Backstage at the Dylan Cooper show, winner of last season’s Project Runway, there was nearly an ethereal tranquility in the air. Had I just stepped into a parallel universe or was this guy not launching his very first collection on the stage of Australian Fashion Week in the next hour? Maybe, I had just missed a meltdown of sorts? I mean, surely someone’s had a wobbly or a small turn for the worse? Apparently no – none of the above.
This laidback vibe was just a reflection of the lovely Dylan and his beautiful, carefree, 70’s inspired collection – stunning sheer flowing skirts and blouses, dresses fit for a young Stevie Nicks, rockstar suits in bright colours and opulent velvet in romantic-boho prints, inspired by his prize for Project Runway – a three week vacance to London, New York and Paris. (You can see the inspiration of a Parisian fountain in a blue-hued printed silk-chiffon dress).
Vintage beads from Paris were also used on one of the necklaces for the collection. Jewellery designer Raphael Mhashilkar created necklaces, earrings and cuffs to die for in mostly semi-precious stones. Yes, I did have some drool down my front after eyeballing this collection – it looked, as though, these pieces had been poached from the jewellery box of Talitha Getty herself.
Alphie Sadsad & the team at Bobbi Brown also had it all under control. Alphie designed an exceptionally beautiful, modern make-up, still, with a nod to the past. Eyes were winged with solid Gel-Liner in Black Ink, and then softened with a splash of lilac on the lower lash-line: Long Wear Cream Shadow in Cool Lilac and Eye-Shadow in Heather. Skin was kept clean & “skinlike” with Bobbi’s Illuminating Finish powders, a hint of contour on the cheeks and this seasons must-have pop of colour in a variety of three shades (my favourite being Cosmic Rasberry) on the pout, made for an edgy yet still romantic look.
For more on Alphie’s make-up design for Bobbi Brown, check out my impressive camera work on YouTube (if this blogging thing doesn’t work out, Tropfest here I come).