Fashion Week 2018: Day 3 Highlights

MBFWA Day Three: Pump Up The Jam

A few short days ago, Camilla and Marc took us to Mars with their futuristic Resort 2019 show and Deadly Ponies continued the go-big-or-go-home trend with the models wearing not one, not two but three bags down the runway. The evening meanwhile saw Christopher Esber make a quieter, but no less strong, statement with his collection of contemporary evening gowns. His oddly proportioned dresses in shades of pastel and highlighter blue were technical, beautiful and wearable to boot.

Deadly Ponies

Deadly Ponies showed the world exactly how to present an accessories-only collection at fashion week. The superior craftsmanship of the brand’s leather goods shone through on their MBFW runway. When we entered the space, we felt like we’d walked onto the set of a David Lynch movie. Metallic gold shoulder bags and translucent plastic purses sat on top of podiums, like specimens in a natural history museum, and flashes of red and purple light illuminated an eerie curtain at the back of the room. A few seconds later, this curtain fell to reveal an angelic crew of models assembled around an olive tree. A leather bum bag with luxe gold detailing was strapped around one model’s body, others had white bucket bags thrown over their shoulders or miniature lilac purses secured around their waists. One by one, in matching silk scarf-dresses decorated with horses (or ponies, rather), these models walked forward to retrieve a bag from the podiums. Holding two or three bags each, they showed us that more is more when it comes to accessories this season. The collection featured a few very classy takes on the see-through bag trend – our favourite was the clear black tote bag with gold hoop handles – and some fun purple, orange and white python purses.

MBFWA 2018 Deadly Ponies

MBFWA 2018 Deadly Ponies

MBFWA 2018 Deadly Ponies

Christopher Esber

Christopher Esber’s Resort 2019 collection was also expertly executed. The designer presented a technical yet wearable eveningwear range and we’d like one of everything. Models looked like womanly warriors in electric blue dresses with dangerously high slits and powder blue gowns with ruched panels. One slouchy white dress with macramé-like knotted threads hanging from the waist, looked like it came straight out of Princess Leia’s wardrobe. Other dresses were cut away at odd angels or broken up with sheer lace sections that looked as if they were in motion. Esber explained that these forms were inspired by Ancient Greek and Roman sculptures. “I was looking at that whole idea of how movement and fabric has been frozen and caught in something quite controlled,” he said. “Looking at a sculpture, one might have an arm that’s fallen off over time – I really tried to remove in order to enhance other areas.” In our opinion, the boxy sleeveless blazers, deconstructed knits and textured floor-length dresses he created are as worthy of a place in an art museum as any sculpture.

MBFWA Day Three: Pump Up The Jam

MBFWA Day Three: Pump Up The Jam

MBFWA Day Three: Pump Up The Jam

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MBFWA Day Three: Pump Up The Jam

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