Ten Highlights of MBFWA: Bianca Spender

You could say the Bianca Spender show was one of the highlights of a fabulous week at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, and can we really be surprised? She is Carla Zampatti’s daughter after all.

In dimmed lighting, models were sent around an enormous, dark warehouse space where in which an old, wind-torn house was centred. Full of theatrics and even better fashion, the show featured a collection full of structured pieces and unanticipated detail.

Midriffs, slight cut outs and thigh slits highlighted the fact that Bianca knows what we want and need in our wardrobes. Unforeseen sexiness was entwined in each piece, with garments clinging perfectly to the body and falling low at the back.

Soft lilac was the key colour, thrown in among a mix of slim-fitting pant suits and a darker palette of sequins.

Images by: Lucas Dawson Photography.

This article was originally published in The Australia Times Fashion Magazine.

Ten Highlights of MBFWA: Michael Lo Sordo

The minute Michael Lo Sordo’s crowd walked into the room for his Spring/Summer 2014-15 show at Carriageworks they knew the showcase would be different.

As models steered around a three-dimensional sculpture on the runway, a burst of white and black pinstripes, pastel shades of yellow and pink and animal inspired textures lit up the room.

Clean lines were featured among graceful gowns and floaty layers were perfect in their styled embodiment. The true magic was the feeling of nonchalance throughout the collection. Dresses fell from models shoulders and layers hung loosely in casual directions.

Although all the tailored goodness of Michael Lo Sordo was present in his new collection, it dove into a softer side, with comfortable silhouettes portraying an ‘I just threw this on’ look.

Images: Lucas Dawson Photography.

This article was originally published in The Australia Times Fashion Magazine.

Ten Highlights of MBFWA: Dion Lee II

Those who know Dion Lee would know he pulls the largest crowd of all Aussie designers at his shows, and the crowd at his Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week show did not disappoint.

Set up in a converted warehouse in Sydney’s Waterloo district was Dion Lee II, the cooler younger sister brand to the designer’s main line, which saw an easy-to-wear, more affordable rendition of what was presented in New York several weeks ago for Autumn/Winter 2014-15.

Fundamental to the collection were dark pinstripes among pops of navy, cobalt and soft denim as well as origami like folds, splits and crisp whites.

The runway gave off a cool-girl cross menswear vibe, with loose tailoring, collared business shirts and slouchy suits contrasted against a feminine colour palette and a couple of little black dresses.

All in all, Dion Lee schooled the audience on how to re-invent denim in a fresh way and rock a varsity look with college stripes and a clean folded bomber jacket.

Images by: Lucas Dawson Photography.

This article was originally published in The Australia Times Fashion Magazine.

Ten Highlights of MBFWA: Maticevski

As Toni Maticevski’s sleek models entered the Carriageworks runway to Beyonce’s Drunk In Love, the room full of A-listers were glued to the front of their seats, hesitant on what to expect from the genius.

Known for his elaborate gowns and evening-wear, Toni Maticevski’s line had an overall haute street wear feel to it. Titled and motivated by the ‘orchid metamorphosis’, the line intertwined elegance and punk to create something that could be described as Australia’s own mix of Christian Dior and Alexander McQueen.

Featuring full skirts, ruffles, geometric textural prints and signature pops of bright orange, the most anticipated show of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia did not disappoint. As models walked out for the finale, orchids clenched between their teeth, the audience exploded into applause.

Images by: Lucas Dawson Photography.

This article was originally published in The Australia Times Fashion Magazine.

 

Ten Highlights of MBFWA: Bec & Bridge

Highlighting the need for a little Bec & Bridge dress in every wardrobe, designer Becky Cooper’s Spring Summer 2014/15 collection entitled ‘Due North’ was all about fun, flirty denim-blues, collaged prints and sneaky skin-bearing lattice.

Inspired by the modern, bohemian nomad who has ‘traversed the globe’ in Becky’s own words, ‘Due North’ encapsulated the theme perfectly, featuring chambray stitched dresses, ripped denim, and raw, shredded finishes on girly garments.

Cropped-white minis and pinstripes thrown in among wide legged pants cinched at the waist and ochre red leather gave the collection its cool girl vibe, while sheer panelling kept the sports luxe vibe Bec & Bridge is known for.

