This evening grand Dame of Australian fashion design Carla Zampatti started the schedule at MBFWA with a show entitled ‘Darker’. Ominous red back lighting set the mood until the show opened with a piercing dark wave beat that pulsated throughout the show. Emerging from the mystical soundscape were sculptural shapes in black crepe that were long and lean, the most striking was a plunging neck jumpsuit with a flared hemline that had stratospheric sex appeal. Added to this was an infusion of 50’s Hollywood glamour which punctuated the range with sense of drama.
Zampatti’s use of monochrome was particularly effective as fabric textures and treatments were the hero statements, allowing rich lace textures and pretty satin stripes to be draped and gathered into varied forms that showcase the designer’s true flare for creative innovation. An exciting addition to the main colour stories of black and crème were a high voltage blue, vermillion red and citrus inspired acid green which, when layered beautifully in transparent layers, was the perfect finishing touch to a range that was a celebration of femininity.