Queensland’s “frock queen” Sacha Drake was special guest at the August Fashion Fridays event, featuring her spring/summer 2008 collection as shown by host boutique, Charmant
This collection has started to arrive in stores and features a bouquet of classic styles in stunning silks, fun shapes and vibrant colours.
It’s testament to Sacha’s clever designing with frocks that draw attention away from some areas of the body and highlight others.
For the last six years she has been designing clothes that flatter every body from petite to voluptuous figures.
The Lottie Dress ($360) is designed to draw attention to the face and décolletage and the soft silk skirt also tricks the eye into seeing long legs.
The Isla Dress ($298) features a cummerbund tie and pencil skirt for a longer leaner look and a wrapped bodice to enhance curves.
It has been an exciting year for Sacha with UK makeover queens Trinny and Susannah hand-picking her as a perfect example of how to dress to suit your shape during their recent visit to Australia.
“Trinny and Susannah’s message … ‘it’s shape that matters, not size’ … resonates with me. I focus on creating garments that accentuate the good and minimise the parts we all want to hide,” says Sacha.
In many of her garments, Sacha employs a non-traditional pattern making methodology, much of which is self invented, by draping fabric over the body and then converting the style to a pattern. This ensures the focus is on flattering and enhancing the body.
She says she is always thinking about how her design will flatter the body and keeps in mind key elements of pattern making so that each garment has its own body solution.
“Each garment has a specific trait to either diminish areas women are usually uncomfortable with or enhance a particular body shape.
“For example, I use a cinched waist to carve a slim silhouette or vertical draping to give an instant leaner illusion,” Sacha says.
Sacha Drake: www.sachadrake.com