Friday, September 12, 2008

Cat a noshow at Willow - while six Australians left standing around town on 9/11

So Catherine McNeil didn’t front up to Willow’s presentation overnight after all. This blog did suggest that it was a little ambitious of the designer to send out a press release saying that the world number 9 model was locked in – even if one local paper happily printed it verbatim.

Just after midnight Sydney time – approximately three hours before Willow’s models had even changed into the clothes – The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Willow:
“also chose some home-grown flesh to showcase her designs, with the Australian models Alice Burdeu, Catherine McNeil, Abbey Lee Kershaw and Stephanie Carter draping themselves across a white pyramid”.

And yes, this blog did get to all three items in that fashion story before the SMH.

According to Willow, McNeil cancelled all her shows yesterday. McNeil’s Sydney agency, Chic Management, is looking into it.

But while big bucks McNeil ultimately proved elusive, Willow nevertheless managed to secure not three, but four, big buzz Australian models for the installation. In addition to Kershaw, Stephanie Carta and Alice Burdeu also turned up, with Skye Stracke a surprise late-starter.

That's (L to R) Kershaw, designer Kit Willow Podgornik, Stephanie Carta and Alice Burdeu, pictured above.

WWD has 15 of the looks up in a slideshow (see below - frockwriter hopes to bring you more soon).

It's a great little collection which includes a striking, super-wide zebra print used in both a draped jumpsuit - and a knockout maxidress with a softly-knotted halterneck, that is bound to be grabbed by many fashion editors and stylists.

There are also several draped, harem-style pants – another big SS09 trend seen in many collections. One pair, in black, is teamed with an embellished black blazer boasting shoulder pads, to create a very glamorous, loose, luxe tuxedo look.

Equally of note: the pretty sheer, draped, nude cocktail dress with balloon sleeves and pussybow neckline.

Also opting for a lowkey presentation on September 11 was the celeb fave J Mendel brand.

Usually showing at Bryant Park, J Mendel instead used a static installation to showcase its collection of draped, Grecian-style gowns and cocktail dresses in pretty nude tones, shot with bursts of tangerine and sapphire blue.

And standing around modelling J Mendel's wares were another two Aussies: Sarah Stephens and Myf Shepherd.

Surely Abbey Lee wouldn't be the only one grateful for a moment’s respite from trudging up and down runways in those killer heels.

Click here to see 15 looks from Willow on
Click here to see the J Mendel presentation on


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