So who would have thought the independent runway would have more colour than the commercial shows? It turns out that colours mixed with a casual black are the way to go this winter for the indie-concious. How interesting it also is that the independent show is of stark contrast to the commercial shows. Normally there is some merging of the two but we are talking different trends, different shapes and different colours.


Last nights show was full of panneling and pastels. Independent designers are loving a black cross panel over a sheer or even watermelon pattern. Forest green, baby blue and mustard were also popular on the palette.


Master of draping, Lui Hon, provided one of the highlights of the show. Timeless and simple there is nothing pretensious about his collection. It is quality and skill which is particular of a very qualified artisan. Livia Arena also presented ane exceptional collection which I liked to title “Amish-chic.” Need those hats, right now. Jolet was also one of the more interesting designers, using a mixture of digital prints and simple shapes. So cute to liven up a wardrobe.



Images by Sabine Legrand for Couturing








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Thom Whilton

Thom Whilton is co-Founder and current Creative Director of He has been published in a variety of publications for his written and styling work. Thom has been featured in, Weekend Weekly, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, M Magazine, The Vine and Everguide to name just a few. Thom was also Ambassador for the City of Melbourne (2012) has styled for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (2012) and his work has featured in Couturing and MX Magazine. He has also styled celebrities such as Delilah (Warner Music, supported Prince in tour), Nadia Coppolino and Silvana Lovin-Philoppousis.

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