Photographer: Daniel Boud

Photographer: Daniel Boud

Photographer: Daniel Boud

ROMANCE WAS BORN  –  MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK 2018

Romance Was Born hosts a private dinner for 140 guests in celebration of the brand’s first book Romance Was Born, and new collection Opal Goddess in collaboration with Jenny Kee at MBFWA Resort 2019 at Restaurant Hubert during MBFWA.
Guests included Icons of the art and fashion world Jenny Kee and Dolla Merrillees joined style influencers Isabella Manfredi of The Preatures, Pip Edwards, Carmen Hamilton, Nadia Fairfax, Jessica Gomes, Tanja Gacic, Yan Yan Chan, Amanda Shadforth of Oracle Fox, Chloe Hill and local and international media and industry.

Story and Images courtesy of: MCMPR  

Duo Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales launched Romance Was Born’s first book and their latest Resort 2019 collection, Opal Goddess, at an intimate salon-style presentation at Restaurant Hubert.
Guests were transported from Sydney as they descended down the diamond-pattered staircase and into the dimly lit, underground venue. Greeted at the restaurant entrance, reimagined as an air-bridge, Etihad flight attendants in bespoke Romance Was Born printed silk neck scarves welcomed guests with champagne and traditional Arabic delicacies, providing a brief stop-over before the journey continued to the French-style bistro.
Guests entered the Theatre Royale landing space atop an auditorium of one hundred red leather seats, providing the perfect viewpoint to take-in the beguiling set which debuted the brand’s book Romance Was
Born. The new release was stacked high on display for attendees to browse and enjoy before they were ushered into the 1930s-style basement dining room to take their seats.
A short drag performance by Dame Gaynor Tension set the scene; serenading the crowd with a rendition of Judy Garland’s “somewhere over the rainbow”, before fifteen ethereal art-deco goddesses snaked their way around tables, pausing to pose amongst the bar benches and cosy banquettes. The Opal Goddess resort collection, the brand’s first collaboration with iconic Australian artist Jenny Kee, includes prints from her renowned archive – rainbow opal designs and silk collages filled with almighty female icons, from Gaia to Aphrodite, exploring female divinity.
“Our mutual appreciation of each others’ work led us to collaborate with our long-term friend Jenny Kee, and revisit some of her classic prints in a new way,” explains Luke Sales. Anna Plunket adds, “We’ve always been interested in goddesses and Xanadu, and the inspiration and strength that they provide to women. Alongside the mysticism of opals, this spirit is at the core of the new collection.”
Renya Xydis, Wella Professionals ANZ – Creative Director comments “Working with Romance Was Born is (much like the collection) a dream for me. Anna and Luke’s creativity and openness towards design allows me to be experimental with the hair styling. We channelled ‘goddesses’ across multiple looks, using a spectrum of EIMI styling products and of course, glitter. All of the glitter. Congratulations Romance on yet another incredible show.”
Upon exit, all guests received the book Romance Was Born as a gift; the 200 page tome shares the stories and artistic collaborations that have inspired the collections of the iconic Australian label and celebrates the first 10 years of their journey together.
Romance Was Born will reunite with Jenny Kee in July 2018, when they will present their first collection in Paris during Couture Fashion Week.

Photographer: Daniel Boud

Photographer: Daniel Boud

Photographer: Daniel Boud

Photographer: Daniel Boud

Photographer: Sonny Vandervelde

Photographer: Daniel Boud

Photographer: Daniel Boud

Photographer: Sonny Vandervelde

Romance Was Born would like to say a special thank you to the below sponsors
Etihad, AMP Capital, Garden City, Karrinyup, Thames & Hudson, Sephora, Wella, Repetto, Levis, Canturi, CND

Production Credits
Make Up: Peter Beard for Sephora, official beauty sponsor for Romance Was Born
Hair: Renya Xydis for Wella
Stylist: Peter Simon Phillips
Production Designer: Alice Babidge
Producer: Cat Rose 
Florist: Dr Cooper
Photography: Daniel Boud & Sonny Vandervelde 

For further information, please contact Bree Johnson at MCMPR – bree@mcmpr.com.au