Camilla Franks returns to Australian Fashion Week – revealing that fashion sense has gotten ‘darker’

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

Known as ‘Kaftan Queen’, the 45-year-old not only left her signature caftan at home and showed up in an edgy black jumpsuit, her new collection also followed a darker theme.

And Camilla, who is battling breast cancer, says her designs have moved away from the bursts of color she’s 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 hiatus

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, the fashion icon said: ‘I think my tone has definitely darkened with designs.

“I started wearing all black—all black, all black, all black. There is definitely less pressure. I get a lot more color out of my prints and sometimes they say less is more, where I’ve always been is more.

“So I think with my collections now you will 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, known as 'Kaftan Queen', left her signature caftan at home and appeared in an edgy black jumpsuit

New Look: The 45-year-old, known as ‘Kaftan Queen’, left her signature caftan at home and appeared in an edgy black jumpsuit

New dawn: Breast cancer-fighting Camilla says her designs have moved away from the bursts of color she's known for, as they reflect her journey

New dawn: Breast cancer-fighting Camilla says her designs have moved away from the bursts of color she’s known for, as they reflect her journey

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, the fashion icon said: 'I think my tone has definitely darkened with designs'

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, the fashion icon said: ‘I think my tone has definitely darkened with designs’

After a few rough years, Camilla said she feels “blessed” to return to Fashion Week with a new collection.

“To see what happened in three years… I had a daughter, got breast cancer, almost lost my life, had the ovaries removed, went through Covid.

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

She added:

She added: “I started wearing all black — all black, all black, all black. There is definitely less pressure. I get a lot more color out of my prints and sometimes they say less is more, where I’ve always been more is more’

How she feels:

How she feels: “So I think with my collections now you will 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 a lot more dark colors 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 colorway was consistent across the collection, and even a studded metal bra was included.

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

Direction: Indeed, Camilla’s new collection featured a lot more dark colors 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 wore a dark caftan with intricate patterns

Patterns: A male model wore a dark caftan with intricate patterns

Wow!  A black on gold colorway was consistent across the collection, and even a studded metal bra was included

Wow! A black on gold colorway was consistent across the collection, and even a studded metal bra was included

Edgy: a model walked the catwalk in suspenders and black boots

Edgy: a model walked the catwalk in suspenders and black boots

Camilla looked sensational for the evening, in a retro-style black leather jumpsuit with zip detailing and a waistband.

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

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

A look: Camilla looked sensational for the evening in a retro-style black leather jumpsuit with zip details and a waistband

One look: Camilla looked sensational for the evening in a retro-style black leather jumpsuit with zip details and a waistband

Best Foot Forward: She added a pair of black flip-flop style heels with chunky straps and a high wedge heel

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

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

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

Looks good: David, a male model, also walked in Camilla's new show

Looks good: David, a male model, also walked in Camilla’s new show

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

Camilla couldn’t wipe the smile from her face as she triumphantly walked down the runway after showcasing her collection.

The fashion icon held up her hands and was very animated as she posed between 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 putting on sunglasses.

Fun!  Camilla couldn't wipe the smile from her face as she triumphantly walked down the runway after showcasing her collection

Fun! Camilla couldn’t wipe the smile from her face as she triumphantly walked down the runway after showcasing her collection

Friends!  She cuddled with her models and boyfriends after the show

Friends! She cuddled with her models and boyfriends after the show

Friends: Among her friends was her Celebrity Apprentice co-star Janine Allis (far left)

Friends: Among her friends was her Celebrity Apprentice co-star Janine Allis (far left)

The clothing queen underwent life-saving ovarian removal surgery last month as she continues her fight against breast cancer.

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

The entrepreneur has one child: daughter Luna, three, who she shares with fiancé JP Jones.

Survivor: The clothing queen underwent life-saving ovarian removal surgery last month as she continues her fight against breast cancer

Survivor: The clothing queen underwent life-saving ovarian removal surgery last month as she continues to fight breast cancer

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