Nana Judy Show
These Melbourne boys know how to have fun, this was literally a rock and roll runway. As I walked into the huge tent for the Nana Judy show, each row was covered with big branded gift bags, usually only reserved for the front two rows. I instantly thought, wow these guys are putting on a generous show. Seated behind a stage area, I was impressed to discover that tonight’s runway would feature live performances by Australian pop rock band, Amy Meredith. That’s pretty big.
The show started mysteriously with lots of smoke and the menswear consisted of 80’s inspired denim vests, studded shirts, worn-out tank tops and plenty of double denim. The surprise of the night was the womenwear featuring on the runway. Previously a menswear only brand, I was excited to see Nana Judy unveiling their first women’s collection. “We’ve been doing menswear for 5 years now and always wanted to do it (womenswear) when the time was right, there’s been big demand for it” said designer Glen Coleman. The womenswear consisted of studded vests, bustiers and candy coloured denim jeans. When I asked Glen whether he’d be releasing a full womenswear range he told me “we have jackets and tops but we’re predominantly pushing the denim”.
The show was by far one of the best in terms of entertainment. I felt like I was at a concert and lead singer Christian Lo Russo was more than amusing with his runway antics – teasing and serenading the female models and yanking at the tops of the male ones. At times it felt like a lunatic had been let loose on the runway. The collaboration was tied in nicely with Amy Meredith releasing a single next week.