MSFW – my favourites

Did you make it to any of the shows at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week? I was lucky enough to see all the designer runways* so I thought I’d share my favourite looks with you (photos by Lucas Dawson) – lots of inspiration for this season’s sewing, or for the more flush among you, maybe some items to add to the shopping list?

Although it was a spring show, there were some incredible winter-weight coats at Akira – heavily embroidered and perfect for the layered looks we love in Melbourne. I often think Akira is a bit repetitive (or you could just say kimono and Japanese fabrics and styles are his signature), but this beautifully embellished collection really was impressive and so opulent!

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There was more opulence and shiny brocades at Jayson Brunsdon. The colour combination were very lush and although obviously old-world-inspired, came across as being utterly contemporary.

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I loved this skirt shape, long and full but with a fitted yoke to flatter the waist. And in these metallic brocade fabrics it was stunning!

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Jayson Brunsdon also showed sequins and flippy hemlines.

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This look reminded me of a rainbow lorikeet! It’s certainly not for shy, retiring types. Love the shimmer and strong colour.

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The hair styling at this particular show was spot-on – nothing like Marcel waves for a bit of glamour. I think the hair worked particularly well with this dress by Yeojin Bae, the pink version of which reminded me of Marilyn Monroe’s in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, although I think I’d be more likely to wear the emerald green. But it would be a tough choice!

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There was more floor-length beauty at Nicolangela – as far as I could tell, the fabric was intricately perforated white leather, but I have something similar in cream coloured cotton that just needs a bit of repair. This is exactly the inspiration I needed to get it finished (I’ve only had it since 2010…)!

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There were more lacy looks at Nevenka – the crochet or lace inserts had clusters of gold sequins scattered over them.

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And another garden-party-worthy dress in white, this time from Thurley. I like the way the geometric pattern puts a modern spin on a 1930s tea dress style.

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There was nothing old fashioned about Neo Dia’s show – as usual there were some innovative textiles incorporated into the collection, with a mini-skirt made from some kind of cork fabric…

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Their cleverly form-fitting dress had super-sized weaving as its standout feature.

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As well as the individual pieces themselves, I also have my eye on the styling at the shows because there’s always ideas for easy ways to freshen up your own wardrobe. I liked how there was a bit of printed hemline peeking out from under a leather pencil skirt at Leonard St.

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The Christine edit is always a treasure trove of inspiration – and I was over the moon this time because some of the looks were from one of my favourite designers, Stella Jean (note the skirt silhouette is the same as at Jayson Brunsdon! Might just have to make something like this for spring).

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There was a bit of African influence at Gorman too – I can imagine getting out and about in a jumpsuit like this on a sunny day.

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There were a lot of shorts in one of the shows, but I think these were my favourites. They’re by Life With Bird and flare out a little at the hips – very flattering and a bit flirty.

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Colour-wise, the Life With Bird outfit really sums it up, because there was so much silver-grey and white throughout the collections. Here’s another grey-and-white combo, via a bib-front shirt dress at above.. (just to clarify, the brand name is “above.” … makes things a bit confusing sometimes!)

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Lui Hon also showed greys, black and white – this coat/dress in hand drawn checks was perfection – and reminds me that I have some similar material lying around which could use a date with the sewing machine!

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And last, but certainly not least, Alice McCall – I always love her collections and this time was no exception. A little bit folksy, a little bit 70s, but always with that modern twist. This time it was the super-sized scalloping on hems and necklines that caught my attention.

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Of course, this is just a little selection from the shows – to see a bit more and read the little summaries of all the Designer Runways that I wrote for The Weekly Review, click here, here, here and here. For a look at the student shows (Emerging Runways), click here – it’s in Japanese but student names are credited in English.

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