10 April 2014

Australian Fashion Week 2014: Christopher Esber SS14/15 at MBFWA

Words: Saskia Edwards
Images: Jonathan Rae

Christopher Esber’s SS14/15 collection had me thinking of Billy Joel’s lyrics, “She's nobody's fool, but she can't be convicted. She's earned her degree and the most she will do is throw shadows at you. But she's always a woman to me”. The Esber girl is somewhere between progressive corporate and the first lady of the future. Esber outfits are business on top, party on the bottom (or vice versa). He teamed up double-breasted jackets with shorts, black A-line dresses with daring slits and strapless leather tops with trousers. Esber says he took inspiration from navy suiting and militaristic themes. Though, some of the pieces seemed a little derivative of Raf Simon’s Fall 2014 for Dior – referencing their coats and unavoidable Stepford Wives look. But perhaps Christopher Esber is resurrecting the ‘New Look’ in modern Australian design. His works are tasteful, give structured silhouettes and are for women and ladies alike.  

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