Thursday, 10 May 2012

DAY FOUR :: Carl Kapp :: Thursday 3rd May 7 pm

Thursday May 3rd 2012 at 7pm
The Tent, OPT, Circular Quay

Spring Summer 2012-13 ‘Collision’

The erotically charged images of Amazonian women by photographer Helmut Newton were at the forefront of Carl Kapp’s mind when he was designing his Spring Summer 2012/2013 collection ‘Collision’.

Carl Kapp demonstrates the breadth of his design expertise with a balanced collection including modern tailoring and structured pieces previously unexplored in his past work.  Inspiration comes from the work of sculptor John Chamberlain, known for his abstract expressionist sculptures made from scrap-metal auto parts.  Viewing the crumpled metal as ‘frozen draping’, the collection explores a relationship between soft fluidity and sculptured draping. 

A late 80’s colour palette dominates with unabashed hedonism – an iris purple, deep marigold yellow and poppy red weave in between gelato shades of milky green and mandarin.  Carl Kapp has chosen texture as a focus, using Italian woven black and white wool and cotton crepes that add a graphic element when paired back with colours reminiscent of the era of the supermodel, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington. Upon close inspection there is an attention to the finest details in Kapp's work, each piece is meticulously cut and fit to perfection from the most premium fabrications sourced from Europe.

Carl Kapp’s signature silk gowns are reinvented with brash showmanship – draped panels billow like parachutes with the slightest movement in shades of champagne and inky midnight blue.  Suiting contrasts this softness, graphite silk blazers kick out at the shoulder, pencil skirts are expertly tailored and mold beautifully to the body.  

Intemperance is underpinned with excellent skill - hunks of twisted auto metal, a double wool crepe dress in iris purple crumples into a bloom of red metallic-like folds.  A marigold yellow wool dress plunges in a deep V to the base of the spine, which statuesque column gowns are strapless and pared down.  Safari suits are sharp and sexy, head nodding a working-girl, power-woman aesthetic but in a modern interpretation.   

This season, Carl Kapp is pushing beyond is comfort zone and has found a stride of confidence and an independent vision, which when paired with his mastery of the female form results in a beautifully executed collection.

Carl Kapp is available at David Jones, select boutiques and from his Paddington boutique where he offers ready to wear and made to measure pieces.

Show Credits:

Stylist - Jolyon Mason
Show Producer - Geraldine Frater at Event Gallery
Hair Direction - Alan White @ The Names Agency for GHD
Make Up Direction - Rebecca Prior & Kate Squires for Napoleon 
Nail Direction - CND - Pacific Nail & Beauty
Music Director - Jonny Seymour
PR & Sponsorship - Little Hero
Shoes - Tristan Blair for Carl Kapp
Head Pieces - Philomena Kwok for Carl Kapp
Backdrop - Marc Ryan for Barrisol
Graphic Design - Rafal Gaweda - Exposition by Raf

Thank you to our sponsors: ghd, Napoleon, CND, Barrisol, Philomena Kwok Millinery and Anthony Gigace & Associates. 

All photography by Lucas Dawson -
For further information or images, please contact Rae Begley,, 02 8338 1810, 0419 890 888

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