LMFF Runway number 5 with Harper’s Bazaar

A healthy mix of the understated and the extravagant compiled the Harper’s Bazaar runway at this year’s L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.

Some of Australia’s most well known and respected – and Myer’s top concession retailers – paraded their collections in a display of monochromatic and exuberant finesse, catching the eye of fashion admirers with ease.

Sass & Bide – every woman-with-money’s pride and joy of Australian higher end fashion hit the runway in a fit of love and lustre for one of its most favoured trends and trademarks: metallic everything. I shuddered.

Redeemingly enough, their use of asymmetric hemlines, black contouring of garments and a healthy dose of geometric prints and handiwork brought the collection together, tying it in perfectly with the autumn season and the dressing trends – leather panelling and all – of Australian women.

Iconic designer Ellery’s structured feature waistlines did nothing to overshadow the overpowering shoulders she included in her display at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week of 2012, but nonetheless, her use of a typically safe colour palette in amongst interesting textured fabrics and metallic injections brought the collection to life.

Karla Spetic’s collection resembled in no other words, an explosion of orange. Resembling last year’s makeup trend that was exactly that (orange), her parade’s use of the softer hue featured predominantly throughout as either a hint of an overall look. Combined with evidently higher quality fabrics – including a nice combination of the atypical such as silks, sheer and lace – and a healthy mix of on-trend pants with matching shirt and top, Spetic’s range is as accessible as it is executable.

Velvet was a strong point amongst these retailers. Bassike and Christopher Esber have decided to reinvigorate the older fabric, which noticeably has been made a feature of the recent Arthur Galan’s menswear collection throughout the country.

AG’s show was a great success with overpowering and appealing womanly silhouettes taking centre stage with clean lines and structured draping over female shoulders while typical geometric prints and leather added impact to the whole.

Easton Pearson’s focus on the old world English tweed look was a very clear inspiration with fabrics resembling earthen inspired tweed and houndstooth-esque pieces throughout. On the border of ‘too cute’ prints as features down the front of a few key pieces added a welcome distraction from the vase-like and oddly feminine draping and bunching employed in dresses and pants.

Christopher Esber effectively corporate range showcased bare shoulders with figure hugging bodices that also worked with velvet fabric made for an interesting show.

Bassike, a relatively new retailer to the scene made a splash with monochromatic colourings, evidently autumn inspired prints and stayed true to the clear trend for long bunched pants and matched printed and shaped shirt or top.

Thanks to Meagan Harding of Meagan Harding Photography for her eternally marvellous work.

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