Opening with a theatrical speech by musician Jezzabell Doran, Runway Two came to life with black-and-white looks from Carly Hunter. Boxy shapes and crop tops in monochrome were accessorised with slides and socks.
In a word: cohesive.
An extension of Yeojin Bae’s eponymous label, Yb J’aime is the feminine and polished side. Taking elements from ’50s and ’60s dress styles in red, white and black, the clothes switched effortlessly from tailored, office-style clothing with neat collars to comfortable daywear.
In a word: feminine.
Sticking to her signature aesthetic, McCALL’s collection was a vast array of pastels and thigh-grazing A-line dresses. The most striking outfit was a printed, lip-adorned two-piece, previously worn by blogger Gary Pepper (Nicole Warne) at MBFWA in May. Although the colour scheme of aqua, bubblegum and pale green was McCALL to a tee, the boxy, metallic jumper contrasted with the girly scalloped shorts showed a welcome diversity to her range.
In a word: playful.
Except for the recurring loose, short sleeves, there wasn’t a strong, defining element to this LIFEwithBIRD show. Its collection ranged from a hot-pink mesh two-piece to figure-hugging cocktail dresses and flippy skirts. One thing’s for sure, the ’90s trend looks set to continue its reign over the fashion world, with midriffs on show and chunky platform shoes to match.
In a word: diverse.
The tight dresses and gold-chain handbags of Neo Dia’s collection wouldn’t look out of place hanging in a Sex and the City wardrobe. Black, fitted leggings, leather jackets and hoop earrings were contrasted with sheer-panelled dress and modern watercolour prints.
In a word: strong.
Metallics in silver and black were the hero fabric of the casually glamourous collection from Kahlo. Tennis-style dresses, basic singlets, sequined shorts and zip-up tops show the sports-luxe trend will continue this spring.
In a word: sporty.
The designs of Manning Cartell were paired with mules ¬– this season’s fashion shoe of choice. Stunning fabric choices of bright orange and frosted-pink metallic, with necklines embellished with clear jewels, added a touch of glamour to the otherwise conservative collection.
In a word: glamorous.
Project Runway alumnus Hon played with a range of silhouettes and styles, from a classic plunging-neckline gown, to oversized backpacks, structured dresses, and a netted visor. The standout was an off-the-shoulder LBD. Despite the silhouette restricting the model’s arms a little, this piece was the epitome of modern chic … in a bondage kind of way.
In a word: bold.
Dominated by black, white and peach hues, Willow’s clothing is the mature and sophisticated wear you imagine sporting on an island escape. Kaftan-style tops, high-neck dresses and digitally printed skirts keep things interesting. Although, this was a far cry from Willow’s past collections which have pushed the boundaries of texture and style.
In a word: relaxing.
Expected? MSFW ambassador Ashley Hart looking radiant in a gleaming white suit.
Unexpected? The slides and calf-high black socks combo by Carly Hunter.
Highlight ... The over-the-shoulder dress by Lui Hon, complete with an oversized bow at the back of the dress.
Overheard ... “It was good, but it was a lot of the same.”
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week runs from August 30 to September 7. For the full program, click here.