Past muses for Brunsdon have included Audrey Hepburn but this season itâs 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, âinspired by gleaming bronzed skinâ, the green of palm fronds, fruity colours orange, tangerine and lime, and âbeautiful turquoise from the watersâ.
Brunsdon has been spending his recent summer holidays in Rio and heâs fallen in love. âItâs quite a personal odyssey this collection because itâs such an amazing city and itâs very youthful and it is a sexy city,â he said. âI love way they dress. They wear little rara skirts and hoop earrings and their hair is wet when they go out for dinner because theyâve just been swimming. Itâs just a really beautiful sexy culture.â
Brunsdon admits itâs a very different collection for him but it was a deliberate move.
âAfter 10 years last year I thought Iâm bored with doing ladylike and nobody wants to dress like a lady anymore. And itâs a different world. I donât 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 Brunsdon said.