Christopher Esber knows that less is more. A little cut out here, a little less fabric there, Esber’s charm is in his masterful tailoring, draping and placing. Ever flattering and always chic, Esber’s Resort 2020 collection was no different.
Having nailed the art of languid dressing last season, Esber’s Australian Fashion Week showcase was an extension of what we love him most for: working blazers, streamlined evening dresses, and, most recently, off-duty staples. Centring his collection around the progression of the working week into holiday dreaming, Esber pulled off the journey perfectly.
Those already familiar with the Australian designer know that he has a knack for understated clothes that nonetheless turn heads. Indeed, between his menswear background and his sensitivity to the local lifestyle, his approach comes across as casual without being basic.
Seeing his work for the first time at a private location in Paddington, what stood out most was the confident ease of his tailored pieces – whether it was the dressier suits or the casual workwear jackets – worn by the beautiful models.
His colour palette was predominantly black and white (for daytime) with structure and power suits to artful cut-outs, utility pockets and updated workwear staples. Then, with the weekday finished, he took us away.
Deconstructed knit skirts and tops in shades of terracotta, mango and rust were a welcome burst of colour — and canary yellow summer dresses with a hint of beige made the case for Resort dressing all year around.
The silhouettes he created followed the model’s body rather than flaunted it. One gets the sense that his change is incremental, which likely allows wearers to feel good about their purchases and to add to them as desired.
The models strutted down the runway to the beat of the music like straight up GIRLBOSSES, sending a strong message to fans of Esber. And what was that message? Work hard, but play even harder and who says you can’t look good doing both?
All photos captured by Khiera Nicole for The 5 to 9 Life.