Australian Fashion Week models stormed the catwalk on Wednesday adorned with sex toys, in what may at first glance have been mistaken for eccentric jewelery.
Eagle-eyed audience members pointed out that Karla Spetic’s show, which was themed Oasis Resort 23, featured a collection of Lovehoney toys to pay homage to strong, confident women.
The Oasis Resort ‘story’ started with sensual blacks, including a stylized shark silhouette. That progressed into bodycon, clean shapes of shells, in a monochrome and pastel palette.
Sex toys from Lovehoney were matched with selected outfits, complementing the designs as models bulleted down the runway.
The Tease Finger Vibrator was on show alongside the Fifty Shades of Gray Sensation Rechargeable Finger Vibratory, used as a ring, while some models swapped clutches for the Lovehoney Glow Up Rechargeable Bullet Vibrators
The Tease Finger Vibrator was on show alongside the Fifty Shades of Gray Sensation Rechargeable Finger Vibrators, used as a ring, while some models swapped clutches for the Lovehoney Glow Up Rechargeable Bullet Vibrators.
‘My main objective in partnering with Lovehoney is to empower and build women’s confidence through fashion and pleasure. The Lovehoney product range available is aesthetically aligned with both shapes and colors of our new Oasis SS23 collection and I’m super excited, ’Karla said of the show.
Low cut silk trousers, chainmail bras and see-through dresses were on constant rotation at Australian Fashion Week as designers ramped up the sexy for the new season.
You wouldn’t know Australia was just a few short months away from winter as models at Bec and Bridge, Michael Lo Sordo and St Agni donned barely-there ensembles at Carriageworks in Redfern, Sydney, without fear of showing a bare hip or nipple.
At Bec and Bridge, designers Bec Cooper and Bridget Yorston debuted their collection titled TWENTY-ONE, a celebration of the brand’s milestone anniversary, inspired by the music, the grit and the grunge of the ’90s.
The Siren Midi Dress ($ 850) features a crochet style made from an ombre dyed knit and complimented by metallic payette sequins
The ERIK-YVON show was awash with color at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (pictured)
‘It’s marrying archival silhouettes with nostalgic throwbacks from our late’ 90s roots, all reinterpreted through a super-modern lens, ‘the founders said.
The Siren Midi Dress ($ 850) features a crochet style made from an ombre dyed knit and complimented by metallic payette sequins.
‘The sheer and chic, event wear style is designed to skim along the body to create a fitted and flattering silhouette. The midi dress features a scoop neckline and scoop low back, ‘the website read.
Meanwhile Michael Lo Sordo incorporated his signature diamond detailing with low back slip dresses and chainmail bralettes and blazers for the ultimate date night outfit.
Meanwhile Michael Lo Sordo incorporated his signature diamond detailing with low back slip dresses and chainmail bralettes and blazers for the ultimate date night outfit
Over at St Agni, a brand born in the bohemian backyard of Byron Bay, there were plenty of midriffs and bralettes on show and matched with baggy trousers to enhance their lithe frames
The Nichol and Ford runway show also championed a number of daring looks, including a completely backless number (left)
Over at St Agni, a brand born in the bohemian backyard of Byron Bay, there were plenty of midriffs and bralettes on show and matched with baggy trousers to enhance their lithe frames.
Some likened the show to look that wouldn’t have been astray on Carrie Bradshaw, the main character in Sex and the City.
Stylist Elliot Garnaut likened the skimpy outfits to designers taking bigger chances now that we’re living in a post-pandemic world.
Emma Pills (right) stands with her model at Fashion Week
One Mile debuted its Resort collection with a series of sheer tops and skirts (pictured)
‘From cut-outs to naked dressing we have seen so much more skin shown in the past two years than ever before,’ Mr Garnaut told news.com.au.
‘For me, the adaptation to everyday life – show the parts of your body that you feel most sexy and confident about.
‘The low-slung pants and cropped dresses and shirts are very apparent on the runway this year, which is giving consumers the confidence to own their body, and to feel empowered to rock those shapes that are most suited to you. Don’t feel like you have to have everything hanging out, because you don’t. ‘