Presenting a collection on Day 1 at New York fashion Week seems to be all in a day's work for New York-based label Tome. Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin - two Australian designers tapping into the North American market - sent their models down the runway looking confident, cosmopolitan and polished, much like Tome's muse for the AW14 ready-to-wear collection.
"It's really showing the broad richness you can get from using that fibre." Ramon Martin
As always, Tome seeks inspiration from formidable women, and with the label's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Autumn/Winter debut, the design duo were eager to flex their muscles a little and show the world what they could do.
"For this season, as always, we've taken women - or a woman," explains one half of Tome, Ryan Lobo. "It's Iranian artist Shirin Neshat who we met in New York making a documentary. It’s about these really pioneering, renegade Arabic women who were very cosmopolitan in their life, in their choices, in their art. The inspiration we've taken from them is that we've taken a really luxurious path this season."
Splendid shades of gold, red and pink were signatures of Tome's collection, standing out against the grey blanket coat and other warmer-hued outerwear pieces. It's the outerwear which has really allowed Tome to play with textures and fabrics, seeking a mixture of warmth, softness and comfort.
"We've really tried to expand on the different fibres that we were using for this season, so the wool for example happens in all the outerwear," explains Ramon Martin. "It's double-faced, it's bonded … we're using Merino wool in knitwear."
Tome collaborated with Australian model and knitting extraordinaire Rachel Rutt, who hand-knitted scarves to complement parts of the 32-look collection, showcasing the wool's resilience in items such as overcoats right through to the delicacy of hand-crafted accessories.
"It's gone from a very technical aspect right at the beginning of the show, and as it goes through you get more of a hand-craft feeling, so it's really showing the broad richness you can get from using that fibre."