Romance Was Born at MBFWA

Photo by Daniel Boud for Flaunter
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) has been taking place over the past few days and while my interest in the event has waned over the years, the one thing that always excites me is seeing what the creative duo behind Romance Was Born gets up to. This year was no different, with Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett delivering another visually riotous show. If my reaction to seeing the collection through a computer screen was anything to go by, I can only imagine what it must have been like to experience it in person. The collection, called ‘Whispering Angel’, was inspired by Liberace and features plenty of appropriately showy garments. While the Liberace references are clear to see (hello sheet music prints and keyboard fringed dresses), I’m also inclined to describe this collection as Phryne Fisher meets The Capitol. Feast your eyes on more images of excess after the cut.

All images by Daniel Boud for Flaunter

I Spy: Australian Native Prints

Ever since I mentioned my love for native Australian flowers a few posts down I’ve noticed that native flora and fauna prints are having a bit of a moment among local labels. Designers taking inspiration from the Australian landscape is nothing new but the current trend is definitely something to take notice of. Romance Was Born’s 2015 collections Bush Magic, Cooee, and Opal Romance all drew on an Australian narrative. The Autumn 2016 collection from RYDER sees Australian botanical prints emblazoned on t-shirts, dresses, and leggings. The Fred Fowler x Gorman collection draws on the artist’s paintings that look at Australian native and introduced species in an abstract, layered style. A distinct protea print takes centre stage in Leonard Street’s Autumn/Winter 2016 collection. Edith Rewa’s illustrations all feature beautifully drawn native Australian flora and fauna. Vanishing Elephant’s upcoming High Winter 2016 collection takes a more minimalist approach with line drawn waratah prints. And I’m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg. These are a few of my favourite takes on Australiana right now.

1. Australia Print Tee by RYDER (I’d also recommend checking out the Flora t-shirt, dress, and leggings)
2. Extinction Silk Dress by Fred Fowler x Gorman
3. Anemone Dress by Leonard Street
4. Cocky Lady Silk Scarf by Edith Rewa
5. Waratah Print Long Sleeve Shirt by Vanishing Elephant (there’s also a dress)

Caves Collect AW16

In Queensland, the start of autumn isn’t really marked by the change in weather (it’s still sunshiney and as humid as ever) but by all the autumn/winter collections dropping in stores. Here I am still looking for lightweight linen and cotton tops and all I can see in stores is racks upon racks of knitwear. All this thinking about cooler weather is enough to get me reassessing my transitional wardrobe. The AW16 collection from Melbourne-based Caves Collect has me pretty excited for even the slightest hint of chill in the air. The collection is made up of a bunch of  transitional pieces and classic wardrobe staples. And skivvies. Lots of skivvies. As someone who flat out refused to wear skivvies as a child I am totally open to review my stance on such matters if they look as stylish as this. Caves Collect is currently only available via their website and all clothing and leather goods are made to order.

Images: Caves Collect


I’m always on the lookout for new (to me) labels and one recent find is Chorus, a Melbourne based fashion design studio established by Cassandra Wheat and Louise Pannell. This year I’m really trying to embrace quality over quantity in regards to my wardrobe and I think this is one of the reasons I was drawn to the Chorus label. Garments are created in Melbourne using luxury materials and each piece is released in limited editions of no more than 30. Add to that the clothes look dead cool and wearable, in that way that only Melbourne labels can really pull off, and you’ve got yourself a winning combination in my books. 

You can see and shop the collection over on the Chorus website.

[Images: Chorus]

Kuwaii AW15

If you like your things to be colour coordinated then you’re really going to like the autumn/winter collection from Aussie label Kuwaii. The Re-Mix AW15 collection is a mix of fluid lines and boxy silhouettes with accent shades of coral and royal blue set alongside understated navy and grey hues. Every look in the lookbook is eye-pleasingly monochrome, which helps to highlight certain textural and tailored elements. You can see and shop the collection on the Kuwaii website.

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