Strong, minimalist and well balanced, Christopher Esber takes an evolutionary interpretation on feminine dressing. The sydney born designer is a self confessed perfectionist, often creating his own textiles for each individual collection. This commitment to integrity is conveyed directly in his flawless fabrication. Tailored shift dresses were given a modern edge with horizontal mesh panelling, the style carrying through into modestly round necked short sleeve tops and giving movement to longline skirts.
Buttoned drop hem skirts featured contrast pleating and loose fitting bias pleats in pant sets created an air of sophisticated cool. His selection of matte and sheen fabrics added diversity to a color palette that otherwise comprised of grey’s, blacks and dusty purples.
Black cocktail dresses flaunted delicate beading, and accentuated the hips with box pleating, revealing iridescent panelling down the curvature of the body. He combined two of the seasons key trends, leather and overlay skirts, giving it his own signature twist. The entire collection was what has become business as usual for this dynamic young designer, consistent, attainable and undoubtedly on trend.
Presenting what is always expected from this talented young designer – structured, polished pieces, infallible craftsmanship and an identity that remains consistent without appearing too contrived. Cool white pieces were given depth, layered with geometric lace. Subtle suggestions of fringing and contrast stitching added texture to an otherwise minimalist composition. Clever in her choice of fabrics, she created a luxuriant feel to her collection with beautiful metallics in black and an almost “frosted” bronze tone.
Cocktail dresses boasted an air of femininity with demure capped sleeves and accentuated hips. High rounded necklines and contrasted overlay skirts were right on trend. Ellery also offered up an inviting oversized opera coat that has the makings to be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe this winter. An iridescent metallic bomber jacket added a spontaneously casual twist to the predominantly elegant collection.
Micheal Lo Sordo
Michael Lo Sordo appeared hot off the back of his nomination for L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s 2013 Designer of the Year Award. Renowned for the integrity in his designs, Michael Le Sordo showcased exactly why he has been receiving the nod of approval from the fashion savvy world wide. Opting for a clean, tailored look, long linear jackets were given edge with high collars trimmed in leather, touches of electric blue flashing throughout. Keeping the décolletage concealed, high necklines transected the entire range.
Michael proved he wasn’t immune to the seductive tulip skirt that has been making cameo appearances throughout collections this season, making it his own by adding his signature dye bath marble print, a process created by hand, adding a bespoke nature to the one off pieces. He accompanied each with touches of leather. Kaleidoscopic digital prints added a splash of color, featuring abstract pansies in bright hues of turquoise and purple, contrasted on fresh white backgrounds.
Sass and Bide
Sass and Bide was unmistakably sass and bide, the dynamic duo once again bringing to the table all the eccentricities that make the brand an institution in fashion. Modest round necklines and strong structured shoulders led into slimline jackets featuring asymmetrical zips, all sporting hints of gold and leather trims. Clever use of crystal beading emphasized collars and lines down the the torso, elongating little black dresses, sporting the same dramatized shoulders we had seen earlier in collection.
Monochromatic geometric prints, almost aztec in nature, cinched in waist lines, and embellished sleeves, making enough of an appearance to create continuity through the range. These were also tinged with shades of the fluorescent orange that has influenced so many designers this season. Loose cotton pants, matte silver sequined shorts and soft knitted capes created texture and added a relaxed element to this well executed anthology.
By Heidi Beachen / corleve
Images: Mark Peterson / corleve