Back in May, Christopher Esber presented what was to be a highlight of Fashion Week Australia. A select few filled a clandestine gallery space in Paddington, and like stylish sardines, watched a beautiful deconstructed feast unfold as his Resort 20 collection came to life.
In abundance was his signature deconstructed ribbed knit, which this time came in bold primary colour blocks of red, blue and yellow. For a show entitled “On holiday”, the sunny shade was in surplus, manifest in capacious maxi dresses, breezy jersey and gauzy organza panelling. There were collaged dresses, tricked-up fastenings, even a little razzle dazzle – a diamanté-crusted, cut-out blazer the star for most.
But for us, it was look two of the runway which really captivated our fashionable imagination, warranting not one but six rather blurred iPhone snaps to pore over. The look in question was a simple one; a white shirt and chocolate brown maxi skirt. Basic, right? Not quite.
You see, the splendour of this outfit was in the details. A nipped waist, an exaggerated sleeve, that perfect cut. But what truly hurtled it towards the top of our wish list was its impeccable criss-cross detailing, which featured on both shirt and skirt. Wrapped around the waist to lattice-like effect, it was a deft detail in an otherwise minimal offering worthy of an It-Girl turn. And It-Girl turn it had. Emily Ratajkowski wore the look in a new Kerastase campaign, the model making a striking proposition for both the Esber outfit and an extra ab curl in the gym.
Sure, she could make a sack look chic, but if anyone is going to make us buy into this Esber dream even more, it’s Emily Ratajkowski. With the skirt and shirt due for a September arrival, we have plenty of time to save (and crunch).