Runway Report:The Carpenters Daughter Autumn/Winter 2010

carpenters-daughter-runway-brett-stanley-5519Voluptuous has always been synonymous with sexy and soulful in my books and The Carpenters Daughter reconfirms for us that sexiness comes in all shapes and sizes – particularly those of the 14+ size persuasion!

As we are seated and waiting for the show the atmosphere around us has a different feel to it; relaxed, happy and excited to see beautiful women dressed in beautiful clothes. You can’t help but smile along with everyone else there, almost as a united support for the “normal” sized lady.

The music levels increase and the collection, aptly named “Let them eat cake” is displayed. Gorgeous flowing dresses with layers, empire lines, cinched waists and colour! Greens, oranges and blues are shown with examples of historical inspiration in the Elizabethan style collars, lacing, panelling, pleating and eyelets. Freedom and movement is a key direction with fabrics of tuille, cotton and silks for hot summer days and nights.

The show is the labels first run at Fashion Week and what better way to debut to this world than with a quirky point of difference and an absolute first for Fashion Week history – The models, all of them right on message with the designs target of size 12-24.

The show received a standing ovation at the end, with the team taking a full walk of the runway – by far one of the more light-hearted shows filled with fun. I only hope the woman in the first row overheard to bitterly complain “another model who can’t walk properly” is able to let go of her insecurities and attempt a positive outlook.

Cake anyone?

Review by: Lou Draper
Photography by: Brett Stanley

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