Camilla, the queen of catwalk
Designer puts cancer aside in triumphant show
WITH a personal health battle looming, warrior woman Camilla Franks put her best foot forward with a showstopping collection to close Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.
Having revealed just a week ago that she is battling breast cancer, the kaftan queen triumphed with an emotive show. Franks emerged to standing ovation from the usually hardened front-row fashion set.
“That was a spiritual experience, the entire show was so powerful,” The Veronicas’ Jess Origliasso said. “It was unifying. The energy was insane.”
Twin sister Lisa Origliasso added: “Camilla is such a warrior woman. She has so much strength, power and love, so to celebrate that with her tonight has been very moving.”
Franks’ partner JP Jones sat holding the couple’s fivemonth-old daughter Luna as the designer walked the catwalk. She stopped to hug TV presenter Sally Obermeder, herself a cancer survivor. “That was an incredible show full stop, but also to know that she’s pulled that together under these circumstances makes it all the more powerful,” Obermeder said. “You could feel the love ... Everyone just wants her to get through this.” Franks’ signature kaftans were updated for resort ’19 with kimono wrap tops, palazzo pants and tiny romper jumpsuits in a kaleidoscope of oriental print designs. The brand’s cult following won’t be disappointed with Franks’ line-up of floor-sweeping gowns and fur-trimmed coats that swished past the toes of the front row that included Vogue Australia editor Edwina McCann, Samantha Jade, Nikki Phillips and Michelle Bridges. “That was world-class, she took it to a whole new level,” Bridges said. “I take so much inspiration from someone who has worked their butt off with such passion, vigour and love.” Of the collection, Franks said in her production notes: “These moments are the road maps from girl to woman. “A defining gateway to our future identity. This collection is my ode to just this: a celebration of identity through the pieces that say the words we don’t need to. The threads that string our soul together and make us who we are.”
Designer Camilla Franks (below) raises her arms in triumph after her catwalk show (main) last night.