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LMFF Runway 5


to the designers featured on LMFF Runway 5, leather is the look for Autumn Winter 2010.

White Suede launched the parade with the popular 1980s feel with lots of leather, strong shoulders, bandage dresses and minis. Lace and leather were paired together on the same garments to create a mix of tough and feminine. Black dominated the collection, but print silk maxi and mini dresses and cream coloured blazers broke up with monotony.

Bettina Liano embraced black leather with a collection of bustiers, shorts and miniskirts.  Pale denim with exposed zips as embellishment also made more than one appearance. A sky blue dress with lots of ruching stood out among the tough biker feel, and a boxy men’s fit jacket were Bettina Liano’s few exceptions to motorcycle chic.

This Is Genevieve stuck to a metallic patterned motif on sheer fabric that featured on most designs. Dresses and tops were layered and draped, with sheer fabric layered over the more substantial.

Extinct sent their first model down the runway in a leotard, heels and a Balmain-esque leather jacket, causing a stir among the audience. Their collection showed tight mini dresses with strong shoulders and low backs, long sleeved mini dresses with cutout detail, and men’s fit pants. The men’s collection was slightly more colourful than the all-black women’s range, including burgundy pants, blue suits and coloured check shirts.

WA label Joveeba had a distinctly tribal feel to their 2010 collection, making a nice change of pace from the all black 80s look. Grey, blue and pink-toned tribal silk prints were used in long-sleeved blouses and shift dresses to create an unexpected mix of patterns and shapes. Things turned metallic toward the end of the parade, with a range of jackets, skirts and dresses in silvery-bronze.

Wayne Cooper showed his eagerness to embrace the 80s trend with a black leather, one shouldered dress opening his parade. Big ruffled and sheer overlay were also popular features.

Nicolangëla also started out with an one shouldered black number, this time with a ruffled skirt and black gloves evoking a 1980s prom vibe.  Blue and purple were used heavily in this collection in silks and metallics, with an emphasis on draping lines and movement in the full-length gowns.

Nina Maya launched the 2010 collection with a splash of colour. Bright, pink-and-blue floral prints, scarlet and blue made for a refreshing, uplifting collection of structured and loose-flowing garments.

Hussy finished the show with asymmetrical and cut-out designs in everything from black to bright silky prints, showing the designers’ ability to pick and choose from trends.

Written Words by Stephanie Anderson
Super Snaps by Michelle Hunder

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