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

Romance Was Born is always one of the most talked-about show’s of the Afterpay Australian Fashion Week Calendar, but this year it really did hit fever pitch. The Australian designer, known for it’s avant-garde creations and jubilant use of colour, truly delivered on its premise (and promise) of fashion that’s spirited, euphoric, and downright joyous.

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

The beauty concept was also larger-than-life. Directed by Nicole Thompson using MECCA MAX, the signature line brand of Australasia’s leading beauty retailer, MECCA Brands, the vibrant, wondrous beauty look was experimental, individualised and quite simply breathtaking. 

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

“All 38 looks were individually designed using MECCA MAX to enhance our models’ beauty and inner joyous spirit. Artistry varied from pressed on glitter, crystals and holographic pieces making the skin beam and twinkle under the lights, to soft washes of sorbet tones in lemon yellow, pistachio, lavender, pinks and baby blue,” explained Thompson.  

“The most dramatic looks were inspired by the best of 80s glam and beauty illustrators like Peter Sato and Antonio Lopez. What was a dream for a makeup artist to apply was a dream to see dancing down the catwalk, each character shining brightly. Couture dresses? This is couture beauty,” she added. 

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

Colours was the defining characteristic: powder blue, pistachio green, apple red and candy pink were present. Eyes were bold, blush placement was high, and traditional makeup rules were disregarded entirely. It was an incredible creative feat for Thompson, who is one of Sydney’s most esteemed editorial makeup artists.

38 looks is one thing, but 38 hyper-creative, incredibly detailed looks is quite another.

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

Redken was behind the equally-impressive hair. Everything was high-shine, high-gloss, and sculpted to perfection. GHD hot tools were also used to shape and style, resulting in unique silhouettes and individual textures.

Overall, it was big, bright, bewitching… and magic.

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