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L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival; Runway 2

We fashionistas woke up this morning to find that after the first runway of L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2009 “black is back” and the second show cemented the infamous shade to its former glory but this time it is black with a splash- of bright, bold colour.

With the big names in Australian fashion treading the boards there were a number of themes coming through for the new season.  If you like to follow trends through the seasons you’ll find ruffles, leggings and maintaining your femininity will get you through pretty much any fashion moment this winter.

Yeojin Bae loved ruffles on everything! One shoulder dresses with ruffles like the Barbie cake your 7th birthdays were short and sharp when paired with black ankle boots and clean fresh hair and makeup.  Relaxed glamour was the go here with the only must have accessory- tons of confidence.

With a change of pace Vixen lived up to its name with models strutting their stuff in an interesting mix of gothic and punk themes. Crushed velvet capes, fringes and patterned leggings in olive and purple were the basis of this collection. Vixen managed to pull off the eclectic combination of Helena Christensen and the cat lady that lives down the road.

Returning to more wearable fashion the Camilla and Marc collection will be a favorite among all of us! Continuing a tricky trend from previous seasons with wet look tights, this brother sister combo will dress us all in femininity with a healthy dose of attitude. Cropped over sized tuxedo jackets paired with leggings and bows in your hair will be everywhere this season gracing the hottest clubs and bars. A favorite piece from C and M was a gorgeous off white swing coat paired with opaque tights and patent leather ballet flats- my MUST have for the chilly season!

The gothic touch came through again with Dhini but in a more severe way and with a touch of old school glamour coming through. You can’t help but stare at this intense collection with black Victorian collars giving the feeling of Dracula’s mistresses stalking the runway.  Blacks and neutrals were common place as in many of the other collections with royal blue being the splash of colour. Not my favorite collection but major fashion points to those theatrical enough to pull it off.

Next up was my favorite collection of the night by TL Wood! Teresa Liano exuded an ‘After work drinks in the City’ feel, she delivered a wearable, sexy show with vests and tights included but mainly a tailored collection of items that will take you from office to nightlife without blinking one single curled eyelash. Skinny legs are in, not to be confused with the cigarette leg with has no place in the office and always mixed with a fitted hip scraping jacket or a blousey, sheer top- just a hint to leave no one doubting your womanly charms. Only one way to describe it- sexy as hell!

Tan leather ruled in the Gorman collection with jackets and mini shift dresses all in the eco-friendly material and the ‘go with anything’ colour. Gorman had heaps of fun dressing for winter with childlike socks and shoes taking a grown up feel. Bright orange socks and high heeled black patent t-bars brought the LBD to the new season with little ruffles adding to the children’s playground theme. The key to this collection is to accessorise. Roll up the sleeves on your leather jacket or wrap a silk scarf around your neck- it’ll keep the chill out and look fabulous.

Megan Park channeled an American Indian theme for this winter with feather neckties adorning her models. Embroidered cropped jackets and sequin covered coats- with plenty of movement- created a similar feel to Vixen but with a bit more of a ‘boho’ element. The best accessory and one that I think many will jump on was the leopard print leggings! To die for!!! You can rave about the wide legged pants- thank god they’re back- but remember leopard print goes with everything!

After all this ‘Black with a Splash’ you’d be thinking that you had this winter stitched up…not so! The final to a wonderful show was the irresistible Akira- you have to have one of his pieces in your wardrobe! Famous for being different to the norm, he didn’t disappoint. Akira: It was like spring had entered the building, a light breeze after the chill of a snow storm. Akira breezed into the building with floaty, full length Goddess gown falling in the palest cream silks with cyclamen, royal blue and emerald tie dyed through the bottom his dresses seemed to have a mind of there own and moved with the models body giving the most flattering silhouette. Jackets were the same shape with their own movement and weight to them that created an elegance not seen for the night. My one question was the final piece for show, an ivory coloured floor length dress reminiscent of a 19th Century wedding dress crossed with your granny’s favorite nightie. The piece was confusing however obviously a piece of art not prêt-a-porter so I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions.

All in all a beautiful start to winter, with a touch of sparkle at Megan Park, the art of seduction at TL Wood and fun flirty pieces at Camilla and Marc as well as Gorman we should have every fashion faux pas covered, even if it is with a bit of crushed velvet.

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Words – Georgie Elrington

Photography – Anthony Licuria APL Photography

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