Forties style set to roar into next season’s wardrobe

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Anyone who walked into the Art Lounge Darlinghurst during designer Mauricio Alpizar’s recent collection showings would be forgiven for thinking they’d stepped onto the set of a period film. The décor consisting of opulently upholstered banquettes and gold gilded armchairs – with a stuffed peacock thrown in for good measure – played the perfect setting for Alpizar’s Winter 2012 Collection which took most of its cues from the post-war 1940s. Standout pieces for the ladies included a gold silk and wool evening gown (pictured, top left) and khaki silk and wool dress (top right) easy enough to take from the office to a night out. For the lads, there were military cut jackets in cashmere and wool, jet-red knits, and Bogart-style pants for the office or lounging.

Guests sipped on champagne cocktails and stepped back in time to a soundtrack that saw the Andrews Sisters mashed with Christina Aguilera, and Beyoncé blended with Judy Garland. The verdict? If you’re going to go retro next season, be sure to do it with definitive class and style, and view more of Mauricio Alpizar’s collection for some truly stunning classic pieces. Website coming soon.


Guests pictured, clockwise from top left: Eve Falloon, Amanda Archer & Anita Lattouf, models Emily & Rachel, designer Mauricio Alpizar & singer Maz Mazak, Shelley Bardenhagen, Fiorella & SaGi, Christopher James & Mollie Stevens, Kor-B & Maz.