australia fashion week: karla špetić

(images via vogue)

oh, my, i’ve been having such a grand ol’ time this season discussing the australian designers at sydney’s (what is it called these days…) australia fashion week, and unlike so many of the other events, it seems that we’ve just been breezing right through it! i can hardly believe that we’re almost to the end of our analysis time, but that always means at least some good things in that we get to turn to opt’s highlight portion of the event, which this season includes the croatian-born australian designer karla špetić‘s s/s 2014 range.

actually, i was a little surprised when i realized that we haven’t discussed ms. špetić’s work for a good minute here (see s/s 2011 & s/s 2012), especially because i found her so enticing upon our first meeting. well. however, if last time i was less enamoured with her work, then i’d certainly have to say i found her present range rivaled that of three years ago in that i found it, once again, to be one of the more exciting things sydney had to offer for the season. and is it just me, or do a lot of designers seem to be showing their christopher kane influence of late?

ah, well anyway, the clothes. so doing a little pre-show ‘ones to watch’ segment on the exciting new(er) names of australian fashion, the guardian related that “Špetic let it slip to the Guardian that her forthcoming spring/summer 2014 show will draw on her roots with references to Croatian national costume. We can also expect embroidery, embellishment, beading and ‘an explosion of colours’.”

and in their typically enthused fashion, the australian site fab sugar shrieked that “Karla Spetic has a way of making bold, bright colour look sophisticated. In other hands her bubblegum colour palette could look childish, but Karla’s modest frilled-bust tunics, organza-spliced cocktail frocks, dainty lace overlays and irreverent use of religious portraiture ensured her…line was anything but. A considered mix of playful elegance was the overriding theme,” as their sister site, bella sugar, gave some of the details on the exhibition’s beauty looks.

ms. špetić’s work this season “featur(ed) graphic religious prints, a vivid colour spectrum and gorgeous sheer panelling,” declared style hunter. “Ice cream carnival colours formed religious faces that appeared on matching skirt and cropped combinations and modest a-line dresses….Karla Spetic’s eye for the female silhouette and art for taking something simple and making it unique resulted in a calculated and playful femininity. Entirely black and entirely white looks featured splashes turquoise and cobalt, where the use of lace broke up silk suit creations and added textural elements.”

and as a final thought weighing in in the reason department, the australian site the vine explained that “(t)itled ‘Faith’, the show’s God Squad inferences found their ultimate articulation through print. A richly coloured stained glass Jesus – holding a lamb no less – found his way onto blouses, full skirts and dresses. Like the naive curves of Spetic’s floral lace, this illustration was not quite crude, but a little cartoony. The humour in Jesus’ expression helped to soften the intensity of the print’s palette.”

(enjoy the full fashion show video here)


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