The influences for the spring/summer collection are varied, but mostly a painting by Flemish artist Joos Van Cleve (1485 - 1540), The Suicide of Lucretia (1520-25). In all its renaissance brilliance, it is fragile, compelling and somewhat macabre.
The colour palette was inspired by 1920s oriental art - wasabi, ecru, chartreuse, woodrose and steel. The raffia, ribbon and feather detailing across the garments was inspired by botanical forms, ie petals, stamen and leaves.In your opinion, what are some of the big trends we can expect to see on the catwalk at MBFW?
My brand isn't about trends so it's not something I give any thought to. I focus on what feels right for me...I create in the moment with emphasis on pieces that will transcend the 'season'.What’s your favourite fashion week memory?
Meeting Cate Blanchett backstage at my first solo show at RAFW in 2000. It was surreal and reduced me to tears. A memory I will never forget.What are you most looking forward to at fashion week this year?
Presenting my vision on the runway. I'm very excited about this body of work and can't wait to share it with my customers, buyers and media - it's a total vision. I have collaborated with show designer Prue Barnes and milliner Reny Kestel, who has created some amazing headwear to complement the hair direction of Lee Preston for Goldwell and the colourful makeup direction by M.A.C.What will you be doing after fashion week wraps?
Treating my amazing staff and friends to a fabulous post show dinner. Then having a bloody long rest!