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And the runways just keep coming at Spring Fashion Week this year. Street Wear is always a favourite with local Melbourne designers showing off their wares to the backdrop of Melbourne’s infamous lane ways. As is Melbourne’s style, the display of Spring collections were eclectic and innovative. Kuwaii, Limedrop, Bùl and Gorman were among the many beloved local talents showing their latest designs.

Virginia Martin opened the runway with label Búl, using earthy tones and clean lines throughout the collection. The use of layering brought a level of femininity to what would otherwise be quite an androgynous aesthetic. Use of delicate linens and crisp button ups, brought an attainable sense of luxe to the range.

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Minimalist, elegant and chic was everything Kuwaii this year. Kristy Barber has certainly outdone herself (if that is even possible) with the latest collection clean lined, structured and effortless. The designs combine architectural influences with light tailoring, always maintaining their versatility in function and form.  Simple shapes and compositions make this collection graceful and modern.

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Limedrop is as always fun, playful and innovative. With geometric printed silks, a mixture of pastels and bold hues, cut out flowing dresses, a touch of leather and sport luxe cropped jackets, the collection has something for everyone. What I love about this label is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Fun and laughter is always the aim of the game and adding a pair of Limedrops rainbow reflective fun glasses to the mix will certainly do that and more.

Gorman mixed it up this year whilst staying true to their bohemian tailored aesthetic. The collection offered a contemporary take on traditional tribal prints featuring playsuits, oversized bomber jackets, asymmetric hemlines and cropped leather jackets.

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With the end of MSFW nearing, we look forward now to the avant-gardé, the neoteric and the innovative with the very best from upcoming and emerging designers. @MSFW #MSFW for all things Fashion Week.

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Another night of #FASHUN at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, with embellishments, all of the pretty shiny things and some tall, dark and handsome male models in the mix. They must have know I was attending. Live singers, oriental inspired musicians and spectacular lighting told the story of each designers inspiration and muse behind their collection. Designers Arthur Galan, Calibre, Akira and Christine Accessories were by far stand outs. 

Captivating melodies of a Japanese Shamisen, hummed in the background of what was an oriental trance. Akira stole the show with her use of eastern draping, intricate beading, embroidery and bold colour palette. Each design was uniquely detailed and perfectly styled to produce well executed aesthetic.

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With Ashley Hart showing off Arthur Galan’s designs earlier this week, we were able to get a sneak preview of the geometric prints and intricate details of Galans SS14 collection. A striking aesthetic, the collection features strong silhouettes, embroidery and feminine structures. Galan always produces a stunning collection, earning him the title of one of the most well respected designers in the industry.

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Calibre produced yet again another stand out collection for the men this year. The classic European tailored cut is always well received, balancing classic with contemporary perfectly. The use of graphic prints, pastel blue hues and the classic chino, ultimately played to a younger demographic. Though my focus sometimes shifted to the beautiful humans that were wearing the clothes, my attention was definitely on the designs. Most of the time.

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Christine Accessories was no doubt a stand out, using textured fabrics, bold prints and vibrant colours in both a resort and couture capacity. Detailed beading with chunky accessories payed homage to the bohemian nomadic wanderer. Playful, fun, sexy and elegant are all qualities articulated within this collection.

Another exciting runway, another exciting fashion week. Next up we check out Street Wear with our two favourite local designers Limedrop and Kuwaii. @MSFW #MSFW for everything spring fashion week.

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Minimalism was the aim of the game at last nights Melbourne Spring Fashion Week designer runway. Narrated by a story of Melbourne aesthetic, spring style and electro pop/psychedelic tunes, designs by the likes of Yeojin Bae, Alice McCall, LifeWithBird and our very own old roomies Kahlo were effortlessly chic and contemporary.

Alice McCall changed it up this season using more structured elements within her designs. Still paying homage to the traditional aesthetic we have all come to love, the use of architectural inspired tailoring saw McCall tread the line of playfulness and simplicity perfectly.

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Yeojin Bae. What can I say? Brilliance. Every single year this gorgeous, creative human amazes me. With geometric silhouettes, cut out waistlines and asymmetric structures, Yeojin Bae is innovative and visually articulate. She is true to her creative vision and creates designs that reflect the contemporary female aesthetic.

