Runway 6, presented by Who What Wear, was the runway of the week for trendsetters. Some of the nation’s most cutting-edge labels were on show, featuring looks that were a master class in high-low dressing and street-style fashion.
LIFEwithBIRD kicked off the night’s proceedings with a collection that was structurally impressive and unique in its shapes and cutting. It was a modern collection, very much in the now, but it had romantic elements that looked to that past. Many of the floral gowns that floated down the runway, albeit deconstructed and asymmetric, were reminiscent of Princess Diana’s wardrobe in the early 80s,
Kaliver was next, and they certainly made their portion of the show memorable with fun cowgirl looks that flaunted gorgeous embroidery and over-sized hats so tall, they wouldn’t look out of place on Pharrell Williams’ head!
Nice Martin predictably brought the goods in refined, monochrome excellence. Their standout was an exceptional knit dress with a high neckline and long sleeves that cut the most beautiful silhouette.
The subtle hype surrounding P.E. NATION was more than justified when it was their turn to shine. This is a brand that has somehow made denim look athletic, and it was refreshing to see so many active-denim looks come down the runway and push boundaries for denim, a typically stagnant section of the apparel industry.
Lois Hazel brought billowy shapes made of organza to the night. The garments flowed with such ease, it was easy to imagine them catching a tropical breeze in a resort location where you’d obviously expect them to be worn.
Isabelle Quinn took us from the tropics to somewhere a little more chill, even though the collection’s colour palette was sizzling. The designer brought to us an array of toxic coloured faux furs that looked as fun as they sound!
ATOÌR gave us spots, stripes and stars in a busy collection that still managed to come across refined by pulling together those juxtaposing patterns with aplomb.
Bec + Bridge closed the show in unforgettable style, giving us looks that melded 50s and 80s design tropes with Parisian culture, futurism and retro perspectives on space age living. Their metallic and latex materials shone with such force, and their berets were donned so coolly by the models, it all made for an impacting memory to walk away from the night with.