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(Hair by Head Studio at Marie Cain’s Creative Direction)


Perth-based fashion designer Garth Cook recently showed his Spring/Summer 2013/14 collection ‘VRH’ at The Terrace Hotel. Garth approached me to help style the looks for the show; I couldn’t have been more ecstatic.

The aesthetic of his latest collection differs greatly from his previous works; an exciting new direction. There were numerous variations of the Garth Cook staple, the fun, feminine party dress, where Garth experimented with silhouettes, ranging from the more tailored to the softer, floaty pieces. More ‘out-there’ fabrics were explored too, with metallic animal prints, sheer metallics alongside ponti with a metallic grain. Crisp, white cotton was used on tailored shirts and shirt dresses; pieces which can we worn day and night. The final looks were by far the most luminous. On the runway the metallic pleats of the mini dresses shined in all directions and it was clear that their construction was far from easy.

The show’s journey from the conservative to the shiny, bright and daring follows the loss of conservatism in a world like Las Vegas, a theme in which the collection is loosely based. I wish I had taken more photos, but here are a few from backstage. It was such an incredible experience.


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