Alice McCall Welcomes Us to The ‘Discoteca’
The Alice McCall Resort 2022 collection has wowed fashion lovers around the world but who is Alice McCall behind the brand and why do we love the collection so much?
Who is Alice McCall?
Alice McCall is more than just a brand, she is an incredible Australian fashion designer who got her start in the 90s London fashion scene as a stylist for Conde Naste. She has worked with stars like Blondie, brands such as MTV and publications like i-D Magazine.
During her time as a stylist, she created 1950s inspired silk dresses on the side. They captured the hearts of many, including Kate Moss and Katy England. She then designed her first ever Spring Summer collection for Buddhist Punk in 2002 before meeting Sass and Bide designers, Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton, and flying back to Australia to design for their brand in 2003.
At Australia Fashion Week in 2004, McCall launched her eponymous label and it became a huge success. She has presented her collections all over the world, the brand is stocked in 165 boutiques across the globe and there are three flagship stores in Australia.
Alice McCall Resort 2022
Back to the present day, the Alice McCall Resort 2022 collection (named ‘Discoteca’) was presented at Afterpay Australia Fashion Week in May and captured the attention of fashion lovers around the world. The collection was a collision of 60s, 70s and 2021 fashion trends shown in colourful prints, glittery fabrics and finished off with a fur trim – it was perfect.
Models strutted down the runway in pastel coloured platforms showing off jumpsuits, two-piece suits and mini-dresses. Some were made out of paisley print and others a glittery fabric, some plunged into the past with wide seventies collars and classic sixties silhouettes and some shot straight back to the present with cut-outs and metallic patchwork fabric.
But why has this collection gained so much praise and attention? Our theory is that it ignites the feeling of fun. As the name of the collection suggests, these clothes are made to party in. The mismatch of the fabrics and silhouettes appearing on the runway can not all be pinpointed to one era. However, the collection as a whole pulls the lively elements of fashion from the past, straight into the present to remind us that despite having a year of staying at home, we will have the need for extravagant party clothes once more.
These clothes allow us to dream of having brunch in a pale pink skirt suit and dancing in a shimmering pale-green cut-out mini dress. Although the wide collar on the jumpsuits tells us a story of the seventies and the heightened hemlines are reminiscent of the sixities, the collection as a whole is very 2021 – a mixture of fashion from past decades mixed and matched in a way that not everyone will enjoy but most will try to appreciate, creating new out of the old and adding colour to our once minimalist wardrobes.
Alice McCall reminded us of what fashion should be, fun and experimental, alongside what it truly is, cyclical and ever-evolving. See you at the Discoteca.
Check out the full collection here