Thursday, March 17, 2011

Vogue Runway, L'Oreal Fashion Festival

I remember the excitement with which I attended my first LMFF runway show last year. This year was no different really, although for the first time I have media accreditation!

The show opened with a stunning advert for Vogue Australia, featuring their latest fashion shoot, "Edge of Forever" with Anja Rubik.

Bassike opened the show with loose, cropped jackets, sweaters and turtlenecks in muted, earthy shades. Pants were prevalent, and continued to be a staple item throughout the show. Start putting aside those dresses and skirts, ladies - this season pants are key!

Ellery followed, awing the crowd as always with her structural skirts that drew inspiration from Alice in Wonderland's Red Queen with their stiff, starched departure from a high waistline. Shoulder sections were sliced into relief, and sleeves were long. Relaxed pants with high waists were teamed with open jackets with wide lapels. Black feathered panels, sequins and thick, detailed fabrics lent sophistication to the collection, which was probably my favourite. The models walked to "Bad Things" by Jace Everett, which you might recognise from the opening credits of True Blood.

Dress Up was a delightful new discovery for me - I adored designer Stephanie Downey's trench coats in navy, cream and finally grey, not to mention the wide leg camel pants that finished just below the knee. Her decision to slice necklines deeply contrasted beautifully with the looser fitting pants that dominated the collection.

Men's label From Britten P/L showcased high-necked shirts with thick, grey tweed jackets. Turtlenecks made another appearance, hinting to the return of a trend that was laid to rest a number of years ago.

Lui Hon wowed the audience with his space-age fabric which appeared to have the points of thousands of stars scattered across the fabric. If that sounds poetic, you should have seen this stuff - it was incredible.

Laurence Pasquier featured thin belts across a number of her designs. One of the few labels to feature a patterned fabric - a blue-based silk across which spots of colour were scattered - which manifested itself as a dress and loose shorts. Hems were short and waists were high.

Song for the Mute, winners of the coveted Woolmark LMFF Designer Award for 2011, presented their menswear collection - a dark, brooding selection of loose, softly draped pants and jackets. 

Arnsdoft, another of my favourite labels, impressed with their fur vests and jackets, and the inclusion of a vivid royal blue fabric teamed with a soft salmon which appeared across a number of designs. Bright shades were underrepresented in general throughout the show (unsurprisingly, being Melbourne-based), so these more colourful designs were a welcome relief.

And thus the show concluded.

Apologies for the lack of visual relief - my DSLR struggled for some reason last night. Instead, here is a quick video featuring Song for the Mute, the 2011 winners of the LMFF Designer Award.

[Note: This is my first upload from my adorable Flip video camera - still working out how to improve the quality of the footage once it ends up on YouTube.]

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