Runway 3 of the VAMFF schedule, presented by Harper’s Bazaar, focused on sophistication, femininity and elegance in equal measure. There was a palpable goddess energy left on the runway, after every designer of the night left a powerfully female mark.
Futurism and an earthy tonal palette collided in Kacey/Devlin’s minimalist yet striking opening segment. Models wore visors by Ford Millinery that were so aerodynamic, they wouldn’t look out of place in TRON Legacy.
Manning Cartell kept the excitement flowing with slick evening wear that played outside the box, playfully experimenting with texture, shape and colour to spectacular effect. Flourishes of green were a feast for the eyes, as was the occasional trench in patchwork blue.
Carla Zampatti took the flow of the evening in a Spanish direction, with extremely wide brim hats that were striking enough for the mighty Zorro, and dresses that were frilly enough for a flamenco dance circle. That’s not to say the colour scheme was reminiscent of a Spanish sunset, though. Cool and muted tones saved the collection from becoming a Spanish parody.
Aje was perhaps the highlight of the night for many, as the collection’s footwear stole the show. Models stomped down the catwalk in sparkly boots reminiscent of Saint Laurent’s Fall 2017 Ready To Wear collection. The clothes themselves were just as fun – frilly, short and flirtatious – dresses to have the best night of your life in.
Of all designers, Rachel Gilbert gave the most in terms of goddess quality. Her astonishingly beautiful gowns had so much dynamism in their movement and were adorned with gold embellishments and intricate pleating so ethereal, it conjured thoughts of Aphrodite rising from the sea.
Mcgraw wrapped up the night with a hauntingly beautiful monochrome collection. The brand often takes design queues from Australia’s conservative colonial era, but these codes were well and truly subverted in their newest collection, by playful use of lace and sheer fabrics.