Alice McCall opened runway 6 at the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival with delicate scalloped trim, muted prints – a paisley and an M.C. Escher-like version I covet – and thus set the bar for pieces Australia will really want to wear this season. LIFEwithBird, in laid-back mode, sent more-interesting-than-average staple pieces down the runway; autumnal muted tones if not black with a sprinkling of organic pattern. Bassike stuck to the basics; a tux jacket, a blazer, collarless shirting. Adding some much needed vibrancy was Lisa Ho, a floral teamed with mauve, jewel blue and sage green. Presenting a more interesting collection that at their previous Myer showcase was Morrison with paper-bag collared dresses, chunky dual-coloured knits and glossy black on skirts, capris and a cropped coat-dress. Flannel jumped all over the place with knit sweater teams with floaty skirts, patchwork leather and a floral print that reminds me of wallpaper in a Chinese restaurant. Kirrily Johnston added the hallmarks of medieval dress to a thoroughly modern collection to round out the runway.
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Photography by Scott Gick