Runway 2 presented by InStyle magazine opens with a punch, loud prints and upbeat music as models march onto the runway- hair slicked and strong walks.
Keeping in tune with their amalgamation of cultures, Easton Pearson uses western styles teamed with ethnic flare. This collection drew inspiration from flavoursome eastern textures with clean figure-hugging silhouettes, tailored skirts embellished, long tunics for outerwear. Wearing a simple nude heel, not to overpower the designs, teamed with embellished floral neckpieces and accessories of Australian flora.
A mixture of styles from New Zealand born Kate Sylvester touching on various contemporary and old era’s in fashion; being influenced by a 60s touch in both colour and structure. The perfect addition to winter trends is a lace dress, thicker for the colder days but daring enough to show a bit of skin. Our eyes were drawn to sheen in a striped camel and grey two-piece suit with an undeniably sophisticated silver threading. Kate Sylvester also made her eyewear range a focus of the show by accessorizing with threaded flowers on either side of the frames.
You know the beat when you hear it – the disputable sound of Lorde’s heavy beat rose as the models lit up the runway with Megan Park’s vivid, striking, playful colours stood out beneath the established colours of winter; black, navy and maroon. Screen prints and heavy prints worked on floaty, diaphanous dresses and tailored cigarette pants. The dramatic gold, silver and magenta metallic brogues were the detail highlights – indeed a statement to be made throughout the grey of winter. The styling is beautiful with jewels and embellished, statement accessory pieces of jade, magenta and navy blue.
Jade and monochrome- what a perfect combination to begin a runway. Trelise Cooper, another New Zealand designer trooping out her models in embellished military styles, with incredible glitz and beaded detail. Then out came the feathered headpiece to rule them all – the silhouette of the model taking on a form of her own as she strutted in a full winter attire from headpiece to toe giving the black Melbourne uniform a new name. Playing on beading with a mixture of eras, teasing and aiming to please.
Symmetry and red-hot power was Aurelio Costerella’s weapon of choice. Hard hitting beats worked in fluid synchronicity with every model’s step. Grey leather and suede winter dresses – the epitome of design for the season. Designs graced the runway with symmetry and powerfully defined shapes that accentuated curves with flattering, figure-hugging silhouettes in an black pump shoe.
Monochrome came in with a vengeance; Thurley pushed the boundaries of winter textiles wool and leather. A thick wool jumper-dress was a daring choice but certainly paid off. Laser-cutting, chiffon fabrics and a tapered waist as the designs gradually become more transparent – black floor-length sheer dresses woke the males in the room up as the dresses showed exterior structuring and floated fabrics complimented the models’ fluid walks.
Elegant and dreamlike was Rachael Gilbert’s collection as the collections floated out, pale pinks, apricots and mint embellished with incredible beading and exceptional textures that trickled and danced off the light with every models footstep, creating a beautiful silhouette and radiant sparkle in contrast with the dark surroundings of the crowd.
And for a grand finale; Hardwick followed slim line silhouettes and provocative sheer lace dresses as they quickly raised some eyebrows. The real eye-catcher was the intricacy and detail of the lace designs, beaded accessories, exposed dress structuring and black undergarments all worked in perfect cohesion to deliver exceptional designs from a beautiful Melbourne designer.