Thursday, 19 May 2011

RAFW DAY TWO - Therese Rawsthorne Tuesday 3rd May 9am


Tuesday 3rd May 2011 at 9.00am

Therese Rawsthorne - Spring Summer 2011/12

Rain fell on the curved corrugated roofs of an abandoned railway outpost as innovative designer Therese Rawsthorne opened Day Two of Australian Fashion Week.

Inspired by the saturated celluloid of David Lynch's Twin Peaks, this season Therese Rawsthorne drew her collection in a deeper, darker palette in a set of a circle of trees, set to the backdrop of builders plastic covered stud (ala character Leo Johnson's house) and the Twin Peaks High School logo rendered in neon lights. 

Pulling from the iconic menswear pieces worn by Agent Dale Cooper, Bobby and James, and reworking them in an eclectic mix of soft silk and sharp tailoring, the collection projects a luxurious athleticism that defines the new femininity.

Trenches are roughed up with biker sleeves, or cut into wrap dresses that are spilt and spliced at strategic points to allow sleeves to wrap around the waist.  A digital 'woodland' print derived from the grained panelling at The Great Northern wraps itself around accordion skirts and tops with open backs that race alongside preppie collegiate washed silk shirting and dresses.

Evening pulls back a velvet curtain on The Red Room, with rusts, lilacs and an electric chartreuse highlighting Rawsthorne's classic palette of nudes and neutrals, exploding into a digital orchid print inspired by Harold Smith’s greenhouse; a styling motif that carried through in elegant sprays of philanopsis looped into a belt, held in the hand or curling over the eye. A log ‘back pack’ styled back with the orchid print and oversized blue silk tee announced itself in ironic homage to the log lady.

Frilled dresses with elongated silhouettes and detailed wrapping backs in silk or spotted tulle walk through the racy rooms of casino One Eyed Jack’s hand in hand with tuxedo tailoring cut close to the body. Signature deconstructed man-style tailoring in silk jackets and wide-leg pants pull back the prettier dresses of the collection with the casual sense of ease that has always been Therese Rawsthorne's classically understated approach to modern dressing.

Producer - Rachel Tuffery at Pronto Productions
Stylist - Caterina Scardino
Hair- Jon Pulitano from Headcase Hair for Cloud Nine
Make Up - Linda Jefferyes for M.A.C
Nails - Creative Nail Design
Shoes - Tristan Blair
Underwear - Nearly Nude
Music - Jonny Seymour
PR - Little Hero

Supported by sponsors Cloud 9, Nearly Nude, M.A.C, CND, Westfield, The Vine, Latteria Darlinghurst and Black Star Pastry.

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