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:: Spotlight :: Mercedes Australian Fashion Week (MAFW) 2005 - Wayne Cooper

By: Louise Preece / photos by Jess Lo

The Long Room, Federation Square - October 26, 2005

In one of Australia’s most well-known industry-only fashion events, Wayne Cooper again mesmerised the audience with his new fashion show at The Long Room for Mercedes Fashion Week.

Titled ‘When darkness falls’ the show was elegant, but brimming with ominous attitude. The casual-wear had a punk/1950’s influence. Models wore paisley printed, flowing and fun 50’s style knee-length dresses, mini-skirts and khaki jackets in brown and black. The skinny-leg jean and punk shoe had a strong play in the guys wear. The crowd while being treated to a visual spectacular, tapped their feet along to the catchy rhythms of “I want to be sedated”.

When the show moved into nightwear, it took the brooding ambience along with it, but moved into a strange, dark and romantic place. The colours were mysteriously shady, yet graceful. Chaotic hair and red-lips bore slim-fitting, stunning, sexy black dresses and the males donned classic black suits with attitude and wool-hunting jackets. There were fur jackets and traditional and elegant frocks, using silk velvet, Austrian lace and silk chiffon.

“When Darkness Falls” is a triumph of Cooper’s ten years of success in the fashion industry. A showcase of inspired, romantic and dark creative talent, it was a delight to watch.