COLLECTION| Carlotta Actis Barone S/S13
Ballerinas paraded across the catwalk, opening the show in neon marble prints, and musical-note print-jumpsuits. Hair and make-up held a strong presence throughout the show, with models projecting bright orange wigs and porcelain doll makeup.
Inspired by Mozart's "The Magic Flute", Italian born Carlotta's theme shines throughout each piece, with gowns representing the costumes worn by Papageno and Papagena in the famed-opera.
Although dealing with a concept fundamentally negative, Carlotta injected vibrancy into a less-so theme, with neon bright caged-dresses; their detail emphasising the feminine form.
A light-hearted take on a theme that could have been taken very seriously- with all the brightness, and caged tight body-hugging pieces, Carlotta concentrated on captivating the audience with more of a stage show presence than catwalk. A collection that won’t be forgotten in a hurry as every detail was taken into consideration; the hair and make-up complimenting each look. Light cottons and silks were the two main fabrics used within Carlottas collection, cage shapes were seen in structured hips, structured jackets and rounded skirts. ‘Liberating Cages’ expressing freedom and the need to escape whilst also highlighting protection. The brightest collection seen so far with prints that captured the essence of the theme beautifully, Carlotta presented us with something quite special.
Text by Lora O'Callaghan
Images by and Asia Webel and Stephanie Matti