Bravo to Aqua Blu for being one of the most diverse runways of Afterpay Australian Fashion Week. On a rainy and very cold Sydney night New York born designer, Kristian Chase, warmed us all up when he took us on a tropical holiday with his upbeat and energetic ‘ Enchantment Show ‘. Here were pieces I could wear, which suited my Queensland lifestyle and were lovingly designed so that all ages, shapes, ethnicities, sizes and genders could wear them. It was a beautiful runway show.
Aqua Blu’s Swim and Resortwear is a luxury label whose aim is to make you look as confident as you feel. Established in 2000, it is well – known for its Australian aesthetic and I love that you can mix and match pieces. Kristian has also included some luxe rash vests for a sun safe option.There are cover ups and skirts to pair with your bathing suit to move easily from beach to cocktails. I loved the signature long soft pink shimmery statement coat worn over togs. A very glam look!
There was lots of white and romantic florals. Puffed sleeves were a feature. Materials were breathable linens and soft silks or silk / cotton blends that were crafted into couture silhouettes which caressed the skin. It was no surprise to hear that Kristian cut his teeth at Dior. His designs show impeccable craftsmanship.
Highlights of the show for me were the finale dress, a couture dress which featured hand -sewn beadwork, florals and lace. Opening the show was the cool tropical Lana Blouse and Carolina skirt paired with a matching headscarf which seemed the perfect option for a dinner in Noosa or Port Douglas. One shoulder or cold shoulder pieces in dresses and bathing costumes were very pretty and the inclusion of 71 year old model Sarah Grant wearing a black bathing suit with a dark floral shirt was an inspired choice.
Thank you to Tina who showed me some of the new collection in the Aqua Blu ‘ Pop Up ‘ found in ‘ The Suites’. The fabrics are truly perfect for our Australian lifestyle and I loved the graphic and floral prints in great shades of green, aqua and a darker, moodier pattern with red. The pretty ‘ Primrose ‘ print was romantic and playful. I loved the one sleeved belted swimsuit in this print. Many of the fine linen pieces and resort shirts are gender neutral so both male and female models walked in the show.
Aqua Blu’s Enchantment Runway Show shared the labels love of timeless glamour, iridescent prints and mesmerising silhouettes translated into works of wearable art and was a unique celebration of our quintessential Australian lifestyle. I shall be looking forward to seeing the new styles drop in July and August. There are so many pieces to covet which will meld seamlessly into your existing wardrobe and ensure your Spring/ Summer look is covered.
Freelance writer, wife and mother of three sons, occasional supply teacher and aspiring romance author, Michelle Beesley can be most often found in a coffee shop chatting with friends or beside a rugby field cheering on her favourite teams.
Michelle is a prolific—albeit reluctant—traveller, keen walker, bookworm and yoga enthusiast who loves anything pink or sparkly (including champagne!).