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.
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.
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!
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.