Friday, April 19, 2013

vanishing elephant

Photos by Rachel Kara, Layout, Edit and Handwriting by Talisa Sutton, Words by Hannah-Rose Yee

We never thought that Vanishing Elephant would have a runway show. Their label - all cool-girl (and guy!) clothes for everyday living, the kind of things you wear to get steak at the Shakey - is more about the "after the show it's the after party", right? Well, that's what they did, a presentation down the catwalk that turned seamlessly into a warehouse party; just add cocktails and stir. It worked because that's what Vanishing Elephant are all about. Their slick suiting for guys and gals,  the leopard print shorts and silky tee shirts, the 'formal' parkas, belted over jacquard trousers were all made to be worn to a warehouse party. And, chances were, variations on those outfits lined the front row, the backstage, the general admission line and even the pit. Vanishing Elephant has become a ubiquitous feature in our everyday lives. And that deserves a party, doesn't it?

It's just as well that Vanishing Elephant have started doing womenswear, because the borrowed-from-the-boys look is starting to irritate the boys. For those still looking to mine the closets of their other half, there's plenty to scope out. The denim robe (a favourite of street style paparazzo Tommy Ton) is particularly fantastic, as is the polkadot sweatshirt and pants of look 17. This look was mirrored for the ladies at the next exit; a matching two-piece (one of the biggest trends to emerge from this season's runways) of buttoned-up shirt and trousers, emblazoned with oversized polkadots. Why not embrace the moment and add the boys' sweatshirt to the mix? Similarly, those bright floral pants from look 16 had a mate in the menswear version (drawstring waist shorts, for barbeques and beyond!) from the exit before. Couple dressing has never looked cuter.

It was this continuous thread from masculine to feminine and back again that emboldened the collection. Labels that show both sides of the coin sometimes tend to lose the symmetry that inspired them in the first place. Not so with Vanishing Elephant. The quirks of androgyny were still to be found in everything from those matching patterns to the styling (cleverly rendered, girls often wore the exact same ensembles as guys, with a flash of skin or an accessory thrown in for variation). Vanishing Elephant design for girls who are one of the boys, and boys who are as beautiful as the girls. And if that means suiting up for formal events next season, shirt, blazer, trousers and all, we have absolutely no problem with that.

See Rachel's posts on Ellery and Romance Was Born, Hannah's posts on Alice McCall, Kate Sylvester and Camilla & Marc and my previous posts on Manning Cartell, Karla Spetic and Christopher Esber

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