SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 31: (EDITORS NOTE: A special effects camera filter was used for this image.) A model prepares backstage ahead of the Alice McCall show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2021 Resort ’22 Collections at Carriageworks on May 31, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Hanna Lassen/WireImage)

Alice McCall is an Australian designer that has long been called on when it comes to the perfect party dress. Known for its tiny hemlines, structured shapes and dance floor-friendly embellishments, the local fashion house is synonymous with a good time, so it made perfect sense that the Resort 2022 collection was titled ‘Discoteca’.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 31: A model prepares backstage ahead of the Alice McCall show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2021 Resort ’22 Collections at Carriageworks on May 31, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

Complete with feathers, midriffs, two-piece pastel skirt suits and a helping of ’70s paisley prints, it was a fun, frivolous, and downright fabulous return to Afterpay Australia Fashion Week – especially after the pandemic forced the label into voluntary administration mid last year. But you can’t hold a good thing down, and today was proof the iconic Australian label is back (and bolder than ever).

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 31: A model prepares backstage ahead of the Alice McCall show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2021 Resort ’22 Collections at Carriageworks on May 31, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

Complementing the spirited sartorial offering was a killer beauty aesthetic. Makeup Director Carol Mackie for MAC Cosmetics put her talent on show, crafting an individual look for every single model. No colour combination was off the table; we saw fluffy lilac shadow, orange lips dusted with gold, heavy false lashes, minty green eyes and exaggerated liner. It was a perfect ’70s beauty fantasy mash-up; lurid colours, strong features, and a whole lot of glamour.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 31: A model prepares backstage ahead of the Alice McCall show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2021 Resort ’22 Collections at Carriageworks on May 31, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

The hair was equally as marvellous. Director Kieran Street for Wella Professional served up big, full, luxurious waves. Everything was dialled up; volume, shine, side-swept curtain bangs. GHD hot tools were used to create movement dependant on the model’s individual hair texture. And as any party girl knows, the styles were set with generous helpings of high gloss hairspray. To emulate a similar sheen, try spritzing Wella Professional Glam Mist Shine Spray.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 31: A model poses backstage ahead of the Alice McCall show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2021 Resort ’22 Collections at Carriageworks on May 31, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

For more rolling fashion week coverage, be sure to scroll through the GRAzia Gazette: AAFW Edition

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 31: A model returns backstage during the Alice McCall show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2021 Resort ’22 Collections at Carriageworks on May 31, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
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