David Jones Opening Runway at VAMFF

Michael Lo Sordo

It’s fashion week time again, and while we’ve seen our favourite high street designers take to the runways in New York, Milan, London and Paris over the past month, there really is nothing better than seeing the action right on our front lawn.

Correct, VAMFF has hit Melbourne again (finally), and the line up of amazing designers couldn’t be better.

The festival kicked off at Central Pier, Docklands on Saturday night with the Opening Runway presented by David Jones.

As the lights went down the sea of Australia’s most elite fashionista’s fell quiet as they stared down the runway to where the David Jones signs were illuminated.

Patiently awaiting one of the most anticipated shows of the week, bloggers, editors and influencers alike took to their phones, positioning them to get the best Instagram photo that was streamed to their feed instantly.

And then it began. David Jones ambassador Jessica Gomes routinely took to the runway in a signature floating Camilla dress, followed by fellow ambassador Montana Cox in another Camilla number.

A strong 70’s theme was central to most of the AW/15 collections, with breathtaking floor length silk dresses in moody hues, detailed fringing and wide-legged flares.

Running with the 70’s theme, Australian fashion industry legend Carla Zampatti showcased a pant flare similar to her collection last year, although with a softly tailored approach, as well as bold prints, cuts and black fur vests.

Christopher Esber executed the minimalist approach, with a collection that featured a gorgeous black silk wrap-front dress which fell to the floor with ease.

Kym Ellery did her signature fresh, clean structured suit, but the piece that stood out most was a lace jumpsuit in a midnight blue hue, that took everyone by surprise (good surprise that is), as it was loud in comparison to her regular aesthetic.

Ginger and Smart featured soft, tailored pieces and floating florals, as did Jac and Jack with a less structured version of the trench coat that was prominent in many of the collections.

70’s feather fringing featured at Maje and Scanlan Theodore, who got serious front row attention with their striped shimmer dresses and black floor length dress with a feathered halter donned by Montana Cox.

Michael Lo Sordo really stole the show however, when the last four models to appear on the runway emerged in 70’s style silk numbers, lead by a model in a floor length red silk dress that embodied elegance.

Take a look at my favourite looks from the runway below (click images to enlarge) and stay tuned to The Melbourne Look this week for all the latest VAMFF coverage.

All images via Lucas Dawson Photography.

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