THE AUSSIE DESIGNER MAKES HIS MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK DEBUT
It is always nice to discover a new designer. No matter how big or small your outlet, you feel like you’ve gotten a one-hour pass into the inner circle.
That’s how I feel about Christoper Esber. He may be familiar to Australian fashion elite, but he’s brand new to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.
His collection is a study in simplicity. The lines are straight, in skirts, dresses, pants, even tops. The color palette is simple: basic black, navy, crisp white and grey. What interrupts the simplicity are the surprises. Little black dresses showed exaggerated shapes. A simple white sleeveless dress hangs in an asymmetrical peplum. A simple black top is totally backless. So backless, you wonder for a moment how it’s kept on.
There was a simple black two-piece pants suit made in the shiniest fabric I’ve ever seen (it comes in white, as well). Long shorts have a zip that can turn them into a skirt.
He appears to be a craftsman, with each piece going together effortlessly, but beautifully. No frou-frou, no flowers, just a wearable, but beautiful collection from a new-to-New York designer. I hope he sticks around till next season.
Photography: Anton Brookes