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Independent Runway | Melbourne Fashion Festival | 2014

One Fell Swoop at the Independent Runway VAMFF 2014. Photography by Calvin Cropley for StyleMelbourne.

Last night the nation’s slightly under-the-radar labels took back some of the spotlight at the Independent Runway for the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. Tiffany & Co National Designer Award nominee Christina Exie and last year’s victors From Britten took to the catwalk alongside designs from Emma Mulholland, Kathryn Beker, Neo

Independent Runway at LMFF 2013

Kathryn Beker, Neo Dia, Jolet, Fame Agenda; there’s so many talented (and just darn buyable if you can find them) independent designers around town at the moment. Livia Arena is another favourite of mine. And it seems I won’t get much argument from the smart cookies at LMFF as her

LMFF: Independent Runway

Ksubi opened the Independent runway at LMFF with the first revival of grunge I’ve seen this week. Leopard print, 90’s check and detachable zipper sleeves were common themes. Garth Cook continued this feeling in a preppier way as checks gave way to sketchy prints. Do we spy acid-wash, elasticised hemmed

Independent Runway

The  Independent Runway heralds the end of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival for another year.  However, do not despair, as it also gives us the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of some of Australia’s most talented newcomers, up close and personal. Alister Trung kicked things off with a dark collection,

LMFF Independent Runway

Friday evening provided me with a very welcome change of pace.  Some of Australia’s hippest and freshest designers displayed their far edgier than the norm wares at Docklands in the LMFF Independent Runway.  It was so refreshing to view some of the top up and coming young things turn the

Independence Runway | VAMFF 2015

The Independence Runway at the Virgin Australian Melbourne Fashion Festival put the spotlight on last year’s Tiffany & Co. National Designer Award winners Strateas.Carlucci in a slightly-tweaked, more celebratory format that I hope continues in coming years with other indy labels that deserve to shine. Other doing-it-for-themselves labels also took

Mid Mouse runway 2012

Penthouse Mouse, somewhat removed from the glitz and glamour of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Docklands homebase, is an integral part of the week as the hub of independent fashion. On Friday 9th March from 6pm, Mid Mouse presents two distinct runways shows featuring Leonard Street, Autonomy, The Social Studio,

Offsite runway 2 at Penthouse Mouse

On the final night of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival for 2011, Offsite Runway 2 was where the cool kids played. A wharf shed was transformed into a raw runway and bar space waiting to unveil the latest winter collections of five independent designers. Squeezing in a backstage visit, I

Offsite Runway 1 at Penthouse Mouse

Taking on the literal inspiration from Ziggy Stardust at Penthouse Mouse’s LMFF offsite runway 1, Alexi Freeman‘s A/W collection was an uber-cool mix of electric sequins in midnight blues, deep blacks and illuminating silvers matched with bold, daring zig-zag prints. Glamorous and neo-80’s, Freeman’s standout piece was undoubtedly the black

L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival; Runway 7

By the time we get around to the official runway that is both lucky number seven and lucky last for the festival, you just know who the hard core fashion-philes are. It’s almost time to rest our weary-yet-coiffed heads and heels for the week but first there is this one