Last night celebrated the final L’Oreal Paris runway as the final on-site runway day of L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival rolled forward. Presented by Australia’s most successful independent magazine, Frankie Magazine, the line-up included some of Australia’s top fashion labels who continue to make our local industry proud.
Kicking off the show was Karen Walker, whose eclectic polka dotted sweaters and charming pastel pink coats made us wish it was winter already. Oversized knitted scarves and beanies featured amongst other autumn/winter necessities, as well as subtler styles such as a beautiful sheer white polka dot dress that reminisced of a vintage nightgown also making an appearance. Of course, the sunglasses worn also added that extra Karen Walker touch.
Following close behind was KUWAII featuring feminine looks with a boyish undertone. The collection prepared us for what’s ahead seasonally, featuring an adorable canary yellow raincoat and woollen tailored pants, topped off with felt hats. With simple, clean-cut silhouettes and impeccable tailoring, the collection showed off its sartorial skills through their uniquely subtle play on structure.
Limedrop’s beautiful silk prints featured brilliantly, as the loose-fitted sleeveless shirt dresses and tops floated down the runway printed in clouds, juxtaposed against the black rose print that strutted down. Colour also splashed down the catwalk with a loud bang, particularly the printed quilted jacket which was a Couturing favourite.
Birds were a favourite amongst Leonard Street’s collection, with swallows printed on blue jeans and tops printed with swans. The collection took us on an adventure; models adorned with rucksacks filled with straw, rugged up in knitted beanies and scarves as they journeyed down the runway.
Jolet’s collection impressed with its ‘bright city lights’ digital prints and wide-brim flat bowler hats, creating a look that felt somewhat inspired by NYC Broadway. Cut-out waistlines and lower backs of blazers and jackets were a clear pattern that we certainly enjoy and a heavy textured top that had what reminisced of a deconstructed Rubix cube embedded into it that quickly became a favourite for Couturing.
An exciting collection was Secret South, whose Middle Eastern-like prints paired with clean-cut silhouettes stole the show. A variety of prints featured amongst the travelling collection, styled appropriately with chunky jewellery, as well as simple one-toned pieces let the sartorial aspect shine through; the black jumpsuit is a must have for this season.
Last but certainly not least was Gorman’s collection where leopard print was the standout star. Much more edgier than spring/summer, the collection featured leather dresses, darker prints and a sheepskin-sleeved thick coat that will no doubt keep you warm this winter. Of course, their signature eclectic print clashing featured as well as pleated skirts, stripes and knits that are a must for Gorman.
On the Frankie runway, the fashion spoke louder than words, with the lineup paralleling the essence of the magazine perfectly. Concluding the L’Oreal Paris runway series, 07 was a perfectly eccentric finish to LMFF.