Day 2 of the Curvy Couture Roadshow was a market day at Collingwood Town Hall; an opportunity to try on samples and place orders for the outfits on the catwalk. It was also a great opportunity to talk to the designers and get a feel for what their labels are really about. I spent a couple of hours thumbing through racks of gorgeous clothes, and have put together a list of my favourite pieces from the AW2015 collections.
Hope & Harvest
AKA the label that is destined to send me broke. Seriously, every look that appeared on the runway created an involuntary response... a gasp, cheer, yelp, squeal, whatever. The collection is named 'Engineering for Curves', and was all about a fun twist on military styles. I'm not a fan of military style clothing... I also hate khaki... I had to have some of these pieces! H&H's creativity had me questioning my own tastes... I love that!
Harvest has been talking about the anorak for almost a year now; she told me it was her favourite design yet. I'm naming it as the must-have piece of the season!
I've been keeping an eye on this Newtown-based label since last year's CCR, and I have to say they have evolved into a spectacular label! Last year was all about beautiful floaty kaftans and plenty of silk. This year was like 'BAM!' Hello rock star chic! I was drooling over the cream and white pieces with plenty of leather and luxe. Talking to Meri at the market, she informed me that the cape I was drooling over was made from 100% cashmere and leather, and is made locally in Newtown. Usually that would signal a majorly huge price tag ($1,000 perhaps?), but Eder + Berk are selling it for a mere $320. I'm saving my pennies.
As far as vintage reproductions go, Bombshell Vintage can do no wrong! I may or may not have squealed quite audibly over various designs on the catwalk.
I'd never heard of Lisa Kerr Designs until I saw the designer line-up for CCR, but an impression was left!!! The collection was chic, elegant, fun and quirky all at once, and everything was so wearable!
Misty Belvedere seems to have matured in the last 12 months, introducing styles which push boundaries and have women lining up to hand over their money. I love the bold colours and fun patterns!
Always a classic, Harlow reinvented Melbournian streetwear with moody black, grey and oxblood with punches of leather and gold. Their jeans are killer and I'm adoring the leather sleeved tops! Special mentions must also be made for the cleverly styled belt/harness idea.
What can I say??? Bang Bang!