The Designer Runways have begun!

After a spectacular opening party and David Jones runway featuring heavyweight UK designer Mary Katrantzou and names such as Jessica Gomes opening the runway, the first of the collection shows had a lot to live up to. Australian celebrities, personalities, bloggers and journalists are out in force as the first of Australia’s fashion festivals begins to kick off.

To see all of our streetstyle looks from the festival click here.

In’s second year presenting a collection show at LMFF, Vogue favorites such as Josh Goot, Akira, Maticevski and Collette Dinnigan all graced the main stage and left us all wanting to out and by the whole collection now!

Josh Goot opened the show featuring his signature prints and bold lines. His use of heavier materials to compliment structure is still a strong element however be careful when shopping, it is a hard fabric to pull off because of it’s weight. Regardless, Goot presented a wonderful assortment of pieces we’ve grown to love him for. Another range of classic must have pieces.

Scanlan and Theodore presented a more accesible and (even more) ready-to-wear version of the “oversized and galactic” trend we saw made famous by Balenciaga a few seasons ago. Not to take away from the glamour of the coloured metallic and exaggerated silhouette, be bold and at least try it on. I promise it’s the coolest trend amongst young trend makers and if you have the confidence, power to you!

Akira didn’t disappoint with his classic  aesthetic on show. Bold colours such as an emperor red and kingdom gold, floral patterns quilted into fabric and prints reminiscent of goldfish. For those looking for a trip to Japan, no need to go travelling – Akira has brought it to Melbourne. An understated and more demure collection without lacking any of his signature drama, this is what we have come to expect from Akira.

Carla Zampatti presented one of the highlights of the show with her use of clean lines, textures (especially her fitted tuxedo with satin trim, a dream on any woman) and structure. Clean, minimal and so chic.

Maticevski shined as the star of the runway with a range that goes from strength to strength. His last collection featuring bold embellished peplum’s and inspired by Batman, was just the start. We saw a range cemented in black, with bold accents in golds, leathers, contrasting textures, intricate embellishments and even a softer lavender. Truly not to be missed, Maticevski goes from strength to strength and I cannot wait to see what he presents in Sydney for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia. 

Willow was another standout with a collection that simply glowed. Gorgeous fabrics and threads used to drape, creating structures we haven’t seen in Melbourne in a long time. Clever bone work used in the bodice showed off a few dresses that were nothing short of spectacular. If you want daring elegance, this is where to go.

Visit the LMFF website to ‘Shop The Runway’ now.

Images by Wanda Chin

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Thom Whilton

Thom Whilton is co-Founder and current Creative Director of He has been published in a variety of publications for his written and styling work. Thom has been featured in, Weekend Weekly, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, M Magazine, The Vine and Everguide to name just a few. Thom was also Ambassador for the City of Melbourne (2012) has styled for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (2012) and his work has featured in Couturing and MX Magazine. He has also styled celebrities such as Delilah (Warner Music, supported Prince in tour), Nadia Coppolino and Silvana Lovin-Philoppousis.

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