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Fashion Hall of Fame 2010 & Spring Runway

Couturier Robert Fritzlaff and Arthur Galan (of the label Arthur Galan AG) joined the ‘crème de la crème’ of Australia’s fashion industry as they were inducted in to the Stonnington Fashion Hall of Fame.

“It’s vintage…I’m vintage” chuckles Robert Fritzlaff as his 1963 Gown of the Year is paraded down the runway. His designs are each unique, all commissioned by clients primarily in the 60s. Fritzlaff says that the most important thing to him when creating a garment is “design and good cut, even if it’s a cheaper garment.”

Conversely, Galan’s label since being launched 12 years ago, has established itself as a label continuing to provide modern designs, for the client he sees as ‘an assertive modern man and a sexy, sophisticated woman.”

Fashion Hall of Fame 2010

The presentation was accompanied by the Stonnington Spring Fashion Runway, showcasing trends form both emerging and prominent designers from Chapel St, High St, Toorak Road and Toorak Village.

Emerging designer and fourth year RMIT student Jana O’Callaghan opened the show and the ‘Urban’ segment. Chain embellishments and draped shoulder detailing added a twist to the minimalist style garments. Lines were kept clean with a fine attention to detail. Simple cuts were kept directional through the artistic employment of a muted palette. White garments graduated to a light grey through what seemed to be an evident stroke of a thick paint brush.

Designers including Wonder by EcoLife, Roy, Chocolate City, Stevie and Ivory followed. Looks combined a mixture of both active and delicate fabrics. Jerseys were paired with leather and sheer silks and grey marles were paraded alongside brights and metallic party numbers.

Fashion Hall of Fame 2010

Anna Linklater’s Violet and I opened the Spring Racing segment of the show. While her third collection is inspired by an ‘English rose being whisked away into the heart of bustling India’, references to the ladylike 50s were evident. The collection contrasted vibrant yellows with pretty neutrals with sequins and plaited appliqué for effect.

Alannah Hill’s take on racing attire was Chanel inspired with a modern edge. Matching pastel pink boucle separates were teamed with knee high violet opaques. There were hot pinks, A line frocks and floral appliqué detailing.

Prints and bold colours were the focus of Leona Edmiston’s vintage collection and lines we kept clean at SOHO workshop with pops of colour coming through in strawberry and bright red ties.

Fashion Hall of Fame 2010

T.L Wood spliced varying shades of greys and black while Lisa Barron featured floral print and colour with black.

Jo Templin opened the ‘Party’ segment with a collection of crisp white. Her almost dream like harem pant come draped jumpsuit was beautifully crafted and intricate.

Arabella Ramsay referenced a bygone era with a floor length navy t-shirt dress with large floral cream appliqué. Ruffled frocks were flirty and digital print made an appearance in a subtle smudge print grey A-line skirt.

Fashion Hall of Fame 2010

Bettina Liano displayed an array of intricate silk pastel dresses with extra attention payed to trim and sculpting.

Wayne Cooper’s stand out was a floor length white, red and orange gown with a large bow tied under the bust multiple draped panels allowing for movement.

Eliza Baker too featured a bold, asymmetrical stripe print dress of navy, white, orange and emerald.

Fashion Hall of Fame 2010

Prints continued through in to Lisa Ho who featured a bold strapless floor length white and grey printed dress with one diagonal shoulder strap.

Jack Loder, intern with Toni Maticevski opened the ‘Glamour’ section with an astonishing black, pleat front pencil skirt with an exaggerated ruffle around the waist.

Designs by John Cavill, Rajat K Tangri for Noir Desire, Medwin, Mathieu Salem and Connie Simonetti and Hemden proved that glamour and extravagance work hand in hand. Dissipating sequins, single diagonal straps, fringing and the splicing of exquisite materials and exaggerated silhouettes all contributed to the creation of these glamorous garments.

Wise words by Taylor Kelly
Fab photos by Edy Lianto

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