Step inside the winter wonderland that was the Moncler Gamme Rouge FW runway. Covered with artificial snow and emulating the majestic Swiss Alps, this collection was chalet chic. Shimmering appliques consisting of crystal flowers and snowflakes delicately embroidered onto coats and jackets. Dresses and pleated skirts looked cosy in boucle wool and Alpaca knits and furry shorts were teamed with platform clogs and edelweiss embroidered lederhosen. With no pants in sight and short hemlines, the focus was clearly on the magnificent outerwear. An Alpine dream, these luxe pieces have Ice queens planning their next snow adventure.
Paris, 1:30pm. It's cold outside and Palais de Tokyo is bustling with photographers and Fashionistas ready to get a glimpse of the highly anticipated Ellery Autumn/ Winter collection. The red runway sets the mood for pieces that explore sensuality and relevance of garments that were once considered essential. Kym has deconstructed and unravelled pieces from another era, stripping back from the 19th Century and building layers of opulence with the use of lurex velvet, fox fur, double silk georgette and wool suiting. Adding her brands signature trademark flares and presenting them in different proportions with raw edges. Voluminous sleeves and feminine dresses with romantic tucks cascaded down the runway and deep blacks and flesh tones dominated the collection. Accent colours of candy pink lightened the mood and flickers of metallic tones emerged. These silhouettes will empower the wearer through the design excellence and contrast between old and new worlds. This was a covetable collection we can't wait to get our hands on.
Inside Melbourne's historic Royal Exhibition building, on a runway complete with spiral staircases, Kookai unveiled it's Autumn Winter 16 collection. With models emerging from different catwalk entrances, it gave viewers a real sense of the collection as a whole. And what a collection it was. With a nod to 1970's silhouettes with bell sleeves, flared pants and eyelets we also saw a touch of bohemian chic come through with off the shoulder tops and fluid dresses with neck ties. The collection was timeless made up of simple clean lines, crisp edges and heavily focused on black, cream and grey. Vibrant pops of red emerged and khaki proved it's back for another season. Oversized black blazers gave a classic touch and thick fringing added depth, perfect for winter layering while still remaining feminine and classic.
"This collection was designed for the imaginative, creative and stylish woman that has her finger on the pulse with fashion" explained Danielle Vagner the creative genius behind Kookai, as we chatted after the runway show "she looks fabulous whilst still managing to be a multi-tasker, that's my daughter Bianca and that's the everyday Kookai woman" she went on to define her target audience. Danielle herself is edgy and looks elegant, she doesn't look old enough to have a child that's in their 20's. Her favourite celeb style is Uma Thurman "she doesn't always play it safe but she looks elegant and sometimes quirky" When chatting about what we wear to work Danielle said she prefers heels as "they're glamorous and can make any outfit, heels can always make you feel stylish even when you are dressed casually" and finally her top wardrobe must have pieces are "A trench coat as you can wear them over anything, a pant suit as it's elusive and a woman dressed in man's clothing is powerful and sexy, a colourful or quirky clutch when you need to have a bit of fun and lastly a sentimental piece of jewellery which is individual to you". We look forward to the new collection landing in stores real soon.
Lidia Misev is a Melbourne based freelance fashion and lifestyle writer. She has a keen eye for fashion and styling.