Designer Runway 3 was truly inspiring. Continuing with the festival fever, Melbourne duo Tamil Rogeon and Ryan Ritchie from The Raah Project kicked off the show with what became the epic soundtrack to designer runway three. With a fantastic mix of mens style, accessories, couture and ready-to-wear spring fashion, the creativity coming out of the collections really demonstrated the excellence and individuality of the Australian Fashion Industry.
Well known labels like Thurley and Callibre did not disappoint. Yeojin Bae continued to wow her audience showing her second collection for the festival, with the brilliant Arthur Galan absolutely on point with menswear this season. Nevenka, Akira, Megan Park and Alexi Freeman also showed their talents, along with boutique label Christine representing accessories.
Whilst the show as a whole was incredibly stunning, standout looks from Alexi Freeman, Yeojin Bae and Arthur Galan must be mentioned.
For the second night in a row Yeojin Bae produced a strong collection of sharp, structured yet elegant high end designs. The architectural like tailoring with strong shoulder lines, cut out backs and fitted hems, paired with a two tone colour palate, mainly black and fuchsia pink, was indicative of Yeojin Baes distinct style and take on contemporary femininity. Bae continued to provide an inspiring level of sophistication and innovation.
Alexi Freemans use of neon was certainly imaginative. The neon spectrum facilitated the garments boho meets baroque patterning. Freemans ingenuity and originality although evident throughout the collection, was in particular seen in his jaw dropping neon yellow, beaded and tasselled cape. Absolutely incredible.
Arthur Galan really took it home for the men, with his Italian esque collection of bold colour tailoring, chinos, relaxed yachting inspired tees and button up shirts. The style was classic yet modern. The ladies were not forgotten with monochrome, fitted waist lines, geometric patterning and asymmetrical hemlines. His use of draping tasselled leather was most notable and inventive.
This particular show was a standard out for me. And how could it not be, with The Raah Project providing an epic performance.