Rebecca Vallance is a former fashion publicist who launched her namesake label in 2011 and on Afterpay Australian Fashion Week’s (AAFW) premier day, the prominent designer celebrated her 10th anniversary since her debut at this year’s AAFW.
The collection, entitled “After Dark”, was nothing short of a ’70s fever dream, complete with sequins, velour and of course, ’70s rock music. Delicate minidresses were paired with colourful knee-high boots and oversized bows were a recurring motif. The music was loud and energetic, featuring classic 70’s rock songs like ‘Ever Fallen In Love’ by The Buzzcocks.
Keeping with the ’70s theme, velour was undeniably a standout fabric in the show, featuring in multiple pieces from sleeved minidresses to floor-length gowns. These looks were matched with knee-length boots and matching velour mules, with an oversized bow at the front.
An ode to rock and roll nostalgia, the brief for each model’s locks was to simply feel “lived in”, with subtle texture created through the tresses to emulate the kind of chic rock star one could only dream of. “The hair for Rebecca Vallance was inspired by rock and roll nostalgia,” said Redken hair director, Diane Gorgievski. “Designed to capture the rock and roll vibe of the collection, the hair brings a sexy, cool-girl presence to the runway. Inspired by the Hollywood Hills nightlife, the hair is styled with elegance and then deconstructed,” she continued. “It’s a 70s’ blowout, with an undone, done texture. The overall look is shiny and finished, yet raw and cool.”
As for the makeup, grunge eyes were the order of the day, diffused with a wash of colour which emulated slept-in makeup. The rest of the look was left more natural, letting the eyes (and the clothes) do the talking — and that they did.
Rebecca herself stunned the crowd in fitted white trousers and a matching white blazer with gold star buttons. She accessorised the look with gold jewellery and an understated pair of nude heels.
Overall, the collection was filled with colour, textural fabrics and plenty of glitter and glamour. If you’ve been looking for a dress that’ll inspire you to get up and dance, you’ll probably find it within this collection.