ROMANCE WAS BORN: RESORT 2022
Lasers, twinkling carousel lights, armfuls of dried flowers, a vast space and David Hallberg front row. Fabulous. An abundance of fairground colours, marabou feathers, sparking sequins a nod to Flamingo Park. A collection madeentirely from vintage fabrics as RWB are going back to their roots, giving old pieces new life and reducing new waste. There was tiers of tulle net. Incredible crochet. An ode to patchwork in one Japanese gown. This was Romance Was Born, Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales always extraordinary with the delicate lightness of their design powers and our desire to wear it all. A drama. A riot of pastels and pastorals in lemon, sherbert, lime and strawberry. Each look a story unto its self. Toys won at the fairground as bags. Bridgerton dressing. Baby pink and lemon crochet in one dress and the theatre of a dress with tiny cheeky net ruffles. A fluttering. Brocades in pale lilac, executed so exquisitely and so the gumnut girls revolved on the carousel happily ever after, a bias cut, childhood textbook all the way to the altar and the new wedding dresses that RWB have added to their repertoire. The bride wore recycled cream, lace, intricate, wordy flirty, a love poem. So much work, so many ideas and it was a perfect storm of a schmaltzy blockbuster.