Carla Zampatti is the enduring, and ever glamorous face of the Australian fashion landscape. After 50 glorious years in fashion, her Spring / Summer 2016 Collection was no exception to the high-end, high-quality Zampatti of old, with that classic ‘Carla’ stamp evident in both design and its presentation.
With such an illustrious career, it’s no wonder the most sartorially savvy descended upon her lavish home in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs. The crowd was a mixed bag of the uber chic; there was the model mob, which included Jessica Gomes, the blogger brigade, Margaret Zhang, Kate Waterhouse, Tash Sefton and the likes, the television tribe of Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Sylvia Jeffreys and Nartarsha Belling, plus a plethora of the biggest editors, stylists and all round cool cats Sydney has to offer.
In what was a rather tropical affair, a wall of lush, viridescent ferns welcomed us inside the palatial property, with the fern theme continuing both on the ‘runway’ and in the styling. There were oversized fern corsages and fern brimmed hats, a notable quirky touch from Romance Was Born, who lent their styling nous for the show. Bold Dinosaur Designs jewellery provided that extra pop-factor; chunky beaded necklaces in seafoam, sage green and navy offset white designs, whilst irregular golden earrings and necklaces were the perfect luxe addition.
Despite the odd quirk, the fashion remained true to that archetypal Zampatti style we’ve all known and loved for so long. Sharp tailoring, exquisite silhouettes, silks that billowed in the breeze. There was asymmetrical action, a slouchy power pantsuit, wide-legged jumpsuits with laced necklines, cut-away gowns, trains of chiffon, even a chambray denim jacket made the cut.
The arms did all the talking, with key trends like the big bell sleeve, detached arm and off the shoulder on show, all with a theatrical exuberance. But perhaps the showstopper was the detail, with artisanal prints and the most exquisite fabrications.
Texture played out in a palette of white, gold, black, yellow and blue. There was powder blue silk which looked be dipped in liquid gold, fantastical fringing, accordion pleats, tulle-wrapped arms, peacock blue bows, silverfish swirls, rich floral jacquards, canary yellow rope belts, even gold embossed zebra print.
In a final surprise, songstress Delta Goodrem closed the show. Bubbly and smiling as always, she donned a sheer white gown with a tropical twist, adorned with wheaten, fringed palm leaves.
The day was fitting for a Spring / Summer showing; the sun hot and the Harbour its usual show-off self, glittering and sparkling in the sunlight. The space was intimate, as the crowd wormed round from the large hall onto the sunlit terrace, squished like sartorial sardines, but in awe.
Even her insignia, a simple, gilded ‘Carla’ was testament to the brand and the show itself; sophisticated, timeless, classic, Carla.