I‘m always excited to support our Australian designers, especially when they get to shine on the world stage, so for me New York Fashion Week was all about two shows: Zimmermann (see my story here) and Tome. And neither party disappointed. Tome graced #NYFW with their Autumn/Fall-Winter 2016 collection, never dropping the ball on the unique layering and whimsical vision they are renown for.
With a smack of Where The Wild Things Are models walked down the runway in sharply tailored shirts, skirts, pants, dresses, trenches, and ornamental lace toped with chocolate-brown teddy-bear shearling coats and felt crowns – though it was a look not taken from the classic storybook by Maurice Sendak, but rather – inspired by controversial artist Louise Bourgeois, Bourgeois’ influence on fashion having been previously shared on the runway by Simone Rocha in both her AW11 and AW15 collections. I love the circularity of creativity.
In fact, Tome are consistently influenced by female artists with a feminist perspective. This collection also nods to American Barbara Kruger and Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum, a merging of identities and ideas that reference a very modern political situation. Tome’s Ryan Lobo commenting that “there’s so much unrest and uneasiness in the world right now, we just want something to make us feel happy and feel secure and liked, and not so heavy. Fashion can be really optimistic, really liberating and really inspiring, and we just wanted to feel happy and irreverent and fun and free. Hopefully, there’s a sense of purpose, but a sense of fun as well.”
The purpose is clear. As are the signature elements of precise tailoring, pin-striping, block colours, felt, black lace, pvc and animal prints. Their idea of ‘funny layering’ with oversized pieces cinched in at the waist to reveal a beautiful form fitting silhouette. It feels familiar, but this time they’ve been taken to the next level.
And I can’t wait to see the next instalment.
We are ready to play dress-ups!
Which piece would you most love to own?
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