Editor, Christie Sutherland joined celebrities, international delegates, influencers and fashion elitists in welcoming ‘Fiesta Barcelona’.
Sass & Bide have made a triumphant return to Sydney’s MBFW runway after a 14-year absence and weeks of heightened anticipation.
The Australian label glided into Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Monday night with the launch of Resort 2018 and swiftly re-asserted their creative claim.
The brand’s cut-through take on fashion has won it major recognition both here and internationally since their MBFW debut in 2001.
In the curated space at Carriageworks, the air before the show was filled with mystery, chaos and anticipation.
The square-perimeter runway, its centre filled with red-lit paper bags, held everyone’s gaze and the chatter was intense. The drama was so high it was palpable as spectators craned for a first glimpse of the collection.
The show was inspired by the pulse of Barcelona’s streets, capturing the culture’s vibrancy and playfulness. The ready-to-wear collection showcased fluid forms in all of the pieces dancing down the runway, from indulgent garments and accoutrements to distinctly structural shoes. The festival of sunset colours ranged from ivory through to blue, lilac, vibrant coral, peach and gold. Meanwhile, the moving silhouettes were highly textural, enhanced by beadwork, feathers, shine and tassels.
This collection offers something for everyone, from the tailored suit to the asymmetrical gown, feathered skirts, basic tees and billowing pants. A standout was the show’s closing number: a beaded jumpsuit, fairly glowing as it moved down the runway, that is now high on my season hit list.
Setting a Resort 18 standard, we saw pierced woven hair take to the mood board by Renya Xydis for Cloud Nine. Gold rings were paired with embellished fly-away braids, black leather woven undercuts were tight and middle parts were a heavy feature.
The glowing skin, directed by Lara Srokowski for Lancôme, had our hearts on fire. Combined with innovative techniques and ideas, art and culture reign over the new collection. Mesmerising and modernist designs were a hit.
In true Sass & Bide style, it is safe to say the runway offerings exited stage right and straight into everyone’s wardrobes.
Stay sassy, simplicity is no longer bliss.
All Image Credit: Flaunter
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