SJust as it was on Thursday morning at Jenny Kee, presentation space The Box was transformed by vivid theatrics on Friday. This time it was at the hands of the universally adored Akira Isagowa, who stunned the jam-packed room with a presentation that was dramatic yet oozed elegance. Rich, vibrant silk kimonos draped like silk from the shoulders of MBFWA’s most hot property models, and giant spikes clung to their shoulders and necks like sea anemones seen through the eyes of an acid tripper. Amidst all that bold colour were a range of gauzy white gowns, some topped off with frothy white headpieces that shrouded the girls in even more layers of luxuriant tulle.
There aren’t many ways you can top an Akira show, but hologram laser lights are probably one of them. Bless’ed are the Meek welcomed guests to their sci-fi catwalk (shown) with cobalt blue lasers that scanned across the room while panic-striken photographers attempted to focus their lenses, before sending out a parade of futuristic bombshells. At first the clothing looked like it might be in danger of following the “structured little white dress” trend that plagued so many other runways this season, but these were detailed with all kinds of awesome. Strategic use of sheer fabric, embroidered seashells, and tiny cutout squares bled sex appeal, and a killer range of leather body harnesses and chains were even more enthralling than the pretty lights.
MBFWA highlights: Ellery’s dazzling metallic collection, Jenny Kee’s first solo show since 1981, and the crab sandwiches in the media lounge.
Front row mainstays: Lara Bingle, Sophie Lowe, Susie Bubble, Rumi Neely, and Brian Boy.
Best for sore feet: The #saveoursoles Twitter service, where Prince Harry lookalikes handed out cushioned foot pads.
Best “Don’t you know who I am?” moment: Tim Blanks and Brian Boy being turned away at Gail Sorronda.
Best use of runway space: Christopher Esber’s mirrored runway, which splintered his luxurious collection into hundreds of pieces.