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L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Review
The L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Week was a triumph of local talent and the big guns of global fashiondom coming together in a cacophony of style and chic. A few weeks later and it feels like this fashion festival really did hit the high notes of an epic aria.
Docklands which can be deceptively quiet by day is transformed into a world of high fashion and glamour. It steps into the precinct it was meant to be – a culture driver for the great city of Melbourne. Whether Docklands can extend into a modern Milan or Paris is arguable, but it sure is reaching for the stars.
Australian celebrity designers were there and featured. Their creations were inspiring and fuel for the continued renaissance of Australian fashion.
The fashionistas wowed us, showcasing future trends and creations of the moment. As with the Spring fashion week of 6 months ago, there is a continuing trend away from plain dark colours and a turning to all things colour. Block colours. Fun wardrobes. Splashes of red. Leather and lace. Sequins and sparkles.
Fashion is becoming more and more adventurous. The boring wardrobe is out. Colour, asymmetrical styles and even wild prints are making a comeback.
We celebrated the elegance of Lisa Ho, the excitement of Alex Perry, the feminine chic of Collette Dinnigan, the sheer fun of Alice McCall, the amazing talent of Toni Matchevski, and the charm of Nicola Finetti. Not to mention a ton of other amazing designers.
And then there was Dita Von Teese. A stellar addition to the festival she showcased a line to be sold exclusively in Target. With a vintage feel Von Follies was a huge hit.
The LMFF is a multi faceted event. Although the main events are on the runways the event presents a packed schedule. In a sense something for everyone. In another sense to cover it all is a high energy undertaking.
A moment of controversy was when models boycotted their shoes and took them off mid runway. The designers still stole the show with magnificent if not glamorous creations. Perhaps this moment highlighted the ever present emotion and drama of high fashion.Images supplied by fashionising.com