Kate Sylvester's catwalk show

CAROLYN ENTING IN SYDNEY
Last updated 14:40 06/05/2011

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Designer Kate Sylvester presented her spring/summer 2011/12 collection, Into the Light, in an offsite show at the Inglis New Market sales ring in Randwick this week.

Garments featured digital moth prints by Auckland student Henry Slane, 20, (son of cartoonist Chris Slane) who has been babysitter to Sylvester's three boys for many years. Sylvester flew Slane from Auckland to Sydney to attend the show he inspired.

"We loved his prints so much we turned it into the collection," Sylvester said.

The prints referenced the delicate colours of moth wings - soft powder blue, mushroom and dusky grey. Another influence was the bright lights of the local speedway Sylvester frequents with her sons where she often sees moths attracted to the spotlights circling the race track. The latter was expressed through bright flashes of colour - neon blue, yellow and green accessories, and moth motifs on T-shirts.

"It's a mash-up of speedway and moths," Sylvester said.

The choice of venue did not please everyone, however, and made Damien Woolnough of Vogue.com.au's "loathing" list.

"The cloud of smoke, and atmospheric lighting made Kate Sylvester's show impossible to see, unless you were in the photographers' pit. If I want to sit in a dark room filled with smoke I'll visit the share house of my university friends."

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