(images via vogue)
oh, my. before we launch into a discussion on designer michael lo sordo‘s beautifully clean and minimalist-leaning s/ 2014 collection at sydney’s australia fashion week (he seems to vacillate between that and bold, rorschach test-looking prints; see s/s 2012, s/s 2013, a/w 2013), i just wanted to say (and i’ve been meaning to for several days now): damn. was julia nobis, like, the only model of note out on the catwalks in sydney this season? she opened, closed, or both, like almost every freaking runway ! i mean, i know she’s successfully made the crossover to the mainstream, but, like, geez. i thought fashion was ‘all about newness.’ hmpf (and don’t get me wrong, i like the girl, i just miss the season when samantha harris was the biggest thing anyone had ever seen and wish she could have crossed over as well.)
but i’m sorry, i digress. anyway, the clothes at hand. “This season we have taken inspiration from the idea of new volume, new age materials and manipulations,” the designer explained to marie claire. “What seems simple but on closer inspection is actually intricate work is being applied. We’re also taking shapes from traditional nun dresses mixed with classic but modern tailoring and a strong essence of cut and drape.” and when queried about textiles, he replied that “(o)ur fabrics and texture developments are new. We’re working with contrast, especially between fabrics, so, soft and smooth bonded with hard and textured. We’re also combining unlikely fabrics and colour.”
and in their typically saccharine-infused rush of almost mindless enthusiasm (sorry, i do like the site, but sometimes…yeesh), fab sugar shrieked that this season saw “Mr Lo Sordo winning us over with some very clever fantail pleating that seemed to fall, waterfall-like, from focal points on the female form: the sternum, the small of the back, and the back of the knees. Heavy fabrics made frills looks strong and deliberate instead of flippant, with neoprene, bonded jersey and leather working fabulously with this 3D vibe,” while their sister site, bella sugar, was also on hand for descriptions of the show’s beauty.
elsewhere, as pages digital reflected that “the collection focussed on strict man style tailoring, with a major sporty element. Oversized knife pleats were a concurrent theme, along with fulness created by large godets falling from a central point, forming fishtails at the bottom. This was seen in dresses, tops and skirts, forming the centrepiece for fabric and cut experimentation,” the los angeles fashion magazine described how he “showcased exactly why he has been receiving the nod of approval from the fashion savvy world wide. Opting for a clean, tailored look, long linear jackets were given edge with high collars trimmed in leather, touches of electric blue flashing throughout. Keeping the décolletage concealed, high necklines transected the entire range.”
and, finally, the ever-thoughtful breakfast with audrey blog detailed how we ought “(t)hink minimalism and precision. Michael Lo Sordo’s attention to detail and tailoring begets the sophisticated woman that embodies his aesthetic, with Mr Lo Sordo winning us over with clean, intelligent tailoring that created interesting silhouettes like a beautiful fantail pleat that moves fluidly around the body. The opening windcheater on Julia Nobis was the epitome of the collections aesthetic; super cool, luxe, chic yet totally wearable. Use of neoprene, bonded jersey and leather worked effortlessly to create texture and dimension. Key looks to watch out for from the collection include a tiered crop top and trumpet skirt and a very minimalist yet sexy backless grey jumpsuit.”
(view the complete catwalk video here)