Big Punk Energy. Sass & Bide Returns With A Brand New Look

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 11: A model walks the runway during the sass & bide show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at Carriageworks on May 11, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mackenzie Sweetnam / Getty Images)

If you’re over 35 chances are Sass & Bide was a big part of your awakening style. Perhaps you’re still triggered by the name, having visions of standing in 1999’s two-hour long queue outside a Marrickville factory with the promise of half-price East Village jeans. Or the super low-rise camel corduroys you wore with side-tie scarves and halter tops. Or your complete devotion to Black Rats and any top with a drop-waist and a sequinned sternum. But enough about me.

Well, Sass & Bide is back. But not as you know it. This is no longer the home of the original founders Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton. Since they sold the business to Myer in 2013 it has been designed in house undergoing a variety of different looks but this season, the company has appointed Marnie Skillings as creative director. The Australian designer ran her eponymous label from 2000 until 2012 which was known for its vivacious approach to maximalist fashion. Now, combining her own aesthetic with a nostalgia for Sass & Bide, Skilling’s first collection debuted this week.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 11: A model walks the runway during the sass & bide show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at Carriageworks on May 11, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mackenzie Sweetnam / Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 11: A model walks the runway during the sass & bide show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at Carriageworks on May 11, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mackenzie Sweetnam / Getty Images)

Named Jungle Teddy Punks, the show drew into the season’s rave-core niche but with a kind of Patricia Field dress-up’s accent. Wild, clashing ensembles that celebrated pre-Millenia fads such as tees and tutus, big power shoulders, rock-slogan t-shirts and sheer lace overlays played alongside prints such oversized Monstera leaves, illustrated drawing pins, zodiac stencils and island silhouettes. Accessories were bold and bright, too – loud platform heels, laser-cut mega-earrings and Kermit-green patent boots.

There were some nods to the Sass & Bide of yore – denim pencil skirts with matching coats as well as super-sequinned separates in glitzy Art Deco patterns. But mostly it was a turn towards the new with after-hours scene-stealers. Large gowns in layered tulle made mega statements while fun, ruffled party pieces paired with metallic cowboy boots gave a type of punky Isabel Marant. The backlit, spot-lit runway helped ignite the drama of the collection as did the Pink Floyd-style light prism that opened the show.

This is a departure for the brand but one that saw a plenty of cheers from the crowd in attendance. There’s a lot of minimalism around again this season, so Skillings’ case for the ‘more-is-more’ makes for a welcome balance.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 11: A model walks the runway during the sass & bide show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at Carriageworks on May 11, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti / Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 11: A model walks the runway during the sass & bide show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at Carriageworks on May 11, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti / Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 11: A model walks the runway during the sass & bide show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at Carriageworks on May 11, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti / Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 11: A model walks the runway during the sass & bide show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at Carriageworks on May 11, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti / Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 11: A model walks the runway during the sass & bide show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at Carriageworks on May 11, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti / Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 11: A model walks the runway during the sass & bide show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at Carriageworks on May 11, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti / Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 11: A model walks the runway during the sass & bide show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at Carriageworks on May 11, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti / Getty Images)

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