Photos from vogue.com.au
One of the things I'm enjoying most about being back on the West side is catching up on what local designers have been up to. Let's be honest, there are a lot of people doing a lot of interesting things in the world, and my attention tends to get pulled by the ones doing them in my immediate vicinity. The Perthie creatives have been somewhat on the far reach of the radar, but bam! I've got them right back in range, and believe me, there's gold in them there hills.
Sophie Kyron, for example, who has been handcrafting jewellery with a beautiful ethnic-antique aesthetic in WA for over 20 years. Did you know that she did the jewels for Camilla Franks' (hailed as Australia's 'Queen of Resort'…I'd suggest she's more Queen of Cougars on Cruise Ships, but either way, there's certainly a market for it) collection at MBFWA this year? Neither did I, until it was pointed out to me, but I'd certainly noticed it - and you'll see why in the photos above. The jewellery and styling MADE that show. A mishmash of ethnic influences (layered to make me want to throw my current minimalist compulsions out the window), the unlikely combination of Masai style beading, oriental tassels, little Mariachi skulls, cowrie shells and shiny things is making me miss summer like nothing else…It'll be hard to avoid the West coast uniform of a white tshirt and cutoffs when it finally reaches 45&rising, but I plan to be distinguishing myself from the teenage masses with a bit (ok, a lot) of Kyron around my neck. Heck, I'd even consider hopping on a cruise ship for these.
Have to wait till August till they drop (conveniently around my birthday…I forsee some gift-to-self), so keep an eye on Sophie's online store (and in Camilla's boutiques, if you can brave the visual assault of a million rainbow kaftans)!