I have a confession to make: I went a little camera-happy backstage before Arthur Mendonça’s runway show at World Mastercard Fashion Week last week. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of models being dressed and hair and makeup being touched up, I snapped an inordinate number of photos of the same gorgeous subjects wearing the same fabulous pieces from Mendonça’s Spring 2013 collection. I just couldn’t help myself; the clothes, the styling (by fashion director George Antonopoulos) – it was all so irresistibly chic and sophisticated.
Mendonça’s designs have a timeless quality to them, yet still manage to feel current. The ladylike line-up featured a soft colour palette of whites and pastels, lovely, waist-cinching obi belts, and smart tailoring. There were no loud prints or busy embellishments here; these are the types of garments that stand out in a crowded room because they’re well cut, simple in design and flattering on the body.
Model Naro Lokuruka’s light blue pant suit and white vest combination was a definite favourite, as was Mendonça’s upmarket take on the on-trend varsity jacket. Standing there backstage, amongst all those beautiful clothes, I came to an important realization: I need some Arthur Mendonça in my wardrobe, stat. Check out the gallery of 33 images from backstage and the runway, and I’m certain you’ll feel the same way.