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Designer Series 2


Melbourne Town Hall was awash with the fashionable and famous on Wednesday night, as the historic venue played host to Designer Series Parade Number 2 as part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2009. The runway looked European in style featuring the simple wooden floor of the town hall and a basic black backdrop. However what the runway lacked in pizzazz this year was compensated by the collections on show that night.

The ever feminine and quirky Dhini opened the runway show, featuring a distinct military feel with models saluting the pack of photographers at the end of the runway.  The colour palette was fresh and wearable, featuring navy blues and electric lime greens.  Pieces were all about the detail, with brass buttons, ruffles, sequins and plenty of draped and folded fabrics.

Life with Bird played up the flirty jumpsuit in their latest collection, presenting the on trend silhouette in both long and short styles, in bold geometric prints.  Bright colours and eye-catching patterns featured upon a variety of simple shapes, including t-shirt shifts, draped tanks and silk shorts.  Life with Bird’s current collection is in my opinion their most wearable and funky to date, so if you haven’t got into the label, now would be the perfect opportunity to get your hands on a few pieces.

I’ll admit that I’ve been an avid Gorman fan for years – however I promise I am not being biased when I say that this is possibly the locally grown label’s most gorgeous collection to date.  In summary, the theme of this range is colour, colour and maybe just a little more colour.  Tops were tiered, dresses were draped and shorts were voluminous.  Skirts were feminine and the palette was very bold, featuring mustard yellow, lime green, multi-tonal prints and less black than what we normally see from Lisa Gorman’s creations.  My personal favourite piece was a simple draped knee length dress in lime, featuring a delightful sequinned sash…so easy, so perfect.

Have you ever been to a runway show and instantly wanted to run out and purchase the entire collection?  Well, if not, I challenge you to check out Ginger & Smart’s latest creations.  If you’re a fan of monochromatic prints, bold electro colour palettes and shapes to flatter all body types, then you will simply fall in love with Ginger & Smart’s line of feminine yet oh so modern pieces this summer.  Shapes included maxi dresses and skirts, delicate blouses and fashion forward jumpsuits.  If you’re after the perfect piece to wear to a glam cocktail party, or even just an afternoon barbecue, Ginger & Smart’s line of bold edgy pieces will have you all set.

Nicola Finetti bought an entire new level of class to the runway this season.  Designs were simple yet bold for evening, cocktail and race wear, in a simple colour range of black, gold and nude.  His eye for detail is truly second to none, utilising textured fabrics and the flattering way in which he drapes and folds the material to create an ultra feminine silhouette is breathtaking.

Kirrily Johnson finished the show with a bang presenting her slightly off beat designs for both guys and girls.  The designer selected a basic colour theme of nudes and blacks, and featured plenty of sheer fabrics and a myriad of draped designs, which we love – because they hide your flaws and emphasise your features.  Silhouettes were simple, with maxi dresses, leggings and relaxed tees playing an integral part in the collection.  Leather and zippered details livened things up a little in what was a very nomadic themed range.

Designer Series 2 was so varied in styles, that it is difficult to pinpoint very strong trends and absolute must haves this season.  However, if I took away anything it would be that the maxi dress is still reigning supreme in the frock stakes, and bold colour and pattern is essential.  For those who prefer to keep it simple, you’ll find plenty of options in black and nude tones.  All in all, the collections on show Wednesday evening were very wearable, very summery and VERY beautiful.

Witty words by Bronwyn Miller

Fine photography by Michael Todor Photography

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