TULIPANI brought an international edge to this year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival, Brisbane.
The husband and wife team – Italian born, Nick Scalisi and Canadian born, Ilona Karme-Scalisi – behind the Queensland label are former New Yorkers, and no strangers to the catwalk, having shown their former US label at New York Fashion Week.
The label was part of the group designer show on the second last night of the festival. Showcased were pieces from Tulipani’s summer 2008 collections, as well as the new TULIPANI NERO couture collection.
“As a whole, we envisioned our ready-to-wear collection for a woman who is a world traveller, maybe a glamorous foreign correspondent, somebody who relies on only one suitcase to take around the world and so needs pieces which stand out, that are easily wearable, can be layered and make a statement in any occasion,” says Nick.
Nick’s artwork and color sensibility along with Ilona’s savvy approach to design combine to create clean silhouettes that are instantly wearable and imminently collectable. Fabrics – from Italian silks to linen jacquards, sensual jerseys and sequined meshes- and the original prints on those fabrics set TULIPANI apart from others.
“All our garments are proudly made here in Australia and the prints all have been hand printed in limited editions as opposed to being stamped out,” says Nick.
TULIPANI NERO is a couture label, which includes stunning floor-length gowns in luxurious fabrics, whimsical prints and sensual layers of texture.
“Our inspiration for Tulipani Nero was found looking out to sea on a moonlight night in Noosa and realising the many colors of black, from a midnight black to the silvery reflection of the water,” say Nick and Ilona
“Nero is about elegance with a thoroughly modern edge. It’s sleek, sensual and a bit naughty,” says Nick. “From corseted bodices with full skirts of plisse tulle to rich brocade tuxedo looks that are at once sexy but not overtly sexy.
“We work from unconventional luxury and end with a feminine finish,” says Ilona. “We’re always a little cheeky.”
Check out what went down the catwalk:
Check out the behind-the-scenes footage from the official photoshoot. Tulipani Nero features in the final scenes: