‘What’s a show without a surprise!’ Pip Edwards makes it rain on the catwalk in an Australian Fashion Week first as she presents swimwear collection
She’s been called ‘one of the most influential figures in the Australian fashion industry’.
And it’s no surprise why, as Pip Edwards and her design partner Claire Tregoning pulled off an Australian Fashion Week first when they showcased their joint collaboration with Speedo on Monday.
The P.E Nation co-founder actually made it rain as her models stormed the runway in their swimwear designs, with water pouring on them from above.
Fashion Week first! P.E Nation co-founders Pip Edwards and Claire Tregoning (pictured above) literally made it rain as they presented their activewear label’s collaboration with Speedo on Monday for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Pip explained that she wanted to display her new collection in a way that was different to your usual swimwear showcase.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, she revealed how she wanted to put on a ‘dark and emotive’ catwalk show by creating a setting that was a stark contrast to one normally inspired by the sun or the beach.
Instead, she opted to have water falling onto the models and the catwalk as they presented the collection to a style-loving crowd.
‘What’s a show without a surprise’: Models took to the runway in their swimwear as water fell onto them from above, flooding the catwalk in an innovative display
Stand-out: Pip revealed how she wanted to put on a ‘dark and emotive’ catwalk show by creating a setting that was a stark contrast to one normally inspired by the sun or the beach
‘It was an engineering feat,’ the fashion designer explained. ‘The safety of the models was at the forefront of our minds when it came to pulling this off.’
Commenting on how ‘fierce’ and ‘professional’ her models had been throughout the display, Pip added: ‘What’s a show without a surprise.’
P.E Nation announced their collaboration with veteran swimwear brand, Speedo, at Fashion Week, with Pip claiming the partnership ‘just made sense’ for her and Tregoning’s activewear label.
‘It was an engineering feat’: Designer Pip praised her ‘fierce and professional’ models for pulling off the tricky showcase, as she told The Daily Telegraph the safety of the models was a the ‘forefront of her mind’ while trying to pull off the tricky move
‘The missing piece of our collection was swim,’ she told The Australian.
‘When you collab, you have to collab with the best of the best and [Speedo] own that category – they have for over 100 years.’
Thrilled with how their showcase went down at Fashion Week, Pip gushed over her designing partner Claire and their brand P.E Nation on Instagram.
Sharing a picture of the duo cuddling up in front of their catwalk, Pip wrote: ‘I love @clairetreg I love you @p.e.nation. Thank you to EVERYONE who made today happen !!!! Go Team.’
Day two of Fashion Week also saw the return of Tigerlily to the seven-day style event, following a 17-year hiatus.
The beloved Australian label debuted a different look to their usual bikini-heavy collections, with Tigerlily CEO Chris Buchanan telling AAP it was the ‘best time’ for the label’s return, as it’s gearing up for its 20th anniversary in the next few years.
Bec + Bridge put on their highly-anticipated runway show, while Jonathan Simkhai showcased the latest from his eponymous collection.
‘Thank you to EVERYONE who made today happen’: Pip gushed over her design partner Claire Tregoning and the P.E Nation team in a triumphant Instagram post following the label’s Fashion Week showcase