Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Antipodium makes Friends in Low Places

Thursday 1st May 2008, 9pm
Cargo Theatre

For ANT!PODiUM's Holiday 08/09 collection RAFW debut, Friends in Low Places, Creative Director Geoffrey J. Finch is cleverly accenting his cult East London aesthetic with references to his rural Queensland roots.

Think London 'It' girls at a B&S ball: a champagne-soaked wonderland where bright young things kick up their heels, losing their inhibitions and probably their shoes. Translated into a witty and eclectic selection of versatile yet distinctive party frocks and chic separates, Friends In Low Places will take the ANT!PODiUM woman from polite 5pm cocktail-sipping through to 5am power ballad dance-offs, and everything in between.

ANT!PODiUM's trademark monochrome palette is punctuated by patchwork, romantic florals and warm, earth tones including blush, cream, Tia Maria, Baileys and a soft pink (titled playfully as 'nipple'). Pearl buttons, industrial nickel zips and a smattering of fringeing accent the collection with aplomb.

Finch and partners Fenella and Ashe Peacock have focussed on texture, playing on ANT!PODiUM's unique cultural duplicity (East London meets rural Australiana) by contrasting luxe fabrics with traditional workwear materials, including a super-soft washed chambray with organza, moleskin with taffeta, luxurious silk with mop cotton knitwear and crisp shirting with a molten jersey.

Confident silhouettes are an ANT!PODiUM signature and for Friends in Low Places they have been created by manipulating menswear, subverting classic party shapes and playfully fusing tailoring with drapery.

View show online at: http://www.vogue.com.au

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