Pre RAFW S/S 2010-11: Birthday Suit, Paradise Bound

Birthday Suit may have held the pre-Rosemount Australian Fashion Week show of the season last night at the Sydney Opera House in the Utzon Room (named after the architect John Uzton) where the wall-length tapestry designed by the man himself served as the perfect backdrop for Birthday Suit’s Paradise Bound spring/summer 2010-11 collection.

Never a stranger to colour and prints, we think The Kingpins (an all girl art collective who make up the designers behind Birthday Suit) have taken it to a new sophisticated level with their use of colour, prints and rope detailing. Not knowing quite what to expect (this was our first introduction to Birthday Suit) the show began in dramatic style with a winged performer, Maya Martinez, dancing for the cameras — true to The Kingpins costume and live performance background — and setting the stage quite a show.

Inspired by women who defy gravity and creatures who have a love affair with the sky the show was restrained by tight body fitting rope that banded around the models figures creating a wonderful body-con bondage looks over colourful dresses that hugged the frame or ballooned around as if it were about to take flight.

It was a collection for those with a flair for the dramatic, thanks to the sleeked hair and bondage rope detailing, nor was it a collection for the body conscious thanks to body hugging full length body suits and mini dresses.

It was our favourite show so far, and definitely one of the highlights of the pre-RAFW shows. Now if only we could get the of the rope head pieces that intertwined in the models hair by ghd in our hands before RAFW we’d have a rocking do’ to show off next week and no wardrobe dramas.

More images coming soon.

Stay tuned because we’ll be covering Rosemount Australian Fashion Week – starting next week – from the front to the back of house and even the VIP wine bar.

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