Design duo Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales launched Romance Was Born’s first book and their latest Resort 2019 collection, Opal Goddess, at an intimate salon-style presentation at Restaurant Hubert.
Guests were transported from Sydney as they descended down the diamond-pattered staircase and into the dimly lit, underground venue. Greeted at the restaurant entrance, re-imagined as an air-bridge, Etihad flight attendants in bespoke Romance Was Born printed silk neck scarves welcomed guests with champagne and traditional Arabic delicacies, providing a brief stop-over before the journey continued to the French-style bistro.
Guests entered the Theatre Royale landing space atop an auditorium of one hundred red leather seats, providing the perfect viewpoint to take-in the beguiling set which debuted the brand’s book Romance Was Born. The new release was stacked high on display for attendees to browse and enjoy before they were ushered into the 1930’s-style basement dining room to take their seats.
A short drag performance by Dame Gaynor Tension set the scene; serenading the crowd with a rendition of Judy Garland’s “somewhere over the rainbow”, before fifteen ethereal art-deco goddesses snaked their way around tables, pausing to pose amongst the bar benches and cosy banquettes. The Opal Goddess resort collection, the brand’s first collaboration with iconic Australian artist Jenny Kee, includes prints from her renowned archive – rainbow opal designs and silk collages filled with almighty female icons, from Gaia to Aphrodite, exploring female divinity.
“Our mutual appreciation of each other’s’ work led us to collaborate with our long-term friend Jenny Kee, and revisit some of her classic prints in a new way,” explains Luke Sales. Anna Plunkett adds, “We’ve always been interested in goddesses and Xanadu, and the inspiration and strength that they provide to women. Alongside the mysticism of opals, this spirit is at the core of the new collection.”
Renya Xydis, Wella Professionals ANZ – Creative Director comments “Working with Romance Was Born is (much like the collection) a dream for me. Anna and Luke’s creativity and openness towards design allows me to be experimental with the hair styling. We channelled ‘goddesses’ across multiple looks, using a spectrum of EIMI styling products and of course, glitter. All of the glitter. Congratulations Romance on yet another incredible show.”
Upon exit, all guests received the book Romance Was Born as a gift; the 200 page tome shares the stories and artistic collaborations that have inspired the collections of the iconic Australian label and celebrates the first 10 years of their journey together.
Photo Credit: Daniel Boud
Initial inspiration for Lee Mathews Resort 19 came from the iconic American architects Frank Lloyd-Wright and Eames, as well as minimalist artist Donald Judd. It was not only for their striking body of work but also their belief that design should be in harmony with humanity and the environment.
With this concept in mind, Creative Director Lee and newly appointed Head Designer Natalia Grzybowski began with a grounding palette of creams and clays punctuated with pops of mint, orange and blue. These colours appear across a hybrid of natural textiles and zero-waste fabrics — from organic cottons to a coated zero-waste Italian linen and ethically sourced silks.
Silhouettes revolve around fluidity and represent the curves of nature; sheer Summer dresses sweep the ground with river-like tiers and blooming sleeves shoot like flowers from shift dresses.At times a nod to artist duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude appears in gowns that roped and wrapped, like the artists well-known draped landscapes.
This human-nature theme deepened to explore more sustainable practices across the brand, and has resulted in Lee Mathews designing her most sustainable collection to date.Whilst continuing her signature use in natural textiles (biodegradable & organic) she is working with fabrics from mills at the forefront at waste, energy and water reduction. One discovery was EcoNyl, a material produced in an infinite loop system made from rescued nylon and discarded fishing nets. This has led to Lee to debut Swim Capsule of 5 timeless styles.
Collectively, these precise compositions represent the vision and hope of change in the Fashion Industry, one where the environment is no longer an absent factor in the manufacturing process.
Whilst Lee Mathews is far from perfect, she is striving as a brand to grow and change; challenging her team to act more responsibly, produce more thoughtfully and continue to create beautiful clothing that can be passed on to future generations.
British designer Claire Tagg launched her eponymous label for AW18 showcasing a dramatic, oriental inspired fauna and flora collection. The AW18 season is inspired by a personal story of her travels as an Air Hostess, combining glamour and destructed textures to creative a dramatic yet opulent range.
The AW18 collection sees cut and silhouette inspired by formal airline uniforms. Structured jackets and blazer style dresses are juxtaposed with over-sized full skirts and ballgowns constructed in luxurious Duchess Satin. Despite the more grown-up aesthetic of the collection, the core identity of the brand remains.
Eponymous label Amy Thomson launched her playful AW18 collection ‘Chasin’ Dreams’, inspired by youthful aspirations. Each look in the collection presents a character based on a profession seen from a child’s perspective. Thomson poses the question – what does a Princess, Baker and Hairdresser look like through a child’s unaffected eyes? How are these career paths defined in the mind of a child without any preconceptions?
From this conceptual beginning, Amy has created eight complete looks that embody a magical aesthetic, bringing to life the idea of focusing on your dreams. Thomson creates this magical feel with her larger-than-life hand rendered drawings that hold a distinctive and charming naivety, ensuring no two garments are the same. With dreamlike prints, motifs and illustrations referencing each character appear throughout the narrative of the collection.
