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High Fashion, High Tea MSFW 2008

The charming team over at Fashionising contributed to the Melbourne Spring Fashion week official schedule with their event entitled High Fashion, High Tea. It ended up being the most relaxing event of the week and I was eternally thankful for that considering what a stressful week it had turned out to be! Held at Exhibition Street’s ‘Trunk’ venue the intimate group show was accompanied by scones, frittata and heavenly raspberry friands (why they do this to a girl who has just watched 16 straight runway shows full of leggy models for the past seven days is beyond me).

StyleMelbourne favourite Joolz jewelery was on display as local designer Airdrie Makim watched from the sidelines. A glossy black and turquoise blue beaded necklace caught my eye (and my breath) and exuded a Cleopatra-like vibe. Designers Amanda McCarthy from Leonard street and Lyndel Yeo of Miss Lyndel Yeo were also spotted among the crowd as their collections emerged. The MLY collection strikes me a playful collection for the younger set to consider sporting at the upcoming races.

Alexi freeman showed his typically sexy dresses as did Antonia Paris who is burned into my fashion consciousness as my favourite collection. They’ve won a new fan with the appearance of a one-shouldered, sequined little black dress (a little toga-ish but still very chic). Thurley was also dress heavy with their striking cut out designs and classic graphic detailing. Tom, Dick and Harry also gave the boys some fine details, paying attention to bright suit linings and patterned, rolled cuffs.

I appreciated Gary Bigeni’s relaxed, easy styling and didn’t even mind a touch of Fanta orange popping up in his collection. Pleasure State provided the thrills with their deliciously frothy lingerie. Local Melbourne designer label Kbad completed the group, with sleek designs from the year old brand.

Words – Sarah Willcocks

Photography – Patrik Nemes

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