I was delighted to attend the Curtin University fashion show, Arcadia, on Wednesday night, which showcased collections from the 20 graduating students. Curtin's practice focuses heavily on art, textiles and technology so one can safely expect to see these elements well utilised in various forms.
There were, of course, many lovely things (photos to come) but one student's work particularly piqued my interest. Hannah Steens' menswear collection, A Cloth of Contradiction, was highly considered, impeccably constructed and didn't remind too much of anything I'd seen before - traits that don't come into alignment as often as they should. A heavy whack of tartan, knitwear and beautiful tailoring came together in a look that, while it drew on historical elements, felt entirely contemporary. Very cool, plus I DO enjoy a chap in a kilt.