Another Melbourne Spring Fashion Week has come and gone. The town hall was once again filled with fashion enthusiasts, eager to catch a glimpse of what our local designers have to offer. And the sun even came out, albeit briefly reminding us that, yes, spring is actually upon us and its nearly time to start stripping off those winter layers.
The designer series kicked off with dancers, dressed by Toni Maticevski with Richard Nylon's head pieces from BalletLab Aviary, performing to bird-inspired melodies. How they managed to keep Richard Nylon’s extravagant, feathered millinery on their heads we’re not sure.
Korean-born Australian designer Yeojin Bae’s highly anticipated collection did not disappoint. The figure-hugging, cobalt-blue dress worn by face of the festival Sophie Van den Akker looked just as good on the runway as it did on the MSFW week posters plastered all over the city.
PETA protestors stormed the runway with No Fur posters but that was quickly dealt with, as models draped in Rachel Gilbert’s heavily embellished creations sauntered down the runway. The local favourite used sequins and diamantes – but no fur or animal products – in her elegant, evening wear collection. Her voluminous floor length ball gowns provided the evening with some much needed wow factor.
The Boutique Show saw local Melbourne designers come to the table with some inspiring ready-to-wear pieces. Gorman channelled Freda with a fruity collection featuring trademark colourful dresses, pants and swimwear.
The boys also got a look in with underwear and swimwear specialist Ristefsky Macheda giving the girls something to squeal about.
Check out the gallery above shot by our photographer Josie Withers