Tucked away like a secret in Dulwich is One Rundle Trading Co.’s flagship store. The façade conjures images of shopfronts in a Parisian summer; the open doors revealing a chandelier, and floorboards stretching out to a beautiful, old hall filled with the collection of contemporary European inspired bespoke home wares, furniture and fashion that One Rundle has come to be synonymous with. Armed with refreshing bubbles from Fox Gordon, and delightful company – we were treated to the first bloom, the prelude, to Mercedes Benz Adelaide Fashion Week 2015 – “Shop The Runway”.
Providing personal consultation services for both fashion and homeware styling, it was clear from the outset that Shop The Runway would be a testament to the stylistic eye of the One Rundle team. Often, we get caught up in the panic of trying to find the perfect outfit for the many social occasions that seem to pop up on our calendars over the warmer months. However, the key looks of the season were structured into categories, making it easy for the discerning shopper to find inspiration for whole, or part, outfits.
The first category, Boardroom to Track Side, featured a range of flowing and fitted garments that, as the name suggests, would easily transition from work appropriate to races ready… or anywhere in between! Palazzo pants with an oversized houndstooth print by Reniard could be paired with bright pink or red pumps for a cheeky hint of colour, or as in the show, strappy black sandals for a sleek and understated look. A white knit top and skirt combination from TY-LR stood out for it’s minimalistic cut, featuring clean lines and a classic high neck that managed to remind us that ‘simple is best’. In the show, this was paired with nude pumps and beachy hair, but for an amplified look could be upped with a statement lip and slicked back hair.
A Denim Epiphany began with a spin on the classic “white t-shirt and jeans” by introducing lace as a texture through the top by High Bright blue and white denim by Citizen and High respectively, were key looks for this category, and were matched by taupe suede boots by Hoss. Featuring both Australian and global designers, the One Rundle team took us away to an ‘effortlessly chic’ brunch, picnic or holiday.
Continuing our imaginary getaway was the showcase of modern femininity in The Garden Party. White and cream tones and lush fabrics like silk made for a refreshing change from the go to “florals-for-spring (how groundbreaking)”. The highlight of this category was a blush leather skirt by Rebecca Valance, an interesting and playful use of in-season colour and texture which would add a subtle edge to a hyper feminine outfit.
Soft, flowing lines were favoured; a two piece by Sabatini proving matching whites aren’t just for tennis, and a pair of drop crotch harem pants by Morrison complimented by a loose, breezy blouse by Marlene Birger were the ultimate in comfort and style.
After the dream of The Garden Party, the show vamped up and brought us into the evening for Dinner Dates. Figure hugging femme fatale was contrasted by slouchy, but still polished, garments. An oversized, black t-shirt dress with roll sleeves by Attic and Barn was the perfect example of how a casual style can be amped up for evenings by the right choice of colour (monochromatic is foolproof), the perfect pair of heels and super slick hair. This was followed by a sheer overlay black dress by Tibi, which was embroidered with delicate black flowers and teased attention with a black deep v-neck slip underneath.
Finally, the encore of the evening, was the reveal of the various designs by iconic brand Camilla. Proving that kaftans can be flattering and versatile for any body shape at any age, the azure and turquoise skirts of the dresses swirled into visions of island hopping or sipping drinks by the pool. The Camilla Bosphorous pant paired with a simple top, and the fun, little Topkapi playsuit served as reminders that Camilla not only does beachwear (and does it well) but designs clothes to be worn on any occasion. Comfort has never looked so decidedly glamorous.