A lot of Australia and a Bit of San Francisco’s Castro District
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (#MBFWA) just came to a close. What’s that you say? You are not up to speed on your Aussie fashion pantheon and royalty? Oh, my dear, you owe yourself the education. From the laser-sharp, crisp structural precision of Toni Maticevski (a personal favourite I discovered on Moda Operandi some many moons ago), to Michael Lo Sordo‘s bias cuts and diaphanous drapery fit for the denizens of Mount Olympus, to even the sometimes sordid and always decadent lace, beading and appliqué workings of Steven Khalil that present an interesting intermingling of levity with weight, the runways Down Under were certainly anything but average, serving full-tilt drama and delight.
Dress by Toni Maticevski, MBFWA 2015
Models on the Runway in Steven Khalil, MBFWA 2015
Models in clothes by Michael Lo Sordo, MBFWA 2015
And just as rife as the runways of Oz are with fashion fodder, so is the Aussie “hight-street” and accessories scene teeming with power players. This is good news for some us who can’t afford couture and premium designers (just yet). Valley Eyewear is a sunglass brand straight from Australia, that intrigues with its diva-approved frame styles in a sort of Karen Walker-esque manner. If you are more of the ilk of sophisticated simplicity with a bit of edge, Ginger and Smart is the label for you: no “bodycon” here ( your can head to Bec and Bridge for that), just, as the name implies, smart, well-tailored pieces for those of us who wish J Crew would inspire us again.
“Wolves” by Valley Eyewear, available in multiple colour options
From Ginger and Smart’s Arcadia Collection
But of all the dream-incarnate things the Aussies are giving us, I am most enamoured of my new favourite mid-priced brand: Cameo The Label. Stocked by everyone from Revolve Clothing to Nasty Gal to Germany’s Stylgion (which was recently having a sale on the label that saw a $200 skirt make its way to my closet for something more like $40), Cameo is Del Pozo for the people. Their well-wrought styles are eye-catching and wallet-ensaring: in just two weeks, I have amassed 4 of pieces from the brand. Thankfully a recent jaunt to San Francisco and its micro climates afforded me the opportunity to wear one of my new, proud purchases. I topped of what I would like to call my Felicia San Francisco (à la Carmen SanDiego) look with yet another Australian export: a wide-brimmed felt fedora in muted greys from the label Lack of Color. The Australians mean business. I for one am more than happy to go digging Down Under for an aesthetic that will help me stand a cut above.
What I Wore: Cameo “Real Talk” trench, J Crew “Blythe” blouse, Custom trousers, Hèrmes Cavalcadour scarf, Céline box bag, Céline Audrey sunglasses, Lack of Color “Montana” Fedora in Hidden Shadows (colour)
* Photos by Dr. Julius T. Oatts *