RAFW Runway Report: Manning Cartell Spring/Summer 2010

If it is deemed fashionable to be late, then the Manning Cartell show today was very very fashionable, indeed. Commencing at least forty odd minutes later than scheduled, the show was unexpectedly rather sombre and restrained save for a few hyper-colourful getups. With hot young things flanking both sides of the runway, the expectations were high as the lights dimmed and the music got going.

The first outfit, a long sheer cream-coloured top paired with slit shorts was probably my favourite. Chic and wearable, it would be perfect for a casual summer’s day.

Many of the initial outfits were comprised of a combination of white and sandy beige evoking vast desert expanses and white blinding hot skies.

The rest of the looks took a far more sensual approach with figure-hugging shapes, lace and perforated fabric. There was definitely a decent number of tight asymmetrical dresses and certainly enough to keep the Sydney socialite happy.

An interesting addition to many of the outfits was a unique vestment with straps around the neck and waist. Personally, I felt it added some much-needed cover-up as some of the outfits were incredibly revealing. As they say, you can take the girl out of NZ, but you can’t take the NZ sensibilities out of the girl!

The final few garments seemed to allude to Spanish matadors in terms of colour and form. The strong, sharp tailoring combined with the exposing fabric struck a nice balance between sexy senorita and strong, powerful lady – no easy feat, but if anyone can execute the task, it’s Manning Cartell.

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: Kelly Jin
Header Image: Vogue.com.au
Photography: Edward Hor


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