Fashion week can be a whirlwind, and for many of us, surviving off of packets of crisps and muesli bars is one of the less glamorous realities that pairs with the affair. All this to say, when it's dinner and a show, you'll be hard-pressed to find anyone unenthusiastically in attendance, especially when held at the curtained residence of Franca Brasserie in Potts Point.
This was the backdrop of Anna Quan's intimate Resort 22 show last night, a presentation served with full flutes of champagne, french fries, and Tarte Tatin - transporting us back to a late night at Paris Fashion Week - oh! The good old days. We can't travel, so Anna brought a slice of France to us instead.
Between tables piled with modern French fare, models moved purposefully through the space, the energy high, the clothing taking centre stage. The opening look, a beige tailored suit fit for day and night, followed by a collection of expertly cut silk dresses with cut outs, keyholed knitwear pieces, sharp tailoring, and Quan's signature button-down shirting, worn both on male models and repurposed into feminine mini dresses.
There were palazzo pants and knit lounge suits, mini skirts, and silk tunics, the foundation of an everyday wardrobe, elevated with the kind of details that speak of craftsmanship and consideration. It is a natural and seamless progression for Anna Hoang, the designer behind Anna Quan, having risen to cult status with the expertly designed Anne shirt - an early silhouette with elongated cuffs and custom embroidered initials, Anna Quan has served as a staple for shirting ever since, and Hoang's Resort 22 collection proved that she's got a lot more in her than the perfect button-down.
One night in Paris, one night with Anna. Resort 22 was a testament to all synonymous with the city of love: pared-back, thought through, elevated and endlessly chic. Preview the Anna Quan Resort 22 collection, below.