15 Coffees. 8 outfit changes, 1 Facial, a zillion selfies, 501 blurry catwalk photos, 1 fan girl moment with Nikki from The Bachelor, 1 amazing partner in crime (here’s looking at you Chloe Hurst), and a whole host of designers I am exceedingly proud of. My time at Telstra Perth Fashion festival has come to a close, yet it went out with a bang as Kathryn Cizeika from Empire Rose took us into The Upsidedown world of her imagination.
If you didn’t pick up on my slight Stranger Things reference there, maybe the string of coloured globes that hung above the catwalk will. On seeing this, the buzz in the room was palpable as the crowd waited with baited breath for what was to come.
A quick trip down memory lane was projected on the back wall and was then over taken with a video piece by Justin Griffiths, setting the floral fantasy world scene perfectly.
Coloured smoke in boxes plumed around TPFF face Lauren Brown, echoing the eerie pinks that were just shown in Gucci SS17. Mounds of whispy cotton candy hair united the models into some sort of eclectic army, while silver and berry stained lips kept the romantic yet unique vibe alive.
Pieces you would never think to put together worked in a joyous celebration of style as sequined pants, jackets and shoulder accents encountered vintage band tees, mulberry mesh skirts paired up with bronze brocade bombers, and ruffles gathered up to dyed denims.
It really was sequin city tonight and whilst often done wrong, Empire Rose absolutely nailed it, creating metallic tones and interesting textures and pairing them with a multitude of outfits for the forward thinking modern romantic. The colour-ways were also extraordinary, with Cizeika showing a progressive move by spaying her sequins with automotive paint to achieve her desired colour and metallic effect.
The pantsuits by Empire Rose are also like nothing else- cut to perfection, with the classic shapes exaggerated just the right amount in fabrics to die for.
Glomesh returned from Adam Heath 80’s section, yet was re-purposed in cross body bags and jewelry, adding to the shine and casual decadence of the Empire Rose woman.
Jumpsuits in washed silk were funked up with bronze platform sneakers, which were in fact the only shoe in the show, much to the delight of the models no doubt.
The fabulous production kept on giving, with a gang of topless men doused in silver and dressed in sequin pants, storming the runway with billowing orange smoke, marking the way for the finale.
Exceptional veils studded with Swarovski crystals by milliner Reny Kestel made the models sparkle even brighter than before, as the show wrapped with the girls dressed head to toe in individual colour-ways of the famous sequin bomber and pant set. The gang of guys joined in as Kathryn Cizeika walked out to a well-deserved standing ovation from her peers and fans.
Can someone say #squadgoals?
Bravo Empire Rose. Bravo.