There was something about VAMFF’s Premium Runway 2 that felt quintessentially Melbourne. Presented by Elle Magazine, draped silhouettes, muted colour palettes and subtle hints of traditionally more feminine elements were integrated through each designer’s selection.
Alice McCall set the pace for the evening, proving that more frivolous elements like embellishments, lace work and floral appliqué have the ability to be integrated into ones’ preexisting, Melbourne-esque wardrobe when pared back with more relaxed, understated pieces. The collection was more mature than what we’ve seen previously from Alice, whose attention to detail was unrivalled on this particular runway. Monochrome reigned supreme for the designer, appealing to even the most discerning lace-wearer.
Boxy silhouettes and relaxed tailoring could be spotted in almost all of Macgraw’s looks, with only a few cinched waistlines in sight via a handful of sweet A-line mini skirts and paperbag waisted trousers. Pops of red and cobalt blue injected fun into the collection, as did a statement horse print and Little Drummer Boy inspired headwear.
In the same way that Alice McCall has made embellishments versatile, LifeWithBird have succeeded in making glistening metallics something of a wardrobe staple. A copper coat and trousers combo becomes the suit of the new season, while the sky high hemlines on loose shift dresses delivered a distinct 60s vibe.
Manning Cartell delivered the most traditionally autumnal palette of the evening, rarely straying from a palette of white, black and deep burgundy. The latter hue took shape in flared pants, lace blouses and Victorian-era appropriate cocktail dresses. Embellishments were at their very best here, with heavy beading climbing over monochrome pants and cropped jackets and adding serious intricacy to high necklines.
Bec & Bridge served up the most Instagrammed ensemble of the evening- a baby pink silk suit consisting of wide leg pants that skimmed over the floor with movement and a show-stopping blazer featuring a subtly sultry open back. This one outfit encapsulated what Bec & Bridge’s Autumn Winter offering is all about. It’s feminine and it packs a sensual punch, but it leaves much to the imagination via ankle grazing hemlines, long sleeves and high necks.
Bianca Spender embraced emerald as the colour of the season, presenting perhaps the most seasonally appropriate collection of the night. Trousers were immaculately tailored and coats took on an exaggerated silhouette, allowing the wearer to add multiple layers underneath in the cooler months.