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LMFF Runway 7

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 weekend began with the seventh installment of LMFF’s much anticipated runways. A diverse line up of designers who challenged trends and re-invented a winter bursting with colours, leather and all things luxurious.

Martin Grant opened with a black woolen mini dress complete with a caplet feature. Keeping in sync with Melbourne’s love for the cooler colours, shades of grey and charcoal conquered most pieces from off the shoulder and strapless dresses which all emphasised the female silhouette. A burst of fun fuchsia in a bold silk dress teamed with a voluminous woolen jacket brightened the season followed by a sleek black maxi gown. Tailored shorts tucked in vintage style vests and everything was designed to work around tights. Martin presented a fresh design approach to the cool months ahead.

Akira’s soft and romantic approach to fashion was evident in the flowing designs in their latest collection. Luxurious silks and cottons were transformed into voluminous maxi dresses, bold kaftan wrap arounds and sheer chiffon cocktail dresses. Bright prints and bold colours of purple and orange woke up winter styles including a polka dot cocktail frock lined with a frilled collar. Shoulders were celebrated and decorated with a mix of fabrics and embellishments along with ‘the cut out’ featuring on the backs and waists of pieces.

Complimenting the classic, Fernando Frisoni’s latest collection took the basics and infused them with wools, silks and the winter prints of this season. Off the shoulder pieces and quality tailoring is still at the forefront of collections as Fernando embellished shoulders and focused on garment structure. A caplet style jacket streamlined a sophisticated pantsuit and shorts and shirts were teamed with a focus on the waist.

Scanlan and Theodore kept winter polished with well-tailored basics complimented with this seasons favourites. A mocha high waisted leather mini skirt opened the runway teamed with a snakeskin print blouse. Spring inspired jump suits crept into the collection in pant form and were high-waisted with voluminous pockets. Trench jackets collars got wider and caplets are returning. Metallic shift dresses were teamed with leather and print leggings for the Tran seasonal.

Influenced by the cultures of India and Europe, Easton Pearson’s latest collection of tribal delights creatively interpreted winter fashion. With shift and cocktail dresses hand beaded and embellished with bright flower prints, it was evident that the objective of the collection was to decorate and fascinate. Lace and chiffon merged with textured fabrics to create wrap around dresses, shirts and cardigans. Earthy colours of green and bronze were complimented with black detailing and anything to embellish.

Tina Kalivas adopted an African tribal theme in her bold runway collection. Tailored to flatter, her colourful mini dresses featured gold and green tribal patterns with blocks of textured fabrics in blacks and darker hues. Interpreting the off the shoulder trend in her own way, voluminous blouses with decorated cuffs tucked into tailored grey pants as bold colours and heavy accessories completed the outfits.

Timothy Godbold impressed with a sophisticated take on the mini dress and suit inspired pieces. An off the shoulder woolen mini dress featured a cut out and the merging of velvet fabric through the piece. Scarves were graciously wrapped and built into dresses and sequins finished hemlines and decorated. Tailoring was exceptional and Timothy pleased Melburnians staying with the adored cool hues of grey, navy and charcoal.

Closing Runway 7 was Michael Angel and his collection of delightful concepts for winter 2010. Designs had a futuristic style and were inspired with bold patterns of orange, red and navy and the teaming of different textured fabrics. Blazers were strongly structured, frill elements entertained skirts and shirts and many finished with polished leather gloves. From a faux fur navy coat to a purple shift dress with strategic cut outs, Michael Angel catered for a broad audience of winter fashion aficionados.

Pretty prose by Angela Fedele

Inventive images by Brent Thyssen

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