Wearability is all too often lost on the fashion runway. It’s common and infuriating to see a collection so over styled that to pull out an individual piece – a top, a skirt, a pair of pants – seems a precarious task. Sure it’s clever and creative to twist a dress up, throw it around a model’s neck and call it a scarf, but sometimes it’s nice to sit back and watch a show that allows the clothes to speak for themselves. With all that in mind, Flannel’s first outing on the Australian catwalk was a pleasure to witness tonight.
It was filled with infinitely simple pieces. Cream coloured laundered shirts worn oversized, half-buttoned and hanging off shoulders. Similarly aged cropped pants cut skinny but light enough for summer. Sheer knits. A series of fantastic leather dresses, skirts, shorts and shirts. Classic, unembellished and good to go now.
The show notes suggested a liberated woman – an artist or a traveller. One such woman immediately springs to mind: Garance Dore, the French street style photographer and artist who happens to be here in Sydney right now for fashion week. She’s a lady well known for her simple wardrobe, for chucking on a man’s shirt and a loose fitting cardigan and hitting the pavement in cities all over the world in search of (often similarly dressed) subjects for her blog.
Much has been made this week about the necessity for designers to edit their collections for the runway. Just because you’ve designed 300 pieces for Summer doesn’t mean you have to send them all down the catwalk. Less is more. Good to see a designer who gets all that.
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