RAFW Runway Report: Sabatini White Spring/Summer 2010

The Sabatini White show played off its name- amongst their pieces was indeed a lot of white, and a monochromatic colour scheme in general. The very selective colour palette however meant Sabatini White played around with shapes and different materials instead, making for an exquisitely diverse collection of pieces.

One dress that really stood out to me was a tight-fitting gray dress with the hint of shoulder pads and wait for it, black diamond-shaped cut outs in the front. “Shoulder pads” would suggest something retro but this dress exuded a subtle futurism that made it all the more appealing.

Speaking of shoulders, I also loved the slightly puffy exaggerated shoulders on the jackets, which worked particularly well with the short sleeves.

Some of the long gowns were a highlight too and Tallulah Morton in particular with her statuesque proportions pulled them off beautifully. The body-skimming halter neck white dress with the understated mermaid tail hem was simple but elegant in any era. In the wrong hands the temptation to make the mermaid tail the centerpiece of the dress can be too much but Sabatini White followed the less is more mantra perfectly in this case.

Lace was a prominent part of both their sleepwear and ready to wear. The sleepwear being complemented by lace robes so exquisite that I can’t imagine you would ever want to take off and the ready to wear featuring sheer lace dresses as well as dresses complemented by lace straps and cut outs.

The theme of the collection was taken from the 1957 movie “The 3 Faces of Eve”- the 3 faces being strong but feminine, sultry and flamboyant, and alluring and sexy. I’m sure most women can relate to at least one of those qualities already and as for the others, it’s probably nothing a Sabatini White dress can’t fix.

Visit our Flickr site for images of the full runway collection. We update our galleries every few hours! : http://www.flickr.com/photos/designerdirection/

Review by: Susie Yoon
Photography: Edward Hor


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