Kookai’s Autumn-Winter 2016 Collection
Kookai has done it again, succeeding to yet again impress us with their Wutumn-winter 2016 collection presentation in the decadent Royal Exhibition Centre in Melbourne. Sophisticated, clean and chic, the new collection boasted an homage to everything we love about Kookai coupled with a fashion forward twist we were all aching for.
Everything from the live music to the spacious layout made you forget that Kookai started off as a humble French retail brand, brought to our shores by co-founder, Danielle and Rob Vagner. Kookai’s growth, recognition and love could be seen in every guest with anticipation for the collection bouncing off the walls.
Adding depth and narrative to the show, a white spiral staircase was part of the runway which made the night. The contrast of black garments and white scenery was quintessentially Melbourne (a hallmark in the brand’s decision to launch their winter collections in Melbourne’s darker, brooding sister city) in combination with the composition of the models, artistically positioned around and up the staircase, made for an entertaining performance.
Sporting the tradition autumn olives, greys and navy blues, it was the subtle inclusion of flared pants and sleeves which added a much needed burst of energy to an otherwise expected collection. The attention to the collarbone and neck through the assortment of jewellery and garments was a standout with many staple basics recreated with a twist. Another surprising addition was the streamer skirts and daria dresses, both styles which blossomed in the early 2000s, and both styles we can’t wait to be resurrected this year.
Creative director and owner Danielle Vagner ticked all the necessary boxes, meanwhile; giving women the room to create and explore her glamour-grunge collection with personal direction is everything Kookai is about.
Photography exclusively for THE F by Warren McColl Jones.