Last week during market week the CMC put on another fabulous Designer Launchpad show. The room was buzzing and a lot busier than last season, perhaps reflecting a positive change in buying habits? One can hope for these independent designers!
La-El Couture presented some beautiful dresses and separates. This chiffon and sequin dress was a stand out favourite through the whole show, spangly and feminine it sashayed down the runway beautifully, perfect for those winter parties.
Jersey ruled the runway, and 'B By Donna. M' was no exception. Layered basics designed to take you from yoga to dancing, specializing in multi-functional items for the multi-tasking woman. The models looked beautiful – but I did feel much of what was shown could really only be worn by the non lumpy….the exception being the multi functional floaty dress that can be worn a variety of ways, very appealing.
Kerryn Leigh presented a much more wearable (well at least for me) variation of of jersey basics and layerering. The jersey looked so incredibly soft I just wanted to reach out and touch and the draping is universally flattering. Kerryn uses 100% natural fibres using featherweight Merino – this is why it all looked so soft and draped so beautifully. These two stunning outfits above exemplify the variety in her designs. The layered look is so versatile and the little cropped tee/sweater is stunning (I want!) Kerryn wants to create garments for years, not seasons – talk about sustainability!
I completely fell in love with the brocade coats by 'Lady Muse', extremely glamourous, ultra feminine with a definitive bohemian feel – perfect for someone I know…(yes I mean me!) The look on the right was stunning, a seventies inspired dress is hidden under that gorgeous coat, and the whole look was just perfect. Definitely makes me want to take a wintery trip this fall.
The show was completed with some more jersey, with these fantastically draped gowns from Pia Gladys Perey. The draping on each one was very beautiful and the models glided down the runway (no easy feat in these floor sweeping gowns) This yellow gown produced a round of applause from the spectators! Whilst they moved beautifully and were cut beautifully, upon closer inspection the fabric did not seem as nice as I'd hoped – it had a sheen to it which for me took away from the beauty of it, It would have been prettier and much more versatile in a soft cotton jersey, but a beautiful collection of dresses nontheless.
By Kelsi Smith