"Creation is the birth of something, and something cannot come from nothing. When someone creates something: a painting, a poem, a photograph, the creativity comes from an idea, from a feeling, from emotion, or from a combination of ideas, feelings and emotions that are somehow ‘reborn’ from all our experiences and perspectives." Peter Lindbergh

Enter fashion week: the ultimate celebration of creation and elaborate display of unrestricted artistry. A specific time each year dedicated to what we hope will be theatrical portrayals of innovation and productions that are conceptualised without bounds. It’s a showcase of the fantastical, the fanatical and the compulsively imaginative. Perspectives are shifted and perceptions are questioned, braved and disputed. There’s a demand for intricacy, an expectation to be transported into the new and an ever-present, underlying notion of reinvention.

This year, we spent five days backstage with Redken, covering the Resort 18 collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

We began on Sunday at the Sydney Opera House for Dion Lee. The soft dusk sky putting on an elaborate opening performance with hues of lilac and peach, the dark storm clouds, still far removed from the immediate landscape, looming teasingly in the distance – a perfect metaphor really for the deadlines, delays and sleep deprivation that lay ahead for the week. The mood was light, airy and excitable as fashion week families were reunited and anticipation escalated.

The rain held off, the lights came on, and with a sharp collective inhale, (or maybe that was just me), we were off for another season.

From one end of Carriageworks to the other, a quick lap around the Art Gallery of New South Wales, a pit stop at La Porte Deux and a dolphin viewing detour to Bondi’s Icebergs, we covered a cool seventeen shows with Redken, which we’ve now compiled into a curated edit of portraits, profiles and backstage snapshots.