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Day 1: MBFWA 2012
Morning – Romance Was Born, Gail Sorronda, Gary Bigeni

The opening day of MBFWA 2012 started with a collected Bang! Boom! Pow! as Romance Was Born kicked off proceedings with a superhero start. The RWB show packed a punch as Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett, its designers, looked to Marvel comics for inspiration. Think power reds and royal blues, tightly bound over Wonder women in form-fitting style. Shapely dresses, Clark Kent-shirting and that requisite bold use of colour that Romance Was Born is known so well for, were also on show.

Things remained brightly-hued back at the Overseas Passenger Terminal for Gail Sorronda’s presentation. Steering away from her traditional monochrome styling, Sorronda went Crayola-box crazy with Charlie Chaplin and Pierrot-inspired silhouettes. Smocked dresses, polka-dot flared pants and intricate headpieces that nodded directly to the French clown also stole the limelight.

Elegance came in the form of Gary Bigeni. The master-draper proved he is also adept at producing clean lines and wearable shapes. Bigeni’s use of colour was slightly more restrained but saw crisp ceruleans, warm tangerines and vanilla creams fashioned into geometric prints and block colouring as well as being spliced into textural layers.