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Romance Was Born nods to iconic Aussie artist Ken Done in bold AAFW show


Romance Was Born nods to iconic Aussie artist Ken Done in bold AAFW show

Australian fashion label Romance Was Born has long been known for its visually vibrant and creative use of print, shape and colour and next season’s collection is no different.

For the brand’s summer 22 collection on show at the current Afterpay Australian Fashion Week in Sydney, the brand took inspiration from the works of iconic Australian artist Ken Done and presented the range in Done’s gallery at The Rocks. Done was present at the show.

Ruffled metallic dresses, rainbow tweed and sequinned jackets and feathered gowns, many with underwater motifs created by designers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales, were accompanied with equally eclectic, bright and beautiful beauty looks from beauty partner MECCA MAX. An exciting combination of colour and technique, the show included a total of 18 couture beauty looks inspired by their intricate couture outfits.

Makeup Director for MECCA MAX, Nicole Thompson said inspiration was  for the looks from “Ken Done’s Art, tropical fish, birds and the underwater magic of a coral reef”.

Describing the looks as “unexpected beauty”, she says the plan was to “play with interesting clashes of colour. Anything goes, bold is better!”.

Beauty looks at the Romance Was Born show designed by Nicole Thompson using MECCA MAX.

To channel the gradient of colour in tropical fish, anchored by metallic shades used on the lips and eyes, Nicole Thompson led the MECCA artistry team heroing a number of MECCA MAX products to create bold beauty looks to compliment the collection.

Pondering beauty trends Thompson thinks will emerge from AAFW ’22, the experienced editorial artist honed in on the joy of makeup.

“I think we are really going to see the celebration and joy of this week and everyone being together will bring out some fun looks in the beauty space. Metallics, big lashes, bold lips…. I think people have waited long enough, let’s dress up our faces again!”

Key products used in the show include MECCA MAX Pout Pop Lipstick, MECCA MAX Zoom Shadow Sticks, MECCA MAX Zoom Liners, MECCA MAX Single Shadows and MECCA MAX Mini Mix Eyeshadow Palette.


Imagery supplied by Mecca: Myles Kalus, Getty Images


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