The Up & Comers market was held in conjunction with an emerging designers’ exhibition including some of my favourite designers NeoDia. There were some fantastic vintage finds and some gorgeous new ones- origami dresses, jewelery modeled on body organs, pink graffiti pants. Love outings like these.
I went to shoot The Social Studio’s 4th collection, not really sure what to expect. I arrive to find a platform dedicated to ethical and sustainable fashion supporting a local community through the positive act of creation.
From their website it states:-
‘The Social Studio is a dynamic space where clothing is created from the style and skills of the young refugee community, transforming recycled and excess manufacturing materials into original design. The enterprise creates training and employment opportunities in fashion and hospitality while being a safe place of belonging that strives to create awareness and change public perceptions.’
And the fashion? They’re fun, colorful and wouldn’t look out of place at any of the big Melbourne runways.
The thing about Melbourne is that while the city won’t be considered a fashion capital, not in the likes of Paris, New York or Milan, nonetheless we have some phenomenal, young and innovative fashion talents here, ones who aren’t constrained by typical trends or rules. And we have a society and an industry willing to support the talent as shown by the likes of emerging designers and RMIT graduate showcases.
Two things we are definitely going to see for the new year; sheer fabrics and open cut backs, and some amazing labels in the next few years. I’m really looking forward to 2012.
Look at the details. Look at the tailoring. Look at the impeccable blend of fabrics with creative design. My favourites of the night were Anthony Tandiyono, Christina Exie, Mira Hartanto, Renee Le Hunt and Ju Young Seo. I also spotted a few of the wonderful models I’ve the privilege of working with- Jade Pummeroy (Vivien’s), David Witko (Chadwick) and Courtenay Bisson (Giant).
Everyone is so wonderful, Melbourne and Melbournites, rise up and be proud