Camilla Franks returns to Australian Fashion Week – and reveals fashion sense has gotten ‘darker’


Camilla Franks debuted her new collection at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2021 on Friday, after a three year break. 

The 45-year-old, who is known as ‘Kaftan Queen’, not only left her trademark kaftan at home and showed up in an edgy black jumpsuit, her new collection also followed a darker theme. 

And Camilla, who has been battling battling breast cancer, says her designs have moved away from the bursts of colour she is known for as they reflect her journey. 

Back on the map: Camilla Franks (pictured) debuted her new collection at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2021 on Friday, after a three year break

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia the fashion icon said: ‘I think my tone’s definitely gotten darker with designing. 

‘I went into wearing all black – all black, all black, all black. There’s definitely less print. I’m pulling a lot more colour out of my prints and sometimes they say less is more, where I’ve always been more is more. 

‘So I think with my collections now you’ll see prints that are still my traditional Camilla DNA and handwriting, but I think you can see me evolving because of my emotional and physical journey.’

New look: The 45-year-old, who is known as 'Kaftan Queen', left her trademark kaftan at home and showed up in an edgy black jumpsuit

New look: The 45-year-old, who is known as ‘Kaftan Queen’, left her trademark kaftan at home and showed up in an edgy black jumpsuit

New dawn: Camilla, who has been battling battling breast cancer, says her designs have moved away from the bursts of colour she is known for as they reflect her journey

New dawn: Camilla, who has been battling battling breast cancer, says her designs have moved away from the bursts of colour she is known for as they reflect her journey

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia the fashion icon said: 'I think my tone's definitely gotten darker with designing'

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia the fashion icon said: ‘I think my tone’s definitely gotten darker with designing’

After a few difficult years, Camilla said she feels ‘blessed’ to return to Fashion Week with a new collection.     

‘To see what’s happened in three years… I had a daughter, got breast cancer, nearly lost my life, had the ovaries removed, gone through Covid. 

‘And then just to be here in this space… I feel like I’ve navigated my way through things I never thought I’d have to navigate through and come out the other end. I just feel so blessed,’ she said.  

She added: 'I went into wearing all black - all black, all black, all black. There's definitely less print. I'm pulling a lot more colour out of my prints and sometimes they say less is more, where I've always been more is more'

She added: ‘I went into wearing all black – all black, all black, all black. There’s definitely less print. I’m pulling a lot more colour out of my prints and sometimes they say less is more, where I’ve always been more is more’

How she feels: 'So I think with my collections now you'll see prints that are still my traditional Camilla DNA and handwriting, but I think you can see me evolving because of my emotional and physical journey,' she said

How she feels: ‘So I think with my collections now you’ll see prints that are still my traditional Camilla DNA and handwriting, but I think you can see me evolving because of my emotional and physical journey,’ she said 

Indeed, Camilla’s new collection featured far more dark colours and less of her usual bohemian-inspired prints. 

Black fabrics and leather were prominent, with faux fur coats and studded jumpsuits making an appearance. 

A black on gold colour combination was consistent in the collection, and even a metal, studded bra was included. 

Direction: Indeed, Camilla's new collection featured far more dark colours and less of her usual bohemian-inspired prints

Direction: Indeed, Camilla’s new collection featured far more dark colours and less of her usual bohemian-inspired prints

Leather: Black fabrics and leather were prominent, with faux fur coats and studded jumpsuits making an appearance

Leather: Black fabrics and leather were prominent, with faux fur coats and studded jumpsuits making an appearance

Patterns: A male model donned a dark kaftan with intricate patterns

Patterns: A male model donned a dark kaftan with intricate patterns  

Wow! A black on gold colour combination was consistent in the collection, and even a metal, studded bra was included

Wow! A black on gold colour combination was consistent in the collection, and even a metal, studded bra was included

Edgy: One model walked the runway in suspenders and black boots

Edgy: One model walked the runway in suspenders and black boots 

Camilla looked sensational on the night, in a retro-style black, leather jumpsuit with zipper detailing and a belted waist. 

She added a pair of black flip-flop-style heels with chunky straps and a high, wedged heel. 

The designer kept her makeup natural with smoky eyes and a soft, pink lip with a hint of blush. 

A look: Camilla looked sensational on the night, in a retro-style black, leather jumpsuit with zipper detailing and a belted waist

A look: Camilla looked sensational on the night, in a retro-style black, leather jumpsuit with zipper detailing and a belted waist

Best foot foward: She added a pair of black flip-flop-style heels with chunky straps and a high, wedged heel

Best foot foward: She added a pair of black flip-flop-style heels with chunky straps and a high, wedged heel

Feeling it: The designer kept her makeup natural with smoky eyes and a soft, pink lip with a hint of blush

Feeling it: The designer kept her makeup natural with smoky eyes and a soft, pink lip with a hint of blush

Pals: She was later joined by her Celebrity Apprentice Australia co-star David Genat (pictured) the pair posing on a motorbike, with Camilla donning sunglasses

Pals: She was later joined by her Celebrity Apprentice Australia co-star David Genat (pictured) the pair posing on a motorbike, with Camilla donning sunglasses

Looking good: David, who is a male model, also walked in Camilla's new show

Looking good: David, who is a male model, also walked in Camilla’s new show 

She wore her blonde hair down in curls and opted for chunky silver accessories including a chain link necklace and matching earrings. 

Camilla could not wipe the smile off her face as she made a triumphant turn down the runway after presenting her collection. 

Raising her hands in the air, the fashion icon was very animated indeed as she posed among the models. 

She was later joined by her Celebrity Apprentice Australia co-star and model David Genat, the pair posing on a motorbike, with Camilla donning sunglasses. 

Fun! Camilla could not wipe the smile off her face as she made a triumphant turn down the runway after presenting her collection

Fun! Camilla could not wipe the smile off her face as she made a triumphant turn down the runway after presenting her collection

Friends! She cuddled up with her models and pals after the show

Friends! She cuddled up with her models and pals after the show  

Pals: Among her pals was her Celebrity Apprentice co-star Janine Allis (far left)

Pals: Among her pals was her Celebrity Apprentice co-star Janine Allis (far left) 

The clothing queen underwent a lifesaving ovarian removal surgery last month as she continues to battle breast cancer. 

Camilla was first diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer only months after welcoming her daughter Luna in January 2018. 

The entrepreneur has one child: daughter Luna, three, whom she shares with fiancé J.P. Jones. 

Survivour: The clothing queen underwent a lifesaving ovarian removal surgery last month as she continues to battle breast cancer

Survivour: The clothing queen underwent a lifesaving ovarian removal surgery last month as she continues to battle breast cancer



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