Lucas Dawson Photography

“To all the women with a little bit of crazy… This is where I come from. This is who I am. Layer upon layer. This is for all the women who share this essence. The beauty. The vulnerability. The strength. These prints reflect my many hats. My voices, my love, my hurt, my insecurities, my peace. Interpret them freedom. Run with them. You all have your own story to tell. Your own heartsongs. Your own secrets. We are one. We are woman. This is us…”

These words echoed throughout Central Pier of Day 3 of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) as we took our seats for the Grand Showcase featuring Camilla. The front row was littered with elaborate prints and embellished kaftans, a Camilla signature, as we sat atop beaded bohemian printed cushions. Celebrating the extraordinary talents of Camilla Franks, one of Australia’s most successful and globally recognised designers, the Grand Showcase borrows from the world’s best production teams, stylists, beauty directors and models.

Live musicians from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra were the perfect musical accompaniment to a truly breathtaking production. Opened by Australian expat Montana Cox, Camilla’s “And God Created Woman” collection is nothing short of beautiful- the kind of garments a woman feels empowered in. The collection sees the return of her signature Camilla style injected with a toughness, an unexpected attitude that really makes this collection one of her very best.

Featuring the exquisite prints we have come to expect from the powerhouse designer, Camilla’s Autumn Winter collection sees the introduction of luxe fabrics such as leather and wool as the designer takes a darker approach to fashion. The silhouette is slimmer and more streamlined whilst maintaining the freedom of movement the Camilla woman longs for.

Camilla’s “And God Created Woman” collection fuses the beautiful with the unexpected. A designer who deserves to be celebrated, the Camilla Grand Showcase was a fashion spectacular of truly international calibre.

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Lucas Dawson Photography

Images by Lucas Dawson.

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Gemma Watts

Gemma Watts has worked in the fashion media industry since 2012, writing for and being headhunted by some of the country's leading fashion and beauty companies. With a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing and a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) under her belt, Gemma is able to combine her two greatest passions as Couturing's Fashion Editor- fashion and writing.

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