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Gala at the Gallery


in Melbourne label, Landell Designs, showcased the first of their five pop-up fashion shoots yesterday as part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

‘Gala at the Gallery’ captured the essence of the unique local label, highlighting stunning eveningwear and beautiful cocktail designs to break through the Wintery blues.

Inspired by vintage designers of the 60s, designer Lisa Defazio recreates the elegance of a woman’s silhouette in her limited release, made to order, works of art.

With the shoot taking place on the lawn next to the Arts Centre, the cultural backdrop of the ‘Forward Surge’ sculptural waves combined with this high-end fashion label, created a picturesque image for the photo shoot. With the event styled among an iconic Melbourne place, Landell designs is 100 per cent Melbourne focused, sourcing talent from hairdressing students from Edward Beale and students from Napoleon Perdis’ make-up academy.

The four designs featured were distinctively unique, however they all encompassed beauty, elegance and the delightfulness of Melbourne fashion.

Lisa’s one-off pieces have been inspired by a range of influences, particularly fabric, which Lisa said dictated the formation of her designs. The couture evening gowns, one with the black lace bodice, the other adorned with red and yellow roses and patterns, were inspired by the classic look of the 50s and a Spanish influence, respectively. The full-bloom, blue strapless dress was thematic to fairytales, and brightened the Melbourne morning when it looked like it was going to rain. Finally, my favourite design – the two-piece yellow number which screams spring carnival, complete with a fascinator created by Lisa! Inspired by a 60s or 70s pool party, the colours of yellow, pale pink and green, were used to construct the halter-neck wrap and sarong-like skirt, to create an enchanting outfit perfect for any lady.

There aren’t many people who can say that they own an outfit created specifically for them. Landell Designs is made to measure and never repeated. Lisa believes that “with one-off pieces, you need them to be tailor made to the person, not just to their body, but to their personality”, making these pieces truly special.

Keep your fashion eye out for the other pop-up shoots happening around Melbourne this week!

Pretty words by Monika Pilekic

Happy snaps by Vicky U

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