Sydney Fashion Week: Romance Was Born

Sydney Fashion Week: Romance Was Born

There are some collections you see, which feel life-changing. Viewing their beauty is like opening your heart to a new love, or seeing your first sunrise in a new place. It leaves you feeling invigorated and inspired. For me, Raf Simons’ first collection at Dior was one, and another was the Romance Was Born Mushroom Magic collection.

On my most recent trip back home to Australia, I scheduled a visit to Sydney Fashion Week, and the Romance Was Born show was at the top of my must-see list. I’m lucky I was able to fend off a spot crouching at the front of the photographer’s pit, so I captured some good memories. By the end of the show my legs were atrophied from sitting on cold concrete for almost an hour in pants that were inappropriately tight; but I didn’t care a single bit.

From the moment I walked into the bubblegum scented room, and heard xylophone versions of popular songs, one being Madonna’s Like a Prayer, I knew this was going to be something special. Every detail was thought out and perfectly executed to create a fantasy land of shimmering fairy dust and psychedelic dream-like characters. The set itself, designed by Pip & Pop artist, Tanya Schultz, was one of the most amazing I’ve ever seen. Tanya also designed the collection’s psychedelic prints.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic'. Collection 3, 2013. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’. Collection 3, 2013. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Designers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales referenced the late 60s and early 70s in Mushroom Magic‘s silhouettes. Kaftans, flared pants, smocks and flouncing pussy-bows were transformed by the integration of eclectic prints. The collection developed from soft pastels at the start of the show through to silky neons, electric-bright patterns, and intensely hued jacquards, before ending with extravagant sequins and beaded detailing.

The design duo referenced fairytales and incorporated themes of metamorphosis and transformation. The classic tale of a “princess” transformation, Alice in Wonderland, can be seen in the sequinned cheshire cat jumpsuit.

For a label that is only eight years old, Romance Was Born has developed its design creed to perfection. When you see a RWB piece, it’s instantly recognizable, even though their collections change quite markedly from season to season. The designers said that they see their collaborations with artists, like Tanya Schultz, as an avenue which pushes them out of their creative comfort zone and ensures they don’t become caught in the trappings of seasonal trends, and I think this thought captures their design evolution perfectly.

The line is stocked in more than 33 retailers worldwide and can also be purchased online. RWB has been worn and supported by: Cate Blanchett, Tavi Gevinson, Nicki Minaj, Karen O, MIA, Lily Allen and Bat for Lashes.

Anyway, that’s enough rambling from me. Really, the clothes more than speak for themselves.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

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Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

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Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

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Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

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Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

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Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, 'Mushroom Magic', SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

Romance Was Born, ‘Mushroom Magic’, SS14. Photo ©Kelly Stock.

 

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