Past muses for Brunsdon have included Audrey Hepburn but this season itâ€™s the city of Rio that inspired his spring/summer 14/15 collection unveiled this week at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.
Instead of elegant frock coats and dresses there were bare midriffs and ra ra skirts though in rich fabrics of course, and in vibrant colours â€“ rich browns and rusts, â€śinspired by gleaming bronzed skinâ€ť, the green of palm fronds, fruity colours orange, tangerine and lime, and â€śbeautiful turquoise from the watersâ€ť.
Brunsdon has been spending his recent summer holidays in Rio and heâ€™s fallen in love. â€śItâ€™s quite a personal odyssey this collection because itâ€™s such an amazing city and itâ€™s very youthful and it is a sexy city,â€ť he said. â€śI love way they dress. They wear little rara skirts and hoop earrings and their hair is wet when they go out for dinner because theyâ€™ve just been swimming. Itâ€™s just a really beautiful sexy culture.â€ť
Brunsdon admits itâ€™s a very different collection for him but it was a deliberate move.
â€śAfter 10 years last year I thought Iâ€™m bored with doing ladylike and nobody wants to dress like a lady anymore. And itâ€™s a different world. I donâ€™t think we are living in an elegant era anymore. I think we are living in a pretty cutting loose time where anything goes and I really wanted to mix things up and have a bit of fun,â€ť Brunsdon said.