Well, what can I say? The Mercedes-Benz Presents ELLERY show was a fantastic start to MBFWA. I was extremely lucky to attend ELLERY's Spring Summer 2015/2016 presentation on the opening night of Sydney Fashion Week. The show was held at Carriageworks in Eveleigh - and at the last minute it moved from the main runway space to the Smith's Workshop near the entrance at Carriageworks.
The ELLERY Spring Summer 2015/2016 show opened with young ballet dancers in black tutus and black veils dancing down the runway. They were gorgeous and elegant and I was almost lulled into thinking the whole presentation would be restful. Then the pumping music started and Gemma Ward made her return and led the models down the ELLERY Runway. It's been one year since Ward gave birth to her daughter Naia and almost ten years since she last took to a runway in Sydney.
It's not often that I say I like everything that makes the cut and appears on a runway. When I attend and review a runway presentation, I often only present photos and chat about the ensembles I like. It's great that this time there is too much to say; that I liked absolutely everything I saw going down the ELLERY runway. Anyone who has met me knows that this is not very usual; we have conversations about what I liked and what I didn't like. I am almost lost for words. Where do I start? Shopping the pieces myself maybe? But I digress.
It's true that ELLERY has achieved cult status in Australia and has had international success since its launch in 2007. Kym Ellery first pursued an interest in styling and worked for over 4 years at RUSSH magazine as a central part of the creative team. The designer’s very first collection graced the pages of Vogue Australia and since then the label has gone from strength to strength.
The Mercedes-Benz Presents ELLERY show included ELLERY's signature strong silhouettes, daring combinations of textures and unique details which give ELLERY it's distinctly modern feel. Many of the pieces in the show can be seen on the ELLERY website under the Current 2015 section. Christine Centenera actually wore my favourite ELLERY blue cocoon top to the Miu Miu Fall 2015 show. I loved the coats with their big buttons, cut-outs and interesting peplum detailing. The colour palette, as always, was very wearable and feminine. The collection will easily lend itself to being included in an everyday corporate wardrobe OR it will totally stand out as a subject for street style when worn as an all-in-one look. The best thing about ELLERY collections is that you can mix and match the pieces; you could almost buy them all and have a wardrobe for a year.
I also loved the obi belts tied at the waist and the interesting hair charms that models wore. These were echoed on the coats and often matched the buttons on the pieces the models were wearing. The blush pieces had an interesting texture which made them more covetable that your average pink coat and pants. While I liked all these pieces; the two ensembles I remember most was a silver foiled coat and the finale metallic beaded dress which was a modern take on a flapper look. The best thing about this finale dress? The model that closed the show in it was quite a bit older than all the other models in the show. When I say older.... She could have been my age - there's hope for me yet!! The final walk was to Katy Perry's Firework.
The best bit of the show? When an angry neighbour stormed the runway. Check it out below.
Check out the photos below? Which look is your favourite? Comment at the end of the post - I love to hear from you all. I also love all the emails I have been receiving from you! Keep them coming!