Last night I braved the miserable weather to head into the Eastern Suburbs where I was lucky enough to attend the runway launch event of Sydney-based plus-sized designer Gisela Ramirez.
I only recently discovered Gisela when US blogger Gabi Gregg styled a photo shoot for modelling agency Wilhelmina models and included a selection of in Gisela’s designs in the shoot.
Since then I’ve been following Gisela’s Blog and coveting her wares at her online store. So I was very excited when she advertised her first ever runway show which was held last night at Tap Gallery in Darlinghurst.
The show was amazing! Gisela’s designs rocked and I want to buy them all right now! My favourite was the apricot spandex leggings teamed with her black bondage skirt. Because the apricot colour was almost skin-toned, it gave the effect that the model was naked under the skirt and was very kinky and in-your-face. I love. I want.
The event was very well-thought out and put-together with a broad selection of attendees in all shapes and sizes but all supporters of Gisela’s body-positivity message. There were gift-bags and free bubbles for everyone and it had a slight art show vibe probably due to the inner-east gallery venue. Here are some pics of me with my friends Hannah and Jessica Stone (yes, they’re twins and they’re hot) and Alex of Some New Place.
There aren’t many pics of us as we got caught in an absolute downpour as we walked to the gallery – horrible weather last night! Hence we weren’t feeling our hottest – I certainly resembled a drowned rat!
- Dress by Vivienne Westwood Anglomania from NET-A-PORTER (I used to work there when I lived in London, hence the only way I was able to afford it!)
- Necklace by H&M
- Belt by New Zealand plus-size label Caravan of Love (I’m not sure if this label is around anymore...the belt’s a few years old)
- Black Wedge Boots – size 11 from Target
- I’m also wearing magic granny-knickers underneath aka Trinny and Susannah shape-wear from Debenhams
Frances Lockie of Corpulent gave a great opening speech before the show.
She spoke about how a lot of the fashion industry in Australia that caters to plus-sizes is all about creating clothes that are “flattering” and “hide imperfections”. As Frances put it: “Guess what? I don’t have any imperfections” and with a bold declaration of “Fuck Flattering!” Gisela’s show got underway. Here are some of the pics:
The runway show also featured an appearance from plus-size model and entertainer Kelli-Jean Drinkwater
The show also featured entertainment: a feathery burlesque performance by Lala Gabor
The show finished with all the models doing a last lap in crop t-shirts emblazoned with Gisela’s Slogan: “Fuck Flattering”. I SO want one of those Tops!
And of course the designer’s lap of victory:
I thought the entire collection was fabulous, very wearable and it seems very reasonably priced on Gisela’s online shop for Aussie-made designs. I loved the way they styled all the looks but in spite of the ‘Fuck Flattering’ message am not sure I’d wear the spandex body-suits, cut away swimwear and sheer trousers in quite the same way it was styled!
For those not as bold as Gisela and her very hot models, I think everything shown was still very wearable for people like myself who love to layer: the sheer sack dresses for example would look great over a long sleeved top and a pair of Gisela’s spandex Leggings for winter.
All in all it was a fabulous show: I was even lucky enough to win a door prize too! I got a $100 gift voucher for Big Shoe Zam! So thrilled as I have size 11 feet and have never heard of this shop before! So not only do I get to discover a cool new shop to buy funky large shoes but I get a lovely $100 gift voucher to spend there! Thanks very much to Gisela and Big Shoe Zam for this gift! I am coveting the Meg ankle boots.
Thanks Gisela! I wish you all the best with your label! I will certainly be encouraging everyone to shop with you!