Backstage photographed by Rene Vaile for vogue.com.au & Zanita Whittington for Ellery
Above press realise by Sophie Endrey
Runway photographs above and Ellery gazette complements of Susie Lau of Style Bubble
The Second Marriage by Kym Ellery was shown in contemporary Chinese art gallery, The White Rabbit. The space was chosen to complement the collection which is 'heavily rooted in contemporary art' the models walking in pairs down a make-shift runway to the sound of a live beat box poet.
I always expect big things from Ellery despite it's youth. Her previous work has conjured up images of other lands and a uniquely specific aesthetic for the brand. Sculptured tailoring, metallic's and a surprising use of fabrics translates into a polished yet undone look. I always thought that the 'Ellery girl' was too sexy and unconventional for me, something that just worked in print and not something I'd wear. But somehow this collection has clarified her viewpoint and it feels more accessible. I'm not sure if it's the colours or playing with the concept of coupling. But it's something. And just look at the Ellery Gazette... Though it's not surprising considering Kym's background at Russh. Lucky for us, we get the best of both worlds.
I put some retro images together for you....and me, guilty there. It always makes you feel better don't you think? I guess I have a tenancy to see the past through rose tinted glasses but I just find it all so fascinating.
Anthony Quinn and Anna Karina in Majorca on the set ofThe Magus, 1967, photographed by Eve Arnold. There's Britt Ekland, Catherine Deneuve, Kate Moss, Sharon Tate and the last photographis from June Brown Newton's book cover entitled, Alice Springs.
I'm at a loss as to what to say about Lover...All cliché's with the label's name have been exhausted, though I think I might've just inadvertently added to that. Lover's Susien Chong and Nic Briand that make Lover the label what we all know and love (couldn't help it) showed their SS12 collection at The Studio in Sydney Opera House to celebrate their 10 year milestone.
Entitled The White Serpent, it drew on Chinese mythology and the label's biggest hits since their humble beginnings at a Bondi market stall in a showcase of the brands evolution.
With a limited palette of ruby red, crisp white, vanilla buff and jet black the pieces were a nostalgic mix of fabrics with the introduction of a more refined silhouettes and textures.
There were sheer French lace dresses, silk satin tunics and trailing trousers, a cropped leather short and an a-line skirt finished with slick ponytails, sky-high pumps edged in gold and a flaming red lip. Not to mention the Lover tuxedo... There was a certain sensuousness that gave new light to the brands signature motif's. The Lover girl's all grown up now and I don't know that there's any going back, though it wouldn't be a bad thing.
Chong said, 'We love the idea that beauty is so enchanting you loose you senses. We wanted something darker and seductive coming through. There's always been an element of white in the range, this time we wanted to give it depth with different textures.'