Even though the weather still is a little less than desired, With oversize paper florals standing guard along the runway, the urban bloom runway felt like spring had come a day early. Showcasing pieces from Kate Sylvester, Yeojin Bae, Alice McCALL and more, the runway (fittingly, held on the eve of spring starting) highlighted key trends for the warmer weather.

 

Kate Sylvester‘s presentation was a 70s dream. A warm colour palate of laced florals and khaki set the tone, with Missoni-esque knit dresses and sweaters and luxe swimwear rounding out the collection.

Megan Park‘s view for the season ahead was all about embroidered boho silhouettes – perfect for the warmer weather and weekend escapes. The bright sunset colour palette with considered fabrication choices had us lusting for summer nights.

Yeojin Bae showcased a sexier progression to her aesthetic. Pushing forward her signature silhouette, hemlines got shorter (and fabrics got sheer-er) without comprising the structural aspect of her work that’s universally loved. Continuing her affinity for colour, crisp whites met bottle green and candy pink juxtaposed with crimson, perfectly complementing her silhouettes.

Alice McCall is the reigning queen of feminine, sexy summerwear, and her presentation of chic mini’s, printed separates and floaty playsuits – all screaming for a rooftop bar (or poolside villa).

Feeling inspired by the floatly costuming of Picnic at Hanging Rock, Nevenka took Victorian silhouettes into the 2016, with the techniques applied to shorter hemlines and exaggerated necklines.

Uma Wang by Cose Panema showcased deconstructed interpretations of classic silhouettes in a neutral, earthy palatte. The silk fabrication added an air of weightlessness – perfect for summer nights.

Black and white polka dots, kimono belts over suiting, and made up Akira‘s presentation. The standout of the presentation was the crimson red gown with floral embellishments.

Romance Was Born have really refined their aesthetic in the last few seasons, and the collection presented at the Urban Bloom runway was their best yet. Staying true to the soul of the label, referential prints still wove through the pieces, but with a sophisticated, considered hand.

Images courtesy of Lucas Dawson

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