RAFW Runway Report: TAFE Innovators Show
Sky-high headwear, light-up sunglasses, sequined high-waisted harem pants and killer spikes were all on the menu at TAFE. Entitled, ‘The Innovators’, this student show did not play it safe on any count to which several sore models’ ankles would strongly attest.
As a citizen of a nation notorious for black, black and more black, ‘Fuss’ was a juicy little burst of colour. Using vibrant buttons, the designer kept her clothing looking sunny but not puerile. Seriously, everyone after the show was raving about those little gems! Another standout was, of course, the headpieces. They started off rather small, innocent yet cheery and evolved into colossal proportions with literal stacks adorning the models’ heads.
Then, it was onto Christopher Dobosz, a man who could possibly later dress Rihanna or the likes for his outfits were edgy to the max. Starting off the show with a theatrical punch, the light-up sunglasses had everyone gasping in their seats. Playing with folds and diamond shapes, Dobosz kept his collection from veering into gimmicky territory. My fave was this grey knee-length dress with folds cascading down either side.
While I hate to constantly associate emerging designers with their more established counterparts but in several of his ensembles, Nicholas Christiansen definitely has a Jean Paul Gaultier thing going on. I mean, take a look at this black stunner and those splendid chords tangling itself around to create a completely unique and somewhat surprising effect. I definitely preferred the outfits where Christiansen decided to play with fringes and cords as opposed to his shinier looks.
Without a doubt, however, Elliot Ward-Fear’s collection was the ultimate crowdpleaser. See, by day 4 of fashion week, at the risk of sounding like a jaded prat, you begin to wonder, what’s new? I’ll tell you what’s new – Elliot Ward-Fear. It was the show with the most everything. It drew the most ‘oohs’ and ‘aaahs’ and also had the highest model fall count – at least three full collapses and countless stumbles.
His collection was really the epitome of the philosophy that beauty is pain and boy, did those models look like they were in pain! But they were also ridiculously beautiful with their larger-than-life icicle-like spikes adorning gloves, collars, pockets and more. Ward-Fear’s play with sheers and suedes was also commendable and gave the collection a much more wearable side. However, my favourite look was the highly unwearable wedding dress with the long veil, spiked head accessory, clear mask and flowers blossoming across the vast white expanse.
As you can probably tell, this was definitely a show that most thoroughly enjoyed and it was also a chance to see new blood and their creative, innovative ways. More established brands can often veer towards commercial and bland, but these four showed that it’s out with the old and in with the new.
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Review by: Kelly Jin
Photography: Edward Hor