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Circa Nocturna 2011

For those who favour alternative fashion, Circa Nocturna is the one event that cannot be missed during the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. This year’s event was as unusual and infamously different as only Circa can be, however this was particularly significant as it marks the end of the traditional showcase of Australian subculture fashion, and will now be replaced with smaller boutique based previews throughout the year.


Clockwork Butterfly

This year’s event featured designs from budding new design labels John and Betty, Tentacle Threads, Trash Glam, Clockwork Butterfly, Emilie Gray and the simply amazing debut collection from Michael V couture. Trends this year included strong influences from vintage styles; fitted feminine business shirts with strong vamp-y shoulders were complemented by pencil skirts in bright purple and deep red satin. Wearability was a focal point, with many designs created in breathable fabrics to accommodate the Australian climate. A sequinned Diana Ross inspired fish tailed gown stole the show for Michael V couture, whilst Victorian sophistication was added by Clockwork butterfly.

Elysium Couture

Elysium Couture

Alternative style was redefined this year, with a heavy focus on rock a billy glamour and vintage silhouettes, injections of colour dominated the scene, with black and grey complementing designs in velvet and lace, rather than acting as bases for pieces.

Emilie Gray

Michael V Couture

Pretty prose by Alexandra Schleibs

Fab photos by Linda Hampton

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