If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
The presentation I was looking forward to the most was the Strateas Carlucci Resort Collection. I have been a fan of the Melbourne designers for a number of years, following their journey to the coveted Woolmark Prize. Tailoring has been a huge part of their design aesthetic and they are known for their structure and monochrome minimalism.
However, the resort collection this year was a strong departure from what Strateas Carlucci is known for, switching it up for strong colour and heavily borrowing from the Vetements style that has been sweeping the runways the past couple of seasons.
Whilst the fluorescent lighting, the most diverse line up of models, and the collection itself was amazing, it felt inauthentic and lacked the purposeful subversion that Vetements is known for. Strateas Carlucci appeared to be trying too hard to be on trend, and trying to be trendy is the opposite of what anyone should be doing. Strateas Carlucci have a good thing going. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.