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Reg Mombassa

Fashion Rooms full of nothing: MBFWA spaces

In a small, perfectly-timed window before Sydney fashion week shows began, Rudolf Zverina photographed empty spaces, with gift bags lined up neatly, white floors shining and the still, shallow waters of an off-location pool venue reflecting sharply off the lights above.

Staged at Eora Fitness Centre in Redfern, Karla Spetic’s models circled a 25-metre heated indoor pool, dressed in the designer’s signature sheer-paneling and dousings of glitter. Guests sat in a single row of benches on a white tiled floor.

Haryono Setiadi’s SS14/15 offering was presented in the lofty, all-white Pix Studios on Hiles Street in Alexandria. Three rows of neat white chairs were packed tightly to the walls, leaving plenty of space for models to glide¬†with eerie purity across the white, celestial landscape.

Tony Maticevski presented a matured, slightly more athletic collection at The Theatre in Carriageworks. A black-and-white orchid print ran the length of the runway, perfectly matched by orchids clamped in model’s mouths for the final, romantic finale.

UNIF.M chose a small, unhailed space on Foveaux Street, Surry Hills for an unusual presentation consisting only of projections. Under inky, dark shadows, a series of plinths and boxy structures were illuminated with short, GIF-like movements, photographs and flickering numbers.

Held on-site at The Box in Carriageworks, Kahlo’s clean, simple venue choice mirrored their cleverly-cut leatherwear. A darkened, black expanse was broken by a central white runway block, while a weathered concrete wall harked back to the industrial heritage of the Eveleigh Rail Yards.

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