I've yet to make a little animated Susie GIF to stick at the side, denoting where I am in the world but as an update, I'm currently in Tokyo, soon to leave for Bangkok and will then be in Shanghai and Beijing and won't be back in London for another two weeks or so. This is causing havoc on my geography of posting as I'm still catching up on all that went down at Australian Fashion Week and I'll have posts pop up from other parts of the world that I've bought with me on my hard disk. Basically, the gist is, I'm one big real time blogging fail.
Moving on to a more positive note that has nothing to do with that terrible F word, once again Australian label Ellery has got me nodding along with a specifically UN-Australian vibe that designer/stylist Kym Ellery has been carving out for herself for the past few years. I say UN-Australian because in the context of this year's MBFWA, her collection was a) without a torrid floral digital print and b) beach-ready clothes that are light and floaty. I jest a little with that lazy reduction of the week but I was strongly rooting for what Kym admits is a signature "heaviness" in her work that goes against the grain of designing climate-appropriate/inspired clothing. That "heaviness" somehow seems refreshing when the silhouettes that emerge are these stiffened rounded shoulders, flared-out peplums and up-turned collars, that are sharp and rigid. The duchesse satins, silk gazers, raw-edged tweeds and metallic criss-cross brocade were a sumptuous antidote that segues nicely actually from what's going on in our A/W 12-3 season. Even an entirely sheer red sparkly tulle looked rock solid when moulded into those raised shoulders that along with Ellery's flared trousers are becoming a feature in her work. Kym apparently was reminiscing about her childhood teddy, hence why a handful of the models came out with teddy ear headbands, that are worthy of a micro blogger-initiated street style trend (along the lines of Miu Miu-esque collars and Raquel Allegra-type tees). The collection had nothing of the childish in it though unless you read the super puffed up shoulders as extreme versions of school girl's blouses.
Whilst I might be posting this two weeks after it happened, this collection entitled "Delicatessen" will in fact what we in the Northern Hemisphere call resort 2013. Kym is getting Ellery more in line with the international fashion calendar and as a result, has been taking her collections to Paris and will hopefully be showing on-schedule there. She's also opened up a store in Paddington in Sydney, where I quickly had a look to see if stiff duchesse satin super flares would change my life. Instead, I found the bijoux store overtaken by who I *think* was some sort of an Australian celebrity. Quiz me on that subject area and you're more than likely to draw a blank. Actually, make that celebrity knowledge in general.
The point is, Ellery is well on its way to bigger pastures and what that will mean for her out-of-Australian-context approach will be interesting to watch unfold. In addition to store, Paris-bound collections, Ellery continues to publish a printed gazette to accompany the collections. This time, it was a beast of a thing that came cased in an A3 sized cardboard folder with fold-out images, shot by a cohort of photographers and stylists, sometimes featuring clothing, sometimes not. What's more important is that sexy-but-never-obvious and beautifully isolated feeling, which has always been so prominent in Ellery land and long may that continue.