It was a matter of business behind-the-scenes at Fashion Scout’s ‘One to Watch’ show as models backstage whizzed by in a daze of textured, tailored white in preparation for Youjia Jin’s catwalk. Hair was mostly business in the front and party in the back, with a done-but-undone plaited up-do that had us itching to backcomb our own locks, as well as slick Wednesday Addams middle partings left loose and wild from the nape down. Jin’s collection was all about the strength of women, sartorially and otherwise as adrogynous suits were given a fierce feminine edge thanks to the addition of sheer fabrics and gentle draping. Punky cerise pink and deep sea turquoise wigs finished off an under-the-sea meets sports-luxe vibe from Cassandra Verity Green’s collection, as models sported red-trimmed perspex two-pieces, oversized knitted collars and funky cut-out monokinis. CVG’s collection also saw the triumphant return of the bubble backpack paired with everyone’s sunshine favourite: the tennis dress. Amidst the maritime madness we spied Kelko Nishiyama’s Fashion Scout collection, a refreshing mix of prim, proper and punk as pearled mohawks stood tall atop ornate prints adorned upon shirt dresses and leggings. Contrasting pleasantly against Green’s pearled and punky romanticism was Min Wu’s sugary sweet offering. Wu’s signature play on proportions was all to prevalent as sheer spherical jackets were paired with candy stripe midis and perspex overlays.
One last peek at backstage and we took our place on the FROW just in time to see Youjia Jin deliver her final message in the form of a finale model muscle flex. Who run the world? Girls.