Katya Leonovich Spring Summer 2016 Bisected Beauty fuses fashion and art seemlessly while empowering the woman that wears this collection to embody inner strength through a sleek, modern style. The scene was set at the Highline Lofts among guests that were treated to a visual feast for the eyes as those in attendance could partake in the beauty of the art of fashion. Leonovich plays upon the senses with eye popping colors and fabric which mirrored each design to compliment the models themselves. Since her creation of the “Alive Dress” for Madonna in 1997, Leonovich has shown her artistic ingenuity by elevating each collection with couture construction, clear vision and personality in each piece.
NEW YORK (August 6, 2015) – IMG today announced the Spring/Summer ’16 collections schedule and lead partners for New York Fashion Week: The Shows and MADE, taking place September 10-17, 2015. “Evolving a high-profile event with this many moving parts takes time, effort, and the trust and support of the industry,” said Mark Shapiro, Chief Content Officer, IMG. “We’re so pleased with the response to the changes we’re making, and are excited to welcome new and returning designers and partners, as well as the MADE community, to the fold. We look forward to showing the industry all we’ve been working on come September.”
NYFW: The Shows will be held at Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Sq and feature the collections of designers including: ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY, ALICE AND OLIVIA, ANGEL SANCHEZ, ANNA SUI, BADGLEY MISCHKA, BCBGMAXAZRIA, BETSEY JOHNSON, BIBHU MOHAPATRA, BRANDON MAXWELL, CARMEN MARC VALVO, CONCEPT KOREA, CUSTO BARCELONA, DENNIS BASSO, DEREK LAM, DESIGUAL, DKNY, ERIN FETHERSTON, FASHION SHENZHEN, GEORGINE, GREG LAUREN, GROUND ZERO, HERVÉ LÉGER BY MAX AZRIA, IDAN COHEN, J.CREW, JENNY PACKHAM, JEREMY SCOTT presented by MADE, JOSIE NATORI, KARIGAM, KEMPNER, KID’S ROCK!, KYE, LELA ROSE, LIBERTINE, LIE SANGBONG, MARA HOFFMAN, MONIQUE LHUILLIER, NAEEM KHAN, NICHOLAS K, NICOLE MILLER, NOON BY NOOR, NOVIS, OHNE TITEL, PAMELLA ROLAND, PRABAL GURUNG, PROJECT RUNWAY, PUBLIC SCHOOL, RACHEL ZOE, RALPH LAUREN, REBECCA MINKOFF, REBECCA VALLANCE, REEM ACRA, SKINGRAFT, SON JUNG WAN, SUNO, SUPIMA, TADASHI SHOJI, TAORAY WANG, THE ART INSTITUTE, THOMAS WYLDE, TOME, TOMMY HILFIGER, VIVIENNE HU, VIVIENNE TAM, YIGAL AZROUËL, and ZANG TOI. MADE’s preliminary collections schedule includes: A-R-E-A, ANDREA JIAPEILI, ADAM SELMAN, BABYGHOST, BAJA EAST, BROCK COLLECTION, CG (CHRIS GELINAS), CHROMAT, COLLINA STRADA, CUSHNIE ET OCHS, DEVON HALFNIGHT LEFLUFY, DION LEE, GYPSY SPORT, HARBISON, HOUGHTON, ISA ARFEN, JEREMY SCOTT, JONATHAN SIMKHAI, MARISSA WEBB, PARSON’S MFA COLLECTIONS, SANDY LIANG, TELFAR, THE BLONDS, WES GORDON, and XIAO LI.
IMG also announced its lead partners for each event. NYFW: The Shows will be presented by lead partners Lexus, Maybelline New York, TRESemmé, Intel, DHL, and E! Entertainment. MADE will be presented by lead partners Accenture, American Express, Intel, Lexus, Macy’s, and Maybelline New York. Additionally, IMG unveiled a new brand identity and digital home for its NYFW properties. The brand identity, developed by Mother New York, was created to help the industry more easily identify the shows and activations unique to IMG. MADE will retain its standalone branding under the IMG umbrella.
The new digital home for NYFW: The Shows will be NYFW.com and @NYFW across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. These digital channels will feature exclusive designer content and social activations throughout the year and align closely with MADE’s MA.DE and @MADE channels, which will also feature exclusive editorial coverage and content. Additionally, all collections shown at Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Sq will be livestreamed on NYFW.com. For up-to-date schedule and event information, as well as media registration, visit NYFW.com and follow @NYFW @MADE.
STATE OF THE ART: AmfAR has landed in Paris. The charity event raising money to combat HIV/AIDS feted its first Paris edition on Sunday night, though the party’s hostess Carine Roitfeld insisted: “This is totally different. We just wanted to say thank you to all those people who have supported us year after year after year,” she said in a body-hugging black Versace gown, which turned out to be the evening’s hottest brand. Continue reading amFAR & Versace partner for star studded Dinner in Paris
The first draft of the CFDA-approved schedule for New York Fashion Week: Women’s has been released! This season it’s out earlier than ever and is subject to change. Updates to the grid will be made weekly on CFDA.com. Continue reading CFDA Announces NYFW: Women’s Schedule SS16
Last night Coach held it’s annual Summer party on the High Line which despite the earlier rains, didn’t stop the stars for coming out, shining and partaking in this sophisticated event. The Summer Party brings together the High Line and Coach – two iconic New York institutions that represent the creative energy of the city – to celebrate the spirit of summer with a carnival-inspired event. Thanks to generous underwriting by Coach, 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales will go directly toward the High Line, helping Friends of the High Line keep the park clean, the plants beautiful, and the public engaged through free art, tours, talks, and kids activities all year long. Continue reading The Annual Summer Party on the High Line presented by Coach