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RMIT “Dangerous Goods” runway Part 1 (+ video)


fashion world is constantly changing and evolving with every change in season and the Dangerous Goods is a parade that features designs from fourth year RMIT students and if this parade was anything to go buy, this ever changing entity will be safe in the hands of these budding designers.

The show began with designs from Jason Hewitt, with pieces in vibrant reds and yellows, featuring feather and bone detail in the accessory pieces around the collars, head wear and the bodices of designs and presented with a rustic feel, and paying homage to traditional Native American culture influences through both design features and accessories.

Next were pieces by designer Eutichia Drakopoulos with burgundy dresses, skirts and shirts all delicately draped and accompanied with rough knit jackets in an intricate display of contrasting textiles and the always fabulous super wide leg pants, complimented with a black knit jacket with haphazard ribbon detail on the back.

Cindy Wei Zhang embodied traditional Chinese porcelain in her collection. With pieces in delicate white silk with vibrant blue symmetrical print, the pieces were dazzling and featured a continuation of the print in some cases into a collar piece. Some print was exaggerated with the incorporation of layers of blue and white tulle to give the garments a physical shape and presence.

Jessica Slade followed a sky blue and yellow theme with a yellow sundress with white cotton detail on the side panels. The classic feel continued with a fitted trench coat and a stunning blue sun dress with intricate neckline detail that added for an exciting variation along the bust line.

Holly Simpson offered a conceptual overlap with pieces that incorporated elements from much loved accessories. Handbag elements such as straps and clasps were used in exciting ways for example a simple silk pants and black shirt outfit presented a surprise when it was revealed that the entire back of the shirt was the front of a would be back pack. This trend continued with long blue dress that incorporated the strap of the purse and clasp into a feature on the left hand side of the dress and actually adding to the dress.

Designer Jane Bunn incorporated another element of everyday fashion into her designs, the humble black bra strap. Sheer jackets, shirts and dresses in champagne, blue, black and purple all featured black bra straps either a detailing feature of the garment or as a visible accessory worn on the arms or wrists of the models.

Stephani Melisa Krisna showcased soft designs with delicate colours. Off white pieces were decorated with light orange folds. A black baby doll dress and shaped skirt were intricately decorated with ruffles of lace and boning.

Raine Taylor embodied the Native American influence with strong designs in leather and micro suede. Burgundy, light blue and black were interwoven to create pieces with personality and presence. The waists of pants and skirts were designed to jut out create contrasting shapes against the female silhouette.

Ashleigh Robertson embodied a futuristic gothic industrial feel for her pieces, utilising metal boning to accentuate aspects of the models forms and to divide up the different segments of each outfit. Mottled grey, black and sheer pleated black were all utilised to give depth to each piece, culminating with an unusual solid over coat as the finale.

Jana O’Callaghan designed soft pieces in grey and white with heavy threading detail around the neckline.

Designer Ema Hewitt offered a ten second clip as to her inspiration for her hula hoop print. The print was created by painting the inside of a hula hoop and then twirling it around her body. This fascinating and very sensual print was presented in varying purples against the white canvases of either the long sleeved dress or halter neck shirt and pants outfit. To add to her original print design, Ema incorporated tiny lights into her heavy white jackets, a dress and even a pair of pants, which were all absolutely awe inspiring.

Blanka Pociask was the only designer in this show to present menswear, and edgy was the tone. Strong masculine pieces with heavy buckle detail in black and grey featured bondage styled leather face pieces. The collection also featured full length small checked kilts with large belt and buckle detail along the seams.

Kasia Gorniak showcased designs in green and white and pink and white leotards, all were complemented with a soft flowing piece that covered the shoulders in a corresponding colour.

Last but certainly not least was pieces by Renee Bock. Retro styled jackets were teamed with long black tethers with white stripes as was the final design, a long draped orange dress with ruch detail along the side, completed with its own tethering effect.

Pretty prose by Alex Schleibs

Fab photos by Daniel Archer

One Thought on “RMIT “Dangerous Goods” runway Part 1 (+ video)

  1. Hi Style Melbourne

    We were wondering whether the designers featured in the Dangerous Goods parade would be interested in stocking their label to a QLD stockist.

    We have just opened our own boutique in Fortitude Valley.

    We can be contacted by return email or 0403 302 385 or you can find us at

    Warmest Regards

    Bich Nguyen & Jess Tan

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