It's hard to believe MBFWA has already come and gone in a blink of an eye. Even though I was excited to be reunited with all of my blogging friends who I only get to see once or twice a year at events, I couldn't help but feel not like myself until the third and fourth day. I suppose this came down to arriving from Hong Kong at 6:30am on the first day of MBFWA and trying to race to the first shows, sleep deprived and all. Unfortunately I missed a few like Romance Was Born, Gail Sorronda and Ginger and Smart, but we did manage to make it to most. I'm not going to lie, it's been incredibly surreal and grounding to see how much can change in just one year. Last year I was bouncing around with excitement to even get a seat at the shows, and this year I was still bouncing around but from the front row, alongside some of the biggest names in the industry at all of my favourite shows. Experiences like this never go unappreciated and I still pinch myself when moments like this happen. This fashion week this year was also different as Luke came for the entire week. He shot video content from the media pit whilst I shot from my seat, and I can't really believe this is Luke's first attempt at making a video. I don't know how I could of done it without him and I hope you guys enjoy the videos we have coming this week!
Favourite show of day one had to be Manning Cartell. Originally inspired by a painting of Frida Kahlo they found in Paris, this stunning collection consisted of bold prints, clashing textures, ethereal laser-cut lace and beautiful bead embellishments. Digital floral prints in bold and bright colours or subtle greys were seen in an amazing array of sculptural and architectural cuts, from cute skirts, mini shorts and tailored pants, to 50's cropped bandeaus, peplum tops and oversized shell jackets. Set in an eerie church ground, models were sent down the runway to the beat of a killer (and my favourite of the entire week) soundtrack with rebellious coloured streaks in their hair, which emphasized some sort of unspoken confidence. Without even knowing the back-story and inspiration behind this collection I already felt empowered and excited from watching the show. When asked what the mood was for their collection this year, Manning Cartell replied: "Confident, free and hopeful". Three emotions I immediately felt in the first few seconds of their show. What a perfect way to start day one of MBFWA.