Above: Let the show begin…
I was lucky enough to be invited backstage at the Liza Emanuele ‘My Favourite Things’ Winter 2012 fashion show, held on Tuesday 5 June 2012 at the Ice Arena.
Liza is an incredibly talented designer who hails from my hometown of Adelaide, South Australia. The collection’s theme of ‘My Favourite Things’ was based around Liza’s love of romance and sport (she grew up skating and skiing).
Liza Emanuele shows are known for being quite the production, and this show was the ultimate example. “A monster of a show,” Liza told the crowd just before the parade began.
And with that, the show kicked off in a flurry of ice skaters, ice hockey players, cheerleaders and models strutting their stuff down a runway in the middle of the ice skating rink.
The atmosphere was white hot. The fashion was even hotter.
Above: the lovely Emily ready to hit the catwalk in black earmuffs and a grey knit with a very cute bulldog on the front
Black and white featured heavily (particularly in the form of stripes), as did grey, hot pink and red. There were exquisite sweaters, coats and capes that not only looked gorgeous but super warm too. Knit, tweed and denim were the textures du jour.
Menswear also made an appearance thanks to Ivy League. The guys rocked the runway in skinny jeans, coloured denim (in raspberry), layers of shirts, knits and scarves, and impeccably cut suits.
As Florence and the Machine’s incredible song ‘Shake It Out’ began to fill the arena, my heart skipped a beat. An entire section devoted to my neutral – leopard print. The leopard pieces were paired with camel, trench coats and fur vests. It thrilled me to pieces to know that leopard print wasn’t going anywhere just yet. It was by far my favourite moment of the show.
Backstage, I spied this blazer that the ice skaters wore in this particular section. Can you say “swoon”?!
Above: Liza Emanuele leopard print blazer
The final section of the show was Liza Emanuele Bride. Beautiful romantic gowns floated down the runway and it was easy to see why Liza branched out into bridal a few years ago. She sure knows how to make a bride look stunning on her Big Day.
The show’s finale closed to rapturous applause, which was well deserved. The collection was not only incredibly chic, but also incredibly wearable. In fact, I think I could quite easily fill my winter wardrobe exclusively with Liza Emanuele pieces.
After the show, I managed to sneak a quick moment with the designer herself. I congratulated her on an amazing collection and snapped this pic…
Above: me with Liza Emanuele. I was excited to see that she and I were both wearing white blazers.
Thank you Liza and team for an incredible show and collection.
I was given a backstage and VIP pass to attend the show. I chose to review and blog about the show. Please see my Disclosure policy for more information.