With an Beyoncé-esque interactive backdrop and a history of innovative designs hitting the catwalk, the expectations were set high for the first instalment of the Emerging runways, and the talent from RMIT did not disappoint. Avant garde shapes, sports luxe redux, and immediately wearable minimalist pieces were the highlights of the presentations, showing that the young crop of designers
Cut-outs, overlays and exaggerated proportions over herringbone and primary colours rounded out the innovative and experimental collection.
All white, quilted and seat belt-strapped…Connie Diamantopoulous had it all, and on platform sneakers that Miley Cyrus would kill for. Reminiscent of Mila Jovovich’s turn in The Fifth Element, the crisp sports luxe collection was a stand out.
To put it simply, Alisha Mascurine’s presentation was all about asymmetry, stripes and soft fabrication. Wide leg trousers, knotted tees, and a gorgeous maxi made this a highlight.
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Patent leather meets suede, or, if you’d rather, 70s meets the future. Creating a world of high fashion amongst dystopian city streets – see the cardboard box train on one of the gowns – the collection took the mundane to the modern runway.
Tess’ collection focused on androgynous, boxy silhouettes, raw hems in muted colour tones…heavy on the layering.
Soft colour palettes and soft fabrics with exaggerated sleeves made up the foundation of the collection, while pops of red and 3D collars added a edgier dimension.
A study of texture, gingham gets a 3d makeover with quilting and weaving over the classic fabric. Gaultier stripes are cropped and skewed to create a menswear presentation with a difference.
Sleek and sexy, the 3d, all black, sculptural collection was perfect for Melbourne, and perfect for those who like a little drama in their wardrobe.
Club kids with a twist. Natural fibres meet hyper colour, and with bird-like headpieces, headwear goes bigger and sparkler than their natural counterparts.
Slightly Emma Mullholland, slightly eclectic, and with hair as fringe, and slippers are the new Louboutin; very entertaining!
Muted earth tones, oversized panels and leather accents made up Lauren’s presentation. Instantly unique, and offered us a very covetable coat!
Part whimsical, part American Horror Story. The threads of red on ivory toned silks play as an accent, and offer something more of the sinister side.
Jacinta’s collection provided the nights first real wow moment, with Galliano risqué plays of rosettes and Victorian goth glamour taking to the runway.
Romance, dark florals a more Melbourne take on spring – slightly dark, very pretty.
Providing some Maticevski moments, Alexandra showed looks with archetextural plays with sexy silhouettes.
A subscriber of the Margaret Zhang school of multi uses for clothing through layering – see: shirts tied on and layers on layers, Jason showed an eclectic collection full of surprises.
As Rihanna’s Phresh Off The Runway boomed, Laura Spence’s models hit the catwalk with a regal wave and equally regal reds.
Taking inspired from Turkey, rich textured fabric and ethnic gold sequining made this presentation one to remember.
Wire and gold beading gold paint
Metallics high collars
Taking a more romantic approach to spring, Taryn
McGeoch opted for soft layers, intricate embroidery and trains for days.
McQueen meets raves. Faux fur and glitter made up this bowerbird chic collection.
The he gym has never looked so good. Boxer chic models stomped the runway in sports luxe mesh and silk without breaking a sweat.
Instantly the most wearable collection shown, Nathaly Munoz’ vision of floaty layers and intricate fringing.
All photography courtesy of Lucas Dawson