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LMFF 2011: Runway 3

LMFF continued this week with L’Oréal Paris Runway 3, featuring Arthur Galan AG, Bianca Spender, Camilla and Marc, Carl Kapp, Flannel, LIFEwithBIRD, Lisa Ho and Yeojin Bae. The third show continued the stellar designer line-up at LMFF so far this week, offering a beautiful selection of pieces to cover all fashion bases this winter.

Carl Kapp’s collection was first to hit the runway with bright coloured gowns interjected amongst chic tailored pieces. Crimson, violet and bright emerald gowns featured draping from the shoulder and plenty of billowing volume.

Carl Kapp

Camilla and Marc’s  collection had a 70’s safari feel. Tasteful leopard print made an appearance  in several pieces, including a simple long-sleeve dress with thin belt. Tweed was key, offered in a casual cropped style jacket, as well as a loose blazer with tan piping/elbow patches. Tweed was also carried through into a short flippy skirt paired with a khaki blouse with rolled up sleeves and shoulder tab detail for a utilitarian edge.

Camilla & Marc

Tomato red, camel and white were the key colour palette players throughout Lisa Ho’s designs. Tomato red was used as a reviving contrast in cropped trousers, short skirts and tops, generally combined with natural camel hues. Highlight pieces included a tomato red gathered one shoulder dress with a tan belted waist and voluminous hemline, as well as a short white crochet dress – very cute.

Lisa Ho

Leather was used throughout Arthur Galan’s range in dresses (even full length), jackets, trousers and thigh length boots. Colour blocking was also key, demonstrated in an asymmetric crêpe de Chine black, indigo and white dress, and also more formally in a long-sleeve tunic dress in latte with a thick black hem. Fringed belts were the must-have accessory that gave bulky jackets shape and soft dresses a harder edge.

Arthur Galan AG

Tan and camel also made an appearance throughout Flannel’s collection, but in a softer manner, used in suede and velour fabrics. The softness was carried through into blouses, dresses and trousers, many of which were constructed in silk and whisper-light white organza. Soft bows, ruffles and ties were also key garment details.


LIFEwithBIRD’s delicate airbrush print was complemented beautifully with warm grey separates such as soft short-sleeve jackets, shorts and platform ankle boots. Tomato red was also used in loose tank tops and jackets, paired with matching gathered trousers.


Bianca Spender was queen of the elegant dress, which appeared in many guises including black silk with lace inserts, fluttering latte silk and show-stopping peacock blue. Spender also had work wear covered, amalgamating the best bits of the 70’s into chic, sharp pieces. A paisley print in warm, earthy tones was given a contemporary look when worked into blouses and even a jumpsuit.

Bianca Spender

Yeojin Bae’s shot silk separates had the colour intensity of a rich wine and trickled down the catwalk like a smooth glass of Shiraz. Glitz and texture was added to the collection with an abundance of gold sequins used on leggings, t-shirts and skirts. Bae also introduced a cute cut-out style detail, which became a familiar feature at the waist of dresses and blouses.

Yeojin Bae

Pretty prose by Courtney Symes

Happy snaps by Carlie Devine

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