Summer 2010 will be the season to show some skin, as sheer delights and confident cut-outs dominated the runway on day three of Rosemount Australian Fashion Week.
Designers explored subtle sexiness with sheer fabrics layered over solids and swatches of material ripped out of blouses and dresses.
Manning Cartell did the sheer look the best, with see through black lacy blouses paired with colourful shorts and a strong black body con dress with sheer cutouts running down the sides.
Therese Rawsthorne got top marks for cut-outs, ripping material from the shoulders of business shirts and sleeved mini dresses. Despite the subtle sexiness, it was a dull collection that unfortunately revived bike pants (doesn’t every woman wish they never existed) and included uninspiring camis tucked into draped pants.
Taking second place for the “Best Use of Scissors Award” was Karla Spetic, who cut chunks out of swimsuits, jackets and blouses. Some of these were on the shoulders (an anti big-shoulder-trend statement?) and other times around waistlines. The designer also had some fun using a digital photographic print of the Australian outback on skirts, jackets and dresses.
Necklines with large bows and cute, freestanding collars gave the looks at Kate Sylvester a ladylike edge, perfectly complemented by sweet cropped cardigans and socks with sandals. The success in the ladylike look was in the details, with brooches, skinny belts and sandals and socks completing the vibe.
Nude once again ruled colour-wise on the catwalk, although Alice McCall injected some gorgeous vibrant yellows, vivid blues and a fresh purple. Yellows and mustards have been big colours this year, with Bianca Spender also sparking up her nude collection with golden frilled camis and steel blue cardigans. Nookie can also be commended for its rainbow catwalk and fun, bold florals.
Jayson Brunsdon was the stand out of the day for managing to be completely different to everyone else. The designer had a very ‘50s collection of shift dresses and A-line skirts. The look was refreshing white, with dollops of orange and blue. It had the heavy perfume of a perfect old fashioned summer full of ice cream and sunscreen.
Romance Was Born saw the night out yesterday with an over-the-top and insane catwalk. See our report here.