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Carlson's Sweet Child Rocks L'Oreal Fashion Week

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Tuesday October 22

Doff your top hat to fashion's Sweet Child. She's rock royalty: a rock courtesan with the greatest of taste. A ringleader in all manner of mischief: she steps out in frockcoats and velvets, taking a walk on the wild side. She's an icon - drawing on influences from art nouveau to 70s rock n' roll and 80s rock excess. She's also got an almost Playstation perfection - referencing the kind of idealised women celebrated in 21st century computer games. She's a hip hippy heroine one moment, a gothic princess the next. She's a Sweet Child...


Fashion designer Tanya Carlson today unveiled her stunning Winter 2003 collection, titled Sweet Child and paying tribute to the flamboyant eloquence of rock royalty. From lace, velvets and frockcoating through to skintight satin jeans and ringleader and ringmaster's coats, the Sweet Child collection celebrates those who have rock music running through their veins.

The Sweet Child collection, shown to international and local fashion media and buyers on today's opening show day of L'Oreal New Zealand Fashion Week, is lavish, strong and sexy in its tribute to the showmanship of rock.

"It's very opulent and feminine," Tanya Carlson says. "We have taken those iconic fabrics and shapes - the velvet, the lace, the frockcoats, the tight pants, and given them a modern interpretation," she says. "There's also an element of dress-up, drawing on those classic early 1970s images of the male rock stars who themselves dressed in a dandified, almost feminine way."

Style names for the collection read like a rollcall of rock: the Marianne dress, Jagger top, Bebe singlet, Anita top, Jerry top, Bolan bodice, Hendrix jeans, Morrison shirt, Bowie coat, Ziggy coat and so on. Fabrics include silk velvet with burnt-out devore patterns, lace, silk chiffon, cashmere, satin and merino wool.

The colour palette is clear and strong, from midnight black through to chocolate, campari red, jade green, plum crazy, sapphire, violet, magenta and faded rose. The collection namesake piece is the Sweet Child top, in black lace. Also watch out for the spectacular Angie dress, in floor length velvet with cutaway sleeves, the silk velvet boned corset, and the cotton crochet miniskirt. Mesh T-shirts, with hand-painted glitter images of dragons, a phoenix or snakes, carry the collection theme through to casual wear.

Design details throughout the collection include bias cutting, angular seaming, pintucking, raw edge pleating and lace insets. Embroidery and beading is used to luxe effect on silk georgette.

The Sweet Child Winter 2003 collection continues the strong theming of Carlson's runaway, runway success at last year's Fashion Week. Last year's collection, The Fall of the Winter Palace, combined influences from Russian aristocracy through to gypsy styling and military emblems. The show drew critical acclaim from both local and international media, including Hilary Alexander of London's Daily Telegraph and Jen Ford of Wallpaper and Spruce magazines.

The success of The Fall of the Winter Palace was followed by this year's knock-out Summer 2002/03 collection, titled No More Twist, which put a modernist spin on 18th century tailoring.

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