australia fashion week: lisa ho

(images via vogue)

even though i think we all of us know that lisa ho is (and has looong been) one of my personal favourite australian fashion designers (see s/s 2011, s/s 2012, f/w 2012, s/s 2013), i’m quite honestly trying to shake things up by, yannow, not closing with her latest collection–presented at sydney’s australian fashion week, for the s/s 2014 season–if only because this is what i always tend to do. aha! so! is opt evolving? perhaps! or maybe not. but there was evolved brilliance from the designer, in some new lovely prints, colour choices, and carefully-tailored cuts.

anyway, showcasing her latest collection at her standard venue, the art gallery of nsw, the lovely australian blog breakfast with audrey described it as “a modern, refined collection,” as they detailed how “Lisa Ho is about luxury and elegance- with an Australian flavour. The label has recently turned out a few seasons of amazing prints and this years was no exception, geometric sin bold colours, monochrome and a stunning China inspired print that spoke volumes of a romantic aesthetic. The palette was bold, emphasised by the hair and makeup the MAC and ghd brand look created, a bold lip and a straight slicked back hair look dip dyed in blue.”

meanwhile, style hunter detailed how “(r)ed, white and navy formed the basis of the collection with a fusion of clean lines and modern shapes. Peplums were paired with tapered cigarette pants and cut-outs added subtle detail to block-coloured looks. Plunging necklines and floor-length dresses and skirts were a key feature, as were splashes of metallic blues and black and white graphic prints on otherwise subtle backgrounds…Shoes were thick-heeled with fine straps in black and nude and jewellery included multiple silver, black and gold metal bands worn on the fingers and upper arms.”

and marie claire pointed out that “while the blueprint style that Lisa Ho is known and loved for was in full effect, it’s clear that Ho is still delving into new territory, with a distinctly younger aesthetic on show,” reflecting on the “fluid fabrics, on-trend monochromes and bold prints ensured the 2013 collection remained modern and effortlessly stylish….Alongside the evening gowns that Lisa Ho is renowned for sat a series of plunging one-piece swimsuits, giving the designer easy entry into the swimwear market.”

then, courtesy of the australian site bella sugar, we heard about some of the collection’s more extreme beauty looks (especially chez lisa ho) as their companion site fab sugar was on hand to exclaim that “tailoring was key for Lisa’s latest lineup — with a linear motif running throughout collection. Languid side-split maxi skirts, black and white graphic prints, bold horizontal stripes, contrast-panelled gowns and side-seamed day dresses kept the theme alive. Separates were a standout, with wearable but beatifully cut wrap-front and asymmetrical mini skirts, boxy bomber-style jackets and trousers in cropped and jodphur shapes looking at once polished but youthful. Her after-five options were buillt for glamour, with a capital G this season, with sparkle-dust strewn mermaid gowns — complete with cut-outs and sexy back strapping — obviously made with the red carpet in mind.”

“Ho’s trademark fresh silhouettes and sport luxe aesthetic were presented in bold stripes, delicate china patterns and geometric print,” explained couturing. “Immaculate tailoring created feminine shapes, with subtle cutouts and sheer panelling adding a sense of fun to the pieces. Fabrics vary from luxurious silks, textured cotton, modern lurex and custom neoprene. The collection was based around a classic palette of black-and-white monochrome, soft blue and white china print, with injections of red adding dimension to the collection. Silhouettes ranges from flowing resort style pieces which would be perfect for staying cool by the beach, to fitted dresses and matching two pieces.”

then, as a final thought, glam adelaide related that “(c)lean lines and modern shapes formed the basis of the collection…Yet another reminder of her talent as a master tailor, the variety of style in Lisa’s latest lineup is clear evidence that she designs pieces to suit everyone. From tailored short and skirt suits to plunging necklines, from sexy one-piece swimwear to panelled maxi skirts, from bomber jackets to cropped pants and jodphurs, there was a piece to suit every desire…The accessories were simple, but they were definitely noticed. Killer thick-heeled finest strap sandals in black and nude finished off each outfit with slick silver, black and gold metal bands on the fingers and upper arms.”

(enjoy the full fashion show video here)

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