australia fashion week: bec & bridge

(images via vogue)

although i can bluntly admit to being kind of on-off when it comes to the work of bec & bridge (see f/w 2010, s/s 2012, s/s 2013)–it’s probably that awful name, which i’ve never liked, sigh–i was thoroughly on board for their s/s 2014 presentation at sydney’s newest incarnation of ‘australia fashion week’ (or whatever the bloody hell it goes by these days), which owed more than a little debt to the kate mossera calvin klein days, and was stuffed with the kind of clothes which feel ever-so-rare in women’s fashion these days (though bec & bridge just proved their existence!): comfortable pieces that are equally chic.

anyway, according to the australian, “(f)luorescent lights tapering like fish bones illuminated a series of camisole-style bras worn over slouchy pants and metallic knits with mesh panels. The fish theme came to the fore with a scale print in soft pink and blue, finding its way onto sweeping bias-cut skirts and billowing pants. Supermodels were touched on at the end with the most successful part of the collection, a series of body-conscious panelled dresses in plum, mint and black that could be imagined encasing the athletic bodies of Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford rather than the pencil-thin Nicole Pollard.” oh, snap. and yes!

elsewhere, concurring with my above assessment, the australian blog the chronicles of nadia stated that “(t)here was an obvious 90′s influence (by 90′s I don’t mean the tacky huge shoulder pads from the era) instead we saw strategic cut outs, sheer pants, stain in the form of slip dresses and camisoles. Sport inspired pieces were also out in force,” as couturing detailed how “(I)nspired by the shapes of the 90′s and a dive into crystal clear waters, Chromaluxe  is perfect for the woman looking for minimalist chic. Bec & Bridge’s signature sports luxe vibe was evident in the racer-back tops, drawstring waistlines and panelled skirts and trousers. Light fabrics moved fluidly against the skin, with subtle pearlescent sheen and fishscale prints visually creating the feeling of travelling through cool waters.”

and for perhaps the first time ever (i hope), opt was on the same mental wavelength as the australian site fab sugar regarding the kate x calvin aesthetic at play, trilling about how “(b)ias-cut satin slip dresses and camisoles hugged the body, as did a number of seductive, sheer-spliced cocktail dresses that would look equally at home in the boudoir as they would holding up a darkened piano bar. In stark contrast, there were oversized sports-inspired pieces which brought plus-sized appeal via roomy cuts and PE class silhouettes. Boxy biker vests, drawstring-waist leather shifts and loose satin boxer shorts begged for athletic movement.”

“The fabrics were soft in a palette of black, white, pastel blue and maroon and garments slipped over the body rather than clung to it,” explained the excellent blog breakfast with audrey. “The collection featured a number of dresses and easy-to-wear separates in streamlined shapes balanced out by sporty mesh, sheer panelling and cut-outs which completed the strong 90′s minimalist vibe. Sleek tailoring in the form of crisp, structured vests and slim-cut trousers were also prominent throughout the collection. Sequins and pearlescent materials were scattered throughout the collection, like reflective scales on fish when they capture the light in the water.”

then, finally (closing out with some more terrific-ness in the writing arena), the australian site the vine was surprisingly less impressed, offering that ‘affordability should not negate quality, and some of the pieces in the Bec & Bridge collection did not show up well….The real problem here though was the collection’s lack of a through-line. The release stated that the designer’s inspiration was water, and the lightness of the pearlescent, light-catching fabrics in cool tones evidenced this. A fish scale print, indecipherable from a distance but quite pretty up close, was a nice addition. Racer-back, body-con tops with angular cutouts were contrasted with oversized, low-cut singlet tops and baggy pants, and backless, mid-calf-length silk dresses were held together with bra-like straps across the exposed back. These looks were shown without a broader concept, in a way that would have been better on a rack than a runway” (see some lovely additional runway photos at sophist blog).

(watch the full fashion show video here)

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