MBFWA saw many talented designers hit the runway with their Spring/Summer collections. Camilla Franks was one of them and was certainly a favourite of mine. The collection ‘Pachamama’ was entrancing, whimsical and flirty. The show was classic Camilla; Boho chic, gypsy wanderer, desert nomad. From its ornate, gypsy like setting boasting a fire pit and desert cacti, to the intricate detail on the designs, the runway was certainly original.
With clear South American and Inca influences each piece was stunningly beautiful. The colour palette was the initial pleasure to catch your eye. Fuscia pinks, Burnt oranges, ocean blue and mineral turquoise were seen through detailed Aztec prints, elaborate beading, tassels and pure silks. The designs were playful, lurid, exuberant and mysterious whilst being sophisticated and elegant.
The collections fluidity is seen through its use of harem pants, silk maxi dresses and off the shoulder designs. Bustier crops, tribal beaded cuffs and collars, stunning delicate head pieces, heavy layered necklaces and ornate tassel earrings all provided a playful and unique element.
I certainly felt entranced during the show. Transformed from the everyday city craziness to this wild, natural, desert oasis, where the mundane doesn’t exist and wandering minds dream exquisite dreams. But although I had to return to the city life I actually do enjoy, thoughts of bohemian travel adventures wearing a silk kaftan, encompassed my mind for the rest of the day.
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