Australian designer Christopher Esber has been from strength-to-strength since first showing at Australian Fashion Week in 2010, quickly becoming a celebrity favourite seen on the likes of Sofia Richie, Hailey Bieber, Dua Lipa and more. The status of Esber’s brand is a proven point, now stocked in more than 150 stores worldwide.
In 2020, his Resort collection went viral, styled by the likes of Law Roach and Karla Welch on celebrities like Zendaya, Margot Robbie and Emily Ratajkowski. Now, the label has leapt to new heights, with its debut showing at Paris Fashion Week on September 28.
Esber wanted to be true to his label’s core ethos, which traditionally features intentional cut outs and energetic crystals, with a nod to nature. Having lived in Sydney and been such a part of the landscape, Esber brings the essence of effortless beach culture to his work.
Debuting at the City of Architecture and Heritage, located in the Jardin de Trocadéro, across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower, Esber’s choice of venue could not be more Parisian.
A place that honours how the manmade (architecture and monumental sculpture) interacts with its environment, the theme is echoed in the Spring/Summer 2024 collection, which focuses on how clothing interacts with the body. Esber aimed to nod to the first woman and the origins of getting dressed.
The palette follows suit, with stone and sand hues dissecting sunny yellows and a muted pistachio green that feels both enveloping and cosy. Yet the collection is electrified with pops of red, textured textiles and sequined mesh that add something very ‘now’ to the natural colour scope.
There are moments that feel very ‘Esber’. A yellow maxi dress is slashed through the torso, with an asymmetrical skirt hanging from one hip buckle. A white belly-button bearing floaty dress with artful wiring creates interest and structure while the outline remains soft. One gown evokes a Greek Goddess, using wire and gold embellishments to hold the ebb-and-flow of the bodice.
These flashes feel embedded in the Esber DNA. Yet, the collection doesn’t rest on its laurels, choosing to push the envelope with a sleeveless turtleneck featuring metal-backed stones. It also champions new fabrics: a curious alpaca fringing and faux leather made from leaves (the latter also being championed at Loewe).
It’s a wearable artform, and while the collection is just as stunning moving down a runway in Paris, we can’t wait to see the way it translates when it is inevitably worn and re-worn by it-girls globally.