MBFWA Wrap - Day 3

May 3rd, 2012 by  |  Published in Features, Headline

Bold primary colour was the emerging key trend and those florals just kept coming strong. We started bright and early at Lisa Ho featuring vibrant leafy prints and jewel tones. The colours continued at Alice McCall and her ‘Babushka’ themed collection working rainbow-hued embroidery and gauzy overlays into beautiful dresses and seperates. The On The Streets photography team was particularly enthusiastic stating it was the first ‘instantly wearable’ collection of the week. Later in The Box, Sara Phillips cemented her reputation for pretty prints including layered florals and an animalia print. There were shades of Mary Kataranzou in the nipped-in waists but the pastel palette and soft silks were very Sara Phillips.


The fashion pack was out in full force today, first for Ellery and later for Oroton. At Ellery it was all about the shoulders with exaggerated seams and a palette of red velvet, magenta and bottle-green silks with liquid silver. The Oroton collection took a nod towards nautical for their debut womenswear collection featuring ropey prints, two-tone sweaters and breezy silk separates in tangelo and cornflower blue paired (of course!) with bags including a standout throw-over-the-shoulder leather rucksack.

We stayed out late for An Ode to No One (main image) and finished the day hanging with the pretty boys backstage before the highly anticipated Menswear group show. A welcome addition to the schedule, stay tuned for a full report next week.

With a very cool front row and a live DJ it was clear that An Ode to No One was going to be something special. The kaleidoscopic digital prints of architectural structures in shades of blues and peach did not disappoint. Shifts and sporty shapes were dominant and when the prints are as interesting as this, it makes perfect sense to let them shine.

Fashion Moment
Designers, bloggers, editors, everyone made the trek to Ellery causing the street style photographers to go wild. Coveted shots on the road at the off-site location in Darlinghurst may have caused some serious road rage if the droning honking was anything to go by.

From the Front Row
Styled by street style favourite Taylor Tomasi Hill, the Oroton show proved the label can makes clothes that compliment the lifestyle label. All the model favourites were there including Ruby-Jean Wilson, Samantha Harris and Alice Burdeu.

Trend Alert
Bold colour ran strong from cornflower blue to tangelo and magenta. We are also now on peplum alert: gauzy and stiff folds at Alice McCall and ruffles at Sara Phillips. On the street strappy Celine heels (or ‘inspired’ versions) were the definite footwear of choice.

Words by Lucinda Burtt Photos by Jessi White and Vanessa Low

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