A few weeks back I covered Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia with Vogue Down Under, shifting through things I dug and things that were more suited to different tastes. It’s always interesting to peek over to my mother country to see what wild and wonderful things are brewing. I always say to people that Australia is a very unique place, just look at the landscape, the strange creatures that wonder the land, and the wild weather that tests your will. It’s an island that breeds a special kind of creator, who walks to its own pace and sees the world through red dust tinted glasses. That’s why I’m curious to see how fashion works at the bottom of the Earth, because sure enough an Aussie designer’s source of inspiration is somewhat unique.
At Gail Sorronda’s show this Fall 15, the bright glow of a floating light mimicked the glare of the Aussie sun, one that isn’t bound by ozone gas but stands as a powerful force in life down there. My pals Lyn and Tony made their iconic strange objects for the show, a great match, using kangaroo leather to sprout shapes off the tops of models heads, as if they were exotic plants that grew in drought. Models were bare footed, with their limbs painted in monochromatic tones that mirrored their garments. What can I say, the Aussies don’t disappoint.