LifeWithBird reinforced that pink, whether pastel or fuchsia, is here to stay this season. With laser cuts, sheer panelling and horizontal structures becoming a focus within the collection, the designs were distinct and conceptual. Designers Bridget McCall and Nicholas Van Messner have again created a simple, modern and inventive vision of style and design.

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With our good friends over at Kahlo showing their latest collection at MSFW, we were incredibly excited to see what they had in store. Laid back, nonchalant, sport luxe and chic is everything Kahlo this season. Elegant yet understated, just the right amount of metallic paired with a monochrome palette and all of the layering perfection you could hope for. High neck lines, crops and simple structures gave the collection a sense of boyish charm and versatility. On point Kahlo, on point!

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With minimalism trending now more than ever, these talented designers have created beautiful designs that ultimately reflect todays modern woman who seeks comfort, versatility and elegance. I’d say that all of those boxes were ticked.

Next up on the runway? Embellishments! @MSFW #MSFW for all things Fashion week.

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Last night saw the first designer runway take place at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. There is something about Spring Fashion Week that always makes me smile. The warmer air, the brighter sky, florals in bloom and the fashion community at its finest. Supporting local design is something we do extremely well here in Australia and in particular Melbourne doesn’t just do style, it owns style. With last nights runway focusing on exquisite couture collections and the finest of mens style, spring fashion is certainly off to an incredible start.

With the backdrop of a live orchestra and art filled light-show, kicking off the runway were the dreamlike designs of Jason Grech, who teamed up with creative artisan and milliner Richard Nylon to produce contemporary designs. Structure, metallic fluidity, intricacies and detailed embellishments formed a bold collection by Grech. Nylons minimalist yet abstract headpieces set an innovative tone for spring racing this season.

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Dom Bagnato is always a stand out filling what seems to be a gap in Australian mens fashion. Tailored, three piece, innovative suits felt incredibly sartorialist, as if we were transported to Pitti Uomo or Milan. European inspired tailoring and simple details combined the classic with the contemporary perfectly. Take note gentleman this is how you should be dressing.

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Exquisite, ethereal, phantasmagorical, all perfect ways to describe Gwendolynnes collection this year. Crystal embellishments paired with sheer silks and flowing trains felt luxurious, delicate and opulent. There wasn’t a moment or design within this collection that wasn’t flawless.

With many incredible collections to grace MSFW, Michael Losordo was certainly a standout and favourite of mine. Pastels, metallics and light tailoring created what can only be described as minimalist chic heaven. Oversized boyfriend pinstripe shirts were also a feature, giving me permission to raid my boyfriends wardrobe. Thank you Mr Losordo you talented human you!

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Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Designer runway 1 has certainly set the standard for what will be an exciting week of local design. If you are heading to the festival, make sure you #msfw and tag @msfw while you are there and if you spot me, come and say hello.

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Here at WAH HQ we love to mix it up. With our latest collection The Catalyst seeing vibrant new prints and more athletic, innovative shapes, we thought why not add some amazingness to the mix. Monochrome. Minimalist. Simple. Elegant. Just a few ways to describe our latest and exclusive capsule collection; CHROMA.

Shot on our journey around the stunning national treasure Hamilton Island by Sebastian Kriete and featuring our favourite go to WAH babes Margot Bushueva and Olga Yalanskaya, CHROMA epitomises the ultimate modern, minimalist beach babe. The capsule is chic and contemporary with two distance styles. Whether you are an ‘all black everything’ kinda girl or love a #whiteout, CHROMA is the perfect combination of black & white bliss. Featuring the Bra Bikini and Racer Zip One Piece we aimed to combine modern minimalism with monochrome elegance.

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CHROMA adds a whole new level of versatility to our latest collection and we are so incredibly excited to see these designs on our very handsome customers. So don’t forget to tag both @wearehandsomeswimwear & @wearehandsome on Instagram to show off your CHROMA style and tweet us @wearehandsome .

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Shop the collection exclusive to our e-boutique here.

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