Having seen a fair bit of the same colour palette on the runways during fashion week, I was really excited to see bold dynamic colours in the Kaliver studio. Roni Cross, designer behind the Sydney based label had created a stunning collection of metallics, beading, fur, acrylics, leather and silk. The mix of textures may sound all encompassing, but the collection seamlessly flows creating a strong yet feminine style that I could not have loved more.
It is not difficult to see why Kaliver was chosen to be featured in the Next Gen runway on the final day at MBFWA. The label takes self expression through fashion seriously whilst also being a reflection of the Australian landscape.
In visiting the Kaliver studio I could not help but be drawn to this incredible street and rock and roll inspired metallic oversized purple bomber. I felt it would have perched equally on my own shoulders as it would have done Prince (I may still be in mourning) or street star Chiara Ferragni. Of course, the flashes of yellow and roses embroidered on the back are that perfect balance between feminine grace and strength.
Kaliver, the name sake, stands for freedom, independence and strength. Coming up with the name on her travels, Roni captured the spirit of freedom in a way that is a reflection of the modern Australian woman.
Perhaps it is my own stillness that had been leaving me feeling flat of late when it came to fashion. Before the week, I actually ventured out shopping to find a piece or two to add to my fashion week looks and felt entirely disheartened by the distinct lack of vivid colour and texture I saw repeatedly in stores. I wanted dynamism, I wanted something street, something carefree and bold and it was only when stepping into Roni’s studio that I felt that perfect mix before my eyes. She had the masculine / feminine just so without taking it one way or another too far. The labels previous collections each told their own story, reflective of the seasons- Spring- Picnic at Hanging Rock meets Australian farm girl and winter- city, leather, pared back and sleek.
Though it was the Rosé Resort 17 collection that I feel will propel the label into the forefront of the ‘Next Gen’. Ending fashion week on a high, I decided to skip my last few shows and instead end my week with Roni’s collection. I have one more look from the collection to share shortly (which went a bit nuts when I shared a behind the scenes shot last week). I am so happy to have met Roni (in my mind who will be the Australian answer to my beloved Isabel Marant in years to come) and spent some time dancing around in these empowering threads.