Bowie Wong, alongside nine other top Australian designers showcased their latest collections on the runway for Fashion Palette NY – a week ahead of New York Fashion Week.
The Fashion Palette projects aims to bring attention to Australian designers, offering them a launch pad into one of the fashion capitals of the world, New York.
Interviewed by Renata Gorton, Bowie made the comment that it was the opportunity of a dream come true saying “I don’t think I would have been able to stage a solo show in New York, because there are so many things that need to be organised.”
And what about spending time with fellow designers in the cut-throat world of fashion? “We all became really good friends. Normally I would say fashion is cold and designers don’t talk to each other but after this group show I think I’ve changed my opinion,” Bowie said.
Bowie’s comments supporting Fashion Palette NY have since featured in The Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail, The Australian, The Herald Sun, Perth Now, Adelaide Now and news.com.au.
The lovely Lisa Teh from Couturing.com recently chatted to designer Bowie Wong about his latest collection, his past inspirations, his design philosophy and what’s in store for the future.
For the full interview and some stunning runway photos, head over to: http://www.couturing.com/blog/read-entry?blog_entries_id=242
To whet your appetite, here’s a sample of what was up for discussion…
“LISA: You collaborated with industry heavyweights Kevin Murphy, Napoleon Perdis and stylist Sophia Banks-Coloma for your recent runway show to ensure every element was perfect. How important are runway shows to showing the industry and the public your stunning designs?
BOWIE: On the whole, when people see my designs, they ask me “It’s lovely, but who is going to wear it?” But for me, a runway show is a collaborative event with other artists and it gives us a chance to express ourselves… In this way, we hope that the public can come to understand what it is we do and also learn to respect out titles as designers and artists. It is not meant as straightforward a commercial activity and I hope people can look deeper than that to see the story and the effort that goes into a show.“
Marlo Perry of A Fatal Attraction To Cuteness fame, among other things, had this to say about the latest BOWIE collection…
“Predominantly white, the highest layer of an aura, the range of dresses were a future bride’s delight. Boleros of butterflies, tulle mermaid tails and metallic tinkling breast plates were all features on the strong yet subtle designs. Where we have seen unusual cuts and voluminous ruffles in the past with Bowie, we saw soft lines and an obvious direction.”
Read the full article with additional photos here: http://marloperry.com/2012/05/02/bowie-aura-mbfwa-2012/
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