The opening night of Melbourne Spring Fashion Festival certainly delivered. The first designer runway featured high end and couture designs from the likes of Jason Grech, Aurelio Costarella, Dom Bagnato, Gwendolynne, Craig Braybrook, Jayson Brunsdon, Nicolangela and the ever so brilliant and talented milliner Richard Nylon.
The show was more than a runway, it was a production. From the runway stage setup, the creative lighting and the stunning musical performances to match each collection, the opening show set the standard for what has been so far and what will continue to be an innovative and progressive Spring Fashion Week. Combine this with a glass of champagne and a cute gift bag and you definitely have yourself a fantastic fashion week experience.
Every design was delicate, intricate and creative. A few stand out designs from Nicolangela, where flirty florals added a playful ambiance to the runway. Aurelio Costarella’s creations were striking and elegant, with floor length sparkling sequins in darker hues. Craig Braybrook left many in the audience speechless with his white bodice hugging lace number. The design was flirty, structured, feminine and classic. Perfect combination.
Monochrome was definitely trending in high end couture this year, with hints of colour here and there. However it still remains that black and white is and will always be classic, timeless and elegant. Mens fashion also got a look in with Dom Bagnato on point. His designs were very Sartorialist esque, feeling almost as though the models had been transported from Pitti Uomo.
The show ended with a stunning collection from Richard Nylon. His designs are more than fashion; they break the boundaries and take on a life of their own, becoming art. The man is simply that, an artist. The highlight of the night was when the lights went out and instead of sitting in darkness, the room lit up with Nylons designs glowing in the dark. The fluid nature of the collection combined with the glowing neon, reminded me of the distant glow of jelly fish in a pitch black ocean vastness. The effect was exquisite.
The week will surely continue to produce stunning fashion forward collections. Make sure you get to any one of the many events running. Check out the MSFW Website for more information.