Micalla’s afternoon cocktail presentation was filled with treats (and I’m not just talking about the shirtless male models, though good call on that one; they were a huge hit last season, after all). Sugary squares and chocolate-chip cookies set a sweet tone and before a procession of statuesque model couples appeared donning the crystal creations of designer Camilla Jorgenson’s latest offering, a new lower-priced line called Don’t Ask. “It came about when some friends remarked that they loved my line but wished it weren’t so expensive,” she told me after the show. “The name is based on that expression, ‘If you have to ask, you can’t afford it,’ which was the joke between me and my friends.” The red carpet was then rolled out—literally—for the second half of the show, which featured the line’s sparkly-crystal and one-of-a kind gemstone bijoux. The models hammed it up like A-listers in a fitting follow-up to Jorgenson’s recent coup as a presenter in the Golden Globes gifting suite this past January.
Later on, it was a spectacular good time at Katrin Leblond, where the wonderland feel of the multi-coloured collection was matched by acrobatic flips and contortionist twists.
Barilà closed the night with an upbeat collection of downtown-party-girl designs: stylish sweatshirts that ranged from a long hooded zip-up to a crop top in classic grey, textured pleather leggings, silky striped tunics and tops and girly-grunge plaids. The show ended with a number of all-nighter-ready dresses, slightly Balmain-esque in body-hugging form and rocker-chic shine. By the time the runway was showered with metallic confetti and designers Sabrina and Claudia Barila had taken their bow (complete with a mini model dance party), the audience had already gone wild for the nightlife-loving label.