Kicking off the week of designer runways, the opening gala runway did brilliantly in setting the tone for the week. With gorgeous bridal moments from Gwendolynne and Nevenka, to royal standouts from Jason Grech and Craig Braybrook (…and not to mention the live cello/opera singer performance!) the runway encapsulated just what a gala should be.
Yes, we’ve all made the ‘florals for spring?’ joke this week, but Akira made us take it back with his joyful celebration of the season, with his signature east-meets-west silhouettes accompanied by beautiful fresh flowers.
A more monochrome take on the season, Aurelio Costarella’s presentation was a study of texture and structure.
Celebrating her 50th year in the industry, Carla Zampatti’s presentation seemed a celebration of this fact – full of playful silhouettes and bright, bold colours.
CRAIG BRAYBROOK COUTURE
One of the most grand, couture moments of the show, Craig Braybrook’s regal women stole the audience’s attention immediately. The intricate beading and embroidery were a mark of a master of the craft, and the assorted crowns served as a lot of spring racing inspo!
One of the leaders of romantic bridal wear, Gwendolynne’s collection showed a golden take on bridal, with warm ivory and golden-hued beading.
Up to there splits, plunging necklines, and surprising hardware…Jason Grech had it all. Dramatic sleeves and trains, a minimal palate, and innovative fabrications made for a very sexy collection.
Spring doesn’t have to be all brights and prints, and Nevenka proved this with their muted, boho princess collection. We loved the soft fabrications, rosettes and easy wearability.
Monochrome and a little Parisian, Nicholangela showed instant Melbourne classics. We especially loved the lace overcoats and scalloped two pieces.
One of the leaders in Australian formal wear, Rachel Gilbert and her signature beaded aesthetic showed us a new direction, with new shapes and fuller silhouettes. Our favourite look? The crop tee and full skirt combo.
Perth label Zhivago have had a killer year, exanding their brand into the international market and finding their designs on some of young Hollywood’s hottest celebrities (including Kylie Jenner), and their ambitious sexy, structured collection showed that they have no signs of slowing down. We loved the glam colour palate and structured silhouettes.
Images Courtesy of Lucas Dawson