Thursday, 19 May 2011

RAFW DAY TWO - Kate Sylvester Tuesday 3rd May 8.30pm


Tuesday 3rd May 2011 at 8.30pm
Inglis Sales Ring, Randwick

Kate Sylvester Spring Summer 2011/12 - Into The Light

In one of Australian Fashion Week's most creative presentations, Kate Sylvester delivered a mood piece inspired by the ephemeral oscillation of the moth's wing and a reverie to the revs of a motocross engine.

The glass topped ampitheatre of the Inglis Sales Ring in Randwick played stage to a circular runway that allowed the audience to mill in dimmed light with the transient quality of twilight or dusk before taking to tiered seating where subtle movements and quiet chatter moved the air around an orb of light, pooling in the centre of the ring.  With the screetch of tyres Julia Nobis opened the show under beams of light.

Models circled the ring as hot roller flames licked pencil skirts, emblazoned blazer pockets and burned leather shorts, refining into a soft grey silk jumpsuit, momentarily stepping into the light before disappearing as moving shapes in the ambiguous mist. The dusty palette of moth eaten pieces marked by the brooding eyes of fragile wings, worked cleverly into cut aways on shoulders and necklines, mirrored into the glorious grunge diffused grey/black eye created by makeup director Terry Barber. 

Tulle applique fluted and ruffled its way across silk tees and dresses in muted notes of nude and charcoal.  Sun ray pleats whispered around legs with an embellished bralette and lacy, eaten broderie hems grazed the floor with full length lace dresses in a monochromatic palette that provided the moody backdrop for an explosion of electric colour. Periwinkle, canary yellow and forest green injected saturated colour and a lighter moment with feminine, lightly frilled dresses.  Moths wings fluttered in the folds and frills of a camisole tucked into high waisted leather short shorts before floating into the longer lengths of a tea dress. Offering not only a collection balanced delicately between the tougher elements of strong tailoring, biker details and leather and decidedly feminine dresses, but a considered  and resonant fashion moment that moves beyond clothes and draws the concepts behind them into the light.

Show Credits:

Creative Direction - Wayne Conway
Styling - Karen Inderblitzen-Waller
Makeup - Terry Barber for M.A.C
Hair - Jon Pulitano for Headcase Hair for Redken
Production - Ali Newling from Alias Creative
Casting - Natalie Jane Miller from Alias Creative
PR - Rae Begley from Little Hero
Music - Wayne Conway and Kate Sylvester
Shoes & Accessories - Kate Sylvester

Supported by sponsors Redken, M.A.C, Rosemount and Perrier.

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