Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett presented their Spring/Summer 2012 collection on Monday this week, the product of a deal Romance Was Born inked with Marvel to gain exclusive access to the comic book behemoth's archives. Being nought but a lowly blogger, I was unable to wrangle an invite to the show this week, something I sorely regret as they clearly know how to put on a show.
In keeping with RWB's previous collections - and especially fittingly given the Marvel connection - the show was driven primarily by print designs. Ben-Day dots were especially effective in referencing the comic book theme while remaining attractive and wearable:
Elsewhere the prints worked best when slightly abstracted, one piece bringing an unexpectedly baroque flavour to proceedings:
Romance Was Born has never had any trouble attracting column inches - the mainstream media loves a wacky designer about whom they can write tedious "What's all this crazy fashion stuff about" articles. Case in point.
The question is, do these sort of clothes sell? I for one hope so because when Romance Was Born are good, they're electric.
That said, there was some pieces in the collection that didn't pull their weight.
The inspiration for the collection being what it was, RWB were wise to mostly avoid designs that might bring to mind halloween costumery of the cheap and nasty variety. But a couple of pieces felt a a little too "Sexy Spiderman" for my liking.
And as for this piece:
Well, I kinda feel like The Blonds have a lock on this genre:
And given the impeccable fit of the New York label's garments, I'm not sure that the comparison is one that works to RWB's favour.
Photos stolen from Vogue.com.au