Monday, May 11, 2009

Doilies & Pearls, Oysters & Shells

My bank balance would be a lot less dry, and my penchant for novelty leggings a lot less realised, if not for Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales and their label Romance was Born.

Romance was Born's S/S 09 collection was shown at The Wharf Restaurant, Sydney Theatre Company, on Thursday April 30. The harborside setting was befitting: the collection invited you to swim amongst iridescent jellyfish, sea horses and electric eels in an Atlantis-esque underwater world. It opened up a Grandma glory box, worn by the tides of time to reveal bold costume jewelery and delicate lace doilies. The collection featured a colour palette of lustrous blue rinses, pastel pinks, lavender and mint, and the classic sailor combination of navy and cream. Crotchet, embroidery and knitting featured prominently.

Doilies and Pearls, Oysters and Shells launched two new collaborations with Australian artists Patrick Doherty and Esme Timbery. Patrick Doherty created artwork exclusively for the simply dubbed 'Patrick print', which played on imaginative scenes full of symbolic iconography. Esme Timbery, a celebrated shell artist and indigenous elder, hand shelled twenty limited edition Romance Was Born shoes. For the third season running, Paul Bonomelli came to the helm and produced accessories for the collection: hand dyed rope pendants in a delicate array of pastels with shell and pearl centre-pieces tipped in gold.

The aesthetic of the collection reminded me of one of my favourite music videos of late: "When I Grow Up" by Fever Ray, which is amazing in its own right. When I grow up I want to live near the sea...

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