Ellery?s Spring RTW11 collection, ?Homoerotic Post-Punk Soft Porn?, has aroused our attention. Underpinned by a fascination with the taboo, the collection feels a bit naughty but maintains wearability throughout. Homoerotic art plus soft porn romance novels plus Babe Ruth plus henna hand tattoos sounds like the result of a drunk dressing disaster (we?ve all been there), but Kym Ellery makes it work.
The “homoeroticism” and “soft pornography” parts come in suggestions of skin and translucent fabrics. Nipples shine through sheer shirts and midriffs are left exposed revealing just enough but never too much. Inspiration is also found in vintage surf and baseball culture, where Babe Ruth, probably for the first time ever, is cited as a style icon. this is manifested subtly through sports-inspired basics, featuring neoprene and crepe, as well as man-style denim shirt dresses. a 90?s nostalgia shines through with glistening lurex knits, crop tops, triangle bras and a pervasive cheetah print.
Ellery stays true to its aesthetic with this collection. we see all those shapes and silhouettes that are so classic for the label: sculpted shoulders, cinched waists, full skirts, flared pants. elsewhere Wes Anderson’s fantastic Mr. Fox informs the palette, injecting these Ellery signatures with new colours ranging from burnt orange, bronze and that lovely, tacky gold through to softer neutrals.
Based in Sydney but originally from Perth, Ellery launched her collection at its recent Fashion Festival where henna hand tattoos pointed to Wiccan, astrological inklings. Check out some images below…
Words By Ingrid Kesa