Manning Cartell celebrated its 10th Anniversary in remarkable fashion at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week on Day four. To launch its Spring-Summer 15/16 collection, an old train shed at carriage works was converted into a dreamy Winter Wonderland. A dramatic stark white floor depicted an enormous ice rink and bright teardrop LED lights hung from the exposed ceiling like icicles newly formed. One felt transported to another dimension, and that was before the clothes came out.
Models floated down the runway like ethereal beings, zigzagging in synchronised movement, faces frozen into a fixed stare. The clothes felt crisp, youthful and ladylike with an abundance of bold eclectic prints. The music was ominous, almost uncanny.
From the very first exists there was plenty of immaculate white ensembles; the pearlescent sheen offset by citrus tones of tangerine and lime which added a retro element to the collection and many varying shades of blue, from dusk navy to bright aquamarine which had a calming effect overall.
There was a 70’s vibe to many of the looks, with shift dresses emblazoned with sequins and denim fringing and plenty of bare midriffs peeking out from under boxy tanks, all made thoroughly modern. Playful dimension was created with flirty separates, set against the many long free flowing dresses in lace and silk and the sheer overlay skirts. Manning Cartell’s craftsmanship and attention to detail was unsurpassed as was the use of quality fabrics, which remains an integral part of the Manning Cartell DNA.
As the models kept coming, so did the contradicting prints. Geometric and art deco, oversized polka dots, modern patchwork, dreamy check silk and printed ribbons that swirled and danced on structured fabrics. The fusion of innovative textures and prints continue to give Manning Cartell a distinctive imprint in the Australian fashion market.
Everything about the Manning Cartell show was otherworldly. The closing song ‘Sweet Dreams’ by the Eurythmics was the perfect ending to a show of such visual richness and spectacular magnitude and a collection that really was what sweet dreams are made of.
Photos by Robert Anthony for TheTrendSpotter.