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Because I didn’t have a schedule fit to attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2012, I thought my reviews of the Fashion Week weren’t going to be worth putting on the blog.

That is, until Romance Was Born¬†unveiled their Spring/Summer collection in collaboration with MARVEL. (Yes, I’m a comic nerd). As the show that kicked off Australia’s Fashion Week, this collaboration couldn’t have been any more ballsy. Romance Was Born sent their superhero-splashed models out against a paper-pop up set worthy of The Avengers. The collection – “Berserkergang” (a state of unbeatable warrior power) – rocked a graphic artist appeal and even incorporated Jack Kirby’s famous dot technique and the process of CMYK (Cyan Magenta Yellow Key) printing.

One half of Romance Was Born, Anna Plunkett, said, “having access to such incredible graphic archives has been so exciting. The MARVEL group has been really supportive in helping us reach our creative vision. It’s been a terrific process seeing the collection come to life, and a real privilege to work with such an incredible respected and creative company!”

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(Photography c/o Lucas Dawson – www.lucasdawson.com. Edited by me.)
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Armani Prive Fall Couture 2011
Thus far, I have been relatively unimpressed by the showings of Fall 2011’s Couture Fashion Week. Giorgio Armani‘s collection for Armani Priv√© – “Hommage au Japon” – however, is an exception.

As the title suggests, Giorgio was profoundly moved by March’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and thus dedicated the collection to the refinery, aesthetic and beauty of the troubled country. Vivid florals were paired with heavy velvets, obi belts, shapely silhouettes and directionally profound shapes. Though it came at the very end, the tangerine embroidered top and black sequin skirt was the collection’s perfection. Absolutely beautiful in every way.