Another day, another bout of homegrown talent at Paris Fashion Week. But though decadent textiles were at the heart of both Ellery and Collette Dinnigan’s Spring 2014 collections, the former sent out ballsy silhouettes that bordered on Man Repelling while Dinnigan went for straight-up romance.
This is Dinnigan’s 18th season showing at Paris Fashion Week and this has been plenty time to strengthen her reputation as a go-to for breezy femininity. Kiwi model Holly Rose Emery kicked things off in a tiny white mini dress with embroidered mesh paneling that reeked of youthful elegance. Other dresses were playfully embellished with flowers and appliqued beads, appearing simultaneously expensive and light as air.
The evening dresses amped up the romanticism with seductive, drapey dresses in a palette of pale green and navy blue. A standout was a navy shift so confidently embellished that it would have looked out of place in a couture show and sparkled like luxury tinsel.
All that laser cutting and lace also had an ulterior motive: Showing off the lingerie that Dinnigan keeps doing better each season. There’s something to be said for managing to make visible scarlet lace bras and completely see-through trousers appear both innocent and elegant, and Dinnigan's had a particular air of je ne sais quoi about them. Whether they translate to the street is another question, but one that almost seems irrelevant.
Images: Collette Dinnigan's Instagram