Opening Melbourne Spring Fashion Week’s designer series last night was a show-stopping set of collections for Spring Summer 2012/13. A balanced range of labels brought both elegance and clean-cut edge to the runway, fusing eveningwear and contemporary lines with local milliner Richard Nylon’s elaborate accessories.

Scanlan & Theodore was first up with a collection that furthers the label’s reputation for texture and cut. Strong tailoring in rich tones of navy and red complemented sporty silhouettes in metallic gold and silver, with oversized jumpers setting off blazers and chic cigarette pants.

Next up was an RMIT alumnus with a rocketing career trajectory – Toni Maticevski who has flown the fashion coup to reach the height of eveningwear ranks. His pointedly elegant style was injected with new attitude; pops of neon, vibrant brocade and draped silhouettes stood out amongst more structured stories.

Gwendolynne journeyed the evening to a new world of sophistication with her whimsical, breathtaking bridal wear. Nymph-like dresses floated down the runway in a haze of blush pink and greying cream, while intricate bodice beading tied into the 1920’s-esque tulle caps adorning each model’s head.

Known for combining clean silhouettes with subtly sexy detail, Michael Lo Sordo is a designer obsessed with line and form. Structured skirts with sheer side panels matched translucent blouses, with metallic edges highlighting contours throughout.

Ellery brought forward a collection imbued with the fresh attitude its designer has become known for. Heightened shoulders, cropped shorts and powerful bomber jackets featured in stark white, silver and forest green.

Lui Hon closed with masculine draped tunics paired with fringed skirts and below-the-knee shorts. As usual for Hon, functionality was balanced with beautifully fluid lines.

We’re looking forward to the next round of designers already.