TOME the Runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

I was able to get in….I didn’t originally receive an invitation, but luckily I was able to get into a slot….

TOME was luscious and dreamy.  In an intimate room the models revolved around a square room showcasing the latest releases for the SS 15/16 collection.  I must admit my location wasn’t ideal.  It was packed and I didn’t get square in front at the end of the runway, BUT the location I had did still allow for me to experience the show in an elegant way because that was the keyword I took away…..TOME was elegant….and chic….and classy and yet very now.

They showcased back-drifts and flowy undefined jumpsuits that I found to be too ethereal and very intriguing.

TOME in review.....casual and sophisticated...
TOME in review…..casual and sophisticated…
Catch that back drift.....very beautiful....
Catch that back drift…..very beautiful….

I’ve been noticing a blending of styles…..and that includes a sort of ‘swimwear’ treatment to other types of garments….this top for example has a very strong sexy ‘bikini top’ vibe and approach going on…..this elevates the top from something merely stunning in it’s flow and ‘non-drape’ due to it’s formless-ness of the back fabric…..but having something of a strap similar to something seen on the beach makes it sexy because of the ‘reveal factor’.  It’s something that might not otherwise be seen by the observer and further the feel of the strap and the fabric along the back gives the wearer something luxurious to experience.  Often when fashion is discussed it is often discussed from the perspective of the ‘observer’ but often is dismissed from the perspective of the model or the girl or the guy that it was designed for….except by the designers who are often thinking about how the client will feel in their design.  Usually these discussions are very thematic….she will feel young, youthful, strong, powerful, etherial, etc…..but if you get down to the logistics of the garment you can get into how a strap might feel along the back as someone walks through the room with the breezy flow of the fabric as it wafts behind her.  This is what makes the top sexy and feminine for the wearer.  The length is what keeps it sophisticated and still appropriate for business.  This is great because it allows someone to be sexy and feminine while working in a professional environment.  Fashion becomes more about your own self expression that allows for the feminine, uniqueness, creativity, and sexy without it meaning that you are someone less capable or professional.  This goes along the lines of the belief that revealing skin, tattoos, piercings, or non-traditional hairstyles somehow make you less capable or professional.  Whatever that is simply not true!  Judge people by their actions and not their covers, at least in the beginning when it can be to your detriment and possibly the detriment to your project or company.  You might be losing the best thing that might give you the edge.  Now if they turn out to be muppets….well….assume it’s their character and not their hairspray.

One thing I’ve observed here in Australia during my times in Melbourne is the passing by of business men and women dressed in styles that would seem unseemly in the US.  I saw a man in a suit who had earplugs, piercings, and tattoos and I saw a woman in a black two-piece with a black jacket and a black circle skirt with the lace-keyhole cutouts and the shorter underskirt that was opaque.  She was in deep discussion with a colleague as they walked to lunch.  I was too surprised and I was deeply relieved.  Finally! trends in the business place that allowed for more creative self-expression and perhaps more importantly a business place that allows for it without taking away from the individual.

lyrical and effortless….a flurry of harmony followed by a the beautiful ‘fin’ of the skirt…

……more of TOME……

TOME was a beautiful runway filled with looks designed to make someone feminine and self-assured.  The sleek silhouettes were very alluring and commanding with their creativity and unique perspective of how a woman might be in any venue where the feminine is needed in a beautiful way.

 

….until next time…Travel Spritely.

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