A fun editorial featuring Kaliver
Editorial Photography by Anastasia Fua from elliftheartist Photography
I was invited to preview Kaliver’s RESORT 2017 ROSE collection, prior to their debut at the St George NextGen runway at MBFWA. Kaliver is a Sydney based high end luxury label founded by Roni Cross. Kaliver’s designs are unique and innovative, inspired by international trends (but never copied) and adapted to the Australian woman. The clothing is made ethically with the goal of empowering women. Celebrities such as Delta Goodrem can be counted as loyal customers of Kaliver.
One of the reasons why I was personally drawn to the Kaliver label was their use of Fernanda Ly – a pink haired Asian model in their AW15 campaigns. I’m a big believer in the need for cultural diversity in the fashion industry and it is nice to see Kaliver embrace this and reinforce the beauty of being an individual.
Truth be told. I was going to skip the Next Gen runway as I wasn’t keen on waking up early for the 9am timeslot. But after seeing this…..there was NO WAY that I would miss out on their runway debut.
Not surprisingly, Kaliver was a huge standout on the NextGen runway and judging from everyone else’s response – they thought so too! After the previous day’s offering of lacklustre shows (apart from Hans studios, that was pretty epic), it was so nice to see unique and interesting fabrics and cuts, explosions of colours, embroidery and sequins. I was sitting next to a fashion design lecturer at the show and she gave her seal of approval. I walked away feeling like my senses were engaged and inspired. Expect big things to come from Kaliver!!
The next day after Kaliver’s debut at MBFWA, I organised a very last minute photoshoot over that weekend for myself and Priscilla before flying back out to Perth. We met up with Anastasia, our beloved photographer whom I met at MBFWA and shot outside Pris’s apartment in Bondi.
The three of us have an emotional connection with Bondi. Bondi used to be Anastasia’s old stomping grounds growing up. Pris has made Bondi her home since moving from Perth to Sydney to chase her Hollywood dreams. (check out Pris’s IMDB profile here) Anastasia remarked that Pris’s apartment reminded her of “Old Bondi”. Pris lives and breathes the Bondi chick life – daily workouts by Bondi Beach, eating raw/organic everything. Me on the otherhand……(lol)
Whenever I come to Sydney, I love visiting Pris in Bondi. Bondi has that chilled holiday vibe that I love and is much slower paced than the rest of Sydney. On Sundays, Pris would normally take me to a Hillsong church service at the cinemas in the Bondi Westfield shopping centre, followed by lunch at some organic, vegan place. The Westfield shopping centre in Bondi is very high end compared to the Westfield in Perth. I think that is so cool that she gets to do that most weekends.
So -these were the Kaliver pieces that I picked for Pris and myself – styled with my own clothes that I packed for Fashion Week. Hope you’re totally digging the 70s vibes as much as I did!
Organising this photoshoot at the very last minute was certainly interesting in the midst of all the MBFWA chaos. I checked out late from the hotel as I spent most of that morning struggling to pack my 2 suitcases and sorting out the clothes for the shoot. (Thanks for your help Laura!) We got lost halfway to Pris’s apartment. After the shoot, we caught the bus from Bondi to Oxford St to return the clothes, struggling with all of our gear and not being able to find my Opal card. That was a very interesting and bumpy bus ride.
Back at the hotel, I had to repack my 2 suitcases, then made my way to Sydney Airport. I checked in at Sydney Airport, and had to repack my suitcases AGAIN and got slapped with a $125 excess baggage fee! (plus $225 on the way to Sydney = $350 excess baggage fees) I think the only time I got to really relax was on the plane.
Despite the chaos…….we had so much fun doing this shoot. It was all worth it. Magic happens when we’re together. The three of us….we are all dreamers united by our dreams, driven by friendship, passion and faith. Till we meet in Bondi again.