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LMFF 2011: Runway 5

In a premium line up of designers, L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Runway 5 debuted Winter collections dedicated to feminity, glamour and elegance. Looking effortlessly stunning in a strapless silk maxi, Australian actress Melissa George greeted the audience and thanked LMFF Director, Grant Pearce for selecting her as the festival’s Ambassador and for an extraordinary week of fashion.

Willow, renowned for their draping techniques, featured classic shift dresses, singlets and harem pants in two-toned patterned fabrics. Grey, yellow and bronze dresses teamed were team with Greek inspired gladiator sandals at calf height.

Willow LMFF 2011: Runway 5

Never failing to achieve timeless elegance, Scanlan & Theodore adopted Melbourne’s favourite fashion hue, black. A polished aesthetic of turtle necks, silk shirts, silk and ribbed dresses worked with leggings, tailored pants and skirts. Lace was favoured among dresses and long cardigans exuded warmth in black and neutral tones with a hint of leather trimming on elbows.

Scanlan & Theodore LMFF 2011: Runway 5

Dion Lee bought light to his highly anticipated winter collection with a belted white shirt dress plus red and watermelon dresses with chiffon flowing over the top. Relaxed blazers and all things flowing, soft and delicate were the focuses in this feminine collection.

Dion Lee LMFF 2011: Runway 5

Jayson Brunsdon went wild with leopard print, faux far and the fabric of the season; velvet. Long dresses with 70’s inspired cuts, delicate crochet and sequins livened up the cooler colours of winter. Orange and red featured in a few designs, working together in blocks for simplistic sophistication. Strong and structured silhouettes adorned the vibrant collection.

Jayson Brunsdon LMFF 2011: Runway 5

Aurelio Costarella showcased yet another luxurious collection of flowing dresses embedded with leather corset style belts, faux far jackets and embellishment. Aurelio played with metallic silver, tribal colours and black and brown leather to design riding shorts, structured dresses and pants. There is something very ‘warrior princess’ about his style and I fall in love with it every time.

Aurelio Costarella LMFF 2011: Runway 5

Hollywood glamour was ignited with Collette Dinnigan’s romantic collection dominated with black lace dresses, white silk and chiffon, leather gloves and frill detailing. Delicate black lace details on a white gown floated down the runway, as did a divine black velvet floor length gown; a classic style transformed into a modern silhouette for 2011.

Colette Dinnigan LMFF 2011: Runway 5

Delighting the audience, Toni Maticevski combined trends of Grecian goddess, luxurious lace and remarkable embellishment. Soft hues of grey, camel and white fabrics draped over silk skirts, lace and tiered dresses. Embellished with sequins, embedded flowers, off-cuts and with shoulders covered in flowing frilled fabric; the collection was elegant. Truly romantic, the collection swept me of my feet.

Toni Maticevski LMFF 2011: Runway 5

Witty words by Angela Fedele

Stylish snaps by Scott Gick

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