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‘Feast of Fashion’ part one


 GPO hosted a boutique runway to celebrate the array of designers housed in the divine building. A vintage themed runway beneath high ceilings and spectacular arches, greeted guests with Cacao Chocolates and Deakin Estate bubbly in the heart of the city for a ‘feast of fashion.’

Lisa Ho opened the runway featuring the core of winter fashion being tailoring and leather, in statement black, naturally. Blazers and jackets featured exquisite tailoring and structured shoulders and layering was a key style technique. Leggings were teamed with mini skirts made from silks, leathers and tiered embellished fabrics and outfits complimented by elegant jackets and blazers. A faux fur sleeveless vest warmed the 1920’s influenced collection where outfits were heavily accessorised with bold jewellery and millinery.

Next up, Arthur Galan featured his men’s and women’s collection throughout the event showcasing the handsome and the elegant. Basics such as the white tee and cardigan crept into men’s wardrobes to team with tailored suit pants and sit underneath vests and slim ties. A leather jacket competed with the suit jacket for a level of modern exclusivity. Grey is popular in suitng as pants are cut straighter and blazers are fitted and teamed with scarves and vests for a polished look.

Akira displayed his usual genius with an myriad of unique prints and shibori elements adding interesting depth. This season the designer flirts with the trapeze shaped dress most often.

In an effort to keep it classic and modern, LifewithBird’s played with print fabrics in their latest collections. A loosely drawn floral fabric with hues of black, ice blue and soft pinks was designed from long sleeve shift dress, top, basic halter dress and leggings. LifewithBird kept pants, vests and jackets black to highlight the bolder fabrics and all styled to suit this seasons over the knee boot.

Predominately admired for street wear, Alpha60 showcased two unique black dresses for the Winter Season. A mid length and strapless relaxed fit dress was layered with a long cardigan and heavily accessorised. A straight shouldered cocktail dress merged black fabric with snake skin designed fabric to create an elegant yet edgy cocktail outing.

Gorman brightened the runway with it’s latest collection commencing with a baby pink chiffon top sitting underneath a tailored jacket, decorated with sequined lined stars. Leggings from bright purple hues and metallic black were the base to be layered with gathered mini skirts, shift dresses and shorts. Harem pants whilst keeping their volume are being tapered in a bit and challenging the everyday suit pant. A cropped leather jacket caught our eye thanks to its pretty frilled collar as leather continues to conquer runways.

Adhering to classic shapes but conscious to achieve the modern, Manning Cartell played with basics to create the now. The LBD’s shoulders were embellished and layered by a luxurious faux fur, leopard sleeveless vest. High waisted slimline pants were styled with classic white blouses with bows for pretty and gathered leather skirts were warmed with Manning’s ivory jacket.

Acne delighted with its voluminous baby pink bubble skirt teamed with a sharp white blazer and lovely feature hat for a taste of their whimsical winter collection.

Belinda, not afraid to challenge current trends, presented an array of styles and colours in her latest collection. A hint of safari featured in an ivory anorak vest layering a basic white tee and tailored shorts. Relaxed fitted blouses and loose pencil inspired skirts teamed with patterned fabrics and long crochet jackets. A stunning floral wrap dress in the brightest of spring hues closed Belinda’s generous collection of styles.

Achieving both edgy and glamorous was Wayne Cooper’s tough collection which celebrated glossy fabric. A daring black wrap dress exposed the décolletage fitting to the female silhouette along with an off the shoulder top decorated with frills to keep it pretty yet alluring. A high sheen black trench warmed us as a modern take on the basic with a belt for waist emphasis and sharp high collar.

Leona Edmiston bought the fun and frivolous with her version of the maxi dress in kaftan styles, off the shoulder and strapless. Embellished with colour and playful designs, Leona’s designs can be worked day or night. Winter looks fabulous with Leona’s choice of bright patterned fabrics, light tie dye colours and blue at it’s boldest.

The runway would not be complete without the glamorous creations of nicolangela. Presenting a series of four dresses in cool hues of black and grey were two cocktail and two gowns. With a focus of femineity and elegance, dresses were frill tiered, a-line, straight and layered and gathered. Teamed with vintage styled millinery, the dresses celebrated the female silhouette by emphasising waists, shoulders and the décolletage. A luxurious collection for a classic statement.

Pretty prose by Angela Fedele
Fab photography by Scott Gick

One Thought on “‘Feast of Fashion’ part one

  1. Lyn Galea on March 24, 2010 at 7:45 pm said:

    Fantastic photos by your photographer- really vibrant. I love them!!

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