Models brandishing swords, flags and crosses looked like they were off to perform a ritual killing in the Camilla Franks showcase at the Melbourne Fashion Festival.
The show, staged in collaboration with composer Jonathan Dreyfus and brass and percussion musicians from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, celebrated a decade of Camilla Franks’ contribution to the Australian fashion industry.
Actress and L’Oreal ambassador Eva Longoria looked on from the front row as models dressed like warrior princesses strode down the catwalk.
The floaty kaftans, tops and pants in Franks’ And God Created Woman collection featured a kaleidoscope of patterns like skulls and leopard print.
Beading, studs and bling embellished the garments that were accessorised with headdresses, thick gold necklaces and floral chokers.
Model Montana Cox closed the show after Georgia May Jagger cancelled.
Jagger left Australia on Tuesday after the death of her rock star father Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, L’Wren Scott.
Franks said she created the And God Created Woman collection after a year of self reflection.
“I had a year of looking at myself and all the different voices … love, insecurity, peace, the different hats that I wear and I thought it would be a really interesting thing to do a gallery of prints that reflect those voices,” she said.
Franks, 37, says the Camilla brand has evolved as she has matured and now includes cushions, children’s wear and swimwear.
“It’s just really celebrating a full lifestyle.”
Franks has reportedly recently battled a debilitating auto-immune infection, Bell’s palsy, which causes paralysis to one side of the face.