melbourne fashion festival: akira
(images via fashionising)
the akira f/w 2010 show combined some of the elegant if strange draping of japanese designers with dresses in boldly festive colors & prints as well as cuts to suit a variety of customers.
the dresses in particular were standout with both verve and intellect. my personal favorite was the pink/red dress (top) which has a silhouette very like some thoughtful japanese creations, but less brooding than those, usually colored in black or navy.
one point which i’d now like to make a note on, regarding the whole melbourne event in general, is the footwear. i’ve largely tried to ignore it thus far, but i can scarcely remember a decent shoe on any runway, and here is no exception with misshapen elephant foot-looking booties ominously lurking near the ankles.
this isn’t the first time shoes like these have surfaced at the lmff, either, appearing up at the fleur wood show as well. it’s as if some particularly godawful cobbler has a monopoly on the entire festival, figuring that the only way any of their creations will look good is if no one else has a chance to sneak in a decent shoe elsewhere.
or perhaps the likes of jimmy choo co. want to hang around outside peddling their designs, knowing that people are going to come pouring out, eyes bleeding & begging for a serviceable heel, ready to throw cash at the first one they see, fearing there may be a footwear drought ahead & it’s time to stock up, everyone for themselves.
whatever the case, it’s a loud tarnish to the otherwise marvelous designers i’ve seen thus far, and distracting from the dashing dresses seen here.