Aurelio Costarella officially opened Day 2 of MBFWA with an explosion of colour and feathers. Inspired by the work of photographer MAN RAY and his diverse range of muses Kiki de Montaprneasse, Tamara de Lempike, Nancy Cunard, Lee Miller and Juliete, Costarella took a modern approach to his re-working of 1920’2 and 1930’s Parisienne silhouettes.

The collection started off with nude and metallic tones emphasized with bustier detailing and softly waving feathers. The pieces then progressed into white following gowns, perfect for the modern bride. The collection was a celebration of textures with Costarella’s trademark sequin detailing and features taking centerstage on the runway. From light chiffon trains, which floated down the runway, to metallic embossed fabrics which sat lightly against the body.

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Costarella then unleashed a wave of colour, mixing oranges and pinks, shades of green and chartreuse, all to magical effect. The collection was rounded off with Costarella’s trademark red-carpet worthy gowns, all painstakingly detailed with feathers, sequins and delicate beading.

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Costarella worked with Lee Preston for GOLDWELL to create an unexpected coloured punk hair extension, which sat under a high messy bun. Hair was quaffed at the front to add to the tough vibe. James Molloy from MAC added an element of theatre to the show with intricate Swarovski Elements stuck to the outer rim of the face giving the impression of the edges of a mask.

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A little bit more tougher than his usual offerings, Costarella certainly left his mark on MBFWA with his stunning display of craftsmanship and attention to detail he has become known for.

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Lisa Teh

Lisa Teh is the Editor-in-chief of, one of Australia's top fashion, beauty and lifestyle resources. She has worked on campaigns with brands including David Jones, Myer, Mecca Cosmetica, Simone Perele, Lenovo and L'Oreal. She recently appeared in Couturing's exclusive Australian Fashion Week reality web series, The Frow, alongside top industry names including Toni Maticevski and Maybelline Creative Director Nigel Stanislaus.

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