The third day of this year’s LMFF was one for the grown ups, with sophisticated, polished clothing at InStyle’s Runway 2 and lingerie and legs for miles at Dita Von Teese.
Runway 2 was all about refined glamour, with stylish office options, cocktail dresses by the dozen and some goddess gowns for good measure. Bianca Spender was first to hit the runway with her modern but classic silk dresses and separates. The prints – especially the blue flowers on sheer black dresses – proved particularly entrancing, while the burnt orange and lemon dresses showed the designer’s eye for colour. Yeojin Bae did what she does best: precise tailoring that flatters the body. Peplums brought the looks up to date and victory rolls in the models’ hair brought everything together.
Megan Park’s embellished and printed daywear was updated for the twilight hours via her liberal use of sequins, while Jayson Brunsdon didn’t stray from his glamorous comfort zone with white gowns and cocktail dresses broken up by sequin-encrusted black numbers.
It was strictly after-hours for Thurley, who showed an all-cocktail line-up and perhaps a little too much shine. Gwendolynne was in the midst of a whitewash, her beautifully embroidered white and cream gowns evoking hints of Indian inspiration. Carla Zampatti, one of the longest surviving Australian labels around, closed out the show. Office-oriented houndstooth suits felt a little dated and the clearly Stella McCartney-inspired polka-dots were a misstep, but the final looks, featuring modest black gowns with intriguing cut outs, helped to redeem the earlier slip-ups.
A little later in the evening, the crowd for Von Follies by Dita Von Teese was diverse and excited. Mums and daughters, burlesque aficionados and men looking forward to a lingerie show were all present. A longer than usual 45-minute wait was forgotten the moment Von Teese stepped onto the catwalk sporting a sheer robe, which she quickly shed to reveal her lingerie look, complete with suspenders and Louboutins.
It was less about the looks and more about the ladies, as women of all shapes and sizes vamped up the runway, making full use of the whips, fans and top hats as props. Putting smiles onto the faces of even the most jaded fashion insiders, it was clear Von Teese had everyone in the room was enjoying themselves. Even the models were grinning.