More proof that Australia’s Next Top Model champions generally find more post-show success than their Northern Hemisphere counterparts comes in the form of this lookbook, featuring Montana Cox in Gary Bigeni’s Spring/Summer 2012/13 collection “Fractured Appearance”. The Cycle 7 winner puts smizing on the backburner and does her best Twiggy-esque 60s gaze for Bigeni’s retro-inspired collection, which debuted at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia earlier this year.
The former Melbourne schoolgirl is a fitting choice for Bigeni’s most recent collection. Both names have consistently proven themselves to be well worth the early hype, with this season marking Bigeni’s most confident collection to date. The designer made a name for himself a few years back when his graduate collection caught the discerning eye of retail heavyweight Belinda Seper, who not only ordered the collection for her cult Sydney boutique The Corner Shop but formed a mentoring relationship with its creator.
Since then, He of the Liquid Draping and Luxurious Fabrics has added to that title with the addition of graphic prints, clean tailoring, and structured leather. All of the above can be seen in the collection at hand, with a blown-up Chevron zigzag print adorning relaxed boyish separates and a graphic aqua item adding texture for the eyes to more feminine pieces. Rigid leather crops up on a great halter top, and a beautiful latticed fabric is a smart take on the cut-out trend that dominated runways at fashion week.
Evidently, we’re not the only ones calling the collection a victory. “Fractured Appearance” drops this week and has been picked up by seven David Jones stores nationwide. See the lookbook in its entirety over at GaryBigeni.com.