Friday 13th was anything but unlucky for South Australian designer Cristina Tridente who showcased her couture+love+madness Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at the International Fashion Festival in Qingdoa, China. The collection is not only a huge step forward for the designer but also a major success story for the rising Adelaide fashion scene.
The ‘sister city’ of Adelaide, Qingdao, is a scene of over 13 million people, creating a rather large and overwhelming stage for Tridente to uncover her work. The designer’s participation in the fashion event also highlights the importance of the relationship between Adelaide and Qingdao.
Couture+love+madness was the first Australian label to be invited to showcase at the Festival last year, offering Tredente her first opportunity to present her label on an international runway.
‘It was such a fantastic opportunity to showcase at the 2015 Festival,’ said Tredente of last years event, ‘and I am really excited to be here once again.’
China was also an appropriate setting for the couture+love+madness’ Lady Camellia range, which takes inspiration from Tredente’s recent travels through China, India and South East Asia. This teamed with the designers home roots has created a romantic and whimsical feel, a look that has been well received by the runway and supported by the Adelaide fashion scene - something the designer is passionate about.
‘I really want to put our state on the map for fashion,’ says Tredente.
Like the name suggests, the Lady Camellia range also takes inspiration from the designer’s favourite flower, especially in regards to texture. The line includes a range of different textures; from laser-cut love hearts to luxurious digitally printed silks, hand embroidered Czechoslovakian crystals and embroidered waistbands. Continuing her support for local designers, Tridente also featured the work of fellow local creatives in the showcase. South Australian based jewellery label Use by Simon Williams and floral stylists Bizzarro created accessories to compliment the collection.
'It’s exciting to be able to showcase others’ work who are also locally made.’ Says Tridente, ‘the earring, rings, headpieces and bouquets really completed the collection beautifully and were uniquely designed for this collection.'
It doesn’t end there for Tridente, who has already dived back into work for her next collection, which will be released on her home soil at this year’s Adelaide Fashion Festival from October 15-23.
All images via couture+love+madness.