Offsite at the Balmain Town Hall, a fresh name made her debut at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022. All Is A Gentle Spring is the creation of Isabelle Hellyer, a Melbourne-based designer with dressmaking in her ancestry — her great grandmother owned a dressmaking shop and her grandmother kept most of the patterns, she told Vogue Australia. In just a few years the brand has garnered attention from high-profile stylists and ended up on the likes of Grimes, Charli XCX and Halsey, as well as a faithful crew of devotees.
The collection is defined by Regency-era shapes and spiral steel boning, accessorised at the presentation with Victorian-style knitted neckbands crafted in collaboration with Melburnian textile artist Nelle Rodis. Far from costume, the designs become thoroughly contemporary via context — paired with a dramatically low pant waistline or punctuated by perfectly smudged eye make-up and dishevelled up-do. CPC friends Jeet Pavlovic and Hunter Monnox looked sweet and sexed-up walking the show, which left the crowd satisfied and anticipating what the brand will do next.
We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the traditional owners of land on which this show took place.