For young, emerging fashion designers the cutthroat industry of fashion, it can be particularly hard to break through. However, last night at the MSFW Student Runway 2; showcasing designs from Melbourne’s noted fashion institutions; (Melbourne School of Fashion, Kangan Institute, Box Hill Institute and Whitehouse) standing out was something imbedded in their already large repertoire.
Among the pack of designers, there was a reoccurring theme of neutral colours; creams, beiges, light grey’s that were tipped to be the colours of the season. In this instance neutral certainly does not imply boring. The unbelievable range of detailing, creativity and technique that went into these designs were even to make the most noted designers in the industry break a sweat.
Many of the designers had done their research in terms of colours and trends, drawing back from historic architecture and design to inspire their magnificent couture and ready-to-wear pieces. Melbourne School of Fashion student Brendan Smith drew particularly from the 1920s era and style, using beige, gold and browns seamlessly throughout his designs. Whilst incorporating hand stitching, tulleing and tassel trimming, mixing the element of a corset, and your grandmother’s Victorian lampshade into his inspiring couture designs. Who, in the crowd agreement was a standout.
Another incredible standout was Kangan Institute’s Neville Antoinette, who had the crowd in awe of his creative flare and neo-gothic, structured leather, lace and mixed materials and studding to top it off. His incredible sheer and lace headdresses were a take on structure and religion.
In the list of ready-to-wear, other designers opted for modern, minimalist and structured. However, by no means did that mean any less of technique or originality. Again, Melbourne School of Fashion Melanie Wehrli chose teal and a clean-cut white for her tailored and on-trend designs, a white cropped shirt with teal blocking, and a structured pencil skirt, also contrasting with a fitted teal singlet with sheer sleeves.
A dark horse for spring fashion was Kangan Institute’s Laura Petruccelli who’s modern and edgy cut of futuristic designs made her an unlikely, but serious contender. Similar to that of Emma Mulholland’s 90’s chic and ‘Tumblr girl’-esque neon jellyfish screen prints in contrast of a black with fluro trim.
Finally, one of our favourites was Whitehouse Institute’s Carla Noto who’s designs represented a mixture of modern Chanel and Givenchy, classic quilting and creams, with a mixture of edge and sophistication, with loose tailoring and cuts made her designs a front-runner for ready-to-wear.
These designers are merely starting out and are already forecasting trends for spring, the show was spectacular and these young, emerging designers are already paving the way for their mark on the fashion industry. Time to pull out the neutrals because these guys are already making their mark.