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Credit: Yaya StemplerDW (pictured in white jeans) reviews the Carla Zampatti SS16 held at the designer’s home

The ever-immaculate Carla Zampatti seems more at home in the Sydney Opera House than Marquee nightclub but for Spring/Summer 16 the veteran designer ignored her inner-diva and found her inner-club kid. Of course, this club kid is vastly different to the masses found sweating it out in polyester beneath the strobe lights. It’s as though Carla’s muse took a pill in Ibiza and never left the five-star hotel or villa she was sharing with Kate Moss and Jade Jagger.

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Credit: Yaya StemplerCarla Zampatti SS16

Why go to a club when you can wear a disco ball with silver metallic cropped trousers and matching asymmetrical top or a racer-back strapless dress, slit to your La Perla G-string and topped off with a choker? The Velvet Goldmine offerings continued with a blue and black striped suit giving serious David Bowie vibes and a single-button white trouser suit with moves like Jagger (Bianca this time) and a covetable gold pebble button.

Credit: Yaya StemplerCarla Zampatti SS16

If this all sounds a bit out-there for Carla’s esteemed clientele of eastern suburbs grand dames, there were plenty of pieces that will satisfy those who listen to ABC Classics instead of Triple J. Crisp white tops with bell sleeves slit beyond the elbow, powder blue dresses with tiers falling as soft as petals and florals with an acidic punch will keep traditional customers on-side.

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Credit: Yaya StemplerCarla Zampatti SS16

But why not have some fun when you’ve just celebrated 50 years in the fashion industry and released an autobiography? Scrawl your name in gold across a zebra cape or fabulously faded jeans. Throw on a Dinosaur Designs necklace of black, ivory and gold pebbles. Keep the crowd guessing. And just when you have everyone thinking that you’re willing to put your hands in the air like you just don’t care, send out everyone’s favourite grown-up girl next door, Delta Goodrem (pictured below), to close the show and remind everyone that you’re coming back down to earth.

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Credit: Yaya StemplerDelta Goodrem for Carla Zampatti SS16

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Credit: Yaya Stempler
Carla Zampatti SS16