Confession of an Asian StyleHolic

Fashion Power Failure at Australian Fashion Week


This is definitely not earth hour!

Australian Fashion Week was thrown into panic after a blackout this morning.

Guests at the Zimmermann show were evacuated from the Overseas Passenger Terminal building after the room was plunged into darkness, while anxious models waited backstage following a power failure across Sydney’s central business district at around 10.30am. 

Designer Nicky Zimmerman remained optimistic despite the setback on day two of the event, claiming things could have been worse.

She said: “I’m just glad it didn’t happen during the show. It’s fine, we’re just going to re-steam the clothes.”

The show resumed an hour after its scheduled start time.

It included bold cut-out panelled swimsuits in vivid colours and floral prints and dresses, skirts and pants in earthy tones.

Yesterday’s proceedings were dominated by talk of Wayne Cooper’s opening night show, which was inspired by strong women like Jerry Hall and Deborah Harry.

His daring micro-minis and revealing dresses were showcased by models with slicked back hair and bright red lips in an ‘Addicted to Love’ themed-runway, which paid homage to the classic Robert Palmer video.

Wayne said: “Women of the likes of Tina Chow, Paloma Picasso, Jerry Hall, Marie Helvin, Christie Brinkley and Deborah Harry inspired this collection, as these fashion icons and the icons of tomorrow rub shoulders in a show of glistening light, colour and movement.”

Also showing yesterday were Camilla and Marc – run by siblings Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman – who kicked off the five-day event with a number of empowering designs.

The Australian duo teamed black, body-con mini dresses, metallic tones, puff ball skirts and tailored blazers with a romantic mix of feminine shades.

Layered dresses and casual trouser and tee-shirt combinations crossed with the strong, dark tones helped make their display a stunning celebration of womanhood.

Bec and Bridge’s – founded by school friends Becky Cooper and Bridget Yorston – collection teamed vivid shades of red, pink and orange with gladiator platforms and waist-cinching studded belts, while Ginger and Smart, duo Alexandra and Genevieve Smart, paired psychedelic prints in yellow, neon pink and black with soft kimono-shaped jackets.


April 29, 2009 - Posted by | Current issue | , ,

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