búl
búl captures the casual elegance Melburnians are known for. The label presented a collection of comfortable and classically draped pieces. Outfits in white, navy and mustard were accessorised with felt hats, statement square sunglasses, clogs and loafers. The standout: a white Peter Pan-collared dress and quilted-fabric summer two-piece.
In a word: graceful.

Livia Arena
Pink, grey and white were the central colours of Livia Arena’s collection, which blurred the line between sleepwear and daywear in a range dominated by silk pieces. There was plenty to be excited about: holographic ’90s sneakers, slightly sheer overcoats and silk culottes. Mid-length skirts add a more formal element to the collection.
In a word: dreamy.

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The above. collection is organised by colour; starting with grey, merging to black-and-white and ending with all-white pieces. Ankle-grazing linen pants and suits were accessorised with organza bows worn around the models’ necks. A modern interpretation of the mullet dress (short at the front and long at the back) was balanced with a high neck and three-quarter sleeves.
In a word: classic.

Kuwaii
One of Melbourne’s most beloved young labels, Kuwaii dared to show some skin with a bodysuit, a halter neck top and ’60s-style sleeveless shift dresses. The collection is on-trend, with plenty of midriffs and flatforms, but the wearability and quality of Kuwaii is what sets the label apart from the pack. Several peach pieces round out the collection; a popular colour choice across the week’s runway shows.
In a word: trendy.

Chorus
Shoes took centre stage at Chorus, with fringing and jewel-like embellishments worn around the models’ ankles. After opening with a classic white ensemble and dusty-pink pleated dress, Chorus quickly shifted towards a futuristic look with an all-silver outfit and then playful orange culottes.
In a word: statement.

Limedrop
A silk, lilac outfit began Limedrop’s collection – an outfit that is sure to be among the most mentally wish-listed of the night. A crystal-like print features prominently across the collection, while the label’s heart-shaped sunglasses made from form-cut acrylic add a futuristic dimension to the clothing.
In a word: fun.

Leonard Street
Leonard Street has dressing for Melbourne weather down pat. No combination of pieces is out of bounds for layering, with singlets worn over long-sleeved tops, lightweight skirts peeking out underneath shorter-leather skirts and a singlet and skirt being worn over a dress. The tan leather bags and brogues are rich and sophisticated, and are contrasted with childlike, nostalgia-inducing overalls and bucket hats.
In a word: functional.

Gorman
Gorman is the master of combining conservative silhouettes with original prints that celebrate colour. It presented pink jumpsuits, zebra-like tiled pants, metallic bronze brogues and baby-blue leather backpacks. The queen of Melbourne street wear, Gorman finished to a resounding applause with a black sequin-embellished two-piece.
In a word: imaginative.

TETTMANN.DOUST
If there were a collection to bookmark for the spring racing carnival, it would be TETTMANN.DOUST. Gorgeous, knee-length dresses with faint watercolour-like prints are balanced with fringe necklaces that add an element of strength to each outfit.
In a word: captivating.

Matcho Suba
Catering directly to its audience, Matcho Suba’s collection was all about celebrating Melbourne. A red-and-black mesh clutch emblazoned with “MELBS” opened the collection, with red, black and orange the hero colours throughout. The collection appears to be directly inspired by Luna Park, with the iconic gates symbol appearing on a hat and providing the muse for the closing outfit – a red-and-black leather dress worn with a spiked crown.
In a word: striking.

Expected? Kuwaii killing it.
Unexpected? The very literally Melbourne-influenced pieces by Matcho Suba.
Highlight: The silk, lilac two-piece by Limedrop.