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Catwalk Theatre

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  pre-festival event Catwalk Theatre took runways to a new level.

The first act was the unique Jessica Ward performing from Circanica. Dressed in the evening’s theme of black and hot pink, Jessica astounded with her strength and flexibility where she balances on her hands upon three silver canes.

In fashion tradition Madonna’s “Vogue” opened for the ladies from Ministry of Dance. They appeared in striking sequinned black body suits, that even the furthest audience member could see and complimented by white and black millinery by Alexandra Harper.

Next, Sally Jones, lingerie designer is inspired by the silver screen sirens such as Marilyn Monroe and Bridget Bardot defining her latest collection. Sultry pieces were presented primarily themed in black and soft pinks as we rewind back to the early 1940’s where waist cinchers and corsets defined bedroom wear. Suspenders made their presence known, layered with sheer chiffon robes, and French lace underwear and tops were embellished with ruffle trims. Skirtini’s (super mini skirts) complimented garters, hosiery and long gloves and silk pieces. Sally Jones’ intimate collection complimented femineity and with modern design techniques, brings sultry and elegance back into the bedroom.

Daniela Orlando gave Melbourne the perfect winter collection featuring our favorite dark hues, namely black. She opened with a gorgeous black strapless mini dress with a wide vertical stripe down the centre and back in a dark metallic snakeskin design. Sky high pumps and thigh high boots complimented mini shift dresses in sheen fabrics and shirts belted and over leggings as Winter takes a sharp tailored look this season. Volume is minimal except in our layering where we saw black anoraks, structured tuxedo blazers and a dark purple and black tartan wrap-around jacket. The key piece of the collection was a black blazer with high shoulders and sleeves, which incorporated faux fur and metallic studs. A step outside the clean sophisticated lines of Daniela’s collection but something truly exclusive for the upcoming season.

Ever Layne’s collection presented her talent in taking simple shapes and playing with modern designs. A gorgeous white silk mini dress with a light frill hem was a flirty introduction to her collection. From the gathered, voluminous and the pencil, skirts were popular teamed with layered tops with cutouts and simple embellishments. Fabrics were soft with subtle sheen and pieces were minimally embellished with the most popular being the exposed zip. Ever Layne’s collection presented relaxed glamour perfect for the trans-seasonal wardrobe.

Lisa Maree’s passion for Bondi Beach had her embark on the creative technique of crochet swimwear. Taking the established template of the one piece and the cutout, she has creatively infused gorgeous crochet patterns throughout but keeping it modest in wearable pieces. Also creating a mini dress version and a body suit with capped sleeves, these pieces were unique and beautifully compliment the female silhouette.

I was lucky enough to sit next to the gorgeous Eva Q as we anticipated her collection. Eva brought prettiness to Catwalk Theatre with an elegant collection of white, cream and mocha dresses. From off the shoulder, to wrap around all dresses are beautiful embellished with ruffles and flowers alongside the dress, decorating décolletages and waists. Eva also recognizes her responsibility to the environment, using material cut-off’s to create embellishments and layer in with existing fabrics on her garments. Eva’s focus on classic silhouettes and all things romantic takes this collection to a new level.

I learnt that ‘Fauve’ is French for Wild Beasts which presented the flirtatious collection of Fauve’s bold lingerie teamed with Metal Couture accessories. Divine fabrics of French lace and silks create the delicate tops and bottoms complimented by garters, hosiery and lace embellishment. Creatively beautiful, Fauve’ presented an elegant lingerie collection.

Stepping into the dark and divine, Justine Davis’ Winter collection kept us stylish yet edgy featuring body suits layered with t-bar singlet’s and leather leggings layered in tailored black blazers. Singlet’s were embellished with sequins and featured spots of silk and satin fabrics as a gorgeous A-line satin ruffled dress entered the runway. Justine achieves understated glamour with simple pieces overlayed with luxurious fabrics.

Made in Donald walked the runway for the final time on the evening with a gorgeous white tiered frilled dress with a high silver halter feature decorated in bold silver sequins. She then entertained with Melbourne’s love affair with black winter infused with bold colours like yellow and from the voluminous to the fitted, the blazer again complimented all the unique pieces. Made in Donald also experimented with feather trimmings and bought summers jump suit trend into winter in a voluminous version. Layering featured heavily and was the fabric and quality tailoring was exceptional. The perfect end to a Melbourne Winter runway review.

Pretty prose by Angela Fedele

Fine photos by Stephanie Valencia
Video courtesy Catwalk Theatre

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