Give a group of designers the same brief and the differences in interpretation can be astounding. This is exactly what fashion collective The Social Studio and KereKere cafe have done with The Colour Chameleon project, which commissioned a diverse array of Australian designers and artists – including iconic Sydney artist Ken Done, young Melbourne wunderkinds búl, Alpha 60 and Obus, Limedrop and revered fashion pioneer Linda Jackson – to create a textile design in response to the theme of The Colour Chameleon.
Their designs were then digitally printed by The Social Studio team at their printing studio and manufactured as limited edition garments, which will be auctioned live at The Colour Chameleon project parade on Friday as part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. Think animal prints, colour inspired by the natural environment, kaleidoscopes and iridescent opals for a start.
Held at KereKere cafe at the Boyd Community Hub in Southbank, the afternoon promises to be a visual feast for the eyes, with an array of colourful prints, all produced in a fashion that adheres to The Social Studio’s ethical and sustainable approach. And for those more interested in a feast for the stomach, Raph Rashid’s pioneering food trucks Taco Truck and Beatbox Kitchen will also be in attendance.
Creating a context for up-and-coming designers from new migrant communities to collaborate with leading fixtures of the Australian fashion scene gives this chameleon good karma. Here's to you Boy George.
The Colour Chameleon project parade for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week will be held on Friday 6 September at KereKere cafe, 207 City Road, Southbank, from noon to 2pm. The parade is free. For more information, click here.