Touted show of the week by industry heavyweights, leading Australian menswear and womenswear designers, STRATEAS CARLUCCI unveiled their debut Resort 18 collection at the Theatre at Carriageworks at 6pm on Thursday 18th May. 

Titled, TRANSIT, the Resort 18 collection was inspired by the Paris Metro, and the work of the late Chinese artist Ren Hang, whose work focused on freedom, rebellion and playfulness. STRATEAS CARLUCCI explored the rawness, the grit and beauty of the real world and the underground of the Paris Metro, in contrast to the cities canopy, to Hangs raw and provocative imagery of nudes, which are both confronting and beautiful, yet speak of purity. 

The Resort collection included both menswear and womenswear pieces, unified by a focus on gender fluidity, a key concept of the brands DNA. Toying with masculine and feminine forms and fabrications, the collection consisted of strong silhouettes and sharp tailoring, with oversized shapes and voluminous bottoms. However street practicality kept the collection grounded via the bomber jackets, pierced hoodies and sweaters and knit categories.  

The show was attended by leading press including Australian model Jordan Barratt, Christine Centenera Vogue Australia Fashion Director, Laura Brown Editor in Chief of US InStyle, Yasmin Sewell Fashion Director of, and influencers Margaret Zhang and Sarah Ellen. Key buyers from Club21, Moda Operandi, Matches Fashion, Selfridges, Lane Crawford, Browns, and local retailers David Jones, Parlour X and Harrolds, were also in attendance.

Sarah Coghlan