Jul 12, 2012


The Australian fashion scene has once been said is about one to two years behind the European market in its trend. This may be due to various factors; including when Paris is welcoming chinchilla jackets on the runway Melbourne and Sydney is lathering tanning lotion and rocking out in flip-flops. But that is not the case with Oroton Autumn Winter 2012 Ready-To-Wear collection. Presented on the runway during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Sydney last May, Creative Director Ana Maria Escobar belted out a fresh and fun collection in the form of retro-inspired ‘Rope’ prints, disco-ready sequined shifts and the bold presence of glo-mesh (Oroton’s signature) in many of the looks (my favourite: meshed collar of a pale white silk shirt) and of course, the lust-worthy accessories collection.

We attended a press review of their Autumn Winter 2012 collection held for Malaysian medias in Kuala Lumpur last week. It was hosted in one of the suite at the top floor of Westin Hotel.

The Anouk clutches in tantalising colours from hot fuchsia to tortoiseshell decorated the living area. At one corner, a selection of Archive mini bags were arranged elegantly on a worktop. The LCD TV was playing their latest RTW show complete with behind-the-scenes footages and front-row interviews while the guests enjoyed light breakfast buffet with freshly-brewed cup of coffee.

We were then escorted into the bedroom of the suite where the ready-to-wear collection was presented complete with models as mannequins to model the samples they had. Costume jewelries were placed in the side drawers to complement the RTW line. Small selection of men’s leather goods were laid elegantly on a day bed ranges from iPad cases, wallets, portfolios and briefcases.

What I find intriguing about Oroton leather goods range is the fact that only oil vegetable leather is used in the production of each pieces. Some of the textures are too supple and soft we’ve mistaken it for a nappa leather only to be corrected by the store manager that it was actually made of CALF!

At first sight, below bags might look as if they’re made of python, right? Boy, I was wrong. No exotics were used in their leather goods production. What you see is actually calf leather that has been re-grained to look like a python (with almost python-like texture too!)

Exciting news for local fashionista as Oroton is opening their fourth store in Kuala Lumpur by early next month. The new flagship will be in Pavilion and will house complete collection of the leather good accessories alongside the costume jewelry and the above ready-to-wear line.

CORRECTUM: Original post was mistakenly titled 'OROTON SPRING SUMMER 2012 PRESS REVIEW'. Apologies!

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