Taking over the stunning royal exhibition building for another year, VAMFF kicked off with a bang starting off this year’s festival with the Gala Runway presented by David Jones, supported by Vogue Australia.


Starting off moody with a theatrical soundtrack mimicking the new season tagline of DJs (a solemn cover of Crowded House’s Four Seasons In One Day seemed more than appropriate for the setting), the top trends from the store’s stable of labels took to the runway.


Opening the show was Jessica Gomes in Ellery, with an army of dramatically dressed models quickly behind her. Red lace was the hue of choice at Scanlan and Theodore, and there was a throwback to the iconic supermodel white shirt editorial, courtesy of White story and J Brand.


The bomber jacket was embraced at Diesel and the denim story portion of the show was a masterclass in relaxed tailoring, featuring Vale, Stella McCartney and Nobody Denim.


Taking a break from the darker hues usually favoured for Autumn/Winter, C/MEO Collective, Bec & Bridge, Keepsake and more showcased a more pastel palette, showcasing soft, sorbet hued pieces.


Structural pieces for the cooler months showed no sign of their reign, with Bianca Spender, Camilla & Marc, and Jac & Jack showed a 2017 take on the trend, with longer lines and unexpected colour choices.


Lover, Backstage, Christopher Kane and Camilla showed that florals and wild prints aren’t just summer territory, and a collision of East meets West was seen at KitX, Akira, Viktoria + Woods, and Calibre.


Jack London, Alexander McQueen, Ministry of Style, and Karen Walker showed new takes on mod styling, while king of clean lines, Dion Lee lead the crowd with delicate tailoring.


Rachel Gilbert, Valentino, Sabanti and Carla Zampatti brought some red carpet glam to the runway, and closing the show was Romance was Born, with their signature quirky aesthetic juxtaposed with sleeker, evening gown silhouettes.


See all the runway looks above, and stay tuned for more fashion goodness from VAMFF!

Imagery Courtesy of Lucas Dawson Photography

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Paige Richards

Paige's nitpicking of misspelt menu items led her to find her love of editing. Living in her adopted city of Melbourne, she is ever in pursuit of the perfect coffee, and the perfect little black everything. And like the wise Carrie Bradshaw once said, she keeps her money where she can see it - hanging in her closet.

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