Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson's show last night, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, was one of the best of the week thus far – best in the sense that it was colourful and fun, but above all wearable, for any age group, at any time of day. It's no mean feat to make bright floral prints embellished with sequins and pearls appear timeless. But somehow this Brisbane-based duo not only managed it, but made it look easy.
It has become their signature over the years, as if Australia's bright answer to cult Italian labels such as Marni and even Prada. Some of the first looks in particular – like the thickly striped flared skirt – clashed perfectly with a sculptured floral tee and was reminiscent of Prada's liquorice allsorts collection from a few years back. All the looks were teamed with bejewelled flat sandals (even the ball gowns) and brightly coloured beehives (a nod to Marge Simpson?). But where Prada went full-throttle into the tropics, Easton Pearson's colourful offering had more of a regal vibe to it, further emphasised by a soundtrack of trumpets, drums and chimes.
Prints and fabrics became more refined as the show went on. An elegant fern print with a gold fleck to it looked suitable for a royal affair, equally so the blood red sequin embellishments applied to shiny grey gowns. To add further opulence, feathers and sequins features, cleverly keeping to the striped theme as rectangular blocks down the front of a voluminous sundress.
There were also some refreshingly simple moments to be found within the show too. Like the baby pink three-piece – cropped pant, midriff bustier and cropped coat – that would easily appeal to EP's more youthful customer base.
Perhaps the best part of it all was that while many of the pieces were fit for a princess, nothing felt overdone. Silhouettes were voluminous but relaxed, making it look as if you could just throw a few pieces together and run off to the ball at a moment’s notice. If ever the occasion should arrive, you now know where to turn.