My collection of shoes in collaboration with Nicol & Ford was completed on time and here they are perfectly complementing the garments on the runway at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022! Honestly, I think this was one of the most stunning runway shows!
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Nicol & Ford's designers, Timothy Nicol-Ford and Katie-Louise Ford put forth a strong vision for the debut runway collection, "La Pouffe" ~
"Nicol & Ford La Pouffe Collection 2022 explores the life of French-born Mexican multimillionaire Carlos de Beistegui (1895-1970). A key patron of the surrealist movement, lavish party-thrower and owner of extravagant homes across the globe, de Beistegui was publicly a life-long bachelor causing much social speculation as to his sexuality.
Nicol & Ford’s collection specifically examines the 136 Champs Elysees, Paris, where de Beistegui commissioned the now famous father of modernist architecture Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier, to create a clean white cube penthouse above historic Parisian architecture. Photographed by Le Corbusier as an empty, pristine space typifying the ideals of modernist architecture, upon handover Carlos de Beistegui and his trusted advisor, the Cuban interior designer Emilio Terry lavishly furnished blank white rooms with overwrought and overstuffed French Rococo antique furniture.
Ultimately creating a rift between architect and patron, de Beistegui’s extravagant additions to the penthouse exemplify the ability of queer aesthetics to interrupt the cold, clinical, modernist vision.
Focussed on re-writing history via a contemporary fashion lens, each Nicol & Ford collection reverses queer erasure, unearthing figures from the past to celebrate their creative ingenuity and leadership."
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Other collaborators on the project include:
CASTING DIRECTORS: Timothy Nicol-Ford & Katie-Louise Ford
PR & CREATIVE PRODUCER: Rae Begley
CHOREOGRAPHY: Dino Dimitriadis
PRODUCTION: Harry Milad
STYLIST: Isabella Mamas
HAIR DIRECTOR: Diane Gorgievski for Redken
MAKE UP DIRECTOR: Jade Diaz
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Lord Fascinator
LIVE PERFORMANCE: Tanzer
FOOTWEAR: Done by Matea/Matea Gluscevic for Nicol & Ford
JEWELLERY: Phoebe Hyles for Nicol & Ford
LEATHERGOODS: J.R. Harvey Leathergoods for Nicol & Ford
HENDRICK’S GIN X NICOL & FORD ACCESSORIES: Amanda Testa, Jennifer Hesketh & J.R. Harvey Leathergoods for Nicol & Ford
FLORAL DESIGN: Lauren La Rouge
MODELS: Demon Derriere, Hayley Tanzer, Jamaica Moana, Kai Clancy, Julia Lunham-Whitmore (Porcelain Alice), Basjia Almaan, Ella Drinkwalter, Millie Sykes, Anja Brown, Mia Dennis, Felicity Tchorlian, David Congram, Tayla Macdonald, Rosie Cramer, Sam Saraa, Andy Bagala, Jack Huang and Vallarie Gomez
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Images: Getty Images - Stefan Gosatti