Backstage at Pink Tartan show
Everyone who spent the weekend putting together cute spring outfits to make the fashion show rounds this week was cursing the blizzard that swirled around the catwalk tents in David Pecaut Square last night.
Still, they wandered from pop up manicure station to pop up beer bar under the runway show big top in their strappy sandals and floor-sweeping mullet dresses, last two days of winter be damned!
The runway room itself is a black void that runs like clockwork and is populated by an audience that seems unquestionably grumpy but less aggressive than usual ("I've been to three shows and haven't been pushed once yet," said one guest).
The first collection out of the gate was designer veteran Izzy Camilleri's new venture Miz. She hopes to cater to the tastes of mature women with the line but despite lower hemlines and covered up sleeves, dresses with tulip-shaped hems or lengths of jersey draped over the shoulder will likely appeal to many shoppers outside her target demographic as well.
Chloe Comme Parris might have a younger following but their taste is still sophisticated, hence the level of detail Chloe and Parris Gordon put into fall pieces like silk blouses with rococo prints and a slouchy trench coat. Parris' jewellery picks include bracelets made from oversized black or white beads.
On the blonde wig-heavy Pink Tartan catwalk, the focus was designer Kimberly Newport-Mimran's standard: updated classics with a retro twist. I liked the more contemporary items most though, including a coat in a blown out floral print (pictured above) and dresses cut from oversized athletic mesh.
Bustle ended the evening with a dandy, London-inspired menswear lineup.