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Fine Food & Fine Frocks


Fashion AND fancy food?’ a very skeptical friend commented after hearing about Fine Food and Fine Frocks. ‘Doesn’t sound right.’ Boy was he wrong. What a night it was! Celebrating everything quintessentially Melbourne; fashion, retail and hospitality, the event had me wishing for more of its kind. Held at a Melbourne fixture, the ever popular Grossi Florentino restaurant, Fine Food and Fine Frocks heralded the arrival of new uniforms for female wait staff of the Italian eatery, designed by Leona Edmiston, as well as a parade of her new collection.

The idea behind these new uniforms, as explained by Guy Grossi himself, was to provide customer with a ‘feast for the eyes, while (he) worked to tantalise the taste buds’. While the uniform remains a basic black wrap dress, Leona brought design depth to the piece to keep it work-appropriate and functional, with a little sexiness and elegance. Boasting details like flutter sleeves and three tear drop shaped openings over the décolletage, as well as being lightweight and figure flattering, it was a hit with the staff. Not surprising, given how well thought out it was by both parties.

Leona Edmiston’s show later on in the night was held against the backdrop of Grossi Florentino’s stately murals and delicate chandeliers. Her dresses were feminine and sophisticated as always, but details like clear Perspex belt buckles, silk screen prints and brightly coloured sequins on sheer mesh made this one of my favourite collections of hers. Strong trends such as fringing (but with a silver foil twist), tiers and strategic cut outs seem to be features, as well as placing emphasis on the waist.

With famous faces like Leona herself, Jessica Hart, Kris Smith, Paul Licuria and Blair McDonough, the night was a roaring success. Here’s to more food and fashion collaborations!

Witty Words by Amanda Phoon The P Life
Pretty Pictures by Christos Pavlidis

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