An electric awakening inspires the Ellery Fall ’17 collection.

It’s the story of a traditional, bourgeois woman who goes on a journey of self-discovery and Australian designer Kym Ellery has just shown in Paris as part of Paris fashion week.

Silhouettes vary, each a metaphor of her trip. Corsetry, roll necks and restricted tailoring sit amongst lingerie, exaggerated sleeves and boudoir- style gowns.

A colour palette of neutrals feature shades of camel, black and white that are then interrupted with a cacophony of purple, pink, yellow and fiery orange.

Checked suiting and crisp shirting mark the onset of the voyage. A slither of metallic purple appears, later snowballing into latex coated lace, electric tie-dye prints, ostrich feather shags and swirling lamΓ© jacquards. The Italian knitwear offering is delicately knit into bouclΓ© and extremely fine lurex mesh.

Furs are luxurious in snow fox and coyote-shorn whites sits alongside chocolate and gold.

Velvet, corduroy and patent leather make for a tactile and opulent shoe offering. Hand-moulded lava-lamp inspired perspex heels transport the collection into a psychedelic realm. Mink covered court shoes are suspended with beads from a dismantled chandelier.

The jewellery collection, reminiscent of a bourgeois, boudoir interior references retro-style light fittings. Freshwater pearls and resin balls punctuate the silver, gold and powder coated metals.

Firework earrings explode on the lobe and across the neckline.
Wind-chime shaped pieces are both sculptural and mechanical cutting a sharp line visually through the ear.

The overarching attitude of experimentation results in a collection that talks to both sides of a woman.
It understands the desire for two extremes and deconstructs social expectations on a journey towards emancipation.

Source: Ellery