Last night spring collections from local designers Juliette Hogan, Salasai and Alexandra Owen hit the runway at the inaugural 'Blue Sky' show presented by Showroom 22's Murray Bevan. Held at Australis House in the thriving Britomart precinct, the event saw everyone imaginable in the fashion industry attend - from media and stylists to bloggers, designers and PR. The spacious, wooden-floored location looked particularly beautiful with the fantastic floral arrangements created by Vida Concept that were evocative of the Sander show. It was so good to finally see local spring collections in a runway context and in such a great space. Casting was also spot on, with so many of my favorite faces walking - like Kelvin, Natalya, Widika, Dasha and Penny. Makeup was by MAC (with particularly awesome orange eyes for the Salasai show) and hair by Stephen Marr.
First to show was Alexandra Owen, who offset her tailored explorations with gathered textures and bright pops of colour. She was followed by Salasai's Kirsha Whitcher who showed one of her strongest and most developed collections to date. Classic Salasai yet a step in a more polished, clean direction - with fantastic colour (that pink!) and a really great original floral print. Juliette Hogan's spring collection closed the show and was also very strong, in Hogan's signature clean feminine way.
Kelvin at Salasai
Blondes at Juliette Hogan
Penny Pickard from N in white.
Kelvin opening Salasai.
Kelvin in Salasai's awesome pink suit.
Widika in pink, and awesome glasses.
Dasha in a great low double-breasted jacket and knee length skirt. Cool proportions.
Russell in overalls.
Kelvin in the fantastic original floral print for Salasai.
Lookbook face Esther opening Juliette Hogan.
Really great little shirt. Also great button-fronted skirt.
Cassie in Hogan's original polka-dot print.
Awesome jacquard short-suit with grey marl details.
Ladylike with a great sock-sandal combination going on.
Abstract leopard print.
Great floral print, great colour palette.
I love this collarless silk jacket.
Possible the first and only blouse I've liked in a long time. Wrap front with button attachments. So good.
Esther closing Juliette Hogan in the hero dress from the collection. That long silk that Hogan does so well.