Phoenix Keating is always one of the biggest highlights in my Fashion Week schedule, injecting a unique and imaginative collection amongst all the floral and digital prints. This year, Keating did not fail to deliver and definitely won the award for most interesting collection by displaying futuristic yet mid-century themed clothing.
Phoenix’s Spring/Summer collection, HUMANOID, recounts the out of this world love story between an alien and her love interest, Clint Eastwood, back in his ‘Dirty Harry’ days. Just like any good alien movie, she tries her best to assimilate into human culture by picking up the old west style she’s watched in countless Hollywood movies.
There were many references to 1940’s silhouettes with sharp lines, structured shoulders and pinched waists. Fitted pencil skirts, aerodynamic wraps and fringing flowed through the collection and were executed in a colour palate of metallic silvers, soft ivory and oatmeal.
Having had style icon Lady Gaga wear his designs during her impromptu performances in Sydney 2011, Phoenix Keating is definitely a label to watch. Phoenix Keating’s collection certainly re-vitalised many if not all attendees and reminded us of why we love this industry so much.
PS. Brownie points to Phoenix for using a model of colour in his collection! We need more black models!