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MSFW: Designer Series 2 ‘Boutique’

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been faithfully wearing your Melbourne black all through the colder months and are now expecting some inspiring bold colours and patterns for Spring/Summer. The second in the Designer Series shows at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week delivered just this.

MSFW 2011


Obüs and Gorman had bright, fresh takes on new season prints. Obüs’ collection oozed a fiesta feel, with saturated colour and Spanish flavoured patterns. Mandarin tones, yellows and hot pinks filtered through to Gorman’s collection, transforming into quirky tropical prints. The youthful collection had a fun energy, the colours separated by denim and neutral pieces with tapered 3/4 pants making an appearance.

MSFW 2011


Leonard St experimented with fringing and crochet with simple, effortless cuts. The micro mini is back but with a difference, both Leonard St and Kings of Carnaby moving away from the body-con micro mini into a softer, more relaxed version.

MSFW 2011

Leonard St.

Kings of Carnaby played with both extreme lengths, showing off some gorgeous maxi length pieces including a white skirt with a multitude of ruffle layers.

MSFW 2011

Kings of Carnaby

Feminine bohemian meets modern cowgirl was the flavour at Nevenka. There was plenty of lace, floral prints and ruffles mixed with long flowing dresses referencing patchwork quilts, evoking a certain childhood nostalgia.

MSFW 2011


The sheer trend was big on the catwalk but none did it quite like Dhini. Flirty frocks in orange and white with sheer panels, teamed with reworked basics such as waistcoats with contrasting pockets and playful cut outs.

MSFW 2011


FAT veered swiftly between siren silhouettes to oversized almost masculine construction. They kept the colour palette strong with cobalt, red and a smattering of sequins towards the end of the collection.

MSFW 2011


Laid back neutrals were the focus at Lifewithbird, with a pop of tangerine and delicate prints to break up the colour. The dresses were softly tailored in earthy tones with uneven hemlines, perfect for relaxed summer days with sandals.

MSFW 2011


Green With Envy showcased an eclectic mix of their designers teaming with mint green, digital prints, micro minis and lace. Again we saw a number of pieces in one of the most prevalent colours of the season, mandarin orange.

MSFW 2011

Dion Lee for Green With Envy

Bold abstract prints returned when Megan Park took to the catwalk. Leggings with busy patterns were paired with tunics in block colour, cascading maxi dresses and shimmering beading detail against backdrops of hot pink and deep purple. The collection had an effortless vintage holiday feel.

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Megan Park

Alice Euphemia was a perfect closing choice, starting with eye-popping gold sequins. They presented a variety of their designers evident in the broad range of trends, colours and fabrics. Body con mini dresses were alongside leather shorts, sheer netting maxi skirts and sequined midriff tops. The highlight was a black and white maxi dress emblazoned with a city skyline, the buildings printed onto the sheer body of the skirt.

MSFW 2011

Alice Euphemia

Words – Kimberley Smith

Photography – Naomi Rahim

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