Crbn – Launch of a Gender Neutral Clothing Label


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On Wednesday night we had the pleasure of attending the launch of an innovative ready to wear fashion label in Sydney. Designed by Whitney Duan, crbn (pronounced carbon) places an emphasis on high quality basics at an affordable price that can be worn by anyone.

The launch took place at the aMBUSH exhibition space within the Central Park shopping mall. The entire third level was devoted to space for emerging creatives to showcase new works, making this just about the coolest shopping mall we have come across. The show space itself was replete with the standard concrete floor, exposed ceiling and bench seats laden with goodie bags. Over two hundred guests were treated to drinks before the Spring/Summer16/17 collection was launched, with plenty of time to make use of the photo wall.

 


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A moody soundtrack and pulsing lights set the scene as models stormed the runway with speed and purpose, wearing clothes made up in a palette of red, white and black. Pieces were simple at first glance, yet revealed intelligent details on closer inspection. The slight balloon cut of the bottom of a pant, the precise slope of a shoulder on a long sleeve top, and utilitarian sliding straps elevated the designs.

Living up to the label’s ethos, the cut of garments were boxy and shapeless so as to suit both genders. Skirts and dresses were styled on both male and female models with some of the more traditionally feminine pieces looking even more at home on the male body. The collection was also an exploration in texture; some garments were fluid, moving with the model while others were stiff and more sculptural.

The strength of this label and this particular collection lay in its design. Whitney Duan has successfully created pieces able to be transformed by the personality of the wearer, no matter their gender. On top of her use of quality fabrics and high quality craftsmanship, this strength will surely see crbn succeed as a label that blurs the lines of gendered dressing.

 


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Shop the crbn Spring/Summer 16/17 collection now.

Emma Batchelor

Emma Batchelor

As well as a near obsessive interest in fashion, Emma is a former scientist, occasional contemporary dancer, avid reader and self-confessed cat lady (she has three). Emma lived in Leiden in the Netherlands as a baby and Leiden ought to have been her middle name had her mother thought of it at the time and not chosen Louise instead.

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