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LMFF Cabaret Parade at QV Square

Is it fair on the Loreal Melbourne Fashion Festival organisers to suggest that one of their ‘free’ shows was probably the best I’ve been to all week? Well they do say that honesty is the best policy, and I can honestly say that the Cabaret Show held at QV Square on Friday night was the best parade I’ve attended all week for so many reasons, and showcased many of the best local and international designers of the moment.

Firstly, the theme was Cabaret, and who doesn’t like a little scarlet red French boudoir in their lives just to make things a little sexier? Secondly, there was the fabulous jazz styled music that accompanied the parade, and thirdly, the fashion was simply amazing and judging by the constant ohs and ahhs, the crowd of more than 150 agreed.

13 stores from the QV precinct displayed some of their most stylish pieces throughout the thirty minute parade. Guess began proceedings, with some simple monochrome pieces with an added splash of red for good measure, followed by Sevinha’s dove grey sheer fabrics contrasted with bright fuchsia coats and knits. Pamper Heiress went on to toughen things up a little bit with their divine collection of simple yet effective cream and black coats detailed perfectly with studs and metallic thread embellishments.

Classic style is always found at Hugo Boss, and Boss Orange (HB diffusion line) is no exception. On show were chunky, quality knits for women, and tough tailored leather for the boys. Kam Otto went totally Gossip Girl on us with her range of beautiful wool swing coats, crisp shirts with bow detailing, sharp blazers and ultra glitzy accessories. International designer store Christensen Copenhagen wowed all with their Chloe-esque water colour print dresses, and ultra feminine blouses paired with super sleek pencil skirts.

Cactus Jam’s new range of international and local pieces proved to be very varied, with everything from knee length knit Missoni style coat dresses, to Roland Mouret Galaxy inspired tailoring. TL Wood designer Teresa Liano lived up to her reputation embracing this seasons key black pieces yet ensuring that they were impeccably feminine, incorporating velvet, silk and sheer chiffon pieces into her collection.

Suits of Grace proved that corporate wear need not be dull, with beautiful silk trenches and beautiful suits catering for all shapes, a crowd favourite being a stunning dove grey suit with white piping along the lapel. Mens suiting label Platinum gave approval that classic is definitely back, with simple charcoal and black combinations the order of the day, perhaps giving credit to the theory that when the market is down, we dress down too.

MNG (Mango) countered this statement, with their range of colourful printed dresses and sexy liquid feel body suits complimented with layers of costume style jewellery. Wayne Cooper again proved himself with a classic collection comprising plenty of purple and charcoal with a sweet Marilyn Monroe style pleat dress being the highlight. Dizingof’s magnificent finale was just made for this show, with amazing millinery and accessories from Mozem complimenting plenty of silk, satin, ruffles and bows.

So what will we be shopping for at QV this season? Plenty of feminine pieces comprising sheer fabrics and intricate details, simple black dresses tailored to perfection, and purple…lots of purple.

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Words – Bronwyn Miller

Photography – Michael Todor,

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