After a year of cancelled shows, we’re back again covering Australian Fashion Week.
I didn’t think I would be. I thought 2019 would be my last year of attending and covering the shows, spending too much money on clothes for outfits I only wore at Fashion Week along with a myriad of other expenses. And with 2020 cancelling most events and everyone’s social calendar, I found myself barely writing or doing anything creative at all during 2021 and into 2021.
But when Australian Fashion Week was announced for 2021, I was curious. I knew it would be different. It had to be. But by how much?
I decided to attend solo to find out.
Kicking it off this year was Jordan Dalah, a Central Saint Martins graduate (London’s most elite fashion school) and rising sartorial star; a designer who likes to channel Tudor-inspired silhouettes that interrogate the female form and the meaning of everyday wear.
Models walked down the maze-like runway to the deep vibrating beats of Mitchell Tolman, dressed in high-impact hooped skirts, voluminous gowns, puffy sleeves that could have resembled cushions, dresses decked out with larger-than-life bows and avant-garde headwear. Match that with high as a ceiling statement hair, natural make-up and statement heels, and you’ve got a show that had everybody talking.
Dalah‘s Autumn/winter 2022 collection sits at the intersection between fashion and costumery, melding a high dose of drama with impressive architectural craftsmanship (no surprise that Dalah trained as an architect before turning his attention to fashion).
Model Georgia Fowler, pregnant and glowing, closed the show in a billowing floral dress, hair teased into a wild bouffant, her presence commanding the room.
All images and words by Chau Tran.