Having attended Zhivago's Death Becomes Her themed presentation for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia last year, frankly, I wasn't very hopeful. I was anticipating another runway of white models, reminiscent of the iconic Mean Girls meme where a group of white girls tell [insert allegedly inferior specimen] that they can't sit with the cool girls.
Unlike last resort season, it seems like the brains behind the brand have decided to time travel to 2017, although still the Australian version of it, and cast a few models of colour. This is by no means a perfect pitch. However, the fact that I could point out a handful of beautiful models gave me hope that someone is doing something right in the Zhivago casting team. I was glad to hear that my sentiment was shared by many in the audience. When particular models of colour strutted down the runway, they were met with cheers and excitement, whilst their white counterparts clumsily trailed behind them struggling not to trip on the tails of their dresses. I am always up for WOCs killing it on the runway.
The looks themselves were beautifully designed standard Zhivago fare - well constructed architectural dresses with strong silhouettes. The black, blue, and glitter fabrics were accentuated with what some would describe as 'ghetto fab' gold jewellery and bedazzled lips. Zhivago knows their aesthetic, and they have it down to a tee.