Friday, January 27, 2012

Flame war - Elliot Ward-Fear and Thom Kerr do battle for Autumn/Winter 2012

Elliot Ward-Fear’s moment in the sun has been a long time coming. The 23 year old NSW TAFE graduate, who hails from the picturesque Blue Mountains just outside of Sydney, has yet to make a standalone runway outing in Australia. That’s due to change in late April, when he is scheduled to stage his solo Australian Fashion Week debut. Ward-Fear’s first two collections didn’t generate any wholesale sales, just a few private commissions. But they did score quite some publicity – thanks notably to an edgy campaign for Autumn/Winter 2011 from Australian fashion photographer Thom Kerr. After skipping one season altogether, Ward-Fear is back in the game with an Autumn/Winter 2012 collection called Flame, which comes accompanied by yet more conceptual Thom Kerr imagery. Here is a first look at the lookbook, starring New Zealand’s own comeback queen, Liv O’Driscoll

Inspired by ancient Chinese warriors, medieval battle armour and 1970s sci-fi heroines, the collection showcases Ward-Fear’s meticulous attention to detail and love of craftsmanship. 

It includes colourblocked corsetry, meticulously-constructed mini shift dresses and separates - whose geometric slashes of midnight blue and orange double knit ponte, gold lamé and moleskin are very much in step with fashion's current Art Deco mood. Alongside some cute high-waisted bellbottom trousers in a lush camel wool/cashmere blend and a fabulous "Ziggy Stardust" coat. Fashioned from wool and gold lamé zig-zag panelling, the latter can be worn as a dress (above) or as a coat – as seen on rising Australian music star Kimbra at this week’s Rolling Stone Awards. 

Nude Latex stockings add a frisson of fetish. They were done in collaboration with US Latex artist Abigail Greydanus, whose regular clientele includes Lady Gaga, Katie Perry, Rihanna and Christina Aguilera. All obviously high profile entertainment figures with insatiable appetites for spectacular stage and video styling and in whom, frockwriter imagines, Ward-Fear hopes to some day find some kindred spirits.

all images: supplied exclusively to frockwriter by elliot ward-fear


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