Images by: Lucas Dawson Photography.

This article was originally published in The Australia Times Fashion Magazine.

Ten Highlights of MBFWA: By Johnny

Johnny Schembri is a man who knows how to satisfy a woman’s needs. Showcasing his collection entitled ‘Spectrum’ at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, the colourful crowd saw the designer reshape classic looks for the modern woman.

Featuring body hugging silhouettes, 3D basics and sparkly sequins, Johnny describes his inspiration for the collection as, ‘when you look at the sun for too long and you close your eyes and get all of those funny dots and colours.’

Colour blocking was extreme, graphic prints accentuated sexy cut-out dresses and little skirts, and light pastels were paired with bold colours to create a collection full of strength, class and life.

Images: Lucas Dawson Photography.

This article was originally published in The Australia Times Fashion Magazine.

Ten Highlights of MBFWA: Ellery

To ‘80s synth-punk music, Kym Ellery’s matte skinned models floated angelically down the runway at Bondi’s Icebergs on day one of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

The evening wear collection entitled Opague, designed for red carpet galas, saw capacious silhouettes that were radiant in their contrasting shades of black and white featured amongst boxy corsets and signature flared sleeves.

Kym’s architectural shapes were vast and flowing, falling to the floor in defiant formation. Cat-eye flicks and nose and ear cuffs broke up girly gowns, and low pony-tails were elegant against boyish-grunge hairpieces.

Images by: Lucas Dawson Photography.

This article was originally published in The Australia Times Fashion Magazine.

Ten Highlights of MBFWA: Strateas.Carlucci

For their Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia debut designers Peter Strateas and Mario Luca Carlucci of Strateas.Carlucci put on a show full of elegant staples and classic aesthetics.

Fresh from winning the Tiffany and Co. National Designer Award at Melbourne Fashion Festival, the pair described their collection entitled Fracture as ‘all about stepped, disjointed forms but still really classic in a really minimal way.’

The collection, more wintery in its design, featured classic tones of grey, black, pale brown and bright white, with chunky knits thrown in among statuesque gowns. Cuts were lean and long and pony tails were high and sleek.

Images by: Lucas Dawson Photography.

This article was originally published in The Australia Times Fashion Magazine.

Ten Highlights of MBFWA: Alex Perry

Alex Perry took to the runway on day one of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia for a tantalising show that was beyond all expectations.

Victoria’s secret model Alessandra Ambrosio made a surprise guest appearance at the show, leading the pack of looks inspired by American college gridiron players and home-coming queens. Perry summed up his new collection as ‘a little bit tough, a little bit younger and a little bit cool’, and that it was.

More youthful in his new direction, the new line was full of flirty frills, mini crop-tops, dazzling little cheerleader dresses and body hugging gowns. Set on a mirrored runway, Perry had the perfect setting and the perfect front row which included: Darren McMullen and girlfriend Crystal Reed, Tash Sefton and Elle Ferguson (They All Hate Us), Sara Donaldson (Harper & Harley),Susanna Lau, Jessica Mauboy, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Melissa Doyle, Laura Dundovic, Sarah Murdoch and Jesinta Campbell.

Images by: Lucas Dawson Photography.

This article was originally published in The Australia Times Fashion Magazine.

Ten Highlights of MBFWA: Carla Zampatti

Kicking off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia and celebrating 49 years in the fashion industry was Carla Zampatti with her impressive Spring/Summer 2014-15 collection.

And despite fashion week starting on a rainy note, Carla’s crowd of loyal followers flocked to Carriageworks in the wet to attend the show of a woman whose work is incomparable on the Australian fashion field.

Down the runway came bravely cut textured pieces, flowing silks and steamlined shapes among a fierce colour palette of red, blue and green.

Fur vests and innovative headdresses amid monochrome bodycons and intricate gowns were a daring move for the designer, but the sighs coming from an appreciative audience during the show proved the lady can do no wrong.

The line screamed Carla with a twist, with signature cut pants featuring a new flare.

The highlight of the show was when model Rachel Rutt strutted down the runway in snugly fitting lace pants.

 

Images by: Lucas Dawson Photography.

This article was originally published in The Australia Times Fashion Magazine.