Camilla, the queen of cat­walk

De­signer puts can­cer aside in tri­umphant show

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - JONATHON MORAN

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.”

Pic­tures: Chris­tian Gillies

De­signer Camilla Franks (be­low) raises her arms in tri­umph af­ter her cat­walk show (main) last night.

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