Fashion Palette was back on the New York Fashion Week catwalks at Pier 59, and their eight designers’ clothes were better than ever. Australian fashions have always had a carefree, wearable vibe often overlooked on the flamboyant NYFW runways. The company aggregates Australia’s top designers for spring/summer ’18 including Sabo Luxe, Ashlee Lauren, Bronx and Banco, Haus of Song, Flare Street, MB The Label, Torrance and Elliatt.
Sabo Lux opened the show with sultry silhouettes that were inspired by the essence of a summer vacation. For steamy summer nights under the stars with a cocktail, there were girly patterns. Pieces flowed in dusky sunset hues and a flirty aesthetic. Ultra-feminine vibes were seen throughout the collection, with the use of a variety of gingham prints, ruffles, grommets and beads. Ashlee Lauren’s Zenith collection was next up. Her lingerie pieces turned heads as pairs of models strutted down the runway. As a bridal headpiece designer making her debut at NYFW, she decided to represent the concrete jungle. “Bring on the adventure,” said Lauren. “We are going to soak up good energy, learn and connect and be totally and utterly swept away by all that this city and this experience has to offer,” Her collection, including pearl and jewel encrusted headpieces, astonished guests. Foliage-inspired brushed gold and pewter crowns made a strong statement. They were enhanced with intricate adornments and chic shimmer.
Bronx and Banco’s collection was a blast from the past with ’80s prom-inspired dresses. There was a playful attitude in their heavily embellished collection. Lots of gold, silver and neutral colors were shown. The designer focused on extenuating the shoulders with exaggerated puffs and bell sleeve details. Feathers, layers, ruffles and sequins seemingly meshed into this extraordinary, yet cohesive collection.
Haus of Song proved that a clash of color isn’t something to be afraid of. These designers paired bright, bold yellows with eggplant and red opaque tights. Both their flowing maxi dresses and structured blazers hit the Haus of Song runway in unexpected color combinations.
Flare Street re-introduced a free-spirited, psychedelic era with striking velour bell bottoms that fluttered across the floor in cosmic prints. This collection was heavily influenced by pop art icon Peter Max and the cosmic ’60s artwork he produced. These designs are for folks who like to look fiercely fashionable, yet have a sense of life and individuality. “I want people to feel empowered, remarked designer Nik of Flare Street.
Australian artists Harley and J and Shell Shimmin contributed specialty commissioned pieces or the collection. “They explored contrasting moods as though they were expressing themselves in the truest way,” said Nik.
For a more high-end collection to complement their MBasics label, they celebrated the female figure. The line included bodycon skirts, sheer blouses and plunging jumpsuits in an elevated, classic fashion that won’t be forgotten.
A favorite of Julia Torannce Hemingway, designer Marrakesh was inspired by street styles of folks on the bustling streets. There were beautifully embossed leathers had an ultra-luxurious look, alongside of her magnificently hand-painted prints. A standout ensemble from the collection was the oversized menswear-inspired suit covered in rich bronze sequins. It was perfect for red carpet dressing. The bold color palette of peach-rose, merlot and ice-mint is complemented by neutral tones of dusty gray-blue and white. Details explored a range of micro ruffles, sleeves shapes and cutouts. There was a strong feminine undercurrent tied the capsule together. Strong wearable shapes were paired with specialty embellishment synonymous with the Elliatt brand were embodied in this runway collection. Good Shows!
Renee Minus White is the author of “Maybe: My Memoir,” a story about an original member of The Chantels, a 1950s girl group. Her book is available at Amazon, Kindle, Google Play and www.rosedogbookstore.com