Collapse Into Me

Collapse Into Me

Shot9_038 Susie
(Previous A/W 10 collection)

For the first half of the day, I was rather liking the fact that the bulk of the designers showing at RAFW beat to their own localised drum, hardly touched by the major shifts that the Northern Hemisphere fashion capital shows have prompted (new 'minimalism', 50s shift), partly because of the season switch (autumn/winter in March to August, spring/summer in September to February) and partly because the designers have developed their own aesthetic that doesn't need to say a BIG seasonal statement and their home fanbases regularly buying these brands proves that (never have I seen quite so many people wearing the clothes matching up with the shows that they're seeing…).

Then late in night, out comes Christopher Esber who a) closed off one side of the catwalk to form a white background for his models to stand against in line formation and b) presented a very different side to Australian fashion.  A TAFE NSW graduate who debuted as part of a group show at RAFW back in 2007, Esber evidently approaches his work with a physical care for sharp silhouettes where shape is tantamount and in this S/S 10-11 instance, he imagined his fabrics 'collapsing' in and also referenced work wear and paper drafting in the collection.  I can't deny that as I was watching the show, anything from recent Celine to Miu Miu popped up in the head.  This is by no means a criticism because the sum of Esber's structural fabric parts come together to form a sufficiently different proposition anyway.  I didn't get up close and personal with the fabrics but even from afar, you could tell there were hidden elements such as tucked away bits of construction that all evoke fabrics 'collapsing' into itself.  Quite possibly the neatest 'broken' clothes I've ever seen and fortunately, no mending is required at all.



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  1. fashionbyhe

    2010-05-03 at 3:47 PM

    love the pictures, your blog is absolutely amazing!!
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  2. Duck

    2010-05-03 at 3:52 PM

    Wow minimalism, pleats, cut-outs, nudes. Love it! I’ll need to look Mr Esber up…

  3. Tania

    2010-05-03 at 4:03 PM

    I love it! The minimalism, sheer, nude colours, I can see what you mean with miumiu and celine, but i love it! You are so lucky to be there *envy*

  4. Annie

    2010-05-03 at 4:21 PM

    like the suspender-ish details

  5. maria

    2010-05-03 at 4:38 PM

    wow, there are like 20 pieces in those photo’s I want to wear!!

  6. Meraldia

    2010-05-03 at 4:45 PM

    I love the pastel colors. They are so perfect for all the seasons!

  7. amanda

    2010-05-03 at 5:10 PM

    LOVE. def keeping me eye on this fellow

  8. margief

    2010-05-03 at 7:29 PM

    thanks for another great heads up! like this collection a lot

  9. LEonidas

    2010-05-03 at 7:30 PM

    the blue skirt is gorgeous. just look how well executed is it’s pleating

  10. Charlotte

    2010-05-03 at 7:45 PM

    I am all over the buttoned up sheer back shirts – I bought one from H&M the other day but haven’t thought up outfits to put it in yet. Any ideas, team?
    Charlotte xx

  11. bettina

    2010-05-03 at 10:58 PM

    the shirts are great. Great looking show.

  12. Sophie

    2010-05-04 at 12:49 AM

    I love – “never have I seen quite so many people wearing the clothes matching up with the shows that they’re seeing.” This is so true. Yes its an industry event, but i think that’s all the more reason for the local attendees to be more experimental (perhaps with winged westwood wedges), within the comfort of their own crowd, whilst still supporting the local designers. Just a thought
    Sophie x

  13. Jaylee

    2010-05-04 at 2:10 AM

    Wow! amazing blog! I would definitely come back for more. I like the blue skirt as well. Looks different but nice. Interesting collection.

  14. KD

    2010-05-04 at 2:55 AM

    I’m getting a bit of a Christopher Kane vibe, which is def no bad or accusatory thing. Very cool clothes! I love the ultra-cropped tops and long skirts especially, perhaps some of the most trend-driven looks in the collection, which again, is no bad thing.

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    2010-05-04 at 4:19 AM

    I always love the simple cut and pure color. Love this collection. As well as your blog.

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