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MSFW – Designer Series 3 ‘Enjoy’

Ristefsky Macheda kicked off the show with a lot of flesh and minimal fabric. The male models were of course showing off the underwear collection, strutting about in briefs, boxer briefs and leggings in bold shades of red, yellow, orange and royal blue. Definitely a move away from boring old “tighty whiteys”. There was even a pair of black harem pants for the slightly more adventurous Melburnian man looking for comfort.

MSFW Designer Series 3 2011

Ristefsky Macheda

Bright sequined squares reminiscent of an abstract painting was our first introduction to the latest from Bettina Liano. We didn’t see a lot of their signature denim this time around, but plenty of vibrant 1960’s inspired prints, mini dresses and funky shapes and cuts.

MSFW Designer Series 3 2011

Bettina Liano

Autonomy delivered a collection fit for any urban man with a combination of easy to wear, relaxed basics. Short sleeved shirts were paired with maroon, navy and beige shorts making a perfect outfit for a sunny yachting experience; while the black and white stripe tee, leather jacket and tight black jeans combination swayed towards the edgier male in the audience.

MSFW Designer Series 3 2011


Alexi Freeman produced a stunning array of prints in black, white, grey and silver. Leather, mesh and intricately printed jumpsuits for the brave and lovely draping tops with soft voluminous skirts for the slightly more reserved. The attention to detail and limited palette is very Melbourne – elegant but edgy.

MSFW Designer Series 3 2011

Alexi Freeman

The theme at Thom Finch was “identity and belonging”, explored through a predominantly neutral colour palette and soft basics. Each piece so effortless and chic that it could take you from day to night, barbeque to wine bar.

MSFW Designer Series 3 2011

Thom Finch

Jack London, all about rock and roll, certainly took that to a new level with a royal blue sequin covered suit jacket with red feather epaulettes. Not for every man on the street, but it did make an impact. Other pieces showed off the label’s other strengths; classic tailoring and modern detailing. They reworked the feminine bow blouse paired with a sharp suit and added fine stripes to a variety of pieces for a pattern boost.

MSFW Designer Series 3 2011

Jack London

You could clearly see the influence of White Suede’s list of inspiration in their SS/11 collection – architecture, artwork and photographic imagery. Digital prints in pinks, blues and purples were splashed on white pieces; bright mandarin maxi dresses were full of movement and the plain tailored bustiers contrasted the wide-legged check print pants. Hemlines were generally kept short but the necklines were high, balancing the frocks out nicely.

MSFW Designer Series 3 2011

White Suede

Leopold finished the show with an array of colour to remind us that we are indeed coming into the warmer months. Optical illusion prints, black leather, checks in orangey hues and large leaf motifs against deep blush coloured dresses were just a handful of the many different trends and fabrics that the label played with.

MSFW Designer Series 3 2011


Words – Kimberley Smith

Photography – Shamim de Varax

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