprawled across classic shapes in a mixture of wools and cottons, along with peculiar prints placed perfectly on almost every garment possible to give the men's and women's pieces that touch of panache in an otherwise capsule range, with bold stripes, polka dots and floral print all making an appearance. The transeasonal approach made for a versatile appeal with the aid of designated stylist, Mark Vassallo, as cardigans, anoraks, hoodies and sweaters featured heavily in a somewhat considered summer collection. However, to put it frankly, it was a show that highlighted the collaborative efforts of Felix Chan, Huw Bennett and Arran Russell over a span of five years. Judging by the expression of the crowd's faces, it won't be long until their well-manicured hands will be picking up the pieces of a seemingly triumphant introduction to the Fashion Week mainstage for Vanishing Elephant. Note: You can also check out our exclusive look at the Vanishing Elephant show finale on YouTube <click here>.
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