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Designer Series 1

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Series 1 had a varied line up of designers from the quirky to the timeless with original runway performances and amazing styles to look forward to this Spring Summer season.

Listening to the sounds of exotic birds, Akira presented their resort collection to an anticipatory crowd. Light colours, soft fabrics and lace detailing romanced us, all teamed with chunky summer wedges. Maxi dresses made a regular appearance in the collection complimented with off the shoulder, neck lace detailing and decorative flowers. Flowing fabrics were embroidered with flowers and bold orange and red embellishments gave the garments a vintage feel. An amazing red ruffled bolero was a favourite piece as Akira reminded us that femininity can be bold.

Gwendolynne powerfully entered the runway featuring gorgeous metallic fabrics to fit and emphasise a womanly silhouette and luxurious exotic colours to excite for Spring. Gwendolynne opened with a gorgeous yellow cocktail dress adorned with a white bolero and complimented with this season’s Spring racing-appropriate hat. From mini to maxi most dresses cleverly gathered and draped providing unique styling. Unusual fabrics were embellished beautifully from lace to a gorgeous tutu style dress which the crowd adored. Styles were timeless yet offering exclusivity in the collection.

Music bounced, colourful straw summer hats appeared and we were all craving fruity cocktails when Easton Pearson’s collection bought Summer to the runway. A black jumpsuit made of beautiful casual fabric and adorned with bold red flowers opened the collection. Bright primary colours made for cute and clever creations all teamed with flower and frill embellishments. Black and white mod styles also made an appearance although geometric shapes on the fabric made them joyful. The final dress on the runway was amazing, a maxi with sweetheart cut top adorned with material intertwined in frills, embellished flowers and bright hues. Easton Pearson’s latest collection takes you from resort to casual summer afternoons.

Four racks of garments wheeled into the centre of the runway and models in their underwear came out in fours to be dressed on stage. An unusual show but also an exclusive backstage pass for all of us in the audience. MaterialbyProduct really displayed the core of a fashion show from the garments on a coat hanger, to model, to runway. Neutral tones yet also a series of bright lime green garments featured in the series. MaterialbyProduct provided the basics yet worked with the fabrics to have them overlap and drape unusually. Seams and the construction of garments were still visible yet provide stylish differentiation taking a basic piece to the realm of something unique. All garments were teamed with funky loafers and asymmetrical layering and cut featured prominently. MaterialbyProduct’s collection was entertaining and bought life back to the wardrobe staples.

Another striking collection from the talented Aurelio Costarella included mini-metallic embellishments on the opening piece, a stunning mini dress. It was off the shoulder and double strapped to ensure it was cohesive with the entirity of his collection. Designs looked very tribal and well structured as Aurelio focused on waist detailing in many of his pieces. Volume featured throughout the range. Luxurious fabrics and embroidered designs on bodices which tuck in ruffled tops and provide the waistline for voluminous skirts. Fabrics gathered, floated and fitted so every female silhouette was flattered. A powerful collection which was “warrior princess” gets exclusive and glamorous.

Christine featured her latest styles as well as how to work them for the Spring Racing Carnival. Shift style dresses and kaftans in bold coloured and patterned fabrics teamed with gladiator sandals with some reaching the knee! No rules here on mixing vertical and horizontal lines as Christine made all her collection work so well together. Taking similar embellished fabrics from these styles, she’s designed them into long jackets and structured pieces to liven up the wardrobe basics. Christine featured elegant pieces from white pants and a patterned blue and white blazer to a sophisticated black pant suits and LBD’s. The stand out was the gorgeously unusual ‘rose’ throw-over, part jacket, part bolero of black roses perfectly aligned to adorn the entire back. Christine covered all tastes in her collection whilst keeping exclusivity high on her priorities.

Pretty pictures by Magdalena Skorlich

Wise words by Angela Fedele
Fantastic photos by Anthony Licuria APL

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