12 Mar Runway Recap…….Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
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The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival is a celebration of all things creative, interesting, innovative and trend setting. It brings in various people who are fashion savvy and fashion enthusiasts who love to see what’s new, what’s hot and how to create a look and image for themselves. You have to love the people watching among it all too. We all allow our eyes to wonder and become a CSI lens when looking at who’s wearing what. Lots of men and women do put in effort and dress up to come see the runway shows. And why not. It is the place to see and to be seen. So why not make an entrance? Tuesday night’s show boasted several known Australian brands which brought in fresh new looks, colours and textures. Everyone took note of the latest and greatest of the talent we have here in our own backyard.
Akira, Camila & Marc, Martin Grant, Dion Lee, Scanlan Theodore, Lee Mathews and Bassike all gave us a glimpse of what innovations and design concepts were in for this year. All bought us their own tastes of chic, tailored and flowing looks. Lee Mathews gave us a take of ‘Kate Spade’ like prints and dresses. Pastels, feminine floral made for interesting women’s wear. Scanlan Theodore brought us some leather to spice things up. Clean and polished textures were also noted. There was a mixture of wool, silks and velvet’s. It was great to see the diverse fabrics. The finish was polished and sleek.
Bianca Spender gave us a diverse range of tailoring. A mixture of fitted and loosely fitted suit jackets with wide long pants. Clean tailoring with chic draped all over it. There were mixed patterns accompanied by a range of textures. Something all women should have. Her colour matching seemed to work so well and it looked so effortless. Just beautiful. Martin Grant followed suit as he showed how to be elegantly put together in even the most basic casual everyday wear. Martin mixed classic pieces. Tailored wide pants are his forte. To really change things up he cleverly used PVC in some pieces which looked stylish in its presentation. From skirts to tops or jackets. It worked. A statement with a touch of chic. Innovative and smart. Dion Lee gave us a taste of summer still with pastels, net patterns and fitted skirts. He used a touch of lace in some of his garments which made it look very classy and elegant. Cocktail hour a plenty. His work is versatile as if works for both day and night. Smart and sexy. We were also privy to seeing how casual can be funky and stylish in other brands. Baggy hooded tops stood out and mixing them with pant bottoms or skirts was interesting. Oversized and layering was apparent and gave casual a touch of 90’s. Always interesting to see how diverse pairings work. It bought casual to another level. All in all it was wonderful to see the vast array of unique tailoring and prints on the runway. It made for a very interesting viewing. The impeccable craftsmanship was evident and the alchemy of matching pieces was cleaver. The fashion festival runs until the end of the week and will show many more wonderful creative designers showcase their vision and creativity.