Thomas Puttick gives a show like no other
Puttick showcased sustainable and ethical fashion through ‘diverse’ women
Thomas Puttick, a 23-year-old Australian designer established his own ethical, sustainable fashion brand and has presented ‘older’ models in his designer label show. The show took place on the first official full day of Australian Fashion Week. Before the show at Carriageworks in Sydney’s Redfern, the voice of designer Puttick explained the reason for his choice of ‘diverse’ women. Or the models he called his ‘muses’. There were former models, tall women, shorter women and even women who weren’t the conventional ‘wafer-thin’. Some of the names included Yvonne Tozzi, Nadine Bush, Dina Broadhurst and Nima Davif.
Puttick’s fashion stemma is sound, and has trained with the likes of Alexander McQueen, Helmut Lang and Alexander Wang. His collection featured ethically sourced fabrics in soft and flowing pieces that really could be worn by many ages, shapes and sizes. Slip dresses, flowing coats, simple over-sized black pants and tube skirts gave the entire collection a relatable and wearable edge. Thomas’ look reflected accessibility for people in everyday life and the concept behind his work represented sustainability.
Thomas Puttick debuted models like 50-year-old politician Anne Aly, musician Sarsha Simone and Sierra Leone refugee Aminata Conteh-Biger. These women stormed the runway dressed head to toe in pieces from the designer’s chic new collection. He says it was “incredible” that Aly, the first female Muslim to be elected to federal parliament, agreed to do the show as one of his real-world muses. All models who appeared on the catwalk donated their appearance fee to White Ribbon, a charity that aims to prevent violence against women. Before the show began Puttick explained the idea came from a need to celebrate diversity. In some way each woman who walked, whether she’d be older, shorter, or more distinct than the usual catwalk model, had inspired Puttick.
Another designer was Alice McCall, who kicked off an early Monday morning with a revolutionary rock-chic kind of show. It featured unique combinations that could be put together to form a funky collection. In addition, Bianca Spender delivered an extraordinarily smooth-running show in loose and layered pastel hued pieces.
The especially relevant title of the show was ‘Variations on a Floral Theme’. Consequently the fashion week 2017 followed the theme with many of the models painted in a white hydrangea type pattern.