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LMFF 2011: Runway 7

The atmosphere at L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival Runway 7 was electric. Perhaps it was Saturday night fever combined with the sensational line-up of White Suede, Talulah, Maurie and Eve, Joveeba, Bettina Liano, Wayne Cooper and Alannah Hill that had revellers bouncing in their seats. Whatever the reason, Runway 7 was a fabulous finale.

White Suede presented a covetable collection featuring an abstract brush-stroke print in black, white, grey and turquoise. The predominantly neutral colour palette including camel, black and white was shaken up with vibrant tomato red highlights, injected via dresses and blouses paired with edgy black leather. The collection concluded with metallic gold pieces, including a pencil skirt, a fitted long-sleeve dress and a jacket with a loose, open front.

White Suede

Talulah’s black felt floppy hats provided a relaxed 70s vibe when paired with the collection’s chic, sassy pieces. Talulah’s signature coral pink and yellow tie-dye print appeared throughout in a strappy maxi dress, skirt and baby-doll dress. This feminine print was contrasted with a black and white geometric Aztec-style print paired with black separates. Gold belts and embellishment also accessorised black dresses.


Maurie and Eve presented a sumptuous colour palette of warm coral (featured in jackets and skirts) combined with a striking burnt orange and black print. Tan leather jackets slung over black made for a sophisticated contrast.

Maurie & Eve

Joveeba presented a laid-back collection consisting of a mixture of knitwear, including fine gauge and cable knit pieces. The silhouette consisted of relaxed layers and soft pieces such as a cowl neck jumper dress. Midnight blue separates were paired with an oversized grey leaf print and tan leather belts defined the waistlines of maxi dresses and trousers.


Knitwear was also key for Bettina Liano, with cable knit vests layered over blouses, knitted dresses that enhanced the bust, a slouchy boyfriend cardi and prim fine gauge v-neck. Whilst skirts were full and gathered, trouser legs remained slim and Liano offered a new take on the classic white shirt with a ruffle front and rolled up cuffs.

Bettina Liano

Although Wayne Cooper’s models pounded down runway to the beat of Rihanna’s song S&M, the collection was far from the kinky connotations of the accompanying soundtrack. Sophisticated dresses in petrol blue taffeta and midnight chiffon were the signature highlights of Cooper’s collection, along with a striking tie dye print in charcoal and pale pink. A natural coloured fur gilet worn over a short latte knit dress served as a casual element within the collection.

Wayne Cooper

True to her signature style, Alannah Hill’s sophisticated mishmash of printed, plain, knitted and woven fabrics sashayed down the runway in a gorgeously rich berry and red/black colour palette. Floral prints were key and bows, lace and other feminine details were not overlooked in Hill’s frivolously fun collection.

Alannah Hill

Words: Courtney Symes

Photography: Chris Moore

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