RAFW Runway Report: Gary Bigeni Spring/Summer 2010

Gary Bigeni’s collection needs no overly dramatic embellishments or gimmicks- the message it’s built on is strong enough to inspire any woman. As the designer himself says, “The woman I dress is someone who is not afraid of whom she is… She thinks of happiness when she walks out the door, rather than what people will think of her”.




Largely driven by neutral colours (tans, greys, light pinks and the such), the most colourful piece in the collection was probably the orange leather blazer. There were other splashes of colour throughout the show though such as the baby blue dresses and the long, loose-fitted pencil skirt offered in light coral to contrast delightfully with the subdued-peach crop singlet (again, very loose-fitted).


This loose-fitting aesthetic was perhaps a metaphor for the woman Gary Bigeni designs for- carefree with no restraints. I loved Gary Bigeni’s sweater dresses for this exact reason. The off the shoulder grey sweater dress was so casual and effortlessly sexy whereas the peach and grey striped v-neck sweater dress was very ‘preppy with a twist’.




The understated use of ruching was one of the running themes in this collection. It worked particularly well on a grey v-neck dress cinched at the waist with a thin peach coloured belt. This was probably one of my favourites in the show actually. Paired with a long, flowing two-tone peach and grey short-sleeved cardigan, it was one of the most cohesive looks on the runway.


Overall, Bigeni’s collection, Awaken Identity, was very mature, clean-cut and purposeful. It drew from ‘that alive feeling you get after recovering from a break up, loss of someone or just pain’. With a sentiment like that, how could you not be inspired by the Gary Bigeni SS 2010/11 collection?

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Review by: Susie Yoon
Header Image: Vogue.com.au
Photography: Edward Hor

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