One of the highly anticipated RAFW shows this week, the Tafe runway show now officially called The Innovators have showcased such amazing designers like Dion Lee and Elliot Ward-Fear. This years’ show (like every year) was on everyones’ lips and it did not dissapoint! This was by far my favourite graduate runway show and I’m so excited to get in contact with these designers for shoots!!
First down the runway was Anna Westcott – a little bit conservative, a little bit Dion Lee, very tailored, structured and wearable. Titled Phos, it was inspired by the process of how light refracts through water and creates distortion. Based on surrealism, two digital prints have been created that play with scale and colour. The collection is comprised of yellow, lime green, aqua, rose as well as grey and black.
I love the crisp tailoring as well as the hints of colours and the unique prints used throughout the collection and the shoes are amazing!!! I’m not sure who designed them but I would love to get my paws on a pair!!
Leah Hibbert‘s takes inspiration from natural elements and their forms such as water, ice and smoke. Splashes of colour highlight the collection including citrus, watermelon red, burnt orange, green, blues, blacks and white. Embellishments feature throughout the collection with accents on hard and soft textural detals, with quartz crystal necklaces and dangling rectangular perspex.
Emma Mulholland’s collection: Cruel Summer
By far my favourite collection from the Tafe showcase. While usually you see I don’t wear alot of colour in my wardrobe, its one of those things that I want to do and incorporate but just haven’t found the right pieces or had the guts to. A little bit Romance Was Born, a little bit high on acid and a little bit inspired by the sea and surf – colour, embellishments and accessories work in harmony to create a strong, cohesive and eccentricly chic debut collection! I can’t wait to get in contact with Emma and get my paws on some of these designs!! LOVE
Charlotte O’Carrigan was inspired by the interface of nature and people, of calm and exotic, wild and tame. Although I admire her innovation and adventurous flair by utilising interesting materials such as faux hair, spikes, horns and (plastic) cockaroaches in her collection – actually seeing the fake cockaroaches made me squirmish and perhaps that was the intention?
Quite a earthy tone based collection highlighted by bright yellows and digital prints as well as an amazing creative array of spiked and thorny accessories.