Runway review: Carl Kapp
Carl Kapp at fashion week
Models showcase designs by Carl Kapp on the catwalk. Photo: Getty Images
It might be too soon to say, but I think the red carpets around Australia need more Carl Kapp. The feeling one gets when watching, say, the Logies arrivals, can be something akin to extreme discomfort. The crotch splits! The cleavage! The rhinestone encrusted G-Strings! (true fact). Yet Carl Kapp's collection for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was evening dresses of pure vibrant silk, meticulous tailoring and feats of technical expertise in the folds, pleats and seams. The collection, Collisio, kicked off in total darkness. The sound of motorbikes and screeching brakes shattered through the hush and the first looks featured immacurate tailoring in metallic sheens, clean cuts and origami like folds of fabric work by models with sharp black bobs. Kapp's signature jewel coloured silky evening dresses and cocktail trousers came later, and what a lovely, billowy entrance they made. Each one looks similar, at my first glance, but then you notice the smaller details. And as everybody knows, the best bits are all in the detail.