Miranda hits runway for Stella McCartney
Australian model Miranda Kerr walks the runway during Stella McCartney show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2014.PT2M45S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2upwv 620 349 October 1, 2013
Even though it’s the 18th time Collette Dinnigan has presented her label at Paris Fashion Week, she admits she still has to pinch herself to believe she’s there.
On Monday morning, Dinnigan presented her Spring Summer 2014 collection titled 'Both Sides Now' in the opulent Salon des Miroirs in the French capital.
‘‘Oh my goodness I cannot believe what I’ve done in my career. I realise I have achieved a lot. I have a great team. But when I’m here I realise it’s not easy (for fashion designers),’’ Dinnigan tells AAP by phone from the French capital immediately after the show.
Strike a pose: Miranda Kerr in a Stella McCartney creation. Photo: AFP
And the Aussie fashion designer says while the French keep inviting her she’ll keep saying ’0ui’.
‘‘I feel great. Everyone loved it,’’ Dinnigan says. ‘‘I had a lot of good comments from the French press.’’
Her trademark look of lace featured heavily in seductive and bold colours such as blushing pink, lipstick red and bold blues, with sexy Scarlet bras peeping through the soft draped dresses.
Stella McCartney and Collette Dinnigan at Paris Fashion Week
Model Miranda Kerr walks the runway during Stella McCartney show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2014 at Palais Garnier on September 30, 2013 in Paris, France. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain
She says the collection is looking at two sides of emotion. ‘‘It is soft but strong, gentle but confident. It’s about the expected but the unexpected. Not about the prescribed look.’’
The 47-year-old, who has a 10-month old boy and a nine-year-old girl, says the fact she has a son and daughter also influenced the theme of 'Both Sides Now'.
The collection, which will be available to Australian customers in February, also features plenty of crisp white.
Dinnigan admits she still feels the pressure when showing in Paris.
‘‘I’m not the new kid on the block, but it’s about having the longevity and making it fresh and modern and appealing to an international audience. We’re not playing on being Australian here, there are no favours, not at all,’’ she says.
As she says though, there’s no other place in the world that does fashion like Paris.
‘‘It’s the best event in the world.’’
Dinnigan says she’ll stay on the event’s calendar for as long as she can and after 18 years she has learnt a lot about international fashion shows.
‘‘It’s still the unexpected. There are challenges. But I know what to expect. I’ve learnt that it’s a short-time show, but you’ve got to give it your best.’’
Modelling Dinnigan’s creations were international models Holly Rose, Madison Brown and Claire Collins.
Dinnigan says the strong use of lingerie in this latest show is what she’s been designing her whole life and she feels very comfortable.