Camilla and Marc will kick-start Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia today with their 10th anniversary show. Here is an exclusive sneak peek of one of their looks hitting the runway and a Q&A with Camilla Freeman Topper and Marc Freeman on their inspirations behind the collection.
Spring/summer 13/14 collection title:
What was the inspiration behind collection?
For the inspiration of our SS 13 collection we took cues from the Russian Matryoshka doll to interpret and symbolise peeling back the label’s layered past. The collection brings together elements from our history with a strong look to our future.
What textures, patterns and materials were used?
This season we have worked in depth with textured elements such as metallic jacquards and embossed snake leather. The collection also incorporates a modernized animal print, silk netting and woven silk twills.
Tell me about the show and the inspiration behind it.
This year is our 10 year anniversary and the show reflects that. It brings together the brands signature elements of elegance and luxe touches with a modern edge and eye to the future. The set includes a herringbone parquet wood floor with suspended Perspex pieces creating a roof for the runway. We have always been inspired by architecture and interiors so it was important to us that these elements where reflected through the set.
What do you think are the major upcoming trends for Spring/Summer?
Oversized tailoring, white and silver, and flat shoes in every possible variation.
What is your favourite fashion week memory?
The first time we opened fashion week. It was a seminal moment for us.
What is next in the pipeline after MBFWA wraps?
First we want to ensure we celebrate our 10-year anniversary with our team, friends and family! Then once Fashion Week wraps up we will begin working on our Resort collection and focus on our plans for retail expansion and international growth.
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Photography: Byron Spencer, Styling: Kate Waterhouse, Makeup: Monika Bunic, YSL Beaute, Model: Anthea Page (Chic), Hair: Brad Ngata.