MBFWA DAY 3: the best moments from Australian Fashion Week 2017
Kicking off the mid-week proceedings with a feel-good presentation, much-loved label Macgraw sent smiling models skipping (almost) down the runway in their signature flirtatious and feminine style. Entitled Love Letter, the collection featured a collaboration with the Country Women's Association and Purl Harbour who lovingly hand-embellished hearts, swans and other cutesy motifs onto merino wool blazers and cardigans. A little bit Brit punk, a little bit English rose, every bit the fun, outgoing Aussie girl.
Across the pavement at Carriageworks to the Elston Room, Gary Bigeni returned to the MBFWA to present his Resort 2017 collection - entitled Definition - crafted entirely out of 100% natural fibres such as silk and cotton. In a bold palette of electric blue, canary yellow, white, navy and blush, looks showcased Bigeni's signature drape and twist style in fluid silhouettes accented by soft tailoring.
Emerging Melbourne-based label Pageant made their MBFWA debut with 'Tunnel Vision', a sartorial response to city living and urban growth manifesting in reimagined army wear, uniforms and trekking gear. A collaboration with accessory designer Adam Wood, formerly of Crumpler, resulted in hi-tech nylon backpacks with functional embellishments in complimentary prints and colours to the playful, youthful collection.
The day's only off-site show, Bec and Bridge, presented in the grand heritage space on the 7th floor of the Elizabeth Street David Jones store. High ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and parquetry flooring set a grand, old-world tone that juxtaposed and heightened the sexy, rebellious collection. Full of skin-tight silhouettes, jet black and scarlet red leather, metallic, ruffles and lashings of exposed skin, the edgy collection was sharp, spirited and will no doubt lead the wearer on many a night time adventure.
Michael Lo Sordo sent the kind of languorous, luxurious collection down the runway last night that he has become so well known for; a study in deconstructed loungewear made street-appropriate. Deconstructed kimonos and silk suiting, wrap jackets finished bondage-style with oversized eyelets and D-rings and hip cut-outs that played a game of reveal/conceal with layers of intimate wear underneath were all realised in plush velveteens, glittery lame and liquid silks.
Finally, Christopher Esber's much-anticipated presentation made a powerful finish to the day. 90s supermodel Emma Balfour lead an assembly of models in classic suiting, shirting and menswear wardrobe staples which were refigured and rearranged. Innovative new shapes, silhouettes and layers for women were made feminine with sheer flounces, ruffles and palette injects of soft lavender and lemon sorbet. With the appearance of complexity, tempered by Esber's careful hand, looks remained fluid and wearable with unexpected ease